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 17 MAY
Led by Revd Bryn Rickards
Living Hope in Action
Last week we were considering what it meant for the church to be made up of 'living stones'. The next hymn celebrates what that might look like and calls us to build it...
Read by Ric Lambert
(Good News Version)
O God, declare me innocent,
and defend my cause against the ungodly;
deliver me from lying and evil people!
You are my protector;
why have you abandoned me?
Why must I go on suffering
from the cruelty of my enemies?
Send your light and your truth;
may they lead me
and bring me back to Zion, your sacred hill,
and to your Temple, where you live.
Then I will go to your altar, O God;
you are the source of my happiness.
I will play my harp and sing praise to you,
O God, my God.
Why am I so sad?
Why am I so troubled?
I will put my hope in God,
and once again I will praise him,
my saviour and my God.
1 PETER 2:13-25
For the sake of the Lord submit yourselves to every human authority: to the Emperor, who is the supreme authority, and to the governors, who have been appointed by him to punish the evildoers and to praise those who do good. For God wants you to silence the ignorant talk of foolish people by the good things you do. Live as free people; do not, however, use your freedom to cover up any evil, but live as God's slaves. Respect everyone, love other believers, honour God, and respect the Emperor.
You servants must submit yourselves to your masters and show them complete respect, not only to those who are kind and considerate, but also to those who are harsh. God will bless you for this, if you endure the pain of undeserved suffering because you are conscious of his will. For what credit is there if you endure the beatings you deserve for having done wrong? But if you endure suffering even when you have done right, God will bless you for it. It was to this that God called you, for Christ himself suffered for you and left you an example, so that you would follow in his steps. He committed no sin, and no one ever heard a lie come from his lips. When he was insulted, he did not answer back with an insult; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but placed his hopes in God, the righteous Judge. Christ himself carried our sins in his body to the cross, so that we might die to sin and live for righteousness. It is by his wounds that you have been healed. You were like sheep that had lost their way, but now you have been brought back to follow the Shepherd and Keeper of your souls.
Message: Living Hope #4 - Do-gooders?
(Previous messages in the Living Hope series are available on the Talks page)
Prayers of Intercession
Offered by Barbara Dixon
God of love, fill us with a deep belief that we are loved and grounded in that love. Help us to joyously love and serve others. Lead us towards the glorious possibilities that love brings, that our lives may enrich those around us. Amen.
LORD OF THE UNIVERSE,
Help us to realise your presence today even though we are worshipping in different locations. This is a sad world but help us to remember we have the power of hope in our suffering world and you are always in control.
We bring before you your people who are suffering not just from the coronavirus but who are living in turmoil as a result of man’s cruelty and love of power. May your spirit move the hearts of those Governments who control in such cruel ways so that they change and want to serve instead of oppress. May your love reach people living in dire straits in refugee camps without water, food or basic health care and the suffering people who live in Somalia, Libya, Palestine, Yemen, Brazil, India and African countries. So many countries crying for help to ease their poverty, their need for fresh water and food are also being affected by the coronavirus which has spread throughout your world. Grant that aid will reach them and love will be shown to them by folk who want to serve and who have a good heart full of love for mankind. Help us to remember them in our daily prayers. AMEN
Grant that we will obey the rules put in place for our benefit. Help us to obey them cheerfully remembering your love to us as shown through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. We bring before you all those suffering from the coronavirus, may they receive the care to bring them through to good health. Thank you for the work of Doctors, Nurses, Carers and Scientists who are working towards a lasting solution.
Grant ease of pain and suffering to our friends who have asked for prayer and are named in the church prayer book.
Please bless those folk who are suffering from mental illness which has been made worse by having to stay at home. Grant they will feel your comforting arms and if anyone can visit or get in contact may they have the right words to assure them of your love.
Let us have a moment’s silence to remember before God anyone known to us personally in need of God’s assurance... ...AMEN
Bless all those living in Benton Street, Carders Close and Cross Maltings. May they be safe from the coronavirus and find contentment as they live closer together.
Thank you for the good community spirit which has materialised throughout Hadleigh and the surrounding villages and having so many people willing and eager to serve. AMEN
LORD OF ALL,
Thank you for the people who have given their lives as they nursed those suffering from the virus. Thank you that they were prepared to lay down their own lives. Comfort their families as they grieve at the loss of loved ones. Thank you and bless those working in the frontline, doctors, nurses, scientists, carers, ambulance drivers, cleaners and all the other people who continue working for our benefit. AMEN
FOR THE WEEK AHEAD:
Don’t worry about anything: Instead pray about everything,
Tell God what you need and thank him for all he has done,
Then you will experience God’s peace which exceeds anything we can understand
His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus
In today's service, we've been called to take Jesus as our example. So, let's end by remembering his sacrifice and committing ourselves to worship him by following in his footsteps...
Post Service Chat
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