We might be distant from each other physically, but we needn't be spiritually - and we certainly need not be distant from God...
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SUNDAY 14 JUNE
Led by Revd Bryn Rickards
(The next in a series of new songs we're introducing...)
Previously, on 'Living Hope'...
You are invited to read or sing through the following psalm. Jane has kindly recorded a tune on the piano for us ('Ye Choirs of New Jerusalem'). When you press play, you'll hear one verse of introduction and then the thirteen verses for the psalm will follow.
(From 'Sing Psalms with the Scottish Psalter')
At all times I will bless the LORD;
I’ll praise him with my voice.
Because I glory in the LORD,
let troubled souls rejoice.
Together let us praise the LORD;
exalt his name with me.
I sought the LORD; his answer came:
from fears he set me free.
They look to him and shine with joy;
they are not put to shame.
This suffering man cried to the LORD;
from him deliverance came.
The angel of the LORD surrounds
and guards continually
All those who fear and honour him;
he sets his people free.
Come, taste and see—the LORD is good;
who trusts in him is blessed.
O fear the LORD, you saints;
with need you will not be oppressed.
Young lions may grow weak
and faint and hunger for their food,
But those who wait upon the LORD
will not lack any good.
Come here, my children!
Gather round and listen to my word;
And I will help you understand
how you may fear the LORD.
Does anyone delight in life
and long to see good days?
Then keep your tongue from evil speech,
your lips from lying ways.
Depart and turn from evil paths
and practise what is right.
Desire to know the way of peace;
pursue it with your might.
The LORD’s eyes are upon the just;
he listens to their plea.
The wicked he rejects, and blots
from earth their memory.
The righteous cry; the LORD responds
and frees them when distressed.
The LORD draws near the broken heart
and rescues the depressed.
From all the troubles of the just
the LORD will set him free.
The LORD protects his every bone;
and broken none will be.
The wicked are condemned to death,
all those who hate the just.
God saves his own; they’re not condemned,
for in the LORD they trust.
'Living Hope' Reading
Read by Elaine Goh
1 PETER 3:8-22
(Good News Translation)
To conclude: you must all have the same attitude and the same feelings; love one another, and be kind and humble with one another. Do not pay back evil with evil or cursing with cursing; instead, pay back with a blessing, because a blessing is what God promised to give you when he called you. As the scripture says,
“If you want to enjoy life
and wish to see good times,
you must keep from speaking evil
and stop telling lies.
You must turn away from evil and do good;
you must strive for peace with all your heart.
For the Lord watches over the righteous
and listens to their prayers;
but he opposes those who do evil.”
Who will harm you if you are eager to do what is good? But even if you should suffer for doing what is right, how happy you are! Do not be afraid of anyone, and do not worry. But have reverence for Christ in your hearts, and honour him as Lord. Be ready at all times to answer anyone who asks you to explain the hope you have in you, but do it with gentleness and respect. Keep your conscience clear, so that when you are insulted, those who speak evil of your good conduct as followers of Christ will become ashamed of what they say. For it is better to suffer for doing good, if this should be God's will, than for doing evil.
For Christ died for sins once and for all, a good man on behalf of sinners, in order to lead you to God. He was put to death physically, but made alive spiritually, and in his spiritual existence he went and preached to the imprisoned spirits. These were the spirits of those who had not obeyed God when he waited patiently during the days that Noah was building his boat. The few people in the boat—eight in all—were saved by the water, which was a symbol pointing to baptism, which now saves you. It is not the washing off of bodily dirt, but the promise made to God from a good conscience. It saves you through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone to heaven and is at the right side of God, ruling over all angels and heavenly authorities and powers.
Message: Living Hope #6 - What an Expression!
(Previous messages in the 'Living Hope' series are available on the Talks page)
A selection of stories of how people came to faith in Jesus are available here
We've been thinking about our living hope being grounded in the cross and resurrection of Jesus Christ. So, as we come to a time of sharing bread and wine together to remember that sacrifice, let's offer our worship to the Risen One who came and died, 'the righteous for the unrighteous to bring us to God'...
Prayers of Intercession
Offered by Paul Simon
In this prayer, you are invited to repeatedly join in with the highlighted words:
The righteous call to the Lord, and he listens;
he rescues them from all their troubles.
The traditional version:
A modern rendering:
Post Service Chat
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