Sunday 24th May|Worship
Welcome & Gathering In:
Morena, Te na koutou katoa, Salaam, Mabuhay, Ni Sa Bula Vinaka, Malo soifua, Malo e lelei and greetings in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour
Into to my Heart ! Come into my heart ! -Selah Curb records
Call to worship
O Lord, Easter had such an impact on our lives. We walked the by-ways with Jesus, ate with him and wept at the Crucifixion. Easter morn dawned brightly in our lives at the news of the Resurrection and we sang songs of great joy. Watch over us, gentle God, as we pray and work to do your will. Keep our hearts open to your loving word and ways. AMEN
Hymn: Just as I Am,Without one Plea -Antrim Memmonite Choir
Prayer of Thanksgiving
“Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.
Prayer of Confession
Lord, we are impatient! We want everything right now, instantly! We don’t want to wait for anything. We rush our holidays, our celebrations, our very lives and then wonder why our spirits are exhausted and depressed. Slow us down, Lord. Help us to enjoy the process of waiting for the wondrous things you offer us. Let us feel the power and beauty of praising you and singing your praises. Clear away our "high gear" mentality and place us on paths of peace and hope. Forgive our arrogance and impatience. Help us to overcome those traits which pull us away from you and from appreciating all that you have done for us. As we listen to the scriptures this day in which the disciples witnessed Jesus’ ascension to you, let our hearts be at peace knowing that you have taught us what we need to know to serve God joyfully in this world. Inspire us and give us delight for what is to come. AMEN.
Bible Reading: John 17 :9 - 11
Song: I Know Whom I Have Believed - Antrim Mennonite Choir
Word of Assurance
God loves and forgives us. We are no longer numbered with the wicked, but rather are placed with those whom God has blessed. Be a blessing to all whom you meet, in God’s name. AMEN.
Prayer of Intercession
Dear Lord our God, we are thankful that you are constantly at work in our lives.
You are… a help in times of difficulty, a strength in times of weakness, a guide when we feel lost and alone. We know that through Your Son, Jesus Christ, You have the power to transform lives, to mend broken relationships, to bring strength to the weary, and hope to the broken hearted. Therefore pray for Jane Napper and her family as well as Seluvaia Pouono and the clans.
So we bring our worries and our burdens, our hopes and dreams, before your throne of grace, knowing that you are the Lord of our lives and the hope of the world.
Today we pray for world leaders that they may always seek the peace and security of our world:
Hymn : Come ,Every Soul By Sin Oppressed -Pilgrim Mennonite Mission