Service for 28th June

Worship for June 28th 2020

Feast of St Peter & St Paul (June 29th)

Opening Responses led by Rev Mark Beaton

In the beginning when it was very dark, God said:

“Let there be light”

And there was light.

Please light your candle.

In the beginning when it was very quiet the Word was with God.

And what God was, the Word was.

Please open your bible.

When the time was right, God sent his Son.

He came among us. He was one of us.

Please place your cross beside your candle and bible.

Song/Hymn                  As we are gathered   (led by Adeline Jennings)

As we are gathered, Jesus is here,
one with each other, Jesus is here,
joined by the Spirit, washed in the blood,
part of the body, the Church of God.
As we are gathered, Jesus is here,
one with each other, Jesus is here.
 

                                       Repeat

Text and Music: John Daniels

© Copyright 1979 Springtide/Word Music (UK)

A Thanksgiving led by Rev Mark

You keep us waiting. You, the God of all time, want us to wait for the right time for us to discover who we are, where we must go, who will be with us, and what we must do.

So thank you .  .  .  .  .  .  pause .  .  .  .  .  . for the waiting time.

You keep us looking. You, the God of all space, want us to look in the right and the wrong places for signs of hope, for people who are hopeless, for visions of a better world which will appear among the disappointments of the world we know.

So thank you .  .  .  .  .  .  . pause .  .  .  .  .  . for the looking time.

You keep us loving. You, the God whose name is love, want us to be like you: to love the loveless, the unlovely, and the unlovable; to love without jealousy or design or threat; and most difficult of all to love ourselves.

So thank you .  .  .  .  .  .  .  pause .  .  .  .  .  . for the loving time.

And in all this, you keep us:

through hard questions with no answers, through failing where we hope to succeed, and in making an impact when we felt we were useless, through the patience and the dreams and the love of others, and through Jesus Christ and his Spirit,

you keep us.

So thank you .  .  .  .  .  .  pause .  .  .  .  .  . for the keeping time,

and for now, and for ever. Amen.

Song/Hymn                  Sent by the Lord (led by Rev Mark Beaton)

          Sent by the Lord am I, my hands are ready now

to make the earth the place in which the Kingdom comes.

Sent by the Lord am I, my hands are ready now

to make the earth the place in which the Kingdom comes.

The angels cannot change a world of hurt and pain

into a world of love, of justice and of peace.

The task is mine to do, to set it really free.

Oh help me to obey, help me to do your will.

Text: Anon. Music: Traditional Nicaraguan melody

Old Testament Reading                Isaiah 49:1-6

Listen to me, you islands;
    hear this, you distant nations:
Before I was born the Lord called me;
    from my mother’s womb he has spoken my name.
He made my mouth like a sharpened sword,
    in the shadow of his hand he hid me;
he made me into a polished arrow
    and concealed me in his quiver.
He said to me, “You are my servant,
    Israel, in whom I will display my splendor.”
But I said, “I have labored in vain;
    I have spent my strength for nothing at all.
Yet what is due me is in the Lord’s hand,
    and my reward is with my God.”

And now the Lord says—
    he who formed me in the womb to be his servant
to bring Jacob back to him
    and gather Israel to himself,
for I am[a] honored in the eyes of the Lord
    and my God has been my strength—
he says:
“It is too small a thing for you to be my servant
    to restore the tribes of Jacob
    and bring back those of Israel I have kept.
I will also make you a light for the Gentiles,
    that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.”

New Testament Reading               Acts 11:1-18.

The apostles and the believers throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God. So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers criticized him and said, “You went into the house of uncircumcised men and ate with them.”

Starting from the beginning, Peter told them the whole story: “I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance I saw a vision. I saw something like a large sheet being let down from heaven by its four corners, and it came down to where I was. I looked into it and saw four-footed animals of the earth, wild beasts, reptiles and birds. Then I heard a voice telling me, 

‘Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.’ 

“I replied, ‘Surely not, Lord! Nothing impure or unclean has ever entered my mouth.’

“The voice spoke from heaven a second time, ‘Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.’ This happened three times, and then it was all pulled up to heaven again.

“Right then three men who had been sent to me from Caesarea stopped at the house where I was staying. The Spirit told me to have no hesitation about going with them. These six brothers also went with me, and we entered the man’s house. He told us how he had seen an angel appear in his house and say, ‘Send to Joppa for Simon who is called Peter. He will bring you a message through which you and all your household will be saved.’

“As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit came on them as he had come on us at the beginning. Then I remembered what the Lord had said: ‘John baptized with[a] water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ So if God gave them the same gift he gave us who believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I to think that I could stand in God’s way?”

When they heard this, they had no further objections and praised God, saying, “So then, even to Gentiles God has granted repentance that leads to life.”

Song/Hymn        I, the Lord of sea and sky (led by Rev Petra Goodband)

I, the Lord of sea and sky,
I have heard my people cry.
All who dwell in dark and sin
my hand will save.
I, who made the stars of night,
I will make their darkness bright.
Who will bear my light to them?
Whom shall I send?

Here I am, Lord.  Is it I, Lord?

I have heard you calling in the night.

I will go, Lord, if you lead me.

I will hold your people in my heart.

I, the Lord of snow and rain,
I have borne my people’s pain.
I have wept for love of them.
They turn away.
I will break their hearts of stone,
give them hearts for love alone.
I will speak my words to them.
Whom shall I send?

Here I am, Lord. ……

I, the Lord of wind and flame,
I will tend the poor and lame.
I will set a feast for them.
My hand will save.
Finest bread I will provide
till their hearts be satisfied.
I will give my life to them.
Whom shall I send?

Here I am, Lord. ……

Text and Music: Dan Schutte

© Copyright 1981 Daniel L. Schutte and New Dawn Music

Sermon                        Rev Petra Goodband  

Intercessions               Rev Janet Day

Song/Hymn                  Jesus Christ is waiting (led by Adeline Jennings)

Jesus Christ is waiting, waiting in the streets:

no-one is his neighbour, all alone he eats.

Listen, Lord Jesus, I am lonely too;

make me, friend or stranger, fit to wait on you.

Jesus Christ is raging, raging in the streets

where injustice spirals and all hope retreats.

Listen Lord Jesus, I am angry too;

in the kingdom’s causes let me rage with you.

Jesus Christ is healing, healing in the streets:

curing those who suffer, touching those he greets.

Listen, Lord Jesus, I have pity too;

let my care be active, healing just like you.

Jesus Christ is dancing, dancing in the streets:

where each sign of hatred his strong love defeats.

Listen, Lord Jesus, I feel triumph too;

on suspicion’s graveyard let me dance with you.

Jesus Christ is calling, calling in the streets:

“Come and walk faith’s tightrope; I will guide your feet.”

Listen,Lord Jesus, let my fears be few;

walk one step before me, I will follow you.

Text: John L. Bell and Graham Maule. Music: Traditional French melody

Text © Copyright 1988 WGRG, Iona Community

Closing Responses led by Rev Janet Day

Look at your hands      

and feel the touch of his tenderness.

Look at your feet

and see the path and the direction.

Look inside your heart

and feel God’s fire and his love.

Look at the cross                  

and see God’s Son and our Saviour.

This is God’s world               

and we serve him in it.

The Blessing – Rev Mark Beaton

The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face to shine upon you,

and be gracious to you;
the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.

Liturgy: © Copyright WGRG, Iona Community, Glasgow G51 3UU, Scotland


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