Sunday 21 June
Before we start…
Do feel free to join us live on zoom (here’s the link) if you are worshipping at 10am. We will be using “breakout rooms” to have coffee together afterwards.
Please remain muted throughout except where directed otherwise. Do take the opportunity before the service to wait on God in silence.
This week, Simon leads us, Rosemary has recorded the sermon, Tom is on intercessions, Berni is reading and Paul is on music. Simon L is doing the technical wizardry.
Good morning people of the zoom generation. Both young and old have finally converged on a technology that does actually bring us together, rather than taking us each off into our own individual screen worlds. I thank God for that. As a father on Father’s day, I have lost track of the number of times screens have been used to help bring up, entertain, educate, been used as a reward, used as a consequence and used to keep quiet. These difficult, awkward and new ways of doing, can be scary or just annoying, and fear is something Rosemary is going to talk to us about later.
Screen can mess with our minds though; they seem to mess with time. Speeding it up when enjoying a good film or writing an essay, and slowing it down when filling forms. I’ve noticed time more in this time of lock down, its flexibility and yet its banal attitude to us in it’s rhythm.
I came across a poem that I think is about time. It’s by Mary Oliver, called A Thousand Mornings:
All night my heart makes its way
however it can over the rough ground
of uncertainties, but only until night
meets and then is overwhelmed by
morning, the light deepening, the
mind easing and just waiting, as I
to wait (and when have I ever been
disappointed?) for redbird to sing.
All of our nights this morning have been overwhelmed by morning light, whatever our uncertainties.
Our music this morning has been chosen for us by Paul…
We now come to a time of Confession and we remember that, whilst we still get things wrong in the light of each new day, that Gods great grace turns the darkness away, just as the night meets the morning. And when we are in that darkness of sin it is a scary place to be, but we who wait on the lord, can be sure he is turning us ever toward the light of his Son. The light of the world.
Almighty God, we confess that we have sinned against You in thought, word and deed: We have not loved You with all our hearts; we have not loved our neighbours as ourselves. Have mercy on us: cleanse us from our sins; and help us to overcome our faults: through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
May the God of love and power forgive you and free you from your sins, heal and strengthen you by his Spirit, and raise you to new life in Christ our Lord.
Today we celebrate the birthdays of (does anyone have a birthday?) We thank God for each one of you and for all that you are within this Church family. We thank God you can celebrate your birthdays with us now, and that God will shine his face upon you. Amen.
Medley (Simon / Paul)
Lord, you have taught us that all our doings without love are nothing worth:
Send your Holy Spirit and pour into our hearts that most excellent gift of love, the true bond of peace and all virtues, without which whoever lives is counted dead before you.
Grant this for your only Son Jesus Christ’s sake, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Berni will now bring us today’s readings, from Romans 6.1-11 and Matthew 10.24-39.
Sermon (Simon introduces)
We are going to listen to Rosemary, and the thoughts which God has poured into her heart for us today (transcript).
Let us pray together for Rosemary.
Prepare in us now Lord, a willing ear to hear, open eyes to see and a heart of flesh to grow from the words you plant in us now. Amen
Let us spend a moment soaking in what God is saying to us through Rosemary.
The Peace (Everyone)
I am now going to ask for everyone to be unmuted, so we can share the Peace together.
The peace of the Lord be always with you. Let us offer one another a sign of peace.
Tom will now lead us in our Intercessions (transcript):
And we join together to pray the prayer Jesus gave us, 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.
Song (Simon / Paul)
Conclusion and blessing (Tom)
The peace of God,
which passes all understanding,
keep your hearts and minds
in the knowledge and love of God,
and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord;
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always.
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
In the name of Christ. Amen
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Some music taken from Worship Lyric Videos – all rights reserved.