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    Trinity Home Service

    Worship Sheets for Sunday May 10th and Sunday May 17th  

    WORSHIP AT HOME

     

    10 MAY 2020

     

    Jesus answered: ”I am the way, the truth, and the Life; no one goes to the Father except by me.”

    SONG  343  All my days I will sing this song of gladness

    All my days I will sing this song of Gladness,

    Give my praise to the fountain of delights;

    For in my helplessness you heard my cry,

    And waves of mercy poured down on my life

    I will trust in the cross of my redeemer

    I will sing of the blood that never fails

    Of sins forgiven, of conscience cleansed,

    Of death defeated and life without end.

     

    Beautiful saviour, wonderful counsellor,

    Clothed in majesty, Lord of History,

    You’re the way the truth the life.

    Star of the morning, glorious in holiness,

    You’re the risen one, heavens champion,

    And you reign, you reign over all

     

    I long to be where the praise is never-ending,

    Yearn to dwell where the glory never fade,

    Where countless worshippers will share one song,

    And cries of worthy will honour the lamb!

                  Beautiful saviour …

     

    PRAYER

    Lord, I’ve read the list of things the government want us to do and initially it seems that there’s a lot of our freedom they need to take, and though we do understand it’s for our own good, we can still think of lots of things we’d rather still be doing.  And folk keep saying: ”it won’t last forever.” But who told them?  So Lord I pray: please give each one of us the strength to endure what lies ahead.

    Thankyou to for the promise you made us at the end of Matthew’s Gospel : That you will be with us always to the end of the age.   AMEN.

    READ

    John Ch14. Vs 1-14 from the Good News Bible

    THOUGHTS

    Today we’re going to look at verses 4 to 6 of the passage.

    Jesus has already told the disciples several times what is going to happen to him but it seems from their reactions, they still haven’t got it at all.   Despite Jesus’ words in verses 1 to 3, they are not reassured that there is a place for them in heaven and that he is coming back for them even saying “why would I tell you this if it weren’t so.; promising too to come back for them.  So, as you might well expect it was Thomas.  When Jesus said “you know the way that leads to the place where I am going” it was Thomas who could not pretend that he understood and said “We do not know where you are going; how can we know the way to get there?”

    So it was Thomas’ honestly expressed doubts which led to one of the most profound things Jesus ever said.  And we’ll discus that in a moment, because what it also taught us that we need never be afraid to express our doubts and he or she who seeks will find the answer.

    So what did Jesus say to Thomas?  “I am the way , the truth , and the life; no one goes to the Father except by me”.

    The value of such a saying would have held even greater significance for the Jews because walking in God’s way was a concept much-discussed in the old testament.  So what did Jesus mean by it?  Well, say you were seeking directions, if you’d been told – take the first turn on your left, the third on your right, turn right again at the church, and left by the post office and the road you want will be the third left.  How long before you were lost?  But what  if the person offered to take you there.

    The person who does that then becomes our way and we cannot miss it.  That’s what Jesus does for us.  He doesn’t tell us about the way, he is the way.

    Jesus said “ I am the truth”.  The character of a person who teaches academic or scientific truth does not affect his message much, likewise the teaching of geometry or astronomy, but if they are to teach moral truth such as an adulterer talking of purity or a hot-tempered person talking of serenity, an embittered person talking of love; all of these are likely to lack effectiveness because such moral truths cannot be conveyed by words alone, they must be shown by personal example.  Many could say, I have taught you the truth. Only Jesus can say truthfully, I am the truth.

    Jesus said “I am the life”.  What people seek is a life worth living.  You cannot have that life without Jesus in your life.  Jesus said: “No one goes to the Father except through me”.  Jesus alone is the way to the father.  The way to God. “If you have seen me you have seen the father.”  Jesus is one with the father, they are alike in that all Jesus says and does comes from the father.  Not only does he show us God, he is also the only one who can lead us in to God’s presence.

    Truly the way, the truth, and the life.

    Amen.

    Prayers for others –

    We have lots of people and situations that we can pray about at this time,

    Maybe you will write them down,

    Maybe use a stone or a small item to focus on as you think about them.

    Give thanks too for the little victories that have occurred in your world, as we move to a new kind of freedom.

    Lord, in your mercy, hear all our prayers as we offer them up to you,

    Amen.

    The Lord’s prayer

     

    HYMN 563 O Jesus I have promised

    Sing, said or prayerfully. Or a hymn that means a lot to you.

     

    1      O Jesus, I have promised
    To serve you to the end;
    Lord, be forever near me,
    My Master and my Friend;
    I shall not fear the battle
    If you are by my side,
    Nor wander from the pathway
    If you will be my Guide.

    2       Oh, let me feel you near me;
    The world is ever near;
    I see the sights that dazzle,
    The tempting sounds I hear;
    My foes are ever near me,
    Around me and within;
    But, Jesus, now draw nearer,
    And shield my soul from sin.

    3      Oh, let me hear you speaking,
    In accents clear and still,
    Above the storms of passion,
    The murmurs of self-will;
    Oh, speak to reassure me,
    To hasten, or control;
    Lord, speak, and make me listen,
    O Guardian of my soul.

    4      O Jesus, you have promised
    To all who follow you
    That where you are in glory
    Your servant shall be, too;

    And Jesus, I have promised
    To serve you to the end;
    Oh, give me grace to follow,
    My Master and my Friend.

     

    Closing Prayer –

    May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ,

    and the love of God,

    and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit

    be with you now and evermore.

    Amen.

     

     

     

     

    WORSHIP AT HOME

    SUNDAY, 17th May 2020

    6th Sunday of Easter

    Call to Worship:

    Say to God, ‘How awesome are your deeds! So great are your powers. All the earth bows down to you, they sing praise to you, they shall praise your name in song.’ Gracious God may our worship today be acceptable to you. Amen.

    Hymn – We have a Gospel to Proclaim (StF 418)

    We have a gospel to proclaim,

    good news for all throughout the earth;

    the gospel of a Saviour’s name:

    we sing his glory, tell his worth.

    Tell of his birth at Bethlehem —

    not in a royal house or hall,

    but in a stable dark and dim,

    the Word made flesh, a light for all.

    Tell of his death at Calvary:

    hated by those he came to save,

    in lonely suffering on the cross,

    for all he loved his life he gave.

    Tell of that glorious Easter morn:

    empty the tomb, for he was free.

    He broke the power of death and hell

    that we might share his victory.

    Tell of his reign at God’s right hand,

    by all creation glorified.

    He sends his Spirit on his Church

    to live for him, the Lamb who died.

    Now we rejoice to name him King:

    Jesus is Lord of all the earth.

    This gospel-message we proclaim:

    we sing his glory, tell his worth.

    Edward Joseph Burns (b. 1938)

     

    Prayer:

    Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful.

    And kindle in them the fire of your love.

    Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created.

    And you will renew the face of the earth.

    Lord, by the light of the Holy Spirit you have taught the hearts of your faithful.

    In the same Spirit help us to relish what is right

    and always rejoice in your consolation.

    We ask this through Christ our Lord.

    Amen.

    The Lord’s Prayer  – Our Father…………..Amen

     

    Today’s Readings:

    John 14:15-21, Acts 17:22-31

    Reflection:

    In John’s Gospel, chapter 14, verse 15 records Jesus making a clear statement of fact: ‘if you love me, you will keep my commandments.’ Have you ever wondered if the degree with which you love God, reflects the degree to which you obey God? Or perhaps the degree to which you obey God and follow his teachings shows the rest of the world how much you love God? As our love for Jesus grows through our getting to know him more closely than ever before, through our reading and meditating on God’s Word, through our willingness not only to pray but also to give time to listen for God to answer, so will our obedience to God, for we will want even more to please God. However, being obedient to God is not an easy thing, for if it was everyone would claim to be a Christian! But we know that we do not need to struggle alone, relying on our own strength to keep Jesus’ commands, for Jesus tells us that God will give us another helper (vs 16). The Greek word for helper is parakletos, and this word has also been used in the New Testament to mean an advocate, an intercessor, a consoler, or a comforter. Today we use the term paraclete taken from the Greek parakletos, when we speak of the Holy Spirit and it is indeed the Holy Spirit that Jesus speaks of here. We need the power of the Holy Spirit to help us obey God, to teach us to rely on Jesus’ strength rather than our own, to help us converse with Jesus through our prayers. The Holy Spirit helps us to do what we, on our own, cannot do. John uses another title for the Holy Spirit in this passage too. In verse 17 he refers to the Holy Spirit as ‘Spirit of Truth’ who works in and through us to bring us into a new level of truth awareness. And Jesus reminds us that the Holy Spirit, unlike the risen Lord for the disciples, will never leave us. Our helper, our comforter, our intercessor, our Advocate will be with us always, we just need to learn to trust in this awesome promise of God’s. Amen.

     

    Prayer:

    Creator God, teach us your children how to love your world so that we are careful stewards of your creation.

    Lord hear us. Lord graciously hear us

    Loving God, teach us your children how to love humankind. Show us how to share our riches with those who have none. Give us the grace to love our enemies, and to give every woman and man their due. Help us to pray for our community and teach us how to serve within it.

    Lord hear us. Lord graciously hear us.

    Enduring God, teach us your children how to work for peace in your world. Make us peacemakers in our own communities. Help us to pray with understanding for the divisions in your world. We pray now for all the situations that may be experiencing peace for the first time in a long time, may it continue after the virus.

    Lord hear us. Lord graciously hear us

    Lord God teach us your children how to be fully members of your body, the church. We pray for all who today will worship you throughout the world. We ask you to bless them and lift to you those people known to us who suffer at this time. [speak the names out loud]

    Lord hear us. Lord graciously hear us.

    Loving God teach us your Children how to comfort those who mourn. We pray for those who have died and ask you comfort those left behind.

    Lord hear us. Lord graciously hear us

    We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen

     Hymn – I Cannot Tell (StF 350)

    I cannot tell why he, whom angels worship,
    should set his love upon us, now or then,
    or why, as Shepherd, he should seek the wanderers,
    to bring them back, they know not how or when.
    But this I know, that he was born of Mary
    when Bethlem’s manger was his only home,
    and that he lived at Nazareth and laboured,
    and so the Saviour, Saviour of the world, is come.

     

    I cannot tell how silently he suffered,
    as with his peace he graced this place of tears,
    or how his heart upon the cross was broken,
    the crown of pain to three-and-thirty years.
    But this I know, he heals the broken-hearted,
    and stays our sin, and calms our lurking fear,
    and lifts the burden from the heavy-laden,
    for yet the Saviour, Saviour of the world, is here.

    I cannot tell how he will win the nations,
    how he will claim his earthly heritage,
    how satisfy the needs and aspirations
    of east and west, of sinner and of sage.
    But this I know, all flesh shall see his glory,
    and he shall reap the harvest he has sown,
    and some glad day his sun shall shine in splendour,
    when he the Saviour, Saviour of the world, is known.

    I cannot tell how all the lands shall worship,
    when at his bidding every storm is stilled,
    or who can say how great the jubilation
    when every human heart with love is filled.
    But this I know, the skies will thrill with rapture,
    and myriad, myriad human voices sing,
    and earth to heaven, and heaven to earth, will answer:
    ‘at last the Saviour, Saviour of the world, is King!’

    William Young Fullerton (1857–1932)

     

    Blessing:

    The love of God be the passion in your heart.

    The joy of God your strength when times are hard.

    The presence of God a peace that overflows.

    The Word of God the seed that you might sow.

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