Worship at Home

Worship for 15th November 2020

The Parable of the Bags of Gold

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Sunday 15th November 10:30 AM

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This week’s message has been prepared by Rev Francis M’Itiiri

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.

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Opening Prayer

Dear Loving God,

as we gather to praise you for all that you are and all that you bring, we pray; our lives tell your story today and every day.

May now the light of your presence guide our worship we bring these prayers in Jesus Name.

Amen

Hymn: STF-446 - I Will Offer Up My Life

I will offer up my life
in spirit and truth
Pouring out the oil of love,
as my worship to you.  
In surrender I must give my every part
Lord, receive this sacrifice of a broken heart

Jesus, what can I give, what can I bring?
To so faithful a Friend, to so loving a King.
Saviour, what can be said, what can be sung
As the praise of Your name
for the things You have done.
O, my words could not tell,
not even in part…
Of the debt of love that is owed
by this thankful heart

You deserve my every breath,
for You’ve paid the great cost
Giving up your life to death,
even death on the cross
You took all my shame away,
there defeated my sin
Open up the gates of heaven
and have beckoned me in

Bible Reading

Please note that Francis reads verses 13 – 20 as part of his video message later in the service

Matthew 25:13-30

King James Version

13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.

14 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.

15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.

16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents.

17 And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two.

18 But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money.

19 After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.

20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.

21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

22 He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them.

23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed:

25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.

26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:

27 Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.

28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.

29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.

30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Time to Reflect- Theme: standard of living

Reading for the Day: Matthew 25:13-30

Please could you read along…

The Parable of the bag of golds was written in an eschatological style; This involved Predicting events of the last days. Examples of such  events including  the Rapture, the Second Coming of Christ, the Tribulation, Christ and his reign which will have no end, his Millennial Kingdom with his believers, and the rewards that come with his Future Judgments. we then wait with for that blessed hope, the great glorious come back of our great God and saviour. The writer talks of a nobleman who before taking a journey calls his servants and distributes his wealth/treasure. The story is conveyed in a prophetic style of advent.

In v15-18 the servants who received 5 talents and the one who received two talents went with enthusiasm. Perhaps this should be how the New Testament church could do to demonstrate obedience to the great commission by sharing out the story of God’s love. COVID-19 has in many ways challenged how we do things. We are encouraged not to succumb to the cultural climate of fear, anxiety, and self-preservation. We should not just communicate measures, but also cast a vision for how to continue being the people of God during these hard times.

Strong leaders remind people that God is in control of every situation and there is never a reason to panic and bury down the talents given out by the Master.

Verse 19 of Matthew 25 … “After a long time, the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them.

This Parable of the Bags of Gold is intended to make us aware how people deal with money. Few people are either privileged with unimaginable amount of money in this world; quite often ending using such large amount of money irresponsibly, even to larger extend use them in unethical ways. 

This parable is told two days before the Passover festival in what we now call Holy Week.   We note in this gospel of Matthew 25 two things, they could be more.

Firstly” (v. 16-17). There is a sense of enthusiasm in the first servants.  He is excited to be trusted with such a great treasure—to do something positive—to prove himself. He puts his five talents to work, and gains five more talents., the (their investment was a gain of 100 percent). 

Secondly, (v. 18). The one-talent servant, however, digs a hole and buries the master’s money—an accepted way of safeguarding money. According to rabbinical law, the person who buries money in a hidden location cannot be held accountable for its loss. It is a conservative form of safekeeping—but accomplishes nothing!

Three questions that arise from today’s message

1). What do we do with the news of God’s’ kingdom that has been entrusted to us?

2). How do we live each day in light our current situations and opportunities that knock on ‘our doorsteps’?

3). Why is it so important not to allow being succumbed to the pressures of the present age?

Two Morals from this parable

  1. Good news of God’s kingdom have been entrusted to every child of God to share it and act upon it ,take active role in creatively growing it reaching out to those wounded, to the hurting, directing them to encounter Christ the great physicians.
  2. When Christ’s returns, he will require of us and of our faithfulness and our stewardship. Trust that the two servants have in the master, in return, reflects the trust that the master has shown in them. Let’s use what God has deposited in us, in the church to bring God’s glory instead of as opposed to those who use their wealth to promote havoc and human suffering in the world we live today.

The day of reckoning is imminent.  The return of our master is nearing and will reward everyone accordingly.

A time of prayer – Intercessory prayers

Loving God,
we ask that you provide us with guidance to have a discerning ear and open heart to hear and feel what you are telling us to do.

We pray that you will help us to understanding gifts and talents that you have placed in us to make best use of them in growing your kingdom, especially as we reimagine Northampton circuit during this tough times.

We offer our prayers for those in position of authority in leading our country and those who lead nations of the world.
Draw these leaders into a strong relationship with You and give them a true servant spirit, turn their hearts from distractions and temptations that could bring harm to your people. surround them with godly counsellors.

May all Praise be to you O, God,
the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

Govern the hearts and minds of your scattered church as they meet to worship and bring all the families of the earth that are divided and torn apart by the ravages of sin into repentance.

We bring these prayers in Jesus’ name.

Amen.

The Lord's Prayer

Please use the version that you prefer

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.

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.
Save us from the time of trial
And deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power
and the glory are yours
Now and for ever.

Amen.

Hymn: The Lord’s my Shepherd 481-STF

The Lord’s my shepherd, I’ll not want.
He makes me lie in pastures green.
He leads me by the still, still waters,
His goodness restores my soul.

And I will trust in You alone,
And I will trust in You alone,
For Your endless mercy follows me,
Your goodness will lead me home.

He guides my ways in righteousness,
And He anoints my head with oil,
And my cup, it overflows with joy,
I feast on His pure delights.

And though I walk the darkest path,
I will not fear the evil one,
For You are with me, and Your rod and staff
Are the comfort I need to know

A Prayer of Blessing

May the Lord bless you and take care of you
May he be kind and gracious to you
May he look on to you with favour and give peace

Throughout the days to come in Jesus name,

Amen.

 15th November Sunday worship@home
by Revd. Francis Itiiri

Presbyter, Northampton Circuit

Webpage: Paul Deakin