Morning Worship for Sixth Sunday after Trinity

19th July 2020

A video of this service (27 mins) is available.

We offer our worship to God, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. The Lord be with you and also with you.

Confession

Human sin disfigures the whole creation, which groans with eager longing for God’s redemption. We confess our sins in penitence and faith. Lord Jesus Christ, we confess we have failed you as did your first disciples. We ask for your mercy and your help. Our selfishness betrays you: Lord, forgive us. Christ have mercy. We fail to share the pain of your suffering: Lord, forgive us. Christ have mercy. We run away from those who abuse you: Lord, forgive us. Christ have mercy. We are afraid of being known to belong to you: Lord, forgive us. Christ have mercy. May the God of love and power forgive us and free us from our sins, heal and strengthen us by his Spirit, and raise us to new life in Christ our Lord. Amen.

Jubilate (Psalm 100)

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth; worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God; it is he that has made us and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and bless his name. For the Lord is good; his love endures for ever; and his faithfulness continues through all generations. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning is now and shall be for ever. Amen.

Collect

Creator God, you made us all in your image: may we discern you in all that we see, and serve you in all that we do; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Old Testament Reading:
Isaiah 44: 6-8
New Testament Reading:
Romans 8: 12-25
Gospel Reading:
Matthew 13: 24-30, 36-43

Reflection by Mac Leonard

“In this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.”
(Romans 8:24-25)

“How long’s this going on?” asked Alfie in despair. “It’s 17 weeks - we’re still stuck and no-one seems to care that life’s on hold, and nothing’s what we’re used to. Time? It’s stopped – it’s all too much for people to get through.” “Oh stop it, please,” said Freda. ‘I’m fed up with your moaning! You’re just so negative –Half-full? Your cup is leaking!” “The pubs are open, the Footy’s back, you can even get your hair cut - so stop complaining, be more hopeful, stop being such a mutt!” “But it’s still not normal, it’s not the same, it’s just not what I’m used to. You say we’re back to normal? That’s totally untrue! The Bar is ‘banned’ – I can’t stand and chat - and that’s not all the change: the fans can’t go to Footy – it’s just completely strange!” “I wish you were more hopeful”, said Freda to her man. “Make the best of what’s on offer – be as positive as you can! Things will get better one day – we have to live in hope - one day all will come together and we’ll get off today’s tightrope!” Poor Freda and her Alfie – we know how they both feel as they try to cope with Covid and they seek a world ideal! When our ‘normal’ is disrupted we don’t know where to turn to find the ‘new’ existence when it’s the ‘old’ for which we yearn. We don’t know what the future holds – we’re not that Mystic Meg - but we know Who holds the future – think back to the Easter Egg! We live with faith in Jesus and the surety that He gives that He is there regardless when in our lives He lives. The writer to the Romans explains the way to our ‘unknown’ – “In this hope we were saved” he writes, this our Foundation Stone on Whom we build our future in this life and in the next regardless of what happens, whether calm or much perplexed! “Who hopes for what they already have?” he asks in our confusion. And suddenly it all comes clear – at last we have conclusion. We wait “in hope for what we do not have” – we trust in Him to lead us through whatever comes, in His way, His time, His speed!

Creed

We believe in God the Father, from whom every family in heaven and earth is named. We believe in God the Son, who lives in our hearts through faith, and fills us with his love. We believe in God the Holy Spirit, who strengthens us with power from on high. We believe in One God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit. 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.

Blessing

May the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace in believing, through the power of the Holy Spirit; and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be among us and remain with us always. Amen. Let us bless the Lord. Thanks be to God. Amen.