Sunday Morning Home Worship
Glory to God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit:
as in the beginning, so now, and for ever. Amen.
Sentence for today: ‘Those who love me will keep my Word,’ Jesus promises, ‘and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.’ John 14:23
2 Read aloud the Opening Canticle:
O come, let us sing out to the Lord:
let us shout in triumph to the rock of our salvation.
Let us come before his face with thanksgiving:
and cry out to him joyfully in psalms.
For the Lord is a great God:
and a great king above all gods.
In his hand are the depths of the earth:
and the peaks of the mountains are his also.
The sea is his and he made it:
his hands moulded dry land.
Come, let us worship and bow down:
and kneel before the Lord our maker.
For he is the Lord our God:
we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.
Today if only you would hear his voice:
‘Do not harden your hearts as Israel did in the wilderness;
‘When your forebears tested me:
put me to proof though they had seen my works.
‘Forty years long I loathed that generation and said:
“It is a people who err in their hearts,
for they do not know my ways”;
‘Of whom I swore in my wrath:
“They shall not enter my rest.”’
3 Now pray this Opening Prayer:
I rejoice in the gift of this new day,
may the light of your presence, O God,
set my heart on fire with love for you;
now and for ever. Amen.
Pause for a moment of self-examination,
and then pray this Confession:
our maker and our judge,
I have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed,
and in what I have failed to do:
I have not loved you with my whole heart;
I have not loved my neighbours as myself;
I repent, and am sorry for all my sins.
Father, forgive me.
Strengthen me to love and obey you in newness of life;
through Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen.
After a moment of reflection, read these Words of Assurance:
1 John 1.9 tells us that, ‘If we confess our sins, God who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.’
4. Psalm 66:8-20
O bless our God, you peoples:
and cause his praises to resound,
8 Who has held our souls in life:
who has not suffered our feet to slip.
9 For you have proved us, O God:
you have tried us as silver is tried.
10 You brought us into the net:
you laid sharp torment on our loins.
11 You let our enemies ride over our heads, we went through fire and water:
but you brought us out into a place of liberty.
12 I will come into your house with burnt-offerings:
and I will pay you my vows,
13 The vows that opened my lips:
that my mouth uttered when I was in trouble.
14 I will offer you burnt-offerings of fattened beasts, with the sweet smoke of rams:
I will sacrifice a bull and the flesh of goats.
15 Come then and hear, all you that fear God:
and I will tell what he has done for me.
16 I called to him with my mouth:
and his praise was on my tongue.
17 If I had cherished wickedness in my heart:
the Lord would not have heard me.
18 But God has heard me:
he has heeded the voice of my prayer.
19 Praise be to God:
who has not turned back my prayer, or his steadfast love from me.
6 Bible Readings –
Acts 17:22-31 p
1 Peter 3:13-22 p
Read Lyn’s Message:
A BELIEVER IS A VERB NOT JUST A NOUN
By far, in the New Testament, reference to the followers of Christ was the name “Believers”. The believers of the day were not merely a people who took on that title simply because they were convinced by an evangelist that Jesus died and rose again for their salvation. No! No! No!
Believers were a people of action, empowered by the Spirit to stand for Christ – even in the face of death. People like Stephen in one last week’s reading – Stephen only stood out more than others because he was the first cab off the rank headed for glory, but in fact 1,000’s of Christians were slaughtered by lions – for entertainment, crucified – as an act of mockery to their King, or stoned to death for their relentless spreading of the gospel.
Many of them could have been spared, but so deep was their belief, that it carried them beyond the realms of fear. They were living out their eternal life every day, death was their ultimate reward. They couldn’t wait to see Jesus, but there was work to do, a mission to be accomplished, the kingdom of heaven had to be established in earth.
This is a good time to revisit what it means to be a believer. Notice that no other religion on earth calls its followers, ‘believers’. It is a privileged title to have, its power cannot be underestimated. For instance, as a believer you can say from Philippians 4:13, “I can do ALL things, through Christ who strengthens me.”
I cannot emphasise enough, what joy you bring to Jesus when you go beyond declaring your belief into living it out. In fact, Hebrews 112:6 says, “Without faith it is impossible to please God.”
You can do a great work for God but without faith, all your good work is dead.
Look folks, I have joyfully worked hard in service for God for all of my adult life – that’s the easy part. The hardest part is constantly being challenged to punch above my weight in the faith department – yet it is also the most thrilling part of my life when I say “Yes Lord” to some of His seemingly impossible requests, and then see Philippians 4:13 played right before my very eyes.
That’s what being a believer is. It is a contradiction to be a believer, without putting it into practice every day.
What good would it be if someone studied six years to become a doctor and never treated a single patient?
How much more important is it for the believer to be a ‘verb’ not just a noun.
Look again in Hebrews 11:1. “To have faith is to be sure of the things we hope for, to be certain of the things we cannot see.”
Believers see through the eye of faith. For example, at the moment I am praying for a dear friend who is a woman of substance, but not a woman of faith. So, I say, “Lord I see through the eye of faith, my friend Heather with her hand raised to you in worship. I see her telling her friends and family of her newly found relationship with you. I claim her for your Kingdom and I look forward to the day when she says, “Yes Lord” in Jesus name. Amen
I am certain of the thing I cannot see!
If you are a believer this is one tangible way to live out your faith. Don’t just accept that your friends and family are never going to turn to Christ. A believer fights for the lost.
I have shared with you before, that as soon as I became a believer, I went in to battle for each member of my family, who were far from God. It took 11 years of active prayer and witness till the last one turned to Chris. I nagged God using Acts 16:31 all that time till I got evidence of things not seen.
My family all died very young but what carried me through my grief was the knowledge that they were with Jesus.
Finally, the Cambridge dictionary says: “To believe, means to ‘hold very dear to.’ At this time in your life as a follower of Christ, are you holding very dear to:
Communication with Him every day?
The Word being a reality in every day life?
Fellowship with other believers?
The privilege of having access to the supernatural realm of the Holy Spirit?
I hold very dear to you
Much love and prayers. Sister Lyn Finally, if you are struggling on any level at the moment, we need to talk. Please call me on the Parish mobile: 0412 966 458 that number again is 0412 966 458
Say aloud The Canticle
(The Song of Zechariah) – Luke 1.68–79
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel:
who has come to his people and set them free.
The Lord has raised up for us a mighty Saviour:
born of the house of his servant David.
Through the holy prophets, God promised of old:
to save us from our enemies, from the hands of
all who hate us,
To show mercy to our forebears:
and to remember his holy covenant.
This was the oath God swore to our father Abraham:
to set us free from the hands of our enemies,
Free to worship him without fear:
holy and righteous before him, all the days of our life.
And you, child, shall be called the prophet
of the Most High: for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,
To give his people knowledge of salvation:
by the forgiveness of their sins.
In the tender compassion of our God:
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
To shine on those who dwell in darkness
and the shadow of death:
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.
8 Say aloud The Apostles’ Creed:
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose from the dead;
he ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of the Father;
from there he will come to judge
the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
9 The Prayers
Take some time to pray for whatever or whoever may be on your heart.
Prayers of the People – out loud or on the heart.
Pray the following prayer:
Loving God, source of healing and comfort,
at this time of fear, fill us with your grace,
that the sick may be made whole,
this virus contained and a cure found.
Strengthen those who care for the sick,
calm the anxious and protect the most vulnerable,
in the power of the Spirit
and in the faith of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Pray 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.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
now and for ever. Amen.
12 Finish by praying the Morning Collect:
You have prepared for those who love you
Joys beyond our understanding:
Pour into our hearts such love for you,
That, loving you above all else,
We may obtain your promises
That exceed all we can desire;
Through Jesus Christ our Lord,
Who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit
One God, for ever and ever. Amen
13 Receive my Blessing:
Grant, merciful Lord to your faithful children
pardon and peace,
that we may be cleansed from all sins
and serve you with a quiet mind;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
TODAY I AM GRATEFUL FOR LOVE… I AM LOVED ….I AM ENOUGH….. I AM STRONG