Home Service: Sunday, 28 June 2020
To be used in conjunction with Read Mark, Learn – RML 280620
Matins from Benedictus a Book of Blessings by John O’Donohue
I rise today
In the name of Silence,
Womb of the Word.
In the name of Stillness,
Home of Belonging.
In the name of the Solitude
Of the Soul and the Earth.
I rise today
Blessed by all things,
Wings of breath,
Delight of eyes,
Wonder of whisper,
Intimacy of touch,
Eternity of soul,
Urgency of thought,
Miracle of health,
Embrace of God.
May I live this day
Compassionate of heart,
Clear in word,
Gracious in awareness,
Courageous in thought,
Generous in love.
Song: O Lord hear my prayer
This is a reflective version from the Taize community
O Lord hear my prayer. O Lord hear my prayer. When I call answer me.
O Lord, hear my prayer. O Lord hear my prayer. Come and listen to me.
Bible Reading: Matthew 6:9-13
I find this version of the Lord’s Prayer really powerful and descriptive. It’s from the Passion version.
Our Father, dwelling in the heavenly realms may the glory of your name be the centre on which our lives turn. Manifest your kingdom realm, and cause your every purpose to be fulfilled on earth, just as it is fulfilled in heaven. We acknowledge you as our Provider
of all we need each day. Forgive us the wrongs we have done as we ourselves release forgiveness to those who have wronged us. Rescue us every time we face tribulation
and set us free from evil. For you are the King who rules with power and glory forever. Amen.
Song: The Lord’s Prayer sung by Andrea Bocelli
Prayer: We pray for others in these challenging times of Corona virus pandemic.
Let us pray to the Lord, who is our refuge and stronghold. For the health and well-being of our nation, that all who are fearful and anxious may be at peace and free from worry:
Lord, hear us, Lord, graciously hear us. For the isolated and housebound, that we may be alert to their needs, and care for them in their vulnerability: Lord, hear us, Lord, graciously hear us. For our homes and families, our schools and young people, and all in any kind of need or distress: Lord, hear us, Lord, graciously hear us. For a blessing on our local community, that our neighbourhoods may be places of trust and friendship, where all are known and cared for: Lord, hear us, Lord, graciously hear us. We commend ourselves, and all those we pray for, to the mercy and protection of God.
Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ.
Thoughts from our reading
In the Lord’s Prayer we find a plan that will help us pray in a way that is pleasing to our Father and keep us on track also.
A. Praise (v.9) “Whenever you pray, say: “May the glory of your name.” Praise is an important part of our prayers. We must always remember to honour our heavenly Father. We are creations of the Creator and it is a natural thing for us to worship Him.
B. Purpose (v.10) “Manifest your kingdom realm” It is easy to forget we have a responsibility to fulfil God’s purpose in the world. We are a people on mission, and we should be mindful and sensitive about the work of His Kingdom. Each day we are to be busy doing kingdom business.
C. Physical needs (v.11) “We acknowledge you as our provider” One of the promises that should give us hope for each day is that God does indeed supply our needs. When we pray, it is a part of the instruction of Jesus that we ask the Father for the things that we need to make it through each day. Since it is part of His plan for us as we pray, then we should never hesitate to ask.
D. Spiritual needs (v.12) “Forgive us for the wrongs we have done” There is not a day that goes by that we should not be mindful of the forgiveness, grace, and compassion of God. The sin has been forgiven and we are set free. But God provides our spiritual needs and we should not neglect asking for that help.
E. Protection (v.13) ” Rescue us every time we face tribulation” It makes sense that the same loving, compassionate, and kind Saviour that went to such great lengths to have a relationship with us would also take the time to protect us. His plans and desires for us are so much better than anything we might plan ourselves. The problem we have is that sometimes we don’t make wise choices. He desires to help us with this. We must not allow ourselves to become weary as we pray for things. This reminder from Jesus on how to pray should encourage us. When it seems like the answers are slow to come, remember this passage. Jesus knew we would feel that way and He tells us to keep on praying. We find security in the fact that God hears and will respond to our prayers.
If you were to describe your prayer life would you use the words “persistent” and “perseverance?”
A light-hearted moment but a challenge to think about, nonetheless. A little girl came to her mother and said, “I suppose, up in heaven, they think I am dead.” The mother replied, “Why Mary, why do you suppose they think you are dead?” “Well,” said the little girl, “because, I have not said my prayers for a week.” (Unknown)
Song: I love you Lord
Let’s join together in a song Joanna has recorded for us and let our Lord know how much we love Him.
I love you, Lord, And I lift my voice
To worship You. Oh, my soul, rejoice!
Take joy my King in what You hear
Let it be a sweet, sweet sound in Your ear.
‘Prayer tree’ from ‘Watching for the Kingfisher’ by Ann Lewin
Prayer gives us rootedness,
Reaching out . . .
Discovering in darkness
Sources of nourishment.
Pushing with patient insistence
Drawing from strange places
Strength for life that
Grows in light:
Holding us as we bend,
And when we break, offering
Hope, that from the
New shoots will spring.
Song: As in Heaven – sung by Graham Kendrick, based on The Lord’s Prayer
Oh, can you hear it?
So strong, so strong
One cry through the ages
Your Kingdom come
One prayer, many voices
Sunrise to sunset
Your will be done
Yours Lord be the glory
Yours Lord be the praise
And Yours Lord be the Kingdom
On earth as in heaven Amen
Tears flow into rivers
How long? How long?
O Lord, till Your justice
Covers the earth
Yours Lord be the glory…
Prayer from ‘Watching for the Kingfisher’ by Ann Lewin
A time of disengagement
Wordless waiting before
Nothing much happened:
No flash of insight,
No resolution of perplexity,
But deep down,
Go forth into the world in peace: Be of good courage. Hold fast that which is good. Render to on one evil for evil. Strengthen the faint-hearted. Support the weak. Help the afflicted. Honour all people. Love and serve the Lord. Rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen