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Sunday 8 August 2021

Morning Prayer

Tenth Sunday after Trinity


This week’s service has been prepared by

Rev Simon Talbot


Welcome

This is the day that the Lord has made.

Let us rejoice and be glad in it.


Bless the Lord, O my soul

And all that is within me bless his holy name


Bless the Lord, O my soul

And forget not all his benefits


Heavenly Father,

in your Son Jesus Christ

you have given us a true faith and sure hope.

Strengthen this faith and hope as we come to worship.

Help us to delight in your goodness and love.

Inspire us to live faithfully as your children. Amen.


Hymn


Lord I lift Your name on high

Lord I love to sing Your praises

I'm so glad You're in my life

I'm so glad You came to save us


Chorus

You came from heaven to earth

To show the way

From the earth to the cross

My debt to pay

From the cross to the grave

From the grave to the sky

Lord I lift Your name on high


Rick Founds © 1989 Universal Music - Brentwood Benson Publishing (Admin. by Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing, Inc.)


Our epistle this morning reminds us, as God’s dearly loved children we are called to live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Yet we so often forget or ignore our call to live this way so we pause as we acknowledge our need for God’s forgiveness and confess our sin.



Confession


God our Father, we come to you in sorrow for our sins. For turning away from you, and ignoring your will for our lives; Father, forgive us: save us and help us.

For behaving just as we wish, without thinking of you; Father, forgive us: save us and help us.

For failing you by what we do, and think and say; Father, forgive us: save us and help us.

For letting ourselves be drawn away from you by temptations in the world about us; Father, forgive us: save us and help us.

For living as if we were ashamed to belong to your Son; Father, forgive us: save us and help us.

May the Father forgive us through the death of His Son, and empower us to live in the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen


Bible Reading: Ephesians 4:25-5:2


25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbour, for we are all members of one body. 26 ‘In your anger do not sin’: do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold. 28 Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.


29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Ch 5 1 Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children 2and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

This is the word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


Gospel Reading: John 6:41-51


41 At this the Jews there began to grumble about him because he said, ‘I am the bread that came down from heaven.’ 42 They said, ‘Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, “I came down from heaven”?’


43 ‘Stop grumbling among yourselves,’ Jesus answered. 44 ‘No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them, and I will raise them up at the last day. 45 It is written in the Prophets: “They will all be taught by God.” Everyone who has heard the Father and learned from him comes to me. 46 No one has seen the Father except the one who is from God; only he has seen the Father. 47 Very truly I tell you, the one who believes has eternal life. 48 I am the bread of life. 49 Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, yet they died. 50 But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which anyone may eat and not die. 51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live for ever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.’


This is the Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ.


Reflection


Like many of us I have been trying to keep up with the results at the Olympics. Alongside the highs there are obviously the lows of not doing as well as you hoped or expected. The athletes I feel most sorry for are the fourth placers. This will probably have changed by Sunday but at the beginning of the week we had 12 fourth places, with only the USA having more. How gutting to have endured in all the training, made huge sacrifices in life to just miss out on a medal. I imagine the thing that kept them going was the focus on the final. For those who have now missed out I imagine the thing that will help them get back into training is the goal of the next major competition - Commonwealth, Worlds or the next Olympics.


Focus on the future is something that we as Christians have in common with Olympians. Our gospel passage reminds us of our promised future - to be people blessed with eternal life. This has been something promised and looked forward to by God’s people for thousands of years. In our passage from John’s gospel Jesus reminded us of the Old Testament promises God had given his people to help them keep going.


As well as drawing on the book of Exodus Jesus quotes from Isaiah who was talking to a group of discouraged people. The section Jesus quotes from starts like this, “O afflicted city, lashed by storms and not comforted”. Like the Olympic fourth placers God’s people at this time had let their heads drop and they needed something to look forward to. From acknowledging their dejection God goes on to encourage them with a picture of their future. The people Isaiah was relaying God’s message to where looking at a ruined city so God uses the picture of not just a rebuilt city, but of an opulent, prosperous city beyond belief to help convey the contrasting future God’s people have ahead.


“O afflicted city, lashed by storms and not comforted, I will build you with stones of turquoise, your foundations with sapphires, I will make your battlements of rubies, your gates of sparkling jewels, and all your walls of precious stones.


All your sons will be taught by the Lord, and great will be your children’s peace.”


I don’t know how you are feeling as you read or listen to this today but I hope that as you remember all that we have through the Lord Jesus your heart and soul will be lifted both as you look forward and remember all that we already have. Isaiah encouraged the people of his day with a vision of how those who inherit God’s promises from them would be blessed. We are part of those people. In our gospel passage Jesus tells us to the way we will be “taught by the Lord”, and by implication live in this promised “city”, is by recognising and relying on Jesus.


The irony of the beginning of our passage is that people who thought they knew Jesus’ background had no idea that he was actually from heaven and ended up rejecting him because of their wrong assumption. Jesus calls us to be people who remember it is only by recognising him as our Saviour that we will be able to enjoy the splendour, security, peace and comfort that comes to those who enjoy eternal life.


Over the last few weeks we have heard different sections of John 6 where Jesus introduces and explains what he means by calling himself “the bread of life.” Here we see that Jesus relates the bread to his “flesh” that he will give for us, pointing us to his death on the cross. It is by sustaining yourself with the knowledge that Jesus has done everything necessary for you to be with him forever that we enjoy the beginning of our eternal life with Jesus. Our present and future hope is not based on our human effort, but on relying on who Jesus is and all he has done for us. When we go through times of discouragement or need our eyes lifted we are therefore different to Olympians as they pursue their dream because we don’t look inside ourself for motivation, we look to all Jesus has already done for us and to the promise he has already given us. We remember that on our own we are helpless and it is only by taking the spiritual food Jesus freely offers that we will be nourished and live. We can also remember that we don’t have a promised goal that could be snatched away from us by a fraction of a second or the tiniest mistake, we have a certain future guaranteed by God himself.


So as we give thanks for all Jesus has done for us, as we trust in all he has promised us, let’s keep going. Keeping going by recognising Jesus for who he is, relying on Jesus and him alone and anticipating the full satisfaction, comfort and peace we are promised as we look forward to the eternal life he has given us.






Hymn


Verse 1

O the deep deep love of Jesus

Vast unmeasured boundless free

Rolling as a mighty ocean

In its fullness over me

Underneath me all around me

Is the current of Thy love

Leading onward leading homeward

To my glorious rest above


Verse 2

O the deep deep love of Jesus

Spread His praise from shore to shore

How He loveth ever loveth

Changeth never nevermore

How He watches o'er His loved ones

Died to call them all His own

How for them He intercedeth

Watches over them from the throne


Verse 3

O the deep deep love of Jesus

Love of every love the best

'Tis an ocean vast of blessing

'Tis a haven sweet of rest

O the deep deep love of Jesus

'Tis a heaven of heavens to me

And it lifts me up to glory

For it lifts me up to Thee


Samuel Trevor Francis | Thomas John Williams © Words: Public Domain


Prayers of Intercession - names in chat box


Let us pray to the Lord, our Savour, the Bread of Life.


Lord Jesus as we come before you we thank and praise you for the comfort, peace and security you have blessed us with. Help us to remember the wonder and value of all you have done for us. Help us to be encouraged and to keep relying on all you have done for us on as we remember the riches of eternal life that you have blessed us with.


We pray for those who feel life is hard at the moment. Draw alongside them and grant them a sense of your peace.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.


We pray for the life of your church. Give wisdom to all bishops, priests and deacons, especially our bishops Robert, Jackie and Nick. As we hold services on Zoom and in our churches please help us to remain united, and to grow in our fellowship and support of one another. As we seek your vision for the way we serve our local community in the future we pray for the Holy Spirit to be at work in our hearts and minds.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.


We pray for our country. We continue to pray for our Government as they balance complex factors and differing views. Give them the wisdom, insight and compassion they need.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.


We pray for our international mission partners in Thika, Thailand, Portugal and Paraguay. As the immediate future is still so uncertain we pray you will be giving each of them direction and guidance as they discern how to minister. We also pray for their continued protection from the virus. This week we have heard from Esperanza Children’s Home in Paraguay. We remember the children in the home in different stages of being found a permanent home. We ask for safe and loving environments for each of them.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.


We pray for those in our Mission Community who are in particular need of our prayers. We remember those who are ill, particularly Chris Russell as he waits for his operation, and the family of Edith Patterson as they mourn. We also pause as we remember other people or situations that are on our hearts.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.


We commend ourselves, and all for whom we pray,

to the mercy and protection of God.

Merciful Father,

accept these prayers

for the sake of your Son,

our Saviour Jesus Christ.

Amen.


Collect

Let your merciful ears, O Lord, be open to the prayers of your humble servants;

and that they may obtain their petitions

make them to ask such things as shall please you;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.


Gathering our prayers and praises into one, as our Saviour has taught us, so we pray

Our Father, who art in heaven

hallowed be thy name;

thy kingdom come; thy will be done;

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation;

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

the power and the glory,

forever and ever. Amen.

Hymn


Give thanks with a grateful heart

Give thanks to the Holy One

Give thanks because He's given

Jesus Christ His Son


And now let the weak say I am strong

Let the poor say I am rich

Because of what the Lord has done for us


Henry Smith © 1978 Integrity's Hosanna! Music (Admin. by Integrity Music Ltd)


Conclusion

May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.

And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit be among you and remain with you always. Amen.


We go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

In the name of Christ. Amen.