Home Service 13

Home Service: Sunday 7 June 2020

Flowers 7th June 2020This Home Service can be used in conjunction with this weeks Read Mark, Learn – 2020-06-07 Clean or Unclean

As we come to worship let’s join in with this song but watch out for a significant spelling mistake in verse 3 on YouTube!
Be still and know that I am God. (x3)
I am the Lord that healeth thee. (x3)
In Thee O Lord do I put my trust (x3)
Be still and know that I am God. (x3)

Call to worship
The Psalmist reminds us of God’s majesty and power.
Psalm 97:1-6
The Lord reigns, let the earth be glad; let the distant shores rejoice. Clouds and thick darkness surround him; righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.
Fire goes before him and consumes his foes on every side. His lightning lights up the world; the earth sees and trembles. The mountains melt like wax before the Lord, before the Lord of all the earth. The heavens proclaim his righteousness, and all peoples see his glory.

Almighty God, our Father in heaven, so great, yet so loving. May we feel and know that You are with us, here and now. Please free us from any hindrance as we come to you
through Jesus our Saviour. Amen

Now let’s allow the words of this song Joanna has recorded, to focus our thoughts
on what Jesus has done for us and how we respond to Him.
Praise https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-In6tlAGZ5g
Light of the World You stepped down into darkness,
Opened my eyes, let me see beauty that made this heart adore You.
Hope of a life spent with You.
So here I am to worship, here I am to bow down,
here I am to say that You’re my God.
And You’re altogether lovely, altogether worthy,
altogether wonderful to me.
King of all days, Oh, so highly exalted, glorious in Heaven above.
Humbly You came to the earth You created. All for love’s sake became poor.
So here I am to worship…
And I’ll never know how much it cost to see my sin upon that cross (x2)
So here I am to worship…

Lord God, our Father, Thank you for all you have given us in Jesus. Thank you for His victory over sin and death. Thank you for… Receive our thanks Lord. Amen

When Jesus lived on earth, He did many amazing things and crowds followed, some out of curiosity, wondering just who He was. Not all discovered the truth. Even John the Baptist needed to check if Jesus really was the Messiah.

Reading Luke 7:18-22
John’s disciples told him about all these things. Calling two of them, he sent them to the Lord to ask, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?’ When the men came to Jesus, they said, ‘John the Baptist sent us to you to ask, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?”’ At that very time Jesus cured many who had diseases, illnesses and evil spirits, and gave sight to many who were blind. So he replied to the messengers, “Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard: the blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor.”

Had we witnessed those things, what conclusion would we have drawn? Recognising that Jesus is indeed the Son of God, our Saviour, we praise Him with this song.
Praise https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POmIxtEr9Rk
Jesus is the name we honour; Jesus is the name we praise.
Majestic name above all other names, the highest Heaven and Earth proclaim
that Jesus is our God.
We will glorify, we will lift him high, we will give him honour and praise(x2)
Jesus is the name we worship; Jesus is the name we trust.
He is the King above all other kings, let all creation stand and sing
that Jesus is our God. We will glorify…
Jesus is the Father’s splendour; Jesus is the Father’s joy.
He will return to reign in majesty, and every eye at last will see
that Jesus is our God. We will glorify…

Jesus’ teaching was not always easy listening; those who followed Him around didn’t always like what they heard. We also may find His words challenging, but would our response be the same as Peter’s in this reading?

Reading: John 6:66-69
Because of what Jesus said, many of his disciples turned their backs on him and stopped following him. Jesus then asked his twelve disciples if they were going to leave him.
Simon Peter answered, “Lord, there is no one else that we can go to! Your words give eternal life. We have faith in you, and we are sure that you are God’s Holy One.”

Father we bring to you now our concerns, our doubts, our failings, the needs of others ….
… Lord, there is no one else that we can go to. Please hear the prayers we offer for Jesus’ sake. 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 – Lost in translation?
We are blessed with many different versions of the Bible and we have made use of several in these Home Services. Some are almost word-forword translations of original texts, while others are more imaginative in seeking to capture the writer’s essential meaning. All sorts of modern languages and dialects are now catered for. The following is from ‘Da Jesus Book’ which is the Bible in Hawaiian pidgin English.
“God wen get so plenny love an aloha fo da peopo inside da world, dat he wen send me, his one an ony Boy, so dat everybody dat trus me no get cut off from God, but get da real kine life dat stay to da max foeva.”
Did you recognise that as John 3:16 – God so loved the world…? Closer to home, ‘Ee by Gum, Lord!’ is a book of the Gospels in broad Yorkshire. In that translation, Matthew 28.19-20 becomes ‘Go to all t’ nations o’ t’ world ter finnd disciples, an’ baptise fowk i’ t’
name o’ t’ Fatther, t’ Son an’t’ Holy Sperrit. Learn ’em all ‘at yer’ve learned from me — an’ think on! Ah s’ll allus bi wi’ my disciples — reight until t’ end o’ time.’ The writer Selwyn Hughes told a story about a visit made to South Korea by a famous but formidable Bible teacher who was not known for brevity. When he began to preach, an interpreter stood by to translate his words. The preacher began by saying, ‘The theological implications of this text are, to say the least, filled with the deepest and most profound significance’. He then stood back for the interpreter to translate. He might have been surprised to know the interpreter’s version, ‘He hasn’t said anything worthwhile yet, but when he does, I’ll let you know.’ What would that interpreter have said if he had been translating the Hawaiian and Yorkshire texts above? Perhaps just two brief, but infinitely worthwhile points;
1. God really does love us
2. He is always with us.
As the Authorised Version of the Bible has it, ‘Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.’!

Let’s make the words of this song our own as we journey onwards.
Praise https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npWJZwgmKMo
Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path (x2)
When I feel afraid, think I’ve lost my way, still you’re there right beside me.
And nothing will I fear as long as you are near. Please be near me to the end
Thy Word…
I will not forget Your love for me and yet my heart forever is wandering.
Jesus be my guide and hold me to your side and I will love you to the end.
Thy Word…

A blessing
May the love of God renew us. May the presence of God strengthen us. May the word of God enlighten us. The blessing of Father, Son and Holy Spirit be with us all this day and evermore. Amen.