Worship at Home

Worship for 23rd August 2020

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Sunday 23rd August 10:30 AM

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

This short act of worship is for use from home.  Pause to settle yourself in God’s presence, knowing that other people are sharing in worship with you.

 

Isaiah 51.1-6 and

Matthew 16.13-20

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Opening Prayer

Faithful and loving God,
we are glad to be here.
We meet in your name.
Help us to ask bold questions as we share your Word.

Amen.

Hymn: Majesty, worship his majesty (StF 333)

Majesty, worship his majesty;
unto Jesus be glory, honour and praise.
Majesty, kingdom authority,
flows from his throne unto his own,
his anthem raise.


So exalt, lift up on high the name of Jesus,
magnify, come glorify Christ Jesus, the King.
Majesty, worship his majesty,
Jesus, who died, now glorified,
King of all kings.

Prayer of Praise and Confession

We give thanks to you O God with our whole heart.
And with all others, we want to sing your praise.
We come to this place of worship to offer thanks for your steadfast love and faithfulness to us.
We exalt your name and honour your word.
For when we call, you answer us and strengthen our soul.
Your glory shines forth from the highest heaven, and yet you have compassion on the lowly.
Great is your glory and your steadfast love endures forever.
Together with all people, we praise your holy name.
We give thanks to you with our whole heart.

 

Keep a moment of silence, reflect on God’s love and faithfulness to you and then say these words:

As we come to experience your love…we come with the regret of knowing that we distance ourselves from our neighbours.
We come with the regret of knowing that our lives are not filled with as much love towards our neighbours as they should be.
As we come to receive your forgiveness… we come acknowledging that we hold grudges against others.
In your love, forgive us and draw us closer to you once again.
We thank you for your forgiveness.

Amen.

Listen to: Santo, Santo, Santo (StF 779)

Holy, holy, holy.
My heart, my heart adores you!
My heart is glad to say the words:
You are holy, Lord!

Original Spanish:
Santo, santo, santo.
¡Mi corazón te adora!
¡Mi corazón te sabe decir:
¡santo erès Senõr!

Bible Reading

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Bible Reading

Peter declares that Jesus is the Messiah

13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, ‘Who do people say the Son of Man is?’

14 They replied, ‘Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.’

15 ‘But what about you?’ he asked. ‘Who do you say I am?’

16 Simon Peter answered, ‘You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.’

17 Jesus replied, ‘Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. 18 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.’ 20 Then he ordered his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.

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Dear friends, what do we mean when we, like Peter here, speak of Jesus as Messiah or Saviour?  I think that one of the ways we reduce the power of this title is when we make it all about escaping from this world and spending eternity somewhere else. Jesus does offer us forgiveness, freedom from the power of sin, and eternal life. But, Jesus also offers us a new way of living here and now.

 

Firstly, friends, as Messiah, Jesus is the one who establishes God’s Reign among us, and who empowers us to live as citizens of God’s Reign who participate in making God’s dream for the cosmos a reality. Jesus breaks the power of evil, death, violence, retaliation, and hatred by absorbing the worst that humanity can do and refusing to retaliate. And then he shows us a different way to live.

 

Secondly, friends, the implication of this is that Jesus saves us from our worst selves, here and now, and leads us to live from our best.

So, we can begin to experience God’s life, grace, love, liberty and justice now – God’s Reign coming to us here on earth, as Jesus taught us to pray. And, as we grow in our understanding and experience of God’s Reign, so we begin to share the life and love we have received with those around us.

 

Thirdly, Jesus adopted a title for himself – Son of Man – that was used in two ways in the Old Testament. God calls the prophet Ezekiel “Son of man” to remind him of his humanity and his mortality. But, in the book of Daniel, “one like a son of man” is given authority, power, and glory over all nations.

 

Dear friends, it seems to me that Jesus applied both of these meanings to himself. The point is this – He was human and divine, mortal and immortal, humble and glorified. And when he asked the disciples who they thought he was, he was investigating whether they had begun to recognise his paradoxical nature. Peter’s declaration showed that he had begun to grasp a glimpse of it.

 

I find that Jesus’ response to Peter’s words is enigmatic and exciting. I am of the opinion that Jesus stated that the church would be built on this recognition that Jesus was both human and divine, and he declared that evil would not overcome God’s new community. Then he spoke about the “keys of the kingdom” – God has given us the task of “loosing” people from bondage and to bind the systems and people that bring suffering on others.

 

And this is the concluding point for me – the challenge is for us to recognise that we can impact the world for justice and love in Jesus’ name, and to use this God-given power for the sake of those around us. The best way for us to proclaim our faith in Jesus, and participate in God’s saving work, is to seek justice, peace, love, and equality for those around us. We do this in small acts of compassion, generosity, love, and solidarity. When we stand alongside the vulnerable and use our resources and our voice to uplift them, we are proclaiming Jesus’ Messiahship and the presence of God’s Reign.

A prayer for others

We pray for the Church, the body of Christ, that the many denominations might be as one, that we might respect and learn from one another;

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for those who have served the Church faithfully through the centuries, and those who serve the Church faithfully today;

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for those who witness to their faith in places where it is difficult to be a Christian, in places where they are persecuted for their faith;

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for those whose faith stirs them to action, to make the world a better place, and those who have the courage to speak out for others;

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for the needs of Northampton Methodist Circuit, and for those who especially need or have asked for our prayers at this time.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Amen

The Lord's Prayer

(please pray in your mother tongue).

Spanish

Padre nuestro que estás en los cielos
Santificado sea tu Nombre
Venga tu reino
Hágase tu voluntad
En la tierra como en el cielo
Danos hoy el pan de este día
y perdona nuestras deudas
como nosotros perdonamos nuestros deudores
y no nos dejes caer en al tentación
sino que líbranos del malo.
Tuyo es el Reino el Poder y la Gloria por Siempre Señor.

Amen.

English

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.

Welsh

Ein Tad yn y nefoedd,
sancteiddier dy enw;
deled dy deyrnas;
gwneler dy ewyllys,
ar y ddaear fel yn y nef.
Dyro inni heddiw ein bara beunyddiol,
a maddau inni ein troseddau,
fel yr ym ni wedi maddau i’r rhai a droseddodd yn
ein herbyn;
a phaid â’n dwyn i brawf,
ond gwared ni rhag yr Un drwg.
Oherwydd eiddot ti yw’r deyrnas a’r gallu a’r
gogoniant am byth.

Amen.

German

Vater unser im Himmel,
geheiligt werde dein Name;
dein Reich komme;
dein Wille geschehe,
wie im Himmel so auf Erden.
Unser tägliches Brot gib uns heute.
Und vergib uns unsere Schuld,
wie auch wir vergeben unsern Schuldigern;
und führe uns nicht in Versuchung,
sondern erlöse uns von dem Bösen.
Denn dein ist das Reich und die Kraft
und die Herrlichkeit in Ewigkeit.

Amen.

Italian

Padre nostro che sei nei cieli,
sia santificato il tuo nome;
venga il tuo regno,
sia fatta la tua volontà,
come in cielo così in terra.
Dacci oggi il nostro pane quotidiano,
rimetti a noi i nostri debiti,
come noi li rimettiamo ai nostri debitori
e non ci indurre in tentazione,
ma liberaci dal male.
Amen.

French

Notre Père, qui es aux cieux,
Que ton nom soit sanctifié,
Que ton règne vienne,
Que ta volonté soit faite sur la terre comme au ciel.

Donne-nous aujourd’hui notre pain de ce jour.
Pardonne-nous nos offences
Comme nous pardonnons aussi à ceux qui nous ont offensés.
Et ne nous soumets pas à la tentation,
mais délivre-nous du mal,
car c’est à toi qu’appartiennent le règne,
la puissance et la gloire, aux siècles des siècles.

Amen.

Shona

Baba vedu vari kudenga,
Zita renyu rinoera ngarikudzwe.
Umambo hwenyu ngahuve muvanhu,
Kuda kwenyu ngakuitwe pasi pano sezvinoitwa kudenga, Tipei nhasi uno zvokudya zvedu zvinotikwanira, Tiregererei pane zvatinokutadzirai,
Sezvatinoregererawo vaya vanotitadzira,
Musatirega tichiedzwa,
Asi tinunurei pane zvakaipa,
Nokuti umambo ndohwenyu,
namasimba ndeenyu,
nembiri ndeyenyu,
Kusvikira rini narini.
Ameni.

Swahili

Baba yetu uliye mbinguni,
Jina lako litukuzwe,
Ufalme wako uje,
Mapenzi yako yatimizwe,
hapa duniani kama huko mbinguni.
Utupe leo riziki yetu.
Utusamehe deni zetu,
kama sisi nasi tuwasamehevyo wadeni wetu.
Na usitutie majaribuni,
lakini utuokoe na yule mwovu.
Kwa kuwa ufalme ni wako, na nguvu, na utukufu, hata milele.

Amina.

Polish

Ojcze nasz, któryś jest w niebie
święć się imię Twoje;
przyjdź królestwo Twoje;
bądź wola Twoja jako w niebie tak i na ziemi;
chleba naszego powszedniego daj nam dzisiaj;
i odpuść nam nasze winy,
jako i my odpuszczamy naszym winowajcom;
i nie wódź nas na pokuszenie;
ale nas zbaw od złego.
Albowiem Twoje jest Królestwo i moc, i chwała
na wieki wieków.

Amen.

Dutch

Onze Vader in de hemel,
laat uw naam hierin geheiligd worden,
laat uw koninkrijk komen
en uw wil gedaan worden
op aarde zoals in de hemel.
Geef ons vandaag het brood
dat wij nodig hebben.
Vergeef ons onze schulden,
zoals ook wij hebben vergeven
wie ons iets schuldig was.
En breng ons niet in beproeving,
maar red ons uit de greep van het kwaad.
Want aan u behoort het koningschap,
de macht en de majesteit tot in eeuwigheid.

Amen.

Afrikaans

Onse Vader wat in die hemele is,
laat u naam geheilig word.
Laat u koninkryk kom,
laat u wil geskied,
soos in die hemel net so ook op die aarde.
Gee ons vandag ons daaglikse brood,
en vergeef ons ons skulde,
soos ons ook ons skuldenaars vergewe.
En lei ons nie in versoeking nie,
maar verlos ons van die bose.
Want aan U behoort die koninkryk en die krag
en die heerlikheid tot in ewigheid.

Amen

Listen to Romeo say The Lord’s Prayer in Afrikaans (originally from a worship at home service in May)

Greek

Πάτερ ημών ο εν τοις ουρανοίς,
αγιασθήτω το όνομά Σου,
ελθέτω η Βασιλεία Σου,
γεννηθήτω το θέλημά Σου ως εν ουρανώ και επί της γης.
Τον άρτον ημών τον επιούσιον δος ημίν σήμερον,
και άφες ημίν τα οφειλήματα ημών, ως και ημείς αφίεμεν τοις οφειλέταις ημών.
Και μη εισενέγκης ημάς εις πειρασμόν, αλλά ρύσαι ημάς από του πονηρού.
Ότι σου εστί η βασιλεία και η δύναμις και η δόξα
Αμήν

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My Jesus, my Saviour (StF 363)

My Jesus, my Saviour,
Lord there is none like you.
All of my days I want to praise
the wonders of your mighty love.
My comfort, my shelter,
tower of refuge and strength,
let every breath, all that I am,
never cease to worship you. 

Shout to the Lord all the earth, let us sing,
power and majesty, praise to the King.
Mountains bow down
and the seas will roar
at the sound of your name.
I sing for joy at the work of your hands.
Forever I’ll love you, forever I’ll stand.
Nothing compares to the
promise I have in you.

My Jesus, my Saviour,
Lord there is none like you.
All of my days I want to praise
the wonders of your mighty love.
My comfort, my shelter,
tower of refuge and strength,
let every breath, all that I am,
never cease to worship you. 

Shout to the Lord all the earth, let us sing,
power and majesty, praise to the King.
Mountains bow down
and the seas will roar
at the sound of your name.
I sing for joy at the work of your hands.
Forever I’ll love you, forever I’ll stand.
Nothing compares to the
promise I have in you.

Shout to the Lord all the earth, let us sing,
power and majesty, praise to the King.
Mountains bow down
and the seas will roar
at the sound of your name.
I sing for joy at the work of your hands.
Forever I’ll love you, forever I’ll stand.
Nothing compares to the
promise I have in you.

A Prayer of Blessing

God be with us, wherever we go and whatever we do. God be with us, whoever we meet and whatever we say. God bless us and keep us safe, today and always.  And now may the grace of our Lord, Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all.

Amen.

The message & order of service leaflet by Rev’d Romeo Pedro  

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