Worship at Home

Worship for 10th May 2020

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Sunday 10th May 10:30 AM

(or whenever you wish)

“I am the Way”

This week’s message has been prepared by Rev Romeo Pedro.

This short act of worship is for use while we are unable to attend church.  Pause to settle yourself in God’s presence, knowing that other people are sharing in worship with you.

We have also prepared a separate worship sheet of Prayers for VE Day.

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Opening Prayer

Loving God, we connect together, each in our homes, seeking your face. As we gather together, make us aware of your presence. 

Amen.

Hymn: Come, now is the time to worship (StF 24)

Come, now is the time to worship.
Come, now is the time to give your heart.
Come, just as you are to worship.
Come, just as you are before your God, come.

 

One day every tongue
will confess you are God,
one day every knee will bow.
Still, the greatest treasure remains
for those who gladly choose you now.

Come, now is the time to worship …

Brian Doerksen (b. 1965)

A prayer of praise and thanksgiving

We praise you, loving God, for making a world big enough, and with enough room, for all creation. We thank you specifically today, for the ministry and work of Christian Aid. We give thanks for the millions of lives transformed so that together we may all flourish. Amen.

A prayer of confession

You may wish to bring a bowl of water, some soap and a towel or go to the sink as you do this prayer.

As we turn on the tap we turn our hearts towards you, O God. As we wet our hands renew our thoughts, so we might be transformed. As we lather soap between fingers and over all our hands, purge from us all that brings us harm and might harm others. Remove the invisible guilt and shame that so often keeps us from you. As we rinse our hands, we trust in your overflowing grace, making all things new. Amen

Bible Reading

Acts 7:55-60 New International Version

55 But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. 56 ‘Look,’ he said, ‘I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.’

57 At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him, 58 dragged him out of the city and began to stone him. Meanwhile, the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul.

59 While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, ‘Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.’ 60 Then he fell on his knees and cried out, ‘Lord, do not hold this sin against them.’ When he had said this, he fell asleep.

Holy Bible, New International Version® Anglicized, NIV® Copyright © 1979, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

Click on the orange Play button to listen to David Suchet read this passage.

Watch this video from Christian Aid

Florence is taking climate justice into her hands, thanks to a dam full of fresh water near her village.

Bible Reading

John 14:1-14 New International Version
Jesus comforts his disciples

14 ‘Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.’

Jesus the way to the Father

Thomas said to him, ‘Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?’

Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.’

Philip said, ‘Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.’

Jesus answered: ‘Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, “Show us the Father”? 10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. 11 Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. 12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.

Holy Bible, New International Version® Anglicized, NIV® Copyright © 1979, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

Click on the orange Play button to listen to David Suchet read this passage.

Message from Rev Romeo Pedro

Dear friends, these are, indeed, words of encouragement but they are not so much about our life after death but about our life after Jesus’ death. These are words meant as comfort for the disciples as they are forced to consider life without Jesus. They are faced with change that they neither welcome nor for which they feel prepared.

We know the same fear, the same disorientation as the disciples during these strange times. We know how the disciples must have felt. The words come to us, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me.”

So firstly, friends, we need not be afraid because Jesus is with us. Jesus does not promise us easy sailing, but he does promise we will not be alone. Thomas Aquinas is reported to have said, “If the primary aim of a captain were to preserve their ship, they would keep it in the port forever.” It is in the sailing of this life that Jesus promises to be with us. We have sung for years, Abide with Me, “Change and decay in all around I see / O Thou who changest not, abide with me.”

So secondly, how do we live, in the light of this assurance that Jesus is with us? We live as people “on the way.” And Love is the truth that should motivate us, on this way. The “way” is not about waiting for the time we check in to our reservation in that “mansion just over the hilltop.” The “way” is about living and doing the values that Jesus lived – feed the hungry, welcome the lost, and heal the sick, lift up the oppressed and to support those who do this kind of work, like Christian Aid. And as we do that we bring Life and hope where there is despair and hopelessness.

Jesus does not give us a how-to manual of life ahead, but he does assure us that he will be with us as we live the values that he personifies. We may not know what the journey holds for us, but we can know that Jesus goes with us, and that is enough. Amen.

Hymn: What a friend we have in Jesus (StF 531)

Sing / read / pray / proclaim the words or join in:

What a friend we have in Jesus,
all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit,
O what needless pain we bear,
all because we do not carry
everything to God in prayer!

Have we trials and temptations,
is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged:
take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful
who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness:
take it to the Lord in prayer.

Are we weak and heavy-laden,
cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Saviour, still our refuge —
take it to the Lord in prayer!
Do your friends despise, forsake you?
Take it to the Lord in prayer;
in his arms he’ll take and shield you,
you will find a solace there

A prayer for others

Hold one hand out, palm up, and cup the other hand over it to make a shelter.

Jesus, our shelter, we come with hearts full of questions, some of us bruised by bereavement, some of us fearful of what the future holds, all of us stunned by the events of this year. Draw close to us now in each of our homes as we place our honest questions and hopes into your open, resurrected, yet scarred hands.

Jesus, our shelter, hear the cry of our hearts, silent and aloud, for bereaved neighbours, near and far. Comfort those pained by being absent, and hold close those who are hurting alone. In this season of Easter, renew us with resurrection hope that while weeping lingers in this night, joy will come with the morning.

Jesus, our shelter, on this Christian Aid Week Sunday, we pray for and with communities across the world who are most vulnerable to coronavirus. We pray for people living in refugee camps and city slums, with limited sanitation facilities, who are unable to wash their hands regularly, and have little opportunity to isolate from others. We pray for Christian Aid partners working to provide soap and buckets, communicating clear, accurate information, raising the voices of the most vulnerable and ensuring they are kept as safe as possible.

Jesus, our shelter, for those of us who are self-isolating, which can sometimes feel like we aren’t doing anything, remind us that we are all doing our part, and saving lives by staying at home.

Jesus, our shelter, we pray for much wisdom and resources for those in local and national authority for all frontline and key workers here in Britain, Ireland and across the world.

Jesus, our shelter, in your mercy, hear all our prayers. 

Amen.

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.

Hymn: We are marching in the Light (StF 483)

We are marching in the light of God,
we are marching in the light of God. (repeat)

We are marching, we are marching oh,
we are marching in the light of God, (repeat)

 

We are living in the love of God…

 

We are moving in the power of God…

A Prayer of Blessing

May the grace of Jesus the Christ,
show us the way.
May the peace of Jesus the Christ,
keep us from falling.
May the love of Jesus the Christ,
welcome us home.
Loving God, help us to remember that we are your children. 

Amen.

The Message, and order of service leaflet compiled by Rev’d Romeo Pedro. Some prayers adapted from Christian Aid Worship Resources.

Link to Christian Aid website: https://www.christianaid.org.uk/