Trinity 6 Sunday 24th July

Sunday Morning Prayer – Sixth Sunday after Trinity – St. Laurence’s Church, Church End Ansley –

Before we start today’s service, there is a messages we would like you to read and pray about:-

As you will know by now, our advertisement for a new Minister was unsuccessful. The position will be re-advertised in in due course. 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 – Be Thou my vision

1) 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.

2) 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

Preparation

The night has passed, and the day lies open before us; let us pray with one heart and mind.

Grace mercy and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you

All: And also with you.

This is the day that the Lord has made.

All: Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

We have come together in the name of Christ to offer our praise and thanksgiving to hear and receive God’s holy word, to pray for the needs of the world, and to seek the forgiveness of our sins, that by the power of the Holy Spirit, we may give ourselves to the service of God.

All: We say Sorry

Jesus says, ‘Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is close at hand.’

So let us turn away from our sins and turn to Christ, confessing our sins in penitence and faith.

All: Lord God, we have sinned against you;

We have done evil in your sight.

We are sorry and repent.

Have mercy on us according to your love.

Wash away our wrongdoing and cleanse us from our sin.

Renew a right spirit within us and restore to us the joy of your salvation;

Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

May the Father of all mercies cleanse us from our sins, and restore us in His image to the praise and glory of His name through Jesus Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

Blessed is the Lord,

All: For He has heard the voice of our prayer;

Therefore shall our hearts dance for joy

All: And in our song will we praise our God.

Blessed are you, Lord our God, creator and redeemer of all;

to you be glory and praise for ever.

From the waters of chaos you drew forth the world, and in your great love fashioned us in your image. Now, through the deep waters of death, you have brought your people to new birth by raising your Son to life in triumph.

May Christ your light ever dawn in our hearts as we offer you our sacrifice of thanks and praise.

Blessed be God, Father Son and Holy Spirit.

All: Blessed be God for ever.

Hymn – I Cannot Tell

Collect for the Sixth Sunday after Trinity – 24th July 2022

Merciful God,

you have prepared for those who love you

such good things as pass our understanding:

pour into our hearts such love toward you

that we, loving you in all things and above all things,

may obtain your promises,

which exceed all that we can desire;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever..

All: Amen

Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead.

All: And Christ shall give you light.

You have died and your life is hid with Christ in God.

All: Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead.

Set your minds on things that are above,

not on things that are on the earth.

All: And Christ shall give you light.

When Christ our life appears

you will appear with him in glory.

All: Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give you light.

Hymn – As We Are Gathered, Jesus is Here

Our First Reading id taken from – Genesis Chap: 18

20 Then the Lord said to Abraham, “There are terrible accusations against Sodom and Gomorrah, and their sin is very great.

21 I must go down to find out whether or not the accusations which I have heard are true.”

22 Then the two men left and went on toward Sodom, but the Lord remained with Abraham.

23 Abraham approached the Lord and asked, “Are you really going to destroy the innocent with the guilty?

24 If there are fifty innocent people in the city, will you destroy the whole city? Won’t you spare it in order to save the fifty?

25 Surely you won’t kill the innocent with the guilty. That’s impossible! You can’t do that. If you did, the innocent would be punished along with the guilty. That is impossible. The judge of all the earth has to act justly.”

26 The Lord answered, “If I find fifty innocent people in Sodom, I will spare the whole city for their sake.”

27 Abraham spoke again: “Please forgive my boldness in continuing to speak to you, Lord. I am only a man and have no right to say anything.

28 But perhaps there will be only forty-five innocent people instead of fifty. Will you destroy the whole city because there are five too few?” The Lord answered, “I will not destroy the city if I find forty-five innocent people.”

29 Abraham spoke again: “Perhaps there will be only forty.” He replied, “I will not destroy it if there are forty.”

30 Abraham said, “Please don’t be angry, Lord, but I must speak again. What if there are only thirty?” He said, “I will not do it if I find thirty.”

31 Abraham said, “Please forgive my boldness in continuing to speak to you, Lord. Suppose that only twenty are found?” He said, “I will not destroy the city if I find twenty.”

32 Abraham said, “Please don’t be angry, Lord, and I will speak only once more. What if only ten are found?” He said, “I will not destroy it if there are ten.”

This is the Word of the Lord

All: Thanks be to God

Here the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ According to – Luke Chap: 11

1 One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.”

2 Jesus said to them, “When you pray, say this: “Father: May your holy name be honoured; may your Kingdom come.

3 Give us day by day the food we need.

4 Forgive us our sins, for we forgive everyone who does us wrong. And do not bring us to hard testing.’ ”

5 And Jesus said to his disciples, “Suppose one of you should go to a friend’s house at midnight and say, “Friend, let me borrow three loaves of bread.

6 A friend of mine who is on a trip has just come to my house, and I don’t have any food for him!’

7 And suppose your friend should answer from inside, “Don’t bother me! The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’

8 Well, what then? I tell you that even if he will not get up and give you the bread because you are his friend, yet he will get up and give you everything you need because you are not ashamed to keep on asking.

9 And so I say to you: Ask, and you will receive; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you.

10 For those who ask will receive, and those who seek will find, and the door will be opened to anyone who knocks.

11 Would any of you who are fathers give your son a snake when he asks for fish?

12 Or would you give him a scorpion when he asks for an egg?

13 As bad as you are, you know how to give good things to your children. How much more, then, will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

This is the Word of the Lord

All: Thanks be to God

Benediction

Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel,

All: who has come to his people and set them free.

He has raised up for us a mighty Saviour,

All: born of the house of his servant David.

Through his holy prophets God promised of old

All: to save us from our enemies, from the hands of all that hate us,

To show mercy to our ancestors,

All: and to remember his holy covenant.

This was the oath God swore to our father Abraham:

All: to set us free from the hands of our enemies,

Free to worship him without fear,

All: holy and righteous in his sight all the days of our life.

And you, child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High,

All: for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,

To give his people knowledge of salvation

All: by the forgiveness of all their sins.

In the tender compassion of our God

All: the dawn from on high shall break upon us,

To shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death,

All: and to guide our feet into the way of peace. (Luke 1.68-79)

All: Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning is now

and shall be for ever.

Amen.

Sermon for the Sixth Sunday after Trinity – 24nd July 2022

This Way (Luke 11)

(from Jim Cymbala, Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire (Zondervan, 1997), page. 58 tand 59.)

Most of us can’t imagine what it would have been like to walk and talk with Jesus physically as He made his way across Galilee. If we could have been there we would have seen Him touch the sick. We would have been amazed as He walked across the waves of the stormy sea. We surely would have been inspired as we heard Him teach, and then been mesmerized as He explained the meanings of His teachings to the smaller group. Imagine what it would have been like to ask Him whatever question came to mind?

When the disciples saw Jesus perform miracles and teach, they didn’t clamour, “Lord teach us to teach like you!” or, “Lord, teach us to do that miracle!”

Instead, what captured their attention was hearing Him pray. “He was praying in a certain place, and when He finished, one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John also taught his disciples.”

They wanted to know how to talk to God in prayer. Notice what Jesus gave them when they asked this question.

Firstly, He gave them a plan for prayer (Vers: 1 to 4)

In the first four verses of our reading, we discover a plan that will help us pray in a way that is pleasing to the Father and keep us on track. In many ways this is a simple plan for prayer: Jesus said:

“When you pray, say,

Father,

Reveal who you are.

Set the world right.

Keep us alive with three square meals.

Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others.

Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil.”

The first part of our prayer must be praise (Ver: 2)

“Whenever you pray, say: Father, Your name be honoured as holy.”

Praise is an important part of our prayers. We must always remember to honour our heavenly Father. We are creations of the Creator, and it should be a natural thing for us to worship Him.

Second, it must have purpose (Ver: .2)

“Your kingdom come”

It’s so easy to forget that we have a responsibility to fulfil God’s purpose in the world. We are a people on a mission, and we should be mindful and sensitive about the work of His Kingdom. Each day we are to be busy doing kingdom business.

Third, God wants to provide for our physical needs (Ver: .3)

“Give us each day our daily bread”

One of the promises that should give us hope for each day is that God does indeed supply our needs. When we pray, it’s a part of the instruction of Jesus that we ask the Father for the things that we need to make it through each day. Since it is part of His plan for us as we pray, then we should never hesitate to ask.

Fourth, we acknowledge that we have spiritual needs (Ver: .4)

“And forgive us our sins, for we ourselves also forgive everyone in debt to us.”

There is not a day that goes by that we should not be mindful of the forgiveness, grace, and compassion of God. It is a healthy reminder for a congregation, and all of us as individuals, to think of ourselves as participants in a weekly meeting of sinners anonymous. The sin has been forgiven and we are set free. But God provides our spiritual needs, and we should not neglect asking for that help.

Fifth, we must pray for protection (Ver: .4)

“And do not bring us into temptation”

It makes sense that the same loving, compassionate, and kind Saviour, that went to such great lengths to have a relationship with us, would also take the time to protect us. His plans and desires for us are so much better than anything we might plan ourselves. The problem we have is that sometimes, we don’t make wise choices. He wants to help us with this.

Then, we are given a parable for prayer (Vers: .5 to 9)

Then Jesus said, “Imagine what would happen if you went to a friend in the middle of the night and said, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread. An old friend traveling through just showed up, and I don’t have a thing on hand.’

“The friend answers from his bed, ‘Don’t bother me. The door’s locked; my children are all down for the night; I can’t get up to give you anything.’

“But let me tell you, even if he won’t get up because he’s a friend, if you stand your ground, knocking and waking all the neighbours, he’ll finally get up and get you whatever you need”.

Here, Jesus takes the time to explain the importance of persistence in prayer in this parable. Like the man in the parable, we need to be faithful to keep asking. You must always remember that the Father wants to hear from you. He is always willing to listen. You don’t annoy Him when you come with a heart that desires His best for you.

Finally, Jesus gives us a promise for prayer (Ver; 10 to 13)

He concludes this lesson on prayer by sharing with His disciples the principle of asking and receiving. If you keep looking you will find an answer. If you keep knocking, the door will be open. Jesus shares some of the most refreshing and reassuring news that we could ever hear: “How much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?”

We are promised that God hears and responds to our prayers and that is great news for His children.

So, don’t allow yourself to become weary as you pray for things. This reminder from Jesus on how to pray should encourage us. When it seems like the answers are slow to come, remember this passage. Jesus knew we would feel that way and He tells us to keep on praying. We find security in the fact that God hears and will respond to our prayers.

If you were to describe your prayer life, would you use the words “persistent” and “perseverance?” I know that I would struggle.

This intimate moment between Jesus and his disciples should inspire us to have a stick-to-it-attitude about prayer.

A thought to finish with

“If our churches don’t pray, and if people don’t have an appetite for God, what does it matter how many are attending the services?

How would that impress God?

Can you imagine the angels saying, “Oh, your pews!”

We can’t believe how beautiful they are!

Up here in heaven, we’ve been talking about them for years.

Your sanctuary lighting – it’s so clever.

The way you have the steps coming up to the pulpit – it’s wonderful.

” I don’t think so.”

“If we don’t want to experience God’s closeness here on earth, why would we want to go to heaven anyway?

He is the centre of everything there. If we don’t enjoy being in His presence here and now, then heaven would not be heaven for us.

Why would He send anyone there who doesn’t long for Him passionately here on earth?”

Amen

Hymn – For the beauty of the earth

1) For the beauty of the skies

For the love which from our birth

Over and around us lies

Over and around us lies

Refrain: Lord of all, to thee we raise

This our joyful hymn of praise

2) For the beauty of the hour

Of the day and of the night

Hill and vale and tree and flower

Sun and moon and stars of light

Sun and moon and stars of light

Refrain: Lord of all, to thee we raise

This our joyful hymn of praise

3) For the joy of human love

Brother, sister, parent, child

Friends on earth and friends above

For all gentle thoughts and mild

For all gentle thoughts and mild

Refrain: Lord of all, to thee we raise

This our joyful hymn of praise

Time of Silence …..

We Say Together:

The Creed.

I believe in God, the Father almighty,

creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

born of the Virgin Mary,

suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, died, and was buried;

he descended to the dead.

On the third day he rose again;

he ascended into heaven,

he is seated at the right hand of the Father,

and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the holy catholic Church,

the communion of saints,

the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body,

and the life everlasting.

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, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name;

thy kingdom come;

thy will be done;

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation;

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

the power and the glory,

for ever and ever.

Amen.

Hymn – Fight the Good Fight (Mission Praise 143)

1 Fight the good fight with all your might,

Christ is your strength and Christ your right.

Lay hold on life, and it shall be

your joy and crown eternally.

2 Run the straight race through God’s good grace;

lift up your eyes, and seek his face.

Life with its way before us lies;

Christ is the path and Christ the prize.

3 Cast care aside, lean on your guide;

his boundless mercy will provide.

Lean, and the trusting soul shall prove

Christ is its life and Christ its love.

4 Faint not, nor fear, his arms are near;

he changes not, and you are dear.

Only believe, and you will see

that Christ is Lord eternally. (by John S. B. Monsell – 1811 to 1875)

Closing Blessings

May God give to you and to all those you love

his comfort and his peace,

his light and his joy,

in this world and the next;

and the blessing of our Lord Jesus Christ

and the Love of God

and the fellowship of the Holy Sprit

be with us all evermore.

All: Amen.

Hymn – And can it Be

1) And can it be that I should gain

An interest in the Saviour’s blood?

Died He for me, who caused His pain?

For me, who Him to death pursued?

Amazing love! how can it be

That Thou, my God, should die for me?

Refrain:

Amazing love! how can it be

That Thou, my God, should die for me!

2) ‘Tis mystery all! The Immortal dies!

Who can explore His strange design?

In vain the firstborn seraph tries

To sound the depths of love divine!

‘Tis mercy all! let earth adore,

Let angel minds inquire no more.

Refrain:

Amazing love! how can it be

That Thou, my God, should die for me!

3) He left His Father’s throne above,

So free, so infinite His grace;

Emptied Himself of all but love,

And bled for Adam’s helpless race;

‘Tis mercy all, immense and free;

For, O my God, it found out me.

Refrain:

Amazing love! how can it be

That Thou, my God, should die for me!

4) Long my imprisoned spirit lay

Fast bound in sin and nature’s night;

Thine eye diffused a quickening ray,

I woke, the dungeon flamed with light;

My chains fell off, my heart was free;

I rose, went forth and followed Thee.

Refrain:

Amazing love! how can it be

That Thou, my God, should die for me!

5) No condemnation now I dread;

Jesus, and all in Him is mine!

Alive in Him, my living Head,

And clothed in righteousness divine,

Bold I approach the eternal throne,

And claim the crown, through Christ my own.

Refrain:

Amazing love! how can it be

That Thou, my God, should die for me! (by Charles Wesley 1707 to 1788)

The Grace

All: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,

And the love of God,

And the fellowship of the Holy Spirit,

Be with us all evermore.

Amen

Go in joy and peace to love and serve the Lord

All: In the name of Christ Amen.

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