The 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 14 Jun 2020 – Numbers 6:26-27, Matthew 9:35-10:15, Romans 5:1-11 ~ “Send more workers into the harvest.”

The 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 14 Jun 2020 –

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

Opening:

O Lord, from whom all good proceeds: Grant us the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may always think those things that are good, and by your merciful guidance may accomplish the same; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Go and announce to them that the Kingdom of Heaven is near.
Heal the sick, raise the dead, cure those with leprosy, and cast out demons.
Give as freely as you have received!

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The Blessing SWEDEN – Välsignelsen Sverige

The Lord bless you
And keep you
Make His face shine upon you
And be gracious to you
The Lord turn His
Face toward you
And give you peace

Amen, amen, amen
Amen, amen, amen

May His favor be upon you
And a thousand generations
And your family and your children
Their children, and their children
May His presence go before you
And behind you, and beside you
All around you, and within you
He is with you, He is with you

Amen, amen, amen
Amen, amen, amen

In the morning, in the evening
In your coming, and your going
In your weeping, and rejoicing
He is for you He is for you
He is for you He is for you
He is for you He is for you
He is for you, He is for you
He is for you, He is for you

Amen, amen, amen
Amen, amen, amen
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A Reading from the Old Testament: Numbers 6:26-27 (NLT)

The Priestly Blessing

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Tell Aaron and his sons to bless the people of Israel with this special blessing:

‘May the Lord bless you and protect you.

May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you.

May the Lord show you his favor and give you his peace.’

Whenever Aaron and his sons bless the people of Israel in my name, I myself will bless them.”
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THE BLESSING in Hebrew! – Jerusalem, Israel | Joshua Aaron

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A Reading from the Gospels: Matthew 9:35-10:15 (NLT)

The Need for Workers

Jesus traveled through all the towns and villages of that area, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom. And he healed every kind of disease and illness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. He said to his disciples, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.”

Jesus Sends Out the Twelve Apostles

Jesus called his twelve disciples together and gave them authority to cast out evil spirits and to heal every kind of disease and illness. Here are the names of the twelve apostles:

first, Simon (also called Peter), then Andrew (Peter’s brother), James (son of Zebedee), John (James’s brother), Philip, Bartholomew, Thomas, Matthew (the tax collector), James (son of Alphaeus), Thaddaeus, Simon (the zealot, Judas Iscariot (who later betrayed him).

Jesus sent out the twelve apostles with these instructions: “Don’t go to the Gentiles or the Samaritans, but only to the people of Israel—God’s lost sheep. Go and announce to them that the Kingdom of Heaven is near. Heal the sick, raise the dead, cure those with leprosy, and cast out demons. Give as freely as you have received!

“Don’t take any money in your money belts—no gold, silver, or even copper coins. Don’t carry a traveler’s bag with a change of clothes and sandals or even a walking stick. Don’t hesitate to accept hospitality, because those who work deserve to be fed.

“Whenever you enter a city or village, search for a worthy person and stay in his home until you leave town. When you enter the home, give it your blessing. If it turns out to be a worthy home, let your blessing stand; if it is not, take back the blessing. If any household or town refuses to welcome you or listen to your message, shake its dust from your feet as you leave. I tell you the truth, the wicked cities of Sodom and Gomorrah will be better off than such a town on the judgment day.
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The Blessing Ghana – Worshipers across our nation have come together to join hearts with Christians all around the world to speak life and the blessing of God over our country and the world…

The Lord bless you
And keep you
Make His face shine upon you
And be gracious to you
The Lord turn His
Face toward you
And give you peace

Amen, amen, amen
Amen, amen, amen

May His favor be upon you
And a thousand generations
And your family and your children
Their children, and their children
May His presence go before you
And behind you, and beside you
All around you, and within you
He is with you, He is with you

Amen, amen, amen
Amen, amen, amen

In the morning, in the evening
In your coming, and your going
In your weeping, and rejoicing
He is for you He is for you
He is for you He is for you
He is for you He is for you
He is for you, He is for you
He is for you, He is for you

Amen, amen, amen
Amen, amen, amen
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A Reading from the Epistles: Romans 5:1-11 (NLT)

Faith Brings Joy

Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.

We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.

When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation. For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.
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Closing – The Irish Blessing – over 300 churches from our island sing a blessing over Ireland and beyond …

 

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

Thursday Morning: 12 Sep 2019 – Matthew 9:18-38 ~ “Lord, send more workers.”

Thursday Morning

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

Opening (A Collect for Guidance – Thursday)

Heavenly Father, in you we live and move and have our being: Guide and govern us by your Holy Spirit, that in all the cares and occupations of our lives we may not forget you, but may remember that we are ever walking in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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Morning Reading – Matthew 9:18-38 (NLT)

Jesus Heals in Response to Faith

As Jesus was saying this, the leader of a synagogue came and knelt before him. “My daughter has just died,” he said, “but you can bring her back to life again if you just come and lay your hand on her.”

So Jesus and his disciples got up and went with him. Just then a woman who had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding came up behind him. She touched the fringe of his robe, for she thought, “If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed.”

Jesus turned around, and when he saw her he said, “Daughter, be encouraged! Your faith has made you well.” And the woman was healed at that moment.

When Jesus arrived at the official’s home, he saw the noisy crowd and heard the funeral music. “Get out!” he told them. “The girl isn’t dead; she’s only asleep.” But the crowd laughed at him. After the crowd was put outside, however, Jesus went in and took the girl by the hand, and she stood up! The report of this miracle swept through the entire countryside.

Jesus Heals the Blind

After Jesus left the girl’s home, two blind men followed along behind him, shouting, “Son of David, have mercy on us!”

They went right into the house where he was staying, and Jesus asked them, “Do you believe I can make you see?”

“Yes, Lord,” they told him, “we do.”

Then he touched their eyes and said, “Because of your faith, it will happen.” Then their eyes were opened, and they could see! Jesus sternly warned them, “Don’t tell anyone about this.” But instead, they went out and spread his fame all over the region.

When they left, a demon-possessed man who couldn’t speak was brought to Jesus. So Jesus cast out the demon, and then the man began to speak. The crowds were amazed. “Nothing like this has ever happened in Israel!” they exclaimed.

But the Pharisees said, “He can cast out demons because he is empowered by the prince of demons.”

The Need for Workers

Jesus traveled through all the towns and villages of that area, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom. And he healed every kind of disease and illness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. He said to his disciples, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.”

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Morning Reflection:

“Lord, send more workers.”

_ Matthew 9:37-38 –
“The harvest is great, but the workers are few.
So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.”

Once again Jesus confounds his onlookers by announcing the Good News about the Kingdom, and demonstrating its presence and power through healing every kind of disease and illness. And today, in particular, Jesus demonstrates his compassion and healing mercy in response to the faith of sick people – the rabbi’s daughter, the woman in the crowd, the blind men, and the demonized. To be clear, the faith expressed is in Jesus’ power and authority over all forms of sickness and disease.

But perhaps even more remarkable is Jesus’ appeal for more workers to do what he was doing – i.e. to harvest the crop that God had already planted and prepared. The ministry that Jesus wants to share with us is a ministry of compassion and faithfulness.

Questions for consideration:

  • Do you know people who believe that Jesus is their Savior and Lord, and want to receive his healing mercy? Please explain.
  • Do you know people who are living confused and helpless lives? Do you feel compassion for them, or something else? Please explain.
  • When you think of God using you as a worker in his fields ripe for harvest, what is your response? Please explain.
  • When you think of God using you as a worker in his fields ripe for harvest, where would you begin. Please explain.

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Morning Prayer

Ministry to the Sick:

Savior of the world, by your Cross and precious blood you have redeemed us; Save us, and help us, we humbly pray.

Lord Jesus Christ, heal this your servant, sustain him/her with your presence, drive away all sickness of body, mind, and spirit, and give to him/her that victory of life and peace which will enable him/hr to serve you both now and for ever. Amen.

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“Rescue” – Lauren Daigle

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Closing:

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, and 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 of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen