Saint Leonard’s Servicefor Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity26th SeptemberWelcome to our OpenCast church service - on-line.There are prayers, readings, hymns and music; just as you would have in church.As you read through this service you may care to say aloud the bold text.To hear the music and the readings, click on each title (red, underlined text) (and remember to adjust the volume on your speakers).Let us pray:God says,‘You are never too young, never too old, to be part of my work.’God says, ‘I will speak with you; I will strengthen you; I will send you.’Welcoming God, we gather together and come to you – help us to see our worth in you.Challenging God, open our ears to your words, open our minds to your ways, and open our hearts to receive all that you offer.Loving and inclusive God, we come to you. Unlimited God, we come to you today as members of your Church. Help us to work alongside all those who act in your name,that your kingdom may come and your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.AmenHymn:“GUIDE ME, O THOU GREAT REDEEMER”Tune: CWM RHONDDAPerformed at the Royal Albert Hall(A real ‘Cecil B. deMille’ production)We praise the LordGenerous God, we thank you for all you provide for us, and all you do for us.We thank you that you listen to us, and love us as your children.We thank you for the way you support and encourage us, and how you enable us to support others, too.We are so grateful for your love in our lives and for your Spirit equipping us every day .. ..And so we thank you.Bible Readings:Old Testament:Psalm:New Testament:Gospel:Numbers 11.4-6, 10-16, 24-29Psalm 19.7-14James 5.13-20Mark 9.38-50AudioAudioAudioAudioClick these links to hear the readingsTextTextTextTextClick these links to read the textA Reflection for this weekOurGospelthismorningisintwomainparts.ThefirsttellsustobemoreacceptingofthosespeakinginChrist’snameeven though they don’t belong to our gang; and the second part reads a bit like a horror movie.Solet’sstartwiththosefirstthreeverses.JesusisadvisedthatsomeoneiscastingoutdemonsinHisname,notintheirown name,butinJesus’name.Butthedisciplesdon’tknowthisperson,he’snotpartoftheirgroup–howverydarehe!ButJesus says,‘chillax’guys,it’sok.Intheend,thegloryisGod’s.Whoeverisnotagainstusisforus.Thedisciplesfelttheyownedthis newwayofdoingthingsandonlytheyshouldbedoingit.Theyfeltonlythepeoplewhowerefollowingwiththemshouldbe abletospeakinJesus’name.Today,wehavethesameproblem–wesometimesthinkourwayistheonlywayandall Christiansshouldbelikeus.TheChristianreligionisbrokendownintomanydifferentdenominationswithAnglicans, Methodists,Pentecostals,Baptists,Catholicsandmanymore.Wealldothingsalittlebitdifferentlyfromeachother.In different places and at different times, but all to the same end, we all speak in the name of Christ. Whoever is not against us is for us.WhilsttrainingatQueens,wefoundourselvesworkingandstudyingsidebysidewithallourecumenicalpartners.Wewere allfascinatedbythewayweallworshippeddifferently,withthedifferentliturgyweused,thehymnswesangthepractices wethoughtwereacceptableandthosewhichwerethoughtwerenot.Thereweremanythingswethoughtwecouldcopy anduseinourownchurchesandtherewerethosewhichwecouldn’timagineputtingintopractice.Butintheend, everythingwedidwasforthegloryofGod.Whoeverisnotagainstusisforus.EvenwithintheAnglicanchurch,oneparish willdomanythingsdifferentlyfromanotherparishjustdowntheroad.Eachchurchfamilyhasitsownlittlequirksand traditionsandpractices;butalldoingitforthesamereason.Therearemanypeoplewhoarenotpartofourchurch,but theyarepartofChrist’schurch.Becausethisisn’tourchurch,thischurchbelongstoChrist,andheisfarmoreacceptingof othersthanweare.Ifwewantthechurchtogrow,wemustacceptthefactthatsomepeoplewillbedoingdifferentthings over there, while we’re doing different things over here. It’s all the same to God. Whoever is not against us is for us. Nowwecometothesecondpartofthatreading,whereJesusexplainsinverygraphicdetailwhatshouldhappentousif firstly,westandbetweenHimandhisbelieversandsecondlyifweallowtemptationtostandinthewayofourfaith.This verydescriptivepassageisn’tathreat;thisisadviceonhowtoavoidsuchterrors.Pettyjealousiesoftentripusup, insecuritiesandenviousbehaviouragainstothermembersofthecongregation,otherministers,otherchurches,other denominationsandevenotherfaithsarewhatstarttheballrolling.Sometimeswejusthavetoletitbe,wehavetoaccept thatGodisworkingthroughsomeoneelseinadifferentwayfromhowHeisworkingthroughus.Weneedtoencourage, build up and rejoice in them because .. .. Whoever is not against us is for us.AmenAmen.Worship Song“Greater Still To Come”Ginny Owens,Leslie Jordan & Tyrus MorganChord sheet and LyricsIntercessions based on prayers by David AdamBlessed are you, Loving God, for you welcome us whenever we turn to you: you are always ready to hear us and to help us.We pray for your Church throughout the world. May Christians work together in unity, and may your Church be an instrument peace and reconciliation.Lord, our strength and our redeemer, hear our prayer.We pray for our world, remembering all who live amidst war and violence, and asking your blessing upon all communitieswhose way of life and livelihood are threatened.Lord, our strength and our redeemer, hear our prayer.We thank you for all who enrich our lives, and we pray for our loved ones and friends.We pray for homes where relationships are breaking down, especially where there is abuse or neglect.Lord, our strength and our redeemer, hear our prayer.We bring before your love the suffering and sorrow of your world; praying for all who are unwell or in any kind of need.We remember, too, those who have died, and we pray for their loved ones.Lord, our strength and our redeemer, hear our prayer. Amen.Closing PrayersMay the strength of God sustain me; may the power of God preserve me; may the hands of God protect me; may the way of God direct me; may the love of God go with me this day (night) and forever. Risen Jesus, send me out in your name, equipped to follow your call upon my life.May I know that you are with me, going before me, every step of the way.The Lord bless me and keep me, and all I love; the Lord make His face to shine upon us, and be gracious unto us.Through everything I experience this coming week, with all its ups and downs and emotions, … help me to hold fast to the joy and hope your resurrection brings. Amen.____________________________________________Postlude“Sergeant Alvin York”The ‘Finds religion’ scene from the 1941 film featuring Gary Cooper as YorkSergeant York was a World War 1 Soldier who was awarded the Medal of Honour for his actions in the Argonne Forrest on October 8, 1918. This scene portrays a depiction of the moment that Alvin came to faith, the intervention of God in his conversion, how he hears singing in the church, and decides to walk in. While inside he finds - 'That Old Time Religion', or as the film says, ' he got religion ' - meaning, perhaps in more common language, he came to faith in Christ.