Sunday 29th March | Worship
Honouring God in the 3Ts
Welcome & Gathering In:
Welcome to you all this Sunday morning, it’s great that you have been able to access the website, whenever you have.
My prayer is that whenever you still yourself during this lockdown period, that the time will be special for you, a time for you to fellowship with your creator and to acknowledge his greatness and humility.
Let us pray
Lord from the busyness of our lives, we have come to be still, in the hush of your quietness.
From the noise of our questions, we have come to hear your voice.
From the anguish of our hearts, we have come to receive your peace.
From the emptiness of our struggles, we have come to be filled.
Lord, we have come,
Meet with us that we may not have come in vain.
Introit: This is my desire Lyrics & chords 3.44 Live
Call to Worship:
This is Lent, a journey a pathway a calling a signpost
Be here, O God and guide us in the right paths.
This is Lent, a pilgrimage, a revelation, a surprise.
Be here, O God and give us the strength we need,
This is Lent, where new challenges and new life are found.
Be here, O God and help us to trust and to love.
God of the wilderness, when the barrenness surrounds us,
when the journey seems to have lost direction when our path is rocky, our future unclear,
and our comforts gone, come to us remind us of your presence. Amen
Give Thanks for Life : Rocketsforever 3.26 2019 Hymn VU706
Give thanks for life,
the measure of our days,
mortal, we pass through beauty that decays,
yet sing to God
our hope, our love, our praise,
Give thanks for those
who made their life a light
caught from the Christ-flame,
bursting through the night,
who touched the truth,
who burned for what is right,
Prayer of Thanksgiving and Confession:
Lord, you are more gracious than we can imagine
You are more holy than we can grasp.
You are overflowing in majesty that leaves us breathless.
You are almighty in ways beyond our comprehension.
You are all-loving beyond our expectations.
You require us to seek justice in ways that challenge us.
You demand that our lives and lifestyle always bring
You honour and glory.
You alone are our Saviour, our Lord and our Master,
and there is no other.
We thank you for the priceless gift we call life,
for the time to live it, space to explore it,
for dreams that lift us and for hopes that
Thank you for those who journey with us and
offer to hold our hand,
and share the mystery, the wonder and
the pain of each step.
Lord, we thank you for moments of great activity,
and times of stillness,
for times of success
as well as those that appear to be failure,
for opportunities to serve and to be served,
for the things we are able to do
and for times you call us to be content just to be.
And for our own,
our living and our dead,
thanks for the love
by which our life is fed,
a love not changed
by time or death or dread,
Give thanks for hope,
that like the wheat, the grain
that lies in darkness
does its life retain
to grow green again,
Lord, we thank you for Jesus and
His total understanding of what it means not only to be human,
but what it means to be me.
Thank you that each day contains another opportunity
to discover new ways in which he transforms
what we are into what he always meant us to be.
We bring our thanks in the name of Him
who taught us to give thanks – Amen.
Prayer of Confession
Lord Jesus Christ,
No one can ever give us more than you have given,
For you have blessed us with life itself-
Life overflowing with good things,
And to make that gift possible you gave of yourself,
Not just a little but all.
You bore the limitations of human flesh,
You endured rejection,
Finally, death on the cross:
And, most awesome of all,
You took on yourself the dreadful burden of this world’s sinfulness,
Experiencing despair and isolation for our sakes.
Forgive us that, despite all this,
we give so grudgingly in return.
Forgive us that though our words say one thing
Our lives say another:
That our thoughts are so little for you
And still less for others.
Help us to catch again a glimpse of the love you have so freely given
And so may we spontaneously give of ourselves,
In joyful and heartfelt thanksgiving,
For your name’s sake.
Words of Assurance:
God’s love stays with us
Even when we turn away.
God forgives us,
Leads back onto the path
And encourages us to move towards Gods will.
Know that you are forgiven and be at peace.
Sermon : Stewardship : Honouring God in the 3 Ts.
Hymn : Take my Life and let it be.Thenba 3.56
Prayer of Intercession.
Prayer of intercession:
Caring and compassionate God;
We pray for the work of all those who in the frontline of this battle against this deadly virus: nurses, doctors and carers.
we pray for the medical teams all over the country
and all other public servants that are working together to counter this virus.
We pray for those who are affected – may they receive healing.
We pray for employers and employees who are facing uncertainties because of this lockdown we have –
may they find peace that passes understanding to cope in these times of trial.
We pray for our parish, Hamilton East Methodist Parish and each
each parishioner and their loved ones – may the blood of Jesus Christ cover all and protect us from this virus.
For those with continuous health problems, we pray to God for healing and restoration.
For our young children and expecting mothers,
we pray loving God for protection.
For the lonely, may they know your presence.
For those mourning the loss of loved ones, may they be comforted.
Loving and gracious God, please be with us always,
as we seek guidance and direction from you.
You are the lamp that shines and the food that sustains.
You are the hope of tomorrow and the one who restores.
You are the love that forgives and the truth that endures.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort,
and be blessed by the care of others;
knowing that nothing can separate us
from your love in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.
O Thou who Camest from Abovetraditional hymns 2.43
Lord in our weakness be our strength
In our pain, be our comfort, in our despair be our hope
In our joys, be our fulfillment
In our resting and our being still, be our guide
And be our Lord. Amen.
And the people stayed home.
And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still.
And listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows.
And the people began to think differently.
And the people healed.
And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways, the earth began to heal.
And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully, as they had been healed.
# Kitty O’Meara