Home Service 2

Sunday 29 March 2020 – To be used in conjunction with Read Mark, Learn “After Supper” – SBC – READ MARK LEARN, AFTER SUPPER 29.03.20

Preparing to worship
Be still, then speak the words of the Psalmist
Psalm 46:1-3 (NIVUK)
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.

Give Praise with a song written by Matt Redman
For a youthful performance of this song, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1WYo4eKdSE
Bless the Lord oh my soul,
Oh my soul, Worship His Holy name.
Sing like never before, Oh my soul.
I’ll worship Your Holy name.
The sun comes up; it’s a new day dawning.
It’s time to sing Your song again.
Whatever may pass and whatever lies before me,
Let me be singing when the evening comes.
Bless the Lord oh my soul
Oh my soul…
You’re rich in love and You’re slow to anger.
Your name is great and Your heart is kind.
For all Your goodness I will keep on singing.
Ten thousand reasons for my heart to find.
Bless the Lord oh my soul
Oh my soul….
And on that day when my strength is failing;
The end draws near and my time has come.
Still my soul will sing Your praise unending
Ten thousand years and then forevermore.
Bless the Lord oh my soul
Oh my soul…

Prayer of thanks
Listing ‘10,000 reasons’ right now may not be practical, possible, or even easy to begin, but let’s give thanks as we feel able
Thank you, Lord, for…
… Abba, Father, receive my thanks.

Finding the words to say can be difficult. Some of the great characters in the Bible felt inadequate to speak for God. Moses had an amazing encounter with Him, but still didn’t think he would be able to deliver God’s message.

Reading: Exodus 4:10-16 (GNT)
Moses said, “No, Lord, don’t send me. I have never been a good speaker, and I
haven’t become one since you began to speak to me. I am a poor speaker, slow
and hesitant.” The Lord said to him, “Who gives man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or
dumb? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? It is I, the Lord. Now, go! I will help you to speak, and I will tell you what to say.” But Moses answered, “No, Lord, please send someone else.” At this the Lord became angry with Moses and said, “What about your brother Aaron, the Levite? I know that he can speak well. In fact, he is now coming to
meet you and will be glad to see you. You can speak to him and tell him what to
say. I will help both of you to speak, and I will tell you both what to do. He will be
your spokesman and speak to the people for you. Then you will be like God,
telling him what to say.

God didn’t give up on Moses; far from it. In due course he would have every reason to speak at length of God’s salvation of him and of his people.

Give Thanks with a song by Martin Smith.
One version can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dNnv-9tQHio
Thank You for saving me; what can I say?
You are my everything, I will sing Your praise.
You shed Your blood for me; what can I say?
You took my sin and shame, a sinner called by name.
Great is the Lord.
Great is the Lord.
For we know Your truth has set us free;
You’ve set Your hope in me.
Mercy and grace are mine, forgiven is my sin;
Jesus my only hope, the Saviour of the world.
‘Great is the Lord’ we cry; God let Your kingdom come.
Your Word has let me see, thank You for saving me

The apostle Paul mentions the problem of finding the words for prayer and its solution, when he wrote to Christians in Rome about the ‘big picture’ they were trying to understand. This paraphrase of Paul’s words is by J.B.Phillips, Reading: Romans 8: 18-27
          In my opinion whatever we may have to go through now is less than nothing
compared with the magnificent future God has planned for us. The whole
creation is on tiptoe to see the wonderful sight of the children of God coming
into their own. The world of creation cannot as yet see reality, not because it
chooses to be blind, but because in God’s purpose it has been so limited—yet it
has been given hope. And the hope is that in the end the whole of created life
will be rescued from the tyranny of change and decay and have its share in that
magnificent liberty which can only belong to the children of God!
It is plain to anyone with eyes to see that at the present time all created life
groans in a sort of universal travail. And it is plain, too, that we who have a
foretaste of the Spirit are in a state of painful tension, while we wait for that
redemption of our bodies which will mean that at last we have realised our full
place in him. We were saved by this hope, but in our moments of impatience let
us remember that hope always means waiting for something that we haven’t yet
got. But if we hope for something we cannot see, then we must settle down to
wait for it in patience.

The Spirit of God not only maintains this hope within us but helps us in our
present limitations. For example, we do not know how to pray worthily as
children of God, but his Spirit within us is actually praying for us in those
agonising longings which never find words. And God who knows the heart’s
secrets understands, of course, the Spirit’s intention as he prays for those who
love God.

Whether in spoken words or silence, we bring our prayers to God.
Prayer for the people and matters in our thoughts
Father we bring to you now ….
…Father, in Your mercy, hear my prayer.

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- ‘Finding the words.’
Selwyn: My two years old granddaughter’s ability to talk has developed noticeably in
recent weeks. We now hear ‘please’ from her (when she is prompted) and an occasional ‘tank you’. She can’t manage the four syllables of our other granddaughter’s name, so says ‘sister’ instead. She doesn’t manage grace before meals but always chips in with an ‘Amen’. When food is eaten up, she announces ‘all gone’. Requests for ‘keckup’ are sometimes heard at meal times. If something goes awry, she says ‘Oh dear’ and when it’s safe to cross the road she tells us ‘green man’. We try to work out what she is saying at other times, but I expect she’s puzzled by our not always understanding what is obvious to her.

How different it is with our Father, Abba. We, like toddlers, may struggle to express ourselves to Him, and possibly not understand what we are asking for. We still have much to learn. How good to know we don’t have to get it ‘right’ for Him to know what we are trying to say or to respond to us. There is no correct form or vocabulary we must use. How comforting to know that if reluctant like Moses, or eloquent like Paul, He hears us perfectly well with or without words.

May our prayers continue and become as natural as a small child’s chatter
as we draw closer Him.

A prayer in song by Jenny Hewer. An expression of trust for all that is yet to be.

Father, I place into Your hands the things I cannot do.
Father, I place into Your hands the things that I’ve been through.
Father, I place into Your hands the way that I should go,
For I know I always can trust You.
Father, I place into Your hands my friends and family.
Father, I place into Your hands the things that trouble me.
Father, I place into Your hands the person I would be,
For I know I always can trust You.
Father, we love to see Your face, we love to hear Your voice.
Father, we love to sing Your praise and in Your name rejoice.
Father, we love to walk with You and in Your presence rest,
For we know we always can trust You.
Father, I want to be with You and do the things You do.
Father, I want to speak the words that You are speaking too.
Father, I want to love the ones that You will draw to You,
For I know that I am one with You.

A blessing
May the love of the Father, the tenderness of the Son,and the presence of the Spirit,
gladden our hearts and bring peace to our souls, this day and all days. Amen.