Home Service: Sunday 14 June 2020
To be used in conjunction with Read mark, Learn – Mark 7__24-30 Faith-filled answer 14 June 2020
Call to worship:
To hear a reading of this Psalm please click on the link. Use Esc button to return. (https://www.youtube.com/embed/MwYMz29Isvs?feature=oembed)
Praise the Lord. Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise in the assembly of his faithful people. Let Israel rejoice in their Maker; let the people of Zion be glad in their King.
Let them praise his name with dancing and make music to him with tambourine and harp. For the Lord takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with victory.
Let his faithful people rejoice in this honour and sing for joy on their beds. May the praise of God be in their mouths and a double-edged sword in their hands, to inflict vengeance on the nations and punishment on the peoples, to bind their kings with fetters, their nobles with shackles of iron, to carry out the sentence written against them – this is the glory of all his faithful people. Praise the Lord.
Lord of all. Father of all. Your glory and majesty are beyond our understanding,
Your power too great to imagine But you reach out with a love that will enfold us gently and securely. Father, we would open our hearts to you now. May your spirit free us from all that would distract. Father receive our worship as we come in Jesus’ name. Amen
Let’s celebrate God’s glory and ask that He will reign in our hearts.
Over all the earth, You reign on high
Every mountain stream, every sunset sky.
But my one request, Lord, my only aim,
Is that You’d reign in me again.
Lord, reign in me, reign in Your power;
Over all my dreams, in my darkest hour.
You are the Lord of all I am, so won’t You reign in me again?
Over every thought, over every word,
May my life reflect the beauty of my Lord;
‘Cause You mean more to me than any earthly thing,
So won’t You reign in me again? Lord, reign in me…
In Matthew’s account of Jesus’ life on earth, there is a section often referred to as ‘the Sermon on the Mount’. From that we read an extract that comes from The Living Bible’s translation.
Reading Matthew 6:25-34
(Jesus said) … don’t worry about things—food, drink, and clothes. For you already have life and a body and they are far more important than what to eat and wear. Look at the birds! They don’t worry about what to eat, they don’t need to sow or reap or store up food for your heavenly Father feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than they are. Will all your worries add a single moment to your life? And why worry about your clothes? Look at the field lilies! They don’t worry about theirs. Yet King Solomon in all his glory was not clothed as beautifully as they. And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and gone tomorrow, won’t he more surely care for you, O you of little faith? So don’t worry at all about having enough food and clothing. Why be like the heathen? For they take pride in all these things and are deeply concerned about them. But your heavenly Father already knows perfectly well that you need them, and he will give them to you if you give him first place in your life and live as he wants you to. So don’t be anxious about tomorrow. God will take care of your tomorrow too. Live one day at a time.
Jesus encouraged His hearers to look around and learn lessons from creation. We might do the same for a short while with the help of this video, ‘Creation Song’ by Fernando Ortega https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gaFm-MpxBw
He wraps Himself in light as with a garment,
He spreads out the heavens and walks on the wings of the wind.
He sends forth the springs from the valleys, they flow between
The birds of the air dwell by the waters, lifting their voices in songSinging glory, glory, glory to the Lamb! All praises and honour forever.
He made the moon for its season; the sun knows it setting.
He looks at the Earth and it trembles, He touches the mountains
and they smoke.
I will sing to the Lord all my life, I will sing praises to my God –
As long as I live. Praises to the Lord, oh my soul.
Singing glory, glory, glory to the Lamb! All praises and honour forever.
Forever and ever…and ever.
Singing glory hallelujah, glory to our God.
All praises and honour forever and ever. Amen.
Pause and give thanks.
Our Father, who loves unconditionally, whose heart overflows with forgiveness, accept our thanks. Lord Jesus, who suffered so much for our salvation, and defeated sin and death, accept our thanks. Holy Spirit, breath of God, who enlightens, revives and empowers us, accept our thanks. Amen
Paul’s letters to the groups of believers in the ‘Early Church’ said much about how Christians should live. His words are still relevant. Here is part of his letter to the
church at Colossae.
Reading: Colossians 3:12-17 (Good News Translation)
You are the people of God; he loved you and chose you for his own. So then, you must clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Be tolerant with one another and forgive one another whenever any of you has a complaint against someone else. You must forgive one another just as the Lord has forgiven you.
And to all these qualities add love, which binds all things together in perfect unity. The peace that Christ gives is to guide you in the decisions you make; for it is to this peace that God has called you together in the one body. And be thankful. Christ’s message in all its richness must live in your hearts. Teach and instruct one another with all wisdom. Sing psalms, hymns, and sacred songs; sing to God with thanksgiving in your hearts.
Everything you do or say, then, should be done in the name of the Lord Jesus, as you give thanks through him to God the Father.
Let’s make this song our prayer
May the mind of Christ, my Saviour live in me from day to day,
By His love and power controlling all I do and say.
May the Word of God dwell richly in my heart from hour to hour,
So that all may see I triumph only through His power.
May the peace of God my Father rule my life in everything,
That I may be calm to comfort sick and sorrowing.
May the love of Jesus fill me as the waters fill the sea;
Him exalting, self, abasing, this is victory.
May I run the race before me, strong and brave to face the foe,
Looking only unto Jesus as I onward go.
May His beauty rest upon me, as I seek the lost to win,
And may they forget the channel, seeing only Him.
Pause now to bring to God the cares and burdens on our hearts
Father we bring to you now… Father, 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 – Travelling safely
Jesus’ teaching should influence every aspect of life. Back in 1937 it led Mrs Barbara Mackie to establish the Christian Road Safety League. Membership was open to all road users and pedestrians. It appears that traffic was as great a concern then as now. At some point the League became an Association, but its membership grew and included people from all round the world. Its stated aims were
• to encourage careful and prayerful use of all roads, bridle-ways, footpaths etc
• to encourage full observance of the Highway Code
• to encourage adherence to the Royal Law,
“You should love your neighbour as yourself’ One of their leaflets carries the slogan Care and prayer on the road saves lives. A good thought for all kinds of journeying and life in general. Another CRSA leaflet was ‘The Cyclists Prayer’.
Give me a steady hand O Lord, a watchful eye,
That none may suffer hurt, dear Lord, when I pass by.
Thou givest life O God, I pray no act of mine
May take away or mar dear Lord, that gift of Thine.
Teach me to use my cycle, Lord, for other’s need,
Nor miss, through lack of wit, dear Lord, or love of speed,
The beauties of Thy word, O God, that thus I may,
With joy and courtesy, dear Lord, go on my way.
Of course, Jesus never rode a bicycle, but He knows cyclists and every other kind of traveller. He did ride a donkey, He sailed in boats, and He walked many a mile. He was familiar with the dangers of travel and knows the ways we take. He enabled some, who had lost the use of their legs, to start moving and He helped many to change the destination of their life’s journey to a much better place. There was a time when in some Christian homes you might see on the wall a small picture proclaiming ‘Christ is the Head of this House, the Unseen Guest at every meal, the Silent Listener to every conversation.’ Perhaps the CRSA would have added ‘and our Companion on every journey.’ Let’s make sure we follow His directions and keep in step with Him, the Way, the Truth and the Life. Jesus’ presence with us on each day’s ‘march’ is celebrated in this song:
We are marching in the light of God (x4)
We are marching, marching, we are marching Oh Oh, we are marching in the
light of God. (x2)
We are living in the love of God (x4)
We are living, living, we are living Oh Oh, we are living in the love of God. (x2)
We are moving in the power of God (x4)
We are moving, moving, we are moving Oh Oh, we are moving in the power
of God. (x2)
We are marching, marching, we are marching Oh Oh, we are marching in the
light of God (x2)
May God grant us strength for our journey. May He guide our footsteps; give light on our path and may we know His presence with us day by day. Amen.