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 12 July)
SUNDAY 19 JULY
Today, live at 3pm...
Led by Revd Bryn Rickards
Introduction: Places of Worship
Reading: Genesis 28:10-19
(Good News Version)
Jacob left Beersheba and started toward Haran. At sunset he came to a holy place and camped there. He lay down to sleep, resting his head on a stone. He dreamed that he saw a stairway reaching from earth to heaven, with angels going up and coming down on it. And there was the Lord standing beside him. “I am the Lord, the God of Abraham and Isaac,” he said. “I will give to you and to your descendants this land on which you are lying. They will be as numerous as the specks of dust on the earth. They will extend their territory in all directions, and through you and your descendants I will bless all the nations. Remember, I will be with you and protect you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done all that I have promised you.”
Jacob woke up and said, “The Lord is here! He is in this place, and I didn't know it!” He was afraid and said, “What a terrifying place this is! It must be the house of God; it must be the gate that opens into heaven.”
Jacob got up early next morning, took the stone that was under his head, and set it up as a memorial. Then he poured olive oil on it to dedicate it to God. He named the place Bethel.
O God of Bethel, by whose hand
thy people still are fed,
who through this weary pilgrimage
hast all thy servants led.
Through each perplexing path of life
our wandering footsteps guide;
give us each day our daily bread,
and raiment fit provide.
Such blessings from thy gracious hand
our humble prayers implore,
and thou shalt be our chosen God
and portion evermore.
Reading: Romans 8:14-23
(Good News Version)
Those who are led by God's Spirit are God's children. For the Spirit that God has given you does not make you slaves and cause you to be afraid; instead, the Spirit makes you God's children, and by the Spirit's power we cry out to God, “Father! my Father!” God's Spirit joins himself to our spirits to declare that we are God's children. Since we are his children, we will possess the blessings he keeps for his people, and we will also possess with Christ what God has kept for him; for if we share Christ's suffering, we will also share his glory.
I consider that what we suffer at this present time cannot be compared at all with the glory that is going to be revealed to us. All of creation waits with eager longing for God to reveal his children. For creation was condemned to lose its purpose, not of its own will, but because God willed it to be so. Yet there was the hope that creation itself would one day be set free from its slavery to decay and would share the glorious freedom of the children of God. For we know that up to the present time all of creation groans with pain, like the pain of childbirth. But it is not just creation alone which groans; we who have the Spirit as the first of God's gifts also groan within ourselves as we wait for God to make us his children and set our whole being free.
Message: 'Dislocated Worship'
Dunikowska, Kinga, 1974-. Knocking on Heaven's Door,
from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. http://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=55494. Original source:
With children's Choir and imagery from our current context...
Prayers of Intercession
Offered by Sarah Thompson
A solo, soulful rendition...
Traditional with congregation...
Written by Nick Fawcett
Or with modern worship band...
Post Service Chat
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