Online Service 30th August 2020

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Online Service 30th August 2020

30th AUGUST SERVICE

 

YouTube Service: 

 

Please retain this copy of your Sunday Service. It will be used on August 30th, September 13th and October 18th.

A copy of the Psalm if said, Reading, Hymns and Reflection will be issued for each of those dates as required.

SUNDAY SERVICE

Listen to:We love the place O, God.”

Preparation

We meet in the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

O God, make speed to save us.

All:   O Lord, make haste to help us.

My heart tells of your word, ‘Seek my face.’

All:  Your face, Lord, will I seek.

Praise

All: We praise you, O God,

we acclaim you as the Lord;

all creation worships you,

the Father everlasting.

To you all angels, all the powers of heaven,

the cherubim and seraphim, sing in endless praise:

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,

heaven and earth are full of your glory.

from Te Deum Laudamus

Confession

Come, let us return to the Lord and say:

All :  Lord our God,

in our sin we have avoided your call.

Our love for you is like a morning cloud,

like the dew that goes away early.

Have mercy on us;

deliver us from judgement;

bind up our wounds and revive us;

in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Absolution

May the God of love

bring us back to himself,

forgive us our sins,

and assure us of his eternal love

in Jesus Christ our Lord.

All:   Amen.

 

Psalm: 122 (listen to singing)

Reading: On separate sheet Matthew ch16 v21 to end
Reflection On separate sheet
Hymn In a world where people walk in darkness

In a world where people walk in darkness

Let us turn our faces to the light,

to the light of God revealed in Jesus,

to the Daystar scattering our night.

For the light is stronger than the darkness

And the day will overcome the night.

Though the shadows linger all around us,

Let us turn our faces to the light.

 

In a world where suff'ring of the helpless

Casts a shadow all along the way,

Let us bear the Cross of Christ with gladness

And proclaim the dawning of the day.

For the light is stronger than the darkness

And the day will overcome the night.

Though the shadows linger all around us,

Let us turn our faces to the light.

 

Let us light a candle in the darkness,

In the face of death, a sign of life.

As a sign of hope where all seems hopeless,

As a sign of peace in place of strife.

For the light is stronger than the darkness

And the day will over come the night.

Though the shadows linger all around us,

Let us turn our faces to the light.

Prayers On separate sheet

Response at end of Prayers

All: Christ be with me, Christ within me,

Christ behind me, Christ before me,

Christ beside me, Christ to win me,

Christ to comfort and restore me.

Christ beneath me, Christ above me,

Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,

Christ in hearts of all that love me,

Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

 Amen. from St Patrick’s Breastplate

 

 

 

 

Let us dare to pray as our Saviour has taught us

All:   Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name;

thy kingdom come;

thy will be done;

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us

And lead us not into temptation;

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

the power, and the glory

for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

The Conclusion

 

All: God of power,

may the boldness of your Spirit transform us,

may the gentleness of your Spirit lead us,

may the gifts of your Spirit equip us to serve and

worship you

now and always.

 

May God who made both heaven and earth bless us.

In the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

All   Amen. Go in Peace to Love and Serve the Lord

 

Song:You shall go out with Joy” (listen to)

 

Additional sheet with Reflection, Hymn and Prayers for 30th August 2020 

 

Holy Gospel

 

Matthew 16:21-28

New Revised Standard Version

21 From that time on, Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and undergo great suffering at the hands of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. 22 And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “God forbid it, Lord! This must never happen to you.” 23 But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; for you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.” 24 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 25 For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it. 26 For what will it profit them if they gain the whole world but forfeit their life? Or what will they give in return for their life?

27 “For the Son of Man is to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay everyone for what has been done. 28 Truly I tell you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”



Reflection:

O Lord open my lips and my mouth shall proclaim thy praise”

Over the past two Sundays, Reverend Sharon and Father Graham have reflected on the document “Covid, me and my Church” leading us from lament for our losses” in week one, to last week when the question “What have we put down during lockdown that we will want to pick up again and what things will be simply just not resume” was addressed.

This week I will be reflecting on the question in the final section of the document “Covid me and my Church”

What new opportunities and ideas are there for us to respond to and what do we need to change or develop further or afresh?”

Todays Gospel gives us insight into that question, because the disciples were being led from an attitude of triumph where Peter had declared that Jesus was the long awaited Messiah to an attitude of service and true discipleship…a “get behind me attitude and carry your cross” far removed from the worldly conquering that they had hoped Jesus would bring about…..they had to respond to that.

Our church before Covid 19 was alive, was inserted in the community, had vitality and was vital. We had a vision, and we were working towards it. We were creating with the creator. Then Covid 19 came. All shut down.

And now like the disciples we may be feeling, despair, pain, loneliness, sadness that all is lost all has shut down. All that we considered lovely and loving about our very dear church seems to have been Stolen by Covid 19. We cannot sit with our friends, we look around and see notices telling us where to walk, where not to walk, we cover our smiles with face masks. We cannot sing, our Holy Communion is changed. There is a dark emptiness to what was once a wonderful and generous fullness. And yet…

In the midst of that is Discipleship. The heart of discipleship which was beautifully robed with our splendid liturgy and loving community is now Exposed, as indeed Christ was on the Cross…gone were his kingly robes…He became vulnerable for us.

Our Church is now deeply vulnerable and in its vulnerability the Love of God come down, dwells.

In this time of reduced expression and ceremony we are like Peter in our Gospel being told to “get behind Jesus” and follow in his footsteps in other words be Disciples and learn from the Master. Let go of our expectations, and simply follow, tread the steps of Vulnerability into the unknown darkness…but we are behind our Master, we are in the hands of divine Love.

The document “Covid me and my Church” was written to try and help us make some sense out of this situation. Trying to make sense of Life is hard enough at the best of times and it has suddenly become 1000 times harder and darker. Because of the uncertainty the situation that Covid-19 has placed upon our lives and our world.

I think it is too early to reflect on the situation because we are still in that situation.

But we might wish to seriously consider the final section of the document where it asks us to identify What new opportunities and ideas are there for us to respond to and what do we need to change or develop further or afresh?”

If we break that question into two. Firstly, we need address What new opportunities and ideas are there for us to respond to?

Is it an opportunity that we have been called to create a much-slimmed down service? Does it provide us with a space to think about what we do in a service and what it all means to us? Does it provide us with a space to BE in the service? We do not have to get up and down now, we do not have the opportunity to express our thoughts and feeling in song or in longer responses. But we do have out of that the opportunity to centre and focus ourselves in prayer. We can enter into the words and prayers of the service silently in our minds, hearts and deeper still our souls. Let the words dwell in our inmost being. See the actions of the priest, seek to feel the presence of God’s Holy Spirit…here now in this Thin and Holy Ground our Church.

It is not wrong to wish for the return of a full and overflowing with Worship and Song service but perhaps in this time of what we perceive as poverty, pain and personal sacrifice, we are being trained as disciples to worship our God wherever and whatever the circumstances. We are to continue to follow…. like Peter, just because Jesus did not live up to the human vision of Messiah the disciples did not turn away…. they got behind him…what a brave move. They were humble enough to do so. And we are now called to take that brave and humble move of Getting behind this much reduced and very vulnerable form of worship. Let us not to turn aside, just because we cannot do what we love doing in church. Worshiping our Lord and God in Songs of Praise and Holy Communion in its Fullness of Bread and Wine and Community in its Love, Support and Encouragements.

We very sadly cannot do that for the time being and That is our Cross…just as the disciples were told to carry their cross…so we too are told carry our cross. Carry the changed and broken church. And know that when we carry something, we care for it, we nurse it through this deeply challenging time…It is breaking us, it is changing us, it does cost us, just as it broke, changed and cost the disciples. But in so doing it gave new Life in Christ……Jesus looks into our hearts and calls to each of us “what will you give in return for our Life”

The second half of the question “What do we need to change or develop further or afresh?” This is not to be answered now, for we are in the midst of Covid 19. But let it remain in the midst of your minds, hearts and souls, as that is where new life will spring forth. That is where hope will come. For the now we carry the cross, we get behind Jesus and as Surely as the “Son of Man is to come with his angels in the glory of his father” we will in our waiting prayers be shown “what we need to change or develop further or afresh”…that is Faith…that is Discipleship. Thank you for listening.

I will leave you with this quote adapted into a prayer…Let us Pray…”.

Heavenly Father as we Go out into the darkness let us put our hand into your hand.
That shall be to us better than light and safer than a known way.”
So, Iet us go forth, and finding the Hand of God, tred gladly into the night that Covid 19 is bringing for we are disciples in faith and hope.”
Adapted from poem by Minnie Louise Haskins  (m. hayward)

 

Hymn In a world where people walk in darkness

In a world where people walk in darkness

Let us turn our faces to the light,

to the light of God revealed in Jesus,

to the Daystar scattering our night.

For the light is stronger than the darkness

And the day will overcome the night.

Though the shadows linger all around us,

Let us turn our faces to the light.

 

In a world where suff'ring of the helpless

Casts a shadow all along the way,

Let us bear the Cross of Christ with gladness

And proclaim the dawning of the day.

For the light is stronger than the darkness

And the day will overcome the night.

Though the shadows linger all around us,

Let us turn our faces to the light.

 

Let us light a candle in the darkness,

In the face of death, a sign of life.

As a sign of hope where all seems hopeless,

As a sign of peace in place of strife.

For the light is stronger than the darkness

And the day will over come the night.

Though the shadows linger all around us,

Let us turn our faces to the light.

 

Prayers

Let us praise Christ, in whom is the fullness of grace and the Spirit of God.

Response “Lord grant that we may allow ourselves to be guided by your Holy Spirit”

We praise you Lord and we thank you for all your blessings upon this our church and this our community.

Response “Lord grant that we may allow ourselves to be guided by your Holy Spirit”

Grant us Lord peace of mind and generosity of heart, that we may come to know and do your will as we strive to respond to needs of this our community.

Response “Lord grant that we may allow ourselves to be guided by your Holy Spirit”

May we be aware of the needs of the World, grant us the vision and generosity to work for unity, and peace.

Response “Lord grant that we may allow ourselves to be guided by your Holy Spirit”

Be with all who are in turmoil and trouble, grant them your peace.

Response “Lord grant that we may allow ourselves to be guided by your Holy Spirit”

We remember all who are unwell, including our Bishop Peter and his family, we also remember Bishop Ruth as she cares for our Diocese. We pray for eternal rest for those who have died, and comfort those who are bereaved.

Response “Lord grant that we may allow ourselves to be guided by your Holy Spirit”

 

We pray together:

Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

 

 

 

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