Sunday 4th September – Trinity 12

Morning Service for the Twelfth Sunday of Trinity from St. John’s – 4th September 2022

Before we start today’s service, there is a message we would like you to read and pray about.

We are pleased to let you know that the re-advertising for a new Minister will be taking place during October. Please continue to pray for this position.

This is again for a fulltime minister for the two benefices of Fillongley with Corley and Ansley with Arley.

Thank you.

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Hymn – Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise

  • Immortal, invisible, God only wise,
    in light inaccessible hid from our eyes,
    most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
    Almighty, victorious, Thy great name we praise.
     
  • Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light,
    nor wanting, nor wasting, Thou rulest in might;
    Thy justice, like mountains, high soaring above
    Thy clouds, which are fountains of goodness and love.
     
  • To all, life Thou givest, to both great and small,
    in all life Thou livest, the true life of all;
    we blossom and flourish as leaves on the tree,
    and wither and perish, but naught changeth Thee.
     
  • Great Father of glory, pure Father of light,
    Thine angels adore Thee, all veiling their sight;
    all praise we would render, O help us to see
    ’tis only the splendor of light hideth Thee!
     
  • Immortal, invisible, God only wise,
    in light inaccessible hid from our eyes,
    most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
    Almighty, victorious, Thy great name we praise.
      (by Walter C Smith  – 1824 to 1908)

Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father

and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you

All: And also with you

Loving Lord,

Fill us with your life-giving,

joy-givingr peace-giving presence,

That we may praise you now with our lips,

and all the day long with our lives

Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen

Cast your burden upon the Lord

All: And he will sustain you

Create in us clean hearts, O God

All: And renew a right spirit within us

Cast us not away from your Presence

All: And take not your Holy Spirit from us

Give us the joy of your saving help

All: And sustain us with your life-giving Spirit

Blessed be the Lord day by day

All: The God of our salvation, who bears our burdens.

We have a moment of quiet, to call to mind the things we

Have thought, said and done which we know grieve the God

who loves us 

Come, let us return to the Lord and say: 

All: Almighty God

Long-suffering and of great goodness

I confess to you.

I confess with my whole heart

My neglect and forgetfulness of your commandments

My wrong doing, thinking and speaking:

The hurts I have done to others,

And the good I have left undone.

O God, forgive me, for I have sinned against you;

And raise me to newness of life;

Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

May the God of love and power

Forgive us and free us from our sins,

Heal and strengthen us by his Spirit,

And raise us to new life in Christ our Lord.

All: Amen. 

We praise God for his love and forgiveness with:- 

Hymn – Take My Life and Let It Be

  • Take my life and let it be
    consecrated, Lord, to thee.
    Take my moments and my days;
    let them flow in endless praise,

    Take my hands and let them move
    at the impulse of thy love.
    Take my feet and let them be
    swift and beautiful for thee,

    Take my voice and let me sing
    always, only, for my King.
    Take my lips and let them be
    filled with messages from thee.
     

  • Take my silver and my gold;
    not a mite would I withhold.
    Take my intellect and use
    every power as thou shalt choose,

  • Take my will and make it thine;
    it shall be no longer mine.
    Take my heart it is thine own;
    it shall be thy royal throne,

  • Take my love; my Lord, I pour
    at thy feet its treasure store.
    Take myself, and I will be
    ever, only, all for thee,
    (by Frances R. Havergal – 1838 to 1870) 

Our First Reading is taken from – Deuteronomy Chap: 30

15 “Today I am giving you a choice between good and evil, between life and death.

16 If you obey the commands of the Lord your God, which I give you today, if you love him, obey him, and keep all his laws, then you will prosper and become a nation of many people. The Lord your God will bless you in the land that you are about to occupy.

17 But if you disobey and refuse to listen, and are led away to worship other gods,

18 you will be destroyed – I warn you here and now. You will not live long in that land across the Jordan that you are about to occupy.

19 I am now giving you the choice between life and death, between God’s blessing and God’s curse, and I call heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Choose life.

20 Love the Lord your God, obey him and be faithful to him, and then you and your descendants will live long in the land that he promised to give your ancestors, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.” 

This is the word of the Christ

All: Praise to you oh Christ 

Our Second Reading is From – Luke Chap: 14

25 Once when large crowds of people were going along with Jesus, he turned and said to them,

26 “Those who come to me cannot be my disciples unless they love me more than they love father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, and themselves as well.

27 Those who do not carry their own cross and come after me cannot be my disciples.

28 If one of you is planning to build a tower, you sit down first and figure out what it will cost, to see if you have enough money to finish the job.

29 If you don’t, you will not be able to finish the tower after laying the foundation; and all who see what happened will make fun of you.

30 “You began to build but can’t finish the job!’ they will say.

31 If a king goes out with ten thousand men to fight another king who comes against him with twenty thousand men, he will sit down first and decide if he is strong enough to face that other king.

32 If he isn’t, he will send messengers to meet the other king to ask for terms of peace while he is still a long way off.

33 In the same way,” concluded Jesus, “none of you can be my disciple unless you give up everything you have.

This is the word of the Christ

All: Praise to you oh Christ

Sermon 

Both readings this morning, ask the same question of us, to make a choice either to follow God or not.

The first is a stark question to live or die HOW WOULD WE knows what our answer would be. I expect like those who heard the question would say live and they made the journey to their promised land. But it was only later when they felt safe that they turned away to   worship IDOLS and other GODS.

The second reading Jesus explained to the crowd why they could only be his disciples if they loved him more than their families, friends and themselves. Then he told them two stories, one about a builder who had not planned well and could not finish the job. The other about a king who’s army came against a larger force. First you see if you can defeat them and if not you look for ways to make peace. In both cases you have a choice to make. Both these stories show that you need a god strong foundation to begin anything that you do. That choice is to give up everything you know to follow a man you don’t know but believe in.

Could we have done it?

But if you take a moment and think we in a small part have. We have committed ourselves to the faith of Jesus Christ and we follow in his footsteps however attentively.

We are here today to sing and pray to his glory. In all things we do there is a small part of us that brings his message to life. Whether it is with family, friends, work or community.

Our faith guides us in all we do.

We don’t always get things right but from our mistakes we learn.

We have been given the ability to reason and think for ourselves so choosing what we do comes naturally.

The hymns today are my choice and hopefully they bring a message of understanding of the chooses made by those who wrote them. Their words of praise we don’t know if their inspiration came from their faith and as we know we have word given to us by the one who loves us quiet often.

The hymns that I hope leave a message are

Immortal Invisible God Only Wide – We can’t see him but we know he is there

Take My Life and Let It Be – We give our life to follow him

I The Lord of Sea and Sky – We ask him to lead us

Be Though My Vision O Lord of my Heart -We take him into our hearts

Dear Lord and Farther of Mankind –  We ask him to forgive us

So the only hymn we could sing is number – I the Lord of Sea and Sky

Amen

Let us pray

Dear Lord and Father we ask you to be with all who suffer in natural disasters. At this time we think of the floods in Pakistan and places like Australia Europe and America still trying to put right what nature destroyed. Be with all who are working to help the victims of any disaster.

Lord in you mercy

All: Hear our prayer   

Hymn – I the Lord of Sea and Sky

Let us declare our faith in God.

All: We believe in God the Father,

From whom every family

In heaven and on earth is named.

We believe in God the Son

Who lives in our hearts through faith,

And fills us with his love.

We believe in God the Holy Spirit

Who strengthens us

With power from on high.

We believe in one God,

Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Amen.

Prayers and Intercessions

We pray for God to fill us with his Spirit.

Generous God,

we thank you for the power of your Holy Spirit.

We ask that we may be strengthened to serve you better.

Lord, come to bless us

All: and fill us with your Spirit.

We thank you for the wisdom of your Holy Spirit.

We ask you to make us wise to understand your will.

Lord, come to bless us

All: and fill us with your Spirit.

We thank you for the peace of your Holy Spirit.

We ask you to keep us confident of your love wherever you call us.

Lord, come to bless us

All: and fill us with your Spirit.

We thank you for the healing of your Holy Spirit.

We ask you to bring reconciliation and wholeness

where there is division, sickness and sorrow.

Lord, come to bless us

All: and fill us with your Spirit.

We thank you for the gifts of your Holy Spirit.

We ask you to equip us for the work which you have given us.

Lord, come to bless us

All: and fill us with your Spirit.

We thank you for the fruit of your Holy Spirit.

We ask you to reveal in our lives the love of Jesus.

Lord, come to bless us

All: and fill us with your Spirit.

We thank you for the breath of your Holy Spirit,

given us by the risen Lord.

We ask you to keep the whole Church, living and departed,

in the joy of eternal life.

Lord, come to bless us

All: and fill us with your Spirit. 

All: Generous God,

hear our prayer,

and make us one in heart and mind

to serve you with joy for ever.

Amen.

We gather our thoughts and prayers in the words our Saviour gave us

All: Our Father in heaven,

Hallowed by your name,

Your kingdom come,

Your will be done,

On earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread,

Forgive us our sins

As we forgive those who sin against us.

Lead us not into temptation

But deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, ‘

Now and for ever.

Amen.

Hymn – Be Thou my vision 

  • Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;
    naught be all else to me, save that thou art.
    Thou my best thought, by day or by night,
    waking or sleeping, thy presence my light.
     
  • Be thou my wisdom, be thou my true word;
    I ever with thee, and thou with me, Lord.
    Born of thy love, thy child may I be,
    thou in me dwelling and I one with thee.
     

3) Be thou my buckler, my sword for the fight.
Be thou my dignity, thou my delight,
thou my soul’s shelter, thou my high tower.
Raise thou me heavenward, O Power of my power.
 

4) Riches I heed not, nor vain empty praise;
thou mine inheritance, now and always.
Thou and thou only, first in my heart,
Ruler of heaven, my treasure thou art.
 

5)  “True Light of heaven, when victory is won
may I reach heaven’s joys, O bright heaven’s Sun!
Heart of my heart, whatever befall,
still be my vision, O Ruler of all

The Lord bless us, and preserve us from all evil

Closing Hymn – Dear Lord and Father of Mankind

1) Dear Lord and Father of mankind,
forgive our foolish ways;
reclothe us in our rightful mind,
in purer lives thy service find,
in deeper reverence, praise.

2) In simple trust like theirs who heard
beside the Syrian sea
the gracious calling of the Lord,
let us, like them, without a word
rise up and follow thee.
 

3) O Sabbath rest by Galilee,
O calm of hills above,
where Jesus knelt to share with thee
the silence of eternity,
interpreted by love!

4) Drop thy still dews of quietness,
till all our strivings cease;
take from our souls the strain and stress,
and let our ordered lives confess
the beauty of thy peace.

5) Breathe through the heats of our desire
thy coolness and thy balm;
let sense be dumb, let flesh retire;
speak through the earthquake, wind, and fire,
O still, small voice of calm!    ( by John Greeleaf Whittier – 1807 to 1892)
 

The Grace

All: Amen

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