Home Service: Sunday 16 August 2020
This Home Service is to be used in conjunction with this week’s Read Mark, Learn that can be found here – READ MARK_LEARN 16 8 2020 First and last
Call to worship – Psalm 105: 1-4
Give praise to the LORD, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done. Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts. Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always.
If we feel any reluctance to worship. If any sense of failure or unworthiness, is holding us back, take some advice from Billy Graham “Don’t let past mistakes keep you from seeking God.” Just like the father of the Prodigal Son, God our Father is watching out for us to return to Him.
Thank you, Father, for loving us more deeply than we dare to believe or can understand. Please reassure us of your grace as we turn to you. May our minds, our bodies, our souls find peace as we wait upon you. May your spirit move within us now. Amen
This first song is one of many written by Frances Jane van Alstyne (also known as Fanny Crosby). Though she lost her sight at a very young age, in her writing, she often refers to seeing Jesus. This prayer of hers is one we might want to share.
Here from the world we turn, Jesus to seek; Here may his loving voice tenderly speak! Jesus, our dearest Friend, while at thy feet we bend, O let thy smile descend! ‘Tis thee we seek. Come, Holy Comforter, Presence Divine, Now in our longing hearts graciously shine; O for thy mighty power! O for a blessed shower, Filling this hallowed hour with joy divine! Saviour, thy work revive: here may we see Those who are dead in sin quickened by thee; Come to our hearts tonight, make every burden light; Cheer thou our waiting sight; we long for thee.
The video for that song ended with a verse from one of the Old Testament prophets. Hosea was given some harsh things to God’s chosen people, but there was also a message of hope too.
Just as for the people then, for us it is always ‘time to seek the LORD’.
Reading Hosea 10:12-13
Sow righteousness for yourselves, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unploughed ground; for it is time to seek the LORD, until he comes and showers his righteousness on you. But you have planted wickedness, you have reaped evil, you have eaten the fruit of deception. Because you have depended on your own strength and on your many warriors,
In some quiet moments let us recognise our need of forgiveness but also give thanks for our knowledge and experience of God’s infinite love
God of healing, God of wholeness, we bring our brokenness, our failings, our fears and lay them at your feet. God of grace, God of mercy we hold out hearts and hands, minds and souls to feel your touch, and know the peace that only you can bring. Lord God, Our Father, Receive our thanks for your goodness and mercy. Thank you for ‘the fruit of unfailing love’. Thank you for all that you have given us. For… Praise you Lord. Amen
And a song to express thankfulness and praise for what Jesus has done for us and will yet provide.
King of Kings, Majesty, God of heaven living in me, Gentle Saviour, closest Friend, Strong Deliverer, Beginning and End, All within me falls at Your throne. Your majesty, I can but bow, I lay my all before You now. In royal robes I don’t deserve I live to serve Your majesty. Earth and heaven worship You, Love eternal, faithful and true Who bought the nations, ransomed souls Brought this sinner near to Your throne All within me cries out in praise Your majesty, I can but bow…
Wherever we are on our journey of faith there is so much more of God to discover. Even those first disciples who lived with Jesus and witnessed so many marvellous things could not take in everything He said and did.
In this passage Philip may have been asking a question the others wanted to ask. It seems they ought to have known the answer!
Reading: John 14:8-14 (JB Phillips)
Philip said to him, “Show us the Father, Lord, and we shall be satisfied.” “Have I been such a long time with you,” returned Jesus, “without your really knowing me, Philip? The man who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The very words I say to you are not my own. It is the Father who lives in me who carries out his work through me. Do you believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? But if you cannot, then believe me because of what you see me do. I assure you that the man who believes in me will do the same things that I have done, yes, and he will do even greater things than these, for I am going away to the Father. Whatever you ask the Father in my name, I will do—that the Son may bring glory to the Father. And if you ask me anything in my name, I will grant it.
Father help us please to receive your word and learn of you. Will you guide us in your ways and use us to bless others. We commend to your loving care all who are in sorrow, sickness, discouragement, or any other trouble. Give them patience and a firm trust in your goodness. Help those who care for them and bring us all into the joy of your salvation. And for those we are most concerned for…. …Father, in Your mercy, hear my prayer. 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.
More love, more power, More of You in my life More love, more power, More of You in my life And I will worship You, with all of my heart And I will worship You, with all of my mind And I will worship You, with all of my strength For You are my Lord
Reflection – There is more
James Mulgrew (born 17/10/45) is an Irish comedian whose stage name is Jimmy Cricket. A Christian man, he first came to prominence in the 1970s. His popularity led to his own tv show called ‘And There’s More’, which was his best-known catchphrase. It seemed that he always had more jokes and stories to tell and he would beckon to his audience to enter into his comical world. ‘And there’s more’ might have been what the Gospel writer John was saying at the end of his book when he wrote, “Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.” (John 21:25) All the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ life are so brief. They are snapshots and snippets. They do not tell us the half of what He did and said. Lengthy conversations are condensed to a few verses. We have the ‘trailers’ with amazing events, when the whole movie would be marvellous to see. These days technology would allow us to hear his voice and see Him face to face. Great deeds would be examined with slow motion replays. Would that the technology had been available then! There is more, so much more to discover about our Saviour and His love for us. One day all will be made known.
John Robinson (1576–1625) was the pastor of the Pilgrim Fathers before they sailed across the Atlantic on the Mayflower to begin a completely new life. In a farewell sermon he told them, “…I am verily persuaded the Lord hath more truth and light yet to break forth from His holy word.” Much later, these words were included in a hymn written by George Rawson in 1835. To learn more of Jesus we don’t need to set sail as did the Pilgrim Fathers, but we do need to give time and space to make our own discoveries. And if it takes time, it will be well worth the wait. I think Jimmy Cricket would agree!
This final song is one of the ‘oldies’ some of us will remember from past times. It is a prayer expressing the desire to go on learning of Him and following His way. A prayer we might also make our own.
More about Jesus would I know, more of His grace to others show. More of His saving fullness see, more of His love who died for me. More, more about Jesus. More, more about Jesus. More of His saving fullness see, more of His love who died for me. More about Jesus let me learn, More of His holy will discern. Spirit of God, my teacher be, Showing the things of Christ to me. More… More about Jesus in his word, Holding communion with my Lord. Hearing His voice in every line, Making each faithful saying mine. More… More about Jesus; on His throne, Riches in glory all His own. More of His kingdom’s sure increase. More of His coming, Prince of Peace. More…
May the love of God our Father enfold us, May the wisdom of Jesus His Son, enlighten us, May the presence of the Spirit empower us; And may the blessing of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit rest on us and abide with us, now and evermore. Amen