Daily Service – 4th July 2020

Daily Worship Service

Saturday 4th  July

Opening Words

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.  1 Thessalonians 5 v 11

Prayer

Heavenly Father we give thanks for those people who over the past weeks have encouraged us.  There are times when we feel so alone  we miss the regular activities that we were so used to attending. The loss of familiar routines, and social contact cause us to feel disconnected and apart from all that we once knew. Help us to see the blessings that surround each day and feel your presence with us as we continue to live through this pandemic, and this we ask in the name of Jesus Christ our rock and our redeemer.  Amen

Hymn STF  619  Thanks for friends who keep on loving

https://www.methodist.org.uk/our-faith/worship/singing-the-faith-plus/hymns/thanks-for-friends-who-keep-on-loving-stf-619/

Jeremiah 29 v 11  Psalm 37 v 5  Matthew 11 v 28 – 30

Reflection

In a weeks time Mark Drakeford will once again update us about lockdown in Wales.  He remains cautious, with good reason, but slowly we are moving forward.  More shops are open, children have returned to school, all be it for a shorter time and with smaller classes, things are beginning to move forward. I can’t say they are returning to normal because we are looking towards a new kind of normal. 

As we have gone through these past months we have all had to change the way we do things. We have, I hope, learnt to appreciate those things that we really can live without. There are however some things that we need to keep doing.  For those who are used to visiting the gym three times a week……other alternative forms of exercise will probably have been found. One of the positive things to come out of lockdown is having the time to slow down and reflect on life.  Some people will have found this far more difficult to do than others!

Each of our readings today give us spiritual guidance and reassurance that God offers us all that we need.  He is all that we need.  Keeping him at the centre of our lives helps us to stay on track, he helps us to keep going even when the going gets tough. Jeremiah 29 v 11 is one of those verses that I was guided to when I felt like my life was falling apart.  When my marriage broke up it was those words that gave me the guidance and strength I needed to keep going. The words from Psalm 37 v 5 remind us to “Commit your way to the Lord; trust him and he will do this” We need to always try and stay close to Jesus.  When we are in relationship with him, committing our way to him, should be the first thing we do. When we have choices or decisions to make, Jesus is one who can steer us in the right direction. Sometimes we don’t know what we should do next, then maybe that is the time to prayerfully leave it in his hands.

Our verses from Matthew remind us that when we get tired or feel overwhelmed by what we are going through, we need not worry, because we can go to Jesus.  He will give us rest for our souls. It is only through him that we can find real peace, real contentment and real hope.  How many times have we sung Knowing you, Jesus, Knowing you, there is no greater thing.  You’re my all, you’re the best, you’re my joy, my righteousness, and I love you, Lord.  There is indeed no greater thing than knowing Jesus, let him journey with you as you live your life and may he bless you each and every day.   

Hymn  STF 509  Safe in the shadow of the Lord

Prayer

Heavenly Father, during this time of lockdown, may we be sensitive to the needs of those around us.  Help us to offer friendship and hope to those who we live nearby. We pray for those who are struggling with loneliness, those who are suffering from any form of mental illness, those whose loved ones have died over recent weeks.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer

We pray for those making decisions about future lockdown restrictions, for those seeking to bring healing and hope to those in their care. Give patience, strength and compassion to those working within the NHS.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer

We pray for the communities in which we live, may we work together in unity to support those finding life difficult at this time.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer

We pray for our church families and those who are feeling isolated and lonely. We pray for all our ministers, as they seek to minister under strange and challenging times.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer

As Jesus taught his disciples we pray Our Father who art in heaven…..

 

Hymn STF 356 Jesus shall take the highest honour

Prayer

Calm me, O Lord, as You stilled the storm,

Still me, O Lord, keep me from harm.

Let all the tumult within me cease,

Enfold me, Lord, in your peace.

Blessing

Let us go in the power of the Spirit to bring glory to God and hope to our neighbour and the love of Christ into every part of our lives. Amen    

Bridget Gibbs

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