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Worship for the week beginning 31 July 2022

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Sunday 31 July

Rev David Speirs has prepared this week’s message.

This short act of worship is for use from home.  Please use this service whenever you like during the week.

Pause to settle yourself in God’s presence, knowing that other people are sharing in worship with you.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Opening Prayer:

O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
for his steadfast love endures forever.
Let us thank the LORD for his steadfast love,
for his wonderful works to humankind. 

Prayer based on Psalm 107: 1,8.

StF 34 – O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness

O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness,
bow down before him his glory proclaim;
with gold of obedience and incense of lowliness, kneel and adore him:
the Lord is his name.

Low at his feet lay your burden of carefulness,
high on his heart he will bear it for you,
comfort your sorrows, and answer your prayerfulness, showing the pathway your feet should pursue.

Fear not to enter his courts in the slenderness
of the poor wealth you would count as your own; truth in its beauty, and love in its tenderness,
these are the offerings to bring to his throne.

These, though we bring them in trembling and fearfulness,  he will accept for the name that is dear; mornings of joy give for evenings of tearfulness, trust for our trembling, and hope for our fear.

O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness,
bow down before him his glory proclaim;
with gold of obedience and incense of lowliness, kneel and adore him:
the Lord is his name.


John Samuel Bewley Monsell (1811-1875).

Bible Reading

New Revised Standard Version Bible: Anglicized Edition, copyright © 1989, 1995 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. http://nrsvbibles.org

Time to Reflect

In the passage that we have this Sunday a man comes to Jesus asking him to divide his father’s inheritance with him. We do not know much about this man’s situation although commentators suggest that this is likely to be the younger brother asking the eldest for a greater share than he is entitled to under the law.

Jesus response is a warning against those who would place material wealth and possessions higher than our love of God and neighbour. It is a reminder that a secure life is built on the promises of God and not our possessions. In the parable, the wealthy landowner decides to hoarde his grain rather than sell or share it. His motivation for this is so he can have an extravagant life, knowing that by keeping back this grain he is likely to inflate the market price. However, the wealthy has his life demanded on him that night and his store of treasure cannot purchase God’s favour.

Jesus seeks to remind his listeners that greed and selfishness, particularly when it comes to material wealth and possessions, is foolishness as it puts us in opposition to God who in his generosity encourages us to be generous with that we are entrusted with.

This Sunday we say goodbye to Revd Romeo Pedro, our friend and Superintendent Minister. Romeo’s ministry amongst us has been characterised by a prophetic call for us to love God and neighbour, and in particular the poor and vulnerable. As we move forward as Northampton Methodist Church we must hold on to what we are called to as Christ’s disciples: To share the love of God, the good news of Jesus, in word and in action. This will involve generosity and compassion for the least and a preparedness to challenge injustice.

So we should ask ourselves: How can we share what we have and act generously in the eyes of God? How can we follow the example of Jesus in his ministry of feeding, healing and empowerment?

Prayer of Thanksgiving

Gracious God, we thank you for all the good things that you have filled our lives with. For that which meets our daily needs and those relationships that sustain us. This Sunday we thank you for the gift of Revd Romeo and we pray that as he moves to his next appointment that you might continue to bless him and equip him through your Holy Spirit. In Jesus name we pray,

Amen.

Prayer of Intercession

Generous God, we pray for rich countries with a surplus of wealth and for poor countries in debt to them; We pray for rich countries whose stores are overflowing, and for countries whose harvests have failed; We pray for rich countries flaunting their material success, and for the poor who live there, forgotten or ignored.
Generous God, help us not pile up treasures for ourselves while remaining paupers in your sight.

Generous God, we pray for those whose wealth has given them power, and for those whose poverty has made them powerless; We pray for those whose lives are given to making money, and for those who can barely afford to live; We pray for the successful, the popular, the talented, and for those who are given little respect. Generous God, help us not pile up treasures for ourselves while remaining paupers in your sight.

Generous God, we pray for Your church with its many possessions, and for Your people who live in poverty; We pray for Your church, entrusted with the gospel, and for those crying out for love and hope; We pray for Your church, filled with your Holy Spirit, and for those who long for guidance and peace. Generous God, help us not pile up treasures for ourselves while remaining paupers in your sight.

In the name of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Saviour, who was rich, yet for our sakes became poor, so that through his poverty we might become rich. 

Amen

Christine Odell. Companion to the Revised Common Lectionary: 1. Intercessions (Peterborough: Epworth Press, 1988), p. 157. https://churchofscotland.org.uk/worship/weekly-worship/monthly/july-2022/31-july-8th-sunday-after-pentecost

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.

STF 545 – Be thou my vision

Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart,
Be all else but naught to me, save that thou art; be thou my best thought in the day and the night, both waking and sleeping thy presence my light.

Be thou my wisdom, be thou my true word, be thou ever with me, and I with thee, Lord; be thou my great Father, thy child let me be;
be thou in me dwelling, and I one with thee. 

Be thou my breastplate, my sword for the fight; be thou my whole armour, be thou my true might; be thou my soul’s shelter, be thou my strong tower: O raise thou me heavenward, great Power of my power. 

Riches I heed not, nor earth’s empty praise: be thou mine inheritance now and always;
be thou and thou only the first in my heart:
O Sovereign of heaven, my treasure thou art. 

High King of heaven, thou heaven’s bright Sun, O grant me its joys after victory is won; Great Heart of my own heart, whatever befall, still be thou my vision, O Ruler of all.

Irish, 8th century,
translated by Mary Elizabeth Byrne (1880-1931) versified by Eleanor Henrietta Hull (1860-1935) (alt.)

Final Prayer

We commit ourselves to serving you Holy God; in the knowledge of your presence and your great love for us in Jesus Christ, offered to us through your Holy Spirit. May the blessing of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, be with us all, evermore.

Amen.

Service prepared by Rev David Speirs

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