Home Service 26

Home Service for Sunday 20 June 2021

Call to worship
‘Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him’ (Psalm 37:7a)

Jesus knew the importance of taking ‘time out’. In Mark’s Gospel, the writer tells us of a time when following some remarkable events in the lives of His disciples, Jesus took them away to be quiet in His company.
Mark 6: 30-32
The apostles gathered round Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught. Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, ‘Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.’ So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place.

We too can and need to spend time with Jesus. We might use this first song as a prayer as we do so now. Sometimes in the quietness, truth can be revealed.


Song

Master, speak, thy servant heareth, waiting for thy
gracious word.
Longing for Thy voice that cheereth, Master, let it now be heard.
I am listening, Lord, for Thee.
What hast Thou to say to me?
Speak to me by name, O Master, let me not unheard depart.
Master, speak, for O Thou knowest all the yearning of my heart.
Knowest all its truest need.
Speak and make me blest indeed.

Master, speak; and make me ready when Thy voice is truly heard,
With obedience, glad and steady, still to follow every word.
I am listening. Lord, for Thee.
Master speak, O speak to me.

Prayer of thanks
Thank you, Father, for all the ways you speak to us, for all that your creation tells of your greatness,
for the truth your spirit reveals to us, Thank you for revealing your love for us in Jesus, for the gifts you give us through Him. Thank you that we can always trust you. Thank you for the hope that you have given us. I am listening. Lord, for Thee. Master speak, O speak to me. Amen

How clearly we hear things is not just about the state of our ears! Expectations and attitude can cause us to mishear or only hear what we want to hear. The next reading describes the confusion felt by some of those who knew Jesus, when they heard him speak.

Reading Mark 6: 1-3
Jesus … went to his hometown accompanied by his disciples. When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed. ‘Where did this man get these things?’ they asked. ‘What’s this wisdom that has been given him? What are these remarkable miracles he is performing? Isn’t this the carpenter?
Isn’t this Mary’s son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon? Aren’t his sisters here with us?’
And they took offence at him. The next song makes it clear who Jesus is and why He is deserving of
our praise and love.

Song

Christ triumphant, ever reigning, Saviour, Master, King!
Lord of heaven, our lives sustaining, hear us as we sing:
Yours the glory and the crown,
the high renown,
the eternal name.
Word incarnate, truth revealing, Son of Man on earth!
power and majesty concealing by your humble birth:
Yours the glory…
Suffering servant, scorned, ill – treated, victim crucified!
death is through the cross defeated, sinners justified:
Yours the glory…
Priestly king, enthroned for ever high in heaven above!
sin and death and hell shall never stifle hymns of love:
Yours the glory…
So, our hearts and voices raising through the ages long,
ceaselessly upon you gazing, this shall be our song:
Yours the glory…

A prayer before praying.
‘Preparation’ by Elizabeth Rooney
Shutter my eyes, my Lord,
so I may see you.
Muffle my ears
so I may hear your voice.
Silence my busy tongue
so you may speak , Lord.
Disperse my thoughts,
let emptiness rejoice.

Song

For the joys and for the sorrows; the best and worst of times.
For this moment, for tomorrow, for all that lies behind.
Fears that crowd around me, for the failure of my plans,
For the dreams of all I hope to be, the truth of what I am.
For this I have Jesus
For this I have Jesus
For this I have Jesus,
I have Jesus
For the tears that flow in secret in the broken times.
For the moments of elation, or the troubled mind.
For all the disappointments or the sting of old regrets,
All my prayers and longings that seem unanswered yet.
For this I have Jesus…
For the weakness of my body; the burdens of each day.
For the nights of doubt and worry when sleep has fled away.
Needing reassurance and the will to start again,
A steely-eyed endurance the strength to fight and win.
For this I have Jesus…

In the book of Genesis, way back in the history of the world, is a story about communication and the folly of leaving God out of our thinking.

Reading: Genesis 11:1-9
Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. As people moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there. They said to each other, ‘Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.’ They used brick instead of stone, and bitumen for mortar. Then they said, ‘Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise, we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.’ But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower the people were building. The Lord said, ‘If as one people speaking the same language, they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.’ So, the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. That is why it was called Babel – because there the Lord confused the language of the whole world. From there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth.

Pause now to bring to God concerns, confusions, questions and cares. Let’s remember He is Lord of all, but also our perfect, loving Father.

Prayer of intercession
Father, in your mercy, hear the prayers I bring you now. As names, faces and images come to mind, hear the
wordless prayers I offer. Sometimes it is too difficult to say what we feel. There is so much I could tell you; so much I
could ask for. As I am still before you now, please speak to me and show me the way I should go. Amen

Pete’s Sermon (Opens in a new tab):

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.

Our last song celebrates Jesus again. It describes how may already be and what will yet be, when His Lordship is acknowledged by all.

Song

For this purpose Christ was revealed
To destroy all the works
Of the Evil One
Christ in us has overcome
So with gladness we sing
And welcome His kingdom in
Over sin He has conquered
Hallelujah, He has conquered
Over death victorious
Hallelujah, victorious
Over sickness He has triumphed
Hallelujah, He has triumphed
Jesus reigns over all!
In the name of Jesus we stand
By the power of His blood
We now claim this ground
Satan has no authority here
Powers of darkness must flee
For Christ has the victory
Over sin He has conquered…

Blessing Ephesians 3:20–21
Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power
that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations,
for ever and ever.