St. Leonard, Clent
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Saint Leonard’s Service for Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity 26 th September Welcome 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. Amen Hymn: “GUIDE ME, O THOU GREAT REDEEMER” Tune: CWM RHONDDA Performed at the Royal Albert Hall (A real ‘Cecil B. deMille’ production) We praise the Lord Generous 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, 24-29 Psalm 19.7-14 James 5.13-20 Mark 9.38-50 A udio Audio Audio Audio Click these links to hear the readings Text Text Text Text Click these links to read the text A Reflection for this week Our Gospel this morning is in two main parts. The first tells us to be more accepting of those speaking in Christ’s name even though they don’t belong to our gang; and the second part reads a bit like a horror movie. So let’s start with those first three verses. Jesus is advised that someone is casting out demons in His name, not in their own name, but in Jesus’ name. But the disciples don’t know this person, he’s not part of their group how very dare he! But Jesus says, ‘chillax’ guys, it’s ok. In the end, the glory is God’s. Whoever is not against us is for us. The disciples felt they owned this new way of doing things and only they should be doing it. They felt only the people who were following with them should be able to speak in Jesus’ name. Today, we have the same problem we sometimes think our way is the only way and all Christians should be like us. The Christian religion is broken down into many different denominations with Anglicans, Methodists, Pentecostals, Baptists, Catholics and many more. We all do things a little bit differently from each other. 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. Whilst training at Queens, we found ourselves working and studying side by side with all our ecumenical partners. We were all fascinated by the way we all worshipped differently, with the different liturgy we used, the hymns we sang the practices we thought were acceptable and those which were thought were not. There were many things we thought we could copy and use in our own churches and there were those which we couldn’t imagine putting into practice. But in the end, everything we did was for the glory of God. Whoever is not against us is for us. Even within the Anglican church, one parish will do many things differently from another parish just down the road. Each church family has its own little quirks and traditions and practices; but all doing it for the same reason. There are many people who are not part of our church, but they are part of Christ’s church. Because this isn’t our church, this church belongs to Christ, and he is far more accepting of others than we are. If we want the church to grow, we must accept the fact that some people will be doing different things 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. Now we come to the second part of that reading, where Jesus explains in very graphic detail what should happen to us if firstly, we stand between Him and his believers and secondly if we allow temptation to stand in the way of our faith. This very descriptive passage isn’t a threat; this is advice on how to avoid such terrors. Petty jealousies often trip us up, insecurities and envious behaviour against other members of the congregation, other ministers, other churches, other denominations and even other faiths are what start the ball rolling. Sometimes we just have to let it be, we have to accept that God is working through someone else in a different way from how He is working through us. We need to encourage, build up and rejoice in them because .. .. Whoever is not against us is for us. Amen Amen. Worship Song “Greater Still To Come” Ginny Owens, Leslie Jordan & Tyrus Morgan Chord sheet and Lyrics Intercessions based on prayers by David Adam Blessed 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 communities whose 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 Prayers May 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 York Sergeant 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.
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