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Morning Worship for 27 September 2020     Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity

Morning Worship for 27 September 2020

Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity

Welcome

Welcome to our Sunday Service. It comes to you with my hope and prayers that you will find it helpful in your morning worship at home, especially if you cannot get to the service in the Benefice.

Please be assured of my prayers for all in our local area as we prepare once again for more stringent Covid-19 regulations. Please keep safe and be vigilant as we move towards autumn and the winter months.  Let us include our neighbours in our prayers as the cooler days draw in and we might not see each other as often.

As always, you are very much in my prayers at this difficult time and if you would like a call from me during the week please do let Carole know (01386 860389) or call me direct on the Rectory number (01905 841563).

Gary.

Opening Prayer:

As we begin our service of Morning Prayer and our way of life is once more becoming unsettled, let us take strength and comfort from these words by Katherine Marshall:

The Light of God surrounds me,

The love of God enfolds me,

The Power of God protects me,

The Presence of God watches over me,

Wherever I am – God is.

Amen.

 Let us pray:

Jesus Christ, risen Master and triumphant Lord, we come to you now in sorrow for our sins, and confess to you our weakness and unbelief.

We have lived by our own strength, and not by the power of your resurrection.

In your mercy, forgive us and help us.

 We have lived by the light of our own eyes, as faithless and not believing. We have lived for this world alone and doubted our home in heaven.

 In your mercy, forgive us and help us.

 May the God of love and power forgive us and free us from our sins. May he heal and strengthen us by his Spirit and raise us to new life in Christ our Lord.

 Amen.

The Collect:

Lord of creation, whose glory is around and within us:

open our eyes to your wonders, that we may serve you with reverence and know your peace at our lives’ end.

 Through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Hymn: God of the Poor (Beauty for Brokenness)

Beauty for brokenness
Hope for despair
Lord, in your suffering
This is our prayer
Bread for the children
Justice, joy, peace
Sunrise to sunset
Your kingdom increase!

Shelter for fragile lives
Cures for their ills
Work for the craftsman
Trade for their skills
Land for the dispossessed
Rights for the weak
Voices to plead the cause
Of those who can’t speak.

Chorus: Friend of the weak
Give us compassion we pray
Melt our cold hearts
Let tears fall like rain
Come, change our love
From a spark to a flame.

Refuge from cruel wars
Havens from fear
Cities for sanctuary
Freedoms to share
Peace to the killing-fields
Scorched earth to green
Christ for the bitterness
His cross for the pain.

Chorus:

Rest for the ravaged earth
Oceans and streams
Plundered and poisoned
Our future, our dreams
Lord, end our madness
Carelessness, greed
Make us content with
The things that we need.

Chorus:

Lighten our darkness
Breathe on this flame
Until your justice
Burns brightly again
Until the nations
Learn of your ways
Seek your salvation
And bring you their praise.

Chorus:

Friend of the weak
Give us compassion we pray
Melt our cold hearts
Let tears fall like rain
Come, change our love
From a spark to a flame.

Graham Kendrick

(Will be on YouTube if you wish to follow).

Reading: Matthew 21: 23-32

When he entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him as he was teaching, and said, ‘By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?’ Jesus said to them, ‘I will also ask you one question; if you tell me the answer, then I will also tell you by what authority I do these things. Did the baptism of John come from heaven, or was it of human origin?’

And they argued with one another, ‘If we say, “From heaven”, he will say to us, “Why then did you not believe him?” But if we say, “Of human origin”, we are afraid of the crowd; for all regard John as a prophet.’ So they answered Jesus, ‘We do not know.’ And he said to them, ‘Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.

‘What do you think? A man had two sons; he went to the first and said, “Son, go and work in the vineyard today.” He answered, “I will not”; but later he changed his mind and went. The father went to the second and said the same; and he answered, “I go, sir”; but he did not go. Which of the two did the will of his father?’

They said, ‘The first.’ Jesus said to them, ‘Truly I tell you, the tax-collectors and the prostitutes are going into the kingdom of God ahead of you. For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him, but the tax-collectors and the prostitutes believed him; and even after you saw it, you did not change your minds and believe him.

 Reflection:

As we all continue on into the autumn months, listening carefully to all the ever-changing advice and directives from the government, please be assured that, as a local church community, we will be doing all we can to support our parishioners, and to continue to provide forms of worship that will be practical and safe- some of it will be in our church buildings in the traditional way, and some will be online, such as the weekly short service that we currently offer.

Above all, we will keep praying, as I hope you do, too- for wisdom for our government as they strive to tackle this unprecedented pandemic (and work towards finding an effective vaccine)- for our world, in the grip of climate change, and for all of us, as we seek to rest in the peace and certainty of God’s love and presence on a day to day basis.

Our reading today is spot-on; the Parable of the Two Sons. I’m sure that most of us can identify with their equivocation! ‘Which of the two did what his father wanted’?, Jesus asked. ‘The first’, they answered. As we go forward in our own spiritual lives, which will we be? We are all called, as part of our personal relationship with God, to ‘work out our salvation with fear and trembling’- (Philippians 2).

This not about doubt or anxiety, but a singleness of mind and purpose in response to God’s continuing love and grace in our lives.

May we all know his blessing on our lives during this coming week.

Gary

Let us declare our faith in the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ:

Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures; he was buried; he was raised to life on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures; afterwards he appeared to his followers, and to all the apostles: this we have received, and this we believe.

Amen.

Our Intercessions: (Please feel free to pray as you wish)

  • We pray for our world and the leaders of the nations at this time. We pray that they see the world as you created it, not solely split by borders.
  • We pray for our own nation, our government, for their integrity in challenging times, that their focus remains on the common good. We pray for our Royal Family.
  • We pray for our Church, both nationally and locally…pray especially for wisdom for our Archbishops, Bishops, and local clergy.
  • We pray for ourselves, our families and friends, and all known to us in any kind of need. We pray for businesses who are struggling, and for those who are being made redundant.

Special Prayer:

Lord God, we thank you that you protect us in all things.

We flee to you for safety. In your arms we find security and strength.

 We trust you, Lord Jesus: uphold us when our faith is tested, we pray,

because we place ourselves into your care- every part of us-body, mind and spirit. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer:

Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come,

your will be done,

on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins

as we forgive those who sin against us.

Lead us not into temptation

but deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power,

and the glory are yours

now and for ever.

Amen.

Hymn: Only By Grace Can We Enter

Only By Grace Can We Enter
Only By Grace Can We Stand
Not By Our Human Endeavour
But By The Blood Of The Lamb
Into Your Presence You Call Us
You Call Us To Come
Into Your Presence You Draw Us
And Now By Your Grace We Come
Now By Your Grace We Come

Lord If You Mark Our Transgressions
Who Will Stand
Thanks To Your Grace
We Are Cleansed By The Blood Of The Lamb, Precious Lamb
Lord If You Mark Our Transgressions
Who Will Stand
Father Thanks To Your Grace
We Are Cleansed By The Blood Of The Lamb

Only By Grace Can We Enter
Only By Grace Can We Stand
Not By Our Human Endeavour
But By The Blood Of The Lamb
Into Your Presence You Call Us
You Call Us To Come
Into Your Presence You Draw Us
And Now By Your Grace We Come
Now By Your Grace We Come

(Graham Kendrick)

(Will be on YouTube if you wish to follow).

 Blessing:

May the Lord bless us and protect us

May his face shine upon us and upon those whom we love

and keep us in his eternal light. Amen.

 

 

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