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Worship for the week beginning 6th June 2021
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Sunday 6th June
Rev Francis M’Itiiri has prepared this week’s message
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Gathering of God’s People.
We meet today to Worship our God in this sacred place. Be still and know that God is with you.
We join to confess our sins with
1. Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord.
2. Lord, hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy.
3. If you, Lord, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand?
4. But with you there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence, serve you.
Hymns: STF 331. King of Kings, Majesty
King of kings, Majesty
God of Heaven living in me.
Gentle Saviour, closest friend
Strong Deliverer, beginning and end.
All within me falls at your throne.
Your Majesty, I can but bow
I lay my all before you now.
In royal robes I don’t deserve.
I live to serve Your Majesty.
Earth and Heaven worship you,
Love eternal, Faithful and True,
Who bought the nations, ransomed souls,
brought this sinner near to your throne,
all within me cries out in praise.
16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
4 So all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah. 5 They said to him, ‘You are old, and your sons do not follow your ways; now appoint a king to lead[a] us, such as all the other nations have.’
6 But when they said, ‘Give us a king to lead us,’ this displeased Samuel; so he prayed to the Lord. 7 And the Lord told him: ‘Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king.
25 If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. 26 And if Satan opposes himself and is divided, he cannot stand; his end has come. 27 In fact, no one can enter a strong man’s house without first tying him up. Then he can plunder the strong man’s house.
Time to Reflect…
Our reflection for today is drawn from
2 Corinthians 4:16-18; 1 Samuel 8:4-7 and Mark 3:25-27 (all quotations from NIV)
As we reflect on today’s message, let us explore few insights behind the background of the above texts. Firstly, Apostle Paul uses various style of writing to the Corinthians believers; metaphor language, allegory, and figure of speech to communicate to his readers to unearth sound teaching from God’s word. No wonder theologians refer to Paul as the prolific writer and father of the New Testament Christian Maturity.
To grow one’s faith and progress into perfection, the apostle brings into our awareness various natural and spiritual aspects. The inward person and outward person, the seen and the unseen. The Eternal and the temporary. The Unity and division, God and Satan, angels and demons, the earthly and the spiritual kingdom
Secondly, Apostle Paul reminds us in 2 Corinthians 4:16-18.
16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.
17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.
18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
The apostle Paul reminds us that God has severally in the Scriptures used fragile vessels to carry his powerful truth. Paul, for his part, never pretended to be Superman. He was merely human. And he quite often experienced changes every day looking forward to that eternal Kingdom. And in spite of the many scars, he carried in his life and many discouragements while focusing on others he found himself forgetting about himself and his human achievements.
Philippian 3:8 ‘’ What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage that I may gain Christ.
Thirdly. Over certain periods in history, various Countries of the world have experienced great pressure from the society demanding change in many aspects: ranging from leadership to governance, technology, politics, and Climate change. Similarly, we see Samuel the prophet was confronted by the political question when elders of Israel demanded for a King of their own.
We read. In Samuel 8:4-7,
4 so all the elders of Israel gathered and came to Samuel at Ramah.
5 They said to him, “You are old, and your sons do not follow your ways; now appoint a king to lead[a] us,
such as all the other nations have.
6 But when they said, “Give us a king to lead us,” this displeased Samuel; so, he prayed to the Lord.
7 And the Lord told him: “Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king’’.
Similarly, before the ascension of Christ the disciples demanded from Jesus the same question that Prophet Samuel asked, although differently.
In Acts 1:6-7 then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”
Whether or not the demands were justifiable, there is one thing that we are sure they failed to acknowledge, the consequences for such demands whether at that present or in the far future. So, when Christians want to copy the way of the world and bring certain things contrary to God’s word and Spirit into the church, this text stands a great baseline.
Lastly, I guess this why Jesus said in Mark 3:24-27. If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25 If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. 26 And if Satan opposes himself and is divided, he cannot stand; his end has come.
For the faithful Christians it is something different all together. God’s Kingdom and its reign begins in someone’s heart. May our God help us to have an urge for inward and outward change and be open to the reign of Spirit.
A TIME TO PRAY.
Lord God as we emerge from so many troubles brought about by the pandemic in the last two years. Lord, we pray you grant us your help to overcome these challenges and as nations reopen back the economy, and church buildings reopen for public worship, may we be able to utilize these broad experiences to progress forward in doing your will.
We pray to an end of internal conflict in relationships and the state of anarchy in the Middle East, Yemen, Syria, Somalia, and Chad. Lord protect your servants as they discharge of their legitimate functions as voice to the voiceless bring change in systems, and structure that currently promote a culture of discrimination of various forms. May the wind of your Spirit blow to every corner of the earth to bring peace and salvation. And that many would turn to you like Nicodemus, and many would continue to welcome you into their lives May your Kingdom come.
We pray that your great love would draw back to you those who had drifted away from you during this Pandemic period. Thank you for loving us to the extent of your son offering his life to us. Now help us by the power of your Holy Spirit to invite you into our lives. Come Holy Spirit, come, come Holy Spirit come, fill our hearts.
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.
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.
STF 89. Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord.
Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord,
We will wait upon the Lord,
We will wait upon the Lord.
Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord.
We will wait upon the Lord,
We will wait upon the Lord.
Our God, you reign forever.
Our hope, our Strong Deliverer
You are the everlasting God,
The everlasting God,
You do not faint you won’t grow weary,
you’re the defender of the weak,
you comfort those in need.
You will lift up on wings like eaglesX2.
A prayer of blessing
Come Holy Spirit; and dwell in our hearts, so that we can do your will, be our helper, give us peace, direction, and revelation. May now the reign of your eternal Kingdom commence its rule in our hearts. Amen.
Service prepared by Rev Francis M’Itiiri
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