Online Service 6th September 2020

Welcome to the Service for the 13th Sunday of Trinity: Also available via YouTube

Online Service 6th September 2020

6th September Sunday Worship


YouTube Service

 

Grace, Mercy, and Peace from God our Father, the Lord Jesus Christ, and The Holy Spirit be with you.

And also with you. Amen.

 

Welcome to our online service of Sunday Worship from St Andrew’s Burnham.

This week our worship is inspired by liturgy from the Iona Community.

 

Let us pray together our morning acclamation:

 

The World belongs to The Lord

The earth and all it’s people.

How good it is, how wonderful,

To live together in unity.

Love and faith come together

Justice and Peace join hands.

If Christ’s disciples keep silent

The stones would cry aloud.

 

Open our lips O Lord,

And our mouths shall declare your praise.

 

Hymn: Will you come and follow me if I but call your name?

 

Will You Come And Follow Me
If I But Call Your Name?
Will You Go Where You Don’t Know
And Never Be The Same?
Will You Let My Love Be Shown,
Will You Let My Name Be Known,
Will You Let My Life Be Grown
In You And You In Me?

 

Will You Leave Yourself Behind
If I But Call Your Name?
Will You Care For Cruel And Kind
And Never Be The Same?
Will You Risk the Hostile Stare
Should Your Life Attract Or Scare?
Will You Let Me Answer Prayer
In You And You In Me?

 

Will You Let The Blinded See
If I But Call Your Name?
Will You Set The Prisoners Free
And Never Be The Same?
Will You Kiss The Leper Clean,
And Do Such As This Unseen,
And Admit To What I Mean
In You And You In Me?

 

Will You Love The ‘You’ You Hide
If I But Call Your Name?
Will You Quell The Fear Inside
And Never Be The Same?
Will You Use The Faith You’ve Found
To Reshape The World Around,
Through My Sight And Touch And Sound
In You And You In Me?

 

Lord, Your Summons Echoes True
When You But Call My Name.
Let Me Turn And Follow You
And Never Be The Same.
In Your Company I’ll Go
Where Your Love And Footsteps Show.
Thus I’ll Move And Live And Grow
In You And You In Me.

 

Confession: Reflecting on the times we have failed to follow Christ’s call, we say together:

 

Before God, with the people of God,

We confess our brokenness;

The ways in which we wound our lives;

The ways in which we wound the lives of others,

The ways in which we wound the life of the world.

Holy God, Maker of all,

Have mercy on us.

Jesus Christ, Servant of the poor,

Have mercy upon us.

Holy Spirit, Breath of life,

Have Mercy upon us.

 

May God forgive us, Christ renew us, and the Spirit enable us to grow in love. Amen.

 

Affirmation of faith- We affirm our faith together:

 

With The whole Church:

We affirm that we are made in God’s image;

Befriended by Christ,

Empowered by The Spirit

 

With people everywhere:

We affirm God’s goodness at the heart of humanity,

Planted more deeply than all that is wrong.

 

With all creation:

We celebrate the miracle and wonder of life,

The unfolding purposes of God,

Forever at work in our lives and the whole world.

 

Psalm 133- We read together:

How good and pleasant it is
    when God’s people live together in unity!

It is like precious oil poured on the head,
    running down on the beard,
running down on Aaron’s beard,
    down on the collar of his robe.
It is as if the dew of Hermon
    were falling on Mount Zion.
For there the Lord bestows his blessing,
    even life for evermore.

 

 

Bible Reading:

Love Fulfils the Law

Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.

 The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,” and any other commandments are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbour as yourself.” 

10 Love does no harm to a neighbour. Therefore love is the fulfilment of the law.

11 And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. 

12 The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armour of light. 13 Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy.

 

For the word of God in scripture,

For the Word of God among us,

For the word of God within us,

Thanks be to God.

 

Reflection:

You know, St Paul gets a bit of an ambivalent response from some quarters, but I love some of his writings!

Here we have the passage from Romans, so clearly stating, just as Jesus himself did- that Love is the central Tenet of all the law, clearly summing up the Hebrew bible before, and the Christian scriptures to come.

Love, Paul says, is a continuing debt; not a burdensome liability, but rather an ongoing responsibility and obligation that we owe one another, because of God’s great love to us, which we receive daily in full measure.

Because of God’s love to us- we are called- exhorted- commanded- to love one another.

Now if all this sounds nice and chocolate-boxey, I’d encourage us to stop for a moment and consider just what this love means. For if love were just a warm fuzzy feeling, it would be easy, especially if we were only called to love those we know, like and get on with.

But we don’t get off that easily! Love- the love Paul speaks of, is, as I tell all couples that I marry at St Andrew’s, is an act of your will.

We don’t get out of loving someone because we don’t have the feelings to- rather we choose to love- we act from love, and then remarkably, the feelings follow.

Love your neighbour we are told- commanded.

And certainly, one of the things that Covid-19 has done has focused on the amazing generosity and love poured out in communities, by communities. Here in our town, we have seen the Burnham Covid response group of volunteers, and many others throughout the town, supporting people with shopping, prescriptions, meals, telephone calls, little treats, cards of encouragement gifts, for the food bank etc.

I know of many local businesses, who from their own generosity have provided hot meals to isolated people and, seen profit take second or third place to unconditional love and giving in action.

And I know that each of us have also contributed to the wellbeing of our neighbours at this time, in myriad of ways, from prayer to practical things.

And that’s fantastic. Love in our midst, in action, the fulfilment of the law and the expre4ssion of our God-created humanity.

And you know, the expressing of love in such ways is a little like exercising a muscle- it makes the muscle- in this case love- grow stronger, and encourages us to stretch further.

‘Go for the burn’ Jane Fonda used to say in her workouts. Push that little bit further, till it burns, and then push past that, into a new space.

A couple of weeks ago Fr Graham brought to our attention the plight of some of our more distant neighbours, those in the Yemen, and East Africa. Those plagued by Locust, those living with, and fleeing from war.

These too, are our neighbours, who we are called to love as much as our own family and friends. The homeless, the refugees, the sick, the traumatised, the widow and the orphan.

Paul exhorts us in this passage, to be alert to our present time and its needs, and to respond to our time and its needs with righteousness and love.

And this is a love that is costly- but you know what? It seems to me that our present time of Covid and global pandemic has shown us that if we don’t respond to one another in love- we haven’t got a hope.

Now, more than ever in this world- we all need each other.

Do you remember at the turn of the Millennium Christian Aid ran the drop the debt- make poverty history campaign?

Well, it seems that every country across the world has global debt now- and who knows, maybe it will help us to rethink more radical ways of being.

We see what time we are in- a time that nobody accounted for in their 5 year plans.

Could this time offer us the opportunity to awake to the bigger picture, of our brothers and sisters near and far, Western world and Developing world- and to examine ourselves, our cultures, our economics, our histories, our future plans, and most of all our faith and the callings and expectations and demands of love that Christ leads us to?

Maybe this is our opportunity to keep whatsoever is good; whatsoever is true, whatsoever is noble, whatsoever is rightwhatsoever is purewhatsoever is lovely, whatsoever is admirable--or excellent, or praiseworthy- to build upon these things; and to have the courage to change and leave behind anything that doesn’t speak of the love of God in our societies across the globe.

How good and pleasant it would be to live in unity as God’s people throughout the globe!

What a world it would be! What a Hope!

 

And it starts her, now, today, with you and me, determining to take a step of faith, a step of love towards one another, in our hearts and our actions, to each other, to our neighbours near and far. Amen.

 

 

Hymn: Brother Sister let me serve you

1 Brother, sister, let me serve you,
let me be as Christ to you;
pray that I may have the grace
to let you be my servant, too.

2 We are pilgrims on a journey,
and companions on the road;
we are here to help each other
walk the mile and bear the load.

3 I will hold the Christlight for you
in the night-time of your fear;
I will hold my hand out to you,
speak the peace you long to hear.

4 I will weep when you are weeping;
when you laugh, I'll laugh with you;
I will share your joy and sorrow
till we've seen this journey through.

5 When we sing to God in heaven,
we shall find such harmony,
born of all we've known together
of Christ's love and agony.

6 Brother, sister, let me serve you,
let me be as Christ to you;
pray that I may have the grace
to let you be my servant, too.

 

Prayers:

O God, who gave your servants throughout the ages

The gifts of courage, faith and cheerfulness,

And who commissioned your disciples to speak your good news to all,

Grant, we pray, this same spirit to your church

Especially at this present time.

Further in all things the purpose of your community,

And reveal to us the hidden things of the Kingdom,

That new ways may be found to reach the hearts of all.

May we grow within each other

Sincere faith, compassion and peace,

And may the place of your abiding be a sanctuary and a light to the world.

Through Christ our Lord, Amen.

 

We pray for those known to us who need the touch of The Lord: (silence)

 

The Lord’s Prayer:

Gathering our prayers together, we pray the Words Jesus taught us

 

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

 

Blessing and closing responses:

May the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,

The Love of God

And the Fellowship of The Holy Spirit be with you,

And remain with you, always.

 

This is the day that The Lord has made;

We will rejoice and be glad in it

Go in peace, to love and serve;

We will seek peace and pursue it

In the name of the trinity of love

God in community, holy and one.

Amen.

 

 

 

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