Home Service 11

Home Service: Sunday 24 May 2020

This service is to be used in conjunction with this weeks Read Mark, Learn which can be found here – READ MARK 11 LEARN Customs of ancestors 24 May 2020.

Call to worship
We hear the words of the Psalmist that have been repeated countless times down the years but are as precious as ever. He (God) says, ‘Be still and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.’ The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Psalm 46:10-11

Prayer
In the stillness, we offer a prayer that was written about 1000 years ago, but may help us put into words the desire we feel.
O Lord our God, grant us grace to seek you with our whole heart; that seeking you, we may find you; in finding you, we may love you; in loving you, we may hate those sins from which you have redeemed us; for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Let’s praise God for showing us His love us in Jesus and reminding us that He
really is Lord!
Praise https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ks7HY4gob2A
Sing Hallelujah to the Lord.
Sing Hallelujah to the Lord.
Sing Hallelujah.
Sing Hallelujah.
Sing Hallelujah to the Lord.
Jesus is Lord of heaven and earth.
Jesus is Lord of heaven and earth.
Jesus is Lord. Jesus is Lord.
Jesus is Lord of heaven and earth.
Jesus is living in His church.
Jesus is living in His church.
Jesus is living. Jesus is living.
Jesus is living in His church.
Jesus is coming for His own.
Jesus is coming for His own.
Jesus is coming. Jesus is coming.
Jesus is coming for His own.

Reading: Deuteronomy 11:12-21 (GNT)
When God speaks, we need to listen. This passage is part of His word to His chosen people Israel. After He had rescued them from slavery, as they made the journey to the Promised Land, His instructions and laws were revealed to them. Our circumstances may be vastly different, but our God is the same.

Now, people of Israel, listen to what the Lord your God demands of you: Worship the Lord and do all that he commands. Love him, serve him with all your heart, and obey all his laws. I am giving them to you today for your benefit. To the Lord belong even the highest heavens; the earth is his also, and everything on it. But the Lord’s love for your ancestors
was so strong that he chose you instead of any other people, and you are still his chosen people. So then, from now on be obedient to the Lord and stop being stubborn. The Lord your God is supreme over all gods and over all powers. He is great and mighty, and he is to be obeyed. He does not show partiality, and he does not accept bribes. He makes sure that orphans and widows are treated fairly; he loves the foreigners who live with our people and gives them food and clothes. So then, show love for those foreigners, because
you were once foreigners in Egypt. Have reverence for the Lord your God and worship only him. Be faithful to him and make your promises in his name alone. Praise him—he is your God, and you have seen with your own eyes the great and astounding things that
he has done for you.

Pause to think of ‘the great and astounding things that he has done for you’ and give thanks.

Prayer
Lord God, our Father, receive our thanks for… Amen

We sing of God’s greatness and faithfulness
Praise https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04cK02gTDfA
Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father;
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not;
As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be.
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see:
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided–
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!
Summer and winter and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon, and stars in their courses above
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy, and love.
Great is Thy faithfulness…
Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide,
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!
Great is Thy faithfulness…

The Gospel writers have given us many examples of the love of God made known in Jesus and how He touched and changed lives. One lovely example is how He restored Peter, the close friend whose courage had failed so completely that, when challenged, he denied even knowing Jesus let alone being with him. What feelings of shame and self-loathing Peter must have felt, but what a transformation followed!

Readings:

John 13:37-38 (when Jesus predicted His betrayal)
“Lord, why can’t I follow you now?” asked Peter. “I am ready to die for you!” Jesus answered, “Are you really ready to die for me? I am telling you the truth: before the
rooster crows you will say three times that you do not know me.

John 18:26-27 (after Jesus had been arrested)
One of the High Priest’s slaves…spoke up. “Didn’t I see you with him in the garden?” he asked. Again, Peter said “No”—and at once a rooster crowed.

John 21:15-17 (after Jesus’ resurrection)
After they had eaten, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these others do?” “Yes, Lord,” he answered, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Take care of my lambs.” A second time Jesus said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” “Yes, Lord,” he answered, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Take care of my sheep.” A third time Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter became sad because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” and so he said to him,  “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you!” Jesus said to him,
“Take care of my sheep.”

One way of ‘caring for the sheep’ is to pray for them…

Prayer
O Lord, we bring you the troubles and perils of peoples and nations, the sorrows of the bereaved, the sufferings of the sick the needs of the poor, the fears of the anxious the tiredness of the weary, Father we bring to you now ….
O Lord, draw near to each; for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

The Lord’s Prayer
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. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and for ever. Amen.

Reflection – ‘Bats in my roof’.
Back in 1997 ‘The Times’ newspaper published this ‘Book of Prayers’. It contains a selection of prayers sent to the editor when the paper invited contributions from its readers. All sorts of prayers and thoughts were shared. Some came from people living with a firm faith, while others were honest reflections or pleas from people trying to make sense of the troubled world around them and doubts within. What follows was submitted by John Whiteley, ‘an accountant from Kilmington, Devon’. I have bats in my roof. At first, I was not pleased, but they are a protected species, so I had to preserve them. Then I started reading about them and I rather got to like the fascinating creatures.
Now I am happy, even proud to have them under my roof. But I would not want them in my living room. They are all right so long as they stay in their place. Then I realised, that’s how I treat you Lord. I may know all about you, but do I really know you? I may be happy, even proud to be associated with you. But I want to keep you in your place, where you cannot invade my comfort, where you cannot change my life. The bats are happy with my roof space. It meets their needs. But will you be happy until you come into every room? I think I know the answer Lord. Opening every room to Jesus may not be easy to do, but we don’t need to tidy up or redecorate before letting Him in! Opening the front door of the house is the start. Jesus’ words in Revelation 3:20 (The Passion Translation) offer a marvellous prospect. “Behold, I’m standing at the door, knocking. If your heart is open to hear my voice and you open the door within, I will come into you and feast with you, and you will feast with me.” That is a remarkable prospect. His is the company we need. With apologies for an atrocious pun, and with no intention to offend, if we don’t not let Him in, would we be ‘batty’? We rejoice that Jesus lives, He knows our circumstances and He wants to walk with us day by day.

Praise https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jz2TuUOl8kk
He walked where I walk.
He stood where I stand.
He felt what I feel.
He understands.
He knows my frailty,
Shared my humanity,
Tempted in every way,
Yet without sin.
God with us, so close to us.
God with us, Immanuel!
One of a hated race.
Stung by the prejudice.
Suffering injustice,
Yet he forgives.
Wept for my wasted years.
Paid for my wickedness.
He died in my place,
That I might live.
God with us, so close to us.
God with us, Immanuel!

A blessing
from Ephesians 3:20-21 (GNT)
To Him, who by means of His power working in us, is able to do so much more than we can ever ask for, or even think of: to God be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus
for all time, forever and ever! Amen.