Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost – 09 Sep – ears to hear

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Opening Prayer

God of power and compassion, in Christ you reveal your will to heal and to save. Open our ears to your redeeming word and move our hearts by the strength of your love, so that our every word and work may proclaim as Messiah Jesus the Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen.
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“What Joy” (Psalm 146) – Sarah Emerson


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Gospel Reading: Mark 7:31-37 (NLT)

Jesus left Tyre and went up to Sidon before going back to the Sea of Galilee and the region of the Ten Towns. A deaf man with a speech impediment was brought to him, and the people begged Jesus to lay his hands on the man to heal him.

Jesus led him away from the crowd so they could be alone. He put his fingers into the man’s ears. Then, spitting on his own fingers, he touched the man’s tongue. Looking up to heaven, he sighed and said, “Ephphatha,” which means, “Be opened!” Instantly the man could hear perfectly, and his tongue was freed so he could speak plainly!

Jesus told the crowd not to tell anyone, but the more he told them not to, the more they spread the news. They were completely amazed and said again and again, “Everything he does is wonderful. He even makes the deaf to hear and gives speech to those who cannot speak.”
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Prayers of Intercession:

God of power and compassion, you raise up those who are bowed down; our confidence is in you as we bring forward our prayers –

+ For believers gathered together around the world — that all may be welcomed without distinction…
+ For believers gathered together around the world — that we may work to end discrimination and division…
+ For people with difficulties with language and speech — that patient, believing friends may encourage them…
+ For those who cannot hear well — that patient, believing friends may be sensitive to their needs…
+ For an end to the war in Syria – that believers may return and rebuild their broken country…
+ For those who are dislocated and dispossessed – that believers may offer refuge and comfort…
+ For those who have died in Christ, especially through war and violence – that they may rest safely in your presence forever…

Healing God, you pour out your love on those who cry to you for help; raise us up by your grace and support us in our needs, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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“Isaiah 35” – Vinesong


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Blessing – Ephesians 3:20-21

“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Morning Reading & Prayer: Sat, 09 Sep – 2 Timothy 3-4 ~ Preach the Word of God

Morning Reading & Prayer

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Opening – (Northumbria Community)

One thing I have asked of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life; to behold the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple.

Praise to You, Lord Jesus Christ, King of endless glory.

Please Read: 2 Timothy 3-4 (NLT) – click here

Reflection & Prayer

The Dangers of the Last Days

2 Timothy 3:1-5 (NLT)You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!

All Scripture is Inspired by God

2 Timothy 3:14-17 (NLT)But you must remain faithful to the things you have been taught. You know they are true, for you know you can trust those who taught you. You have been taught the holy Scriptures from childhood, and they have given you the wisdom to receive the salvation that comes by trusting in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.

Preach the Word of God

2 Timothy 4:1-4 (NLT)I solemnly urge you in the presence of God and Christ Jesus, who will someday judge the living and the dead when he comes to set up his Kingdom: Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching.

For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. They will reject the truth and chase after myths.

2 Timothy 4:22 (NLT)May the Lord be with your spirit. And may his grace be with all of you.
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Lord God: We are living in difficult times, and your church is under great stress and persecution around the world. I pray for those you have raised up to lead your people –

+ that they would be humble and reverent, placing the good of your people above their own personal gain.
+ that they would exemplify love and forgiveness and self-control, even towards those who would do them harm.
+ that they would love what is good and right, and speak and act only in the power of the Holy Spirit.
+ that they would remain faithful to the truth and wisdom revealed through the holy Scriptures.
+ that they would preach the Word of God which leads to salvation that comes by trusting in Jesus Christ.
+ that they would always be prepared to patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people to do what is right.

Lord God: You have assured us that the gates of hell will not prevail against your church. May it be so – through our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
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“Holy Bible, Book Divine”


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Blessing – (Northumbrian Community)

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.
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+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Morning Prayer: Fri, 09 Sep – Psalm 34:1; Proverbs 8:14-17; Matthew 25:21 ~ “well done”

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Opening Sentence

One thing I have asked of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life; to behold the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple.

Reading: Psalm 34:1 (NLT)

I will praise the Lord at all times. I will constantly speak his praises.

Reading: Proverbs 8:14-17 (NLT)

Common sense and success belong to me. Insight and strength are mine. Because of me, kings reign, and rulers make just decrees. Rulers lead with my help, and nobles make righteous judgments.

“I love all who love me. Those who search will surely find me.”

Well done, my good & faithful servant
Well done, my good & faithful servant

Reading: Matthew 25:21 (NLT)

“The master was full of praise. ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’”

Prayer

Lord Jesus Christ, You are the good steward, who redeemed Adam and Eve of their failed stewardship by offering Yourself for the life of the world.

+ You teach me in the feeding of the multitudes that whatever I give to God is returned to me multiplied.
+ You praise those good and faithful servants in the parable of the talents who returned to the Master their gifts.

Help me to enter into the joy of stewardship, remembering that everything I have comes from You and belongs to You.

+ I know, Lord, that I often live in fear of the future and insecurity.
+ Help me to remember the lilies of the field and so to trust in Your providence.
+ Grant to me a cheerful and generous spirit and kindle in my heart zealous love for You.

For You are the Good Steward, and to You I give thanks, praise and glory, together with Your Father who is from everlasting and Your all holy good and life-giving Spirit now and ever and onto the ages of ages. Amen

“Well Done” – Deitrick Haddon

Just wanna make it to heaven | I just wanna make it in
I just wanna cross that river | I wanna be free from sin
I just want my name written | Written in the Lamb’s Book of Life
When this life is over | I just wanna have eternal life

I want to hear You say: “Well done, well done, well done | You can come on in.”

Anybody wanna see your loved ones | That you’ve lost along the way
I just wanna walk those streets of gold | They say the half has never, never been told
I don’t want my singing Lord | I don’t want it, to be in vain
I just wanna cross that river of God | That’s why I’m living, day to day, just to hear you say:

“Well done, well done, well done | You can come on in.”

Blessing

May the peace of the Lord Jesus Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!