Online Worship with Agape Love Feast
Sunday 6 September
13th Sunday After Trinity
Good morning to you this Sunday,
This morning's service has been prepared by members of the congregation from around the Chaplaincy.
We are very pleased to welcome Malcolm Rigley, one of our Chaplaincy's Licensed Lay Ministers who is our guest preacher this morning.
Although our Chaplain, Dan, remains on sick leave, he recorded the liturgy for this service a little while ago, and we felt that we should still use it this morning.
As usual, we have proposed a selection of hymns which you might care to listen to and reflect, or sing along to if you wish.
The service will contain a celebration of an Agape Love Feast, so you may wish to have some bread and wine to hand to share during the service.
We wish you a Blessed Sunday and a safe and peaceful week
You may use the recorded liturgy to help you follow this service, or for those praying in pairs or larger family groups, you may decide that one person will lead, while others respond with the words in bold type.
In the name of the Father,
and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.
Grace, mercy and peace
from God our Father
and the Lord Jesus Christ
be with you
Prayers of Penitence
Holy, holy, holy.
When our eyes have seen the Lord of hosts,
we echo the words of Isaiah,
‘Woe is me! I am doomed.’
We long for the fire of God’s cleansing to touch
our unclean lips,
for our iniquity to be removed and our sins wiped out.
So we meet Father, Son, and Holy Spirit with confession on our lips.
In a time of silence, we call our sins to mind and resolve to sin no more.
Most merciful God,
Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
we confess that we have sinned
in thought, word and deed.
We have not loved you with our whole heart.
We have not loved our neighbours as ourselves.
In your mercy
forgive what we have been,
help us to amend what we are,
and direct what we shall be;
that we may do justly,
and walk humbly with you, our God.
May the God of love and power
forgive you and free you from your sins,
heal and strengthen you by his Spirit,
and raise you to new life in Christ our Lord.
As we worship our loving God, play one or more of the following worship songs, or other music.
Join in singing or just enjoy the words and music in God's holy presence
The Word of the Lord
Ezekiel 33.7 - 11
So you, mortal, I have made a sentinel for the house of Israel; whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall give them warning from me. If I say to the wicked, ‘O wicked ones, you shall surely die’, and you do not speak to warn the wicked to turn from their ways, the wicked shall die in their iniquity, but their blood I will require at your hand. But if you warn the wicked to turn from their ways, and they do not turn from their ways, the wicked shall die in their iniquity, but you will have saved your life.
Now you, mortal, say to the house of Israel, Thus you have said: ‘Our transgressions and our sins weigh upon us, and we waste away because of them; how then can we live?’ Say to them, As I live, says the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from their ways and live; turn back, turn back from your evil ways; for why will you die, O house of Israel?
The Psalm for the Day
Psalm 119.33 - 40
33 Teach me, O Lord, the way of your statutes
and I shall keep it to the end.
34 Give me understanding and I shall keep your law;
I shall keep it with my whole heart.
35 Lead me in the path of your commandments,
for therein is my delight.
36 Incline my heart to your testimonies
and not to unjust gain.
37 Turn away my eyes lest they gaze on vanities;
O give me life in your ways.
38 Confirm to your servant your promise,
which stands for all who fear you.
39 Turn away the reproach which I dread,
because your judgements are good.
40 Behold, I long for your commandments;
in your righteousness give me life.
Romans 13.8 - 14
Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. The commandments, ‘You shall not commit adultery; You shall not murder; You shall not steal; You shall not covet’; and any other commandment, are summed up in this word, ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ Love does no wrong to a neighbour; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law.
Besides this, you know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we became believers; the night is far gone, the day is near. Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armour of light; let us live honourably as in the day, not in revelling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarrelling and jealousy. Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.
Matthew 18.15 - 20
‘If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone. If the member listens to you, you have regained that one.
But if you are not listened to, take one or two others along with you, so that every word may be confirmed by the evidence of two or three witnesses.
If the member refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if the offender refuses to listen even to the church, let such a one be to you as a Gentile and a tax-collector.
Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Again, truly I tell you, if two of you agree on earth about anything you ask, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.’
Sermon - Malcolm Rigley
Prayers for Our Community
At the end of the prayers we pray together:
accept these prayers
for the sake of your Son,
our Saviour Jesus Christ
The Lord's Prayer
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.
The Agape Meal
An Agapé or Love Feast is a way of breaking bread together as Jesus did with people in all sorts of settings. You may like to join in at home with some bread and wine or juice.
We have bread and wine,
gifts of this good earth,
enough for all, if we can share!
Gracious God we give you thanks
for all the many blessings in our lives
and ask that you would bless us now
as we share your good gifts
in Jesus’ name.
Loving God, you provide enough for everyone:
this earth is fertile, fruitful and abundant,
but we are sometimes greedy, wasteful and selfish.
Many go hungry despite our plenty,
many are left outside while we enjoy a feast.
But on the hillside, in the wilderness,
with five thousand and more hungry people,
Jesus took the bread that they had,
broke it and gave thanks to you.
He shared the bread,
so that no one should be left out,
and they all ate and were satisfied.
Blessed be God forever!
Hurting God, you hurt with our pains,
you weep with our tears;
when you see how we struggle and suffer.
You long for our peace, yet we so often make war.
You long for our healing and wholeness,
yet we so often turn away from you.
But at a wedding in Cana when the wine ran out,
Jesus asked them to fill the empty jars with water,
and by your grace, water became wine,
sadness was turned to joy,
and all were able to share in the best wine of all.
Blessed be God forever!
you long for us to dream your dream,
of a world at peace, a people made one,
a feast for all;
where bread is broken and shared with companions on the road,
where wine is blessed
and shared with all who are hurting,
and all are caught up together
in the Kingdom of your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord.
The bread can be shared, using the words:
Bread for the world to share.
The wine can be shared using the words:
The best wine, saved till now.
Prayer of Thanksgiving
Gracious God we thank you,
for your abundant love in creation,
your compassionate, healing touch in our hurting,
your inspiration for our venturing.
Thank you for bread, and wine to share.
Give us grace to follow
in the footsteps of your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord.
Dedicating Ourselves to God
God the Holy Trinity make you strong in faith and love,
defend you on every side,
and guide you in truth and peace;
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be upon you and all those you love,
now and always,
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord,
In the name of Christ, Amen.
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