Service for the 14th June 2020

Discipling God, we are made in your image and called to follow your Son, Jesus, the risen Christ. We are to be like him in every way.
Along with our brothers and sisters around the world, we gather to offer this time of worship, to acknowledge your love for us, revealed in Jesus. In these strange days, our gatherings are very different, apart and yet united by our love for you.
Even today the harvest is large, many people seeking to find you
amid this global pandemic and the fears and anxieties it holds for each one of us.

We are discovering new ways to engage with people and we are grateful for the wonder of technology that allows us to reach out to people in our communities and beyond.
We come into the space of truth.
We come into the space where all are loved and valued.
We come together as confident, beloved people.
We come gather before our God, Creator and protector of us all.
Will you come and follow me
If I but call your name?
Will you go where you don’t know
And never be the same?
Will you let my love be shown,
Will you let my name be known,
Will you let my life be grown in you,
And you in me?
Will you leave yourself behind
If I but call your name?
Will you care for cruel and kind
And never be the same?
Will you risk the hostile stare,
Should your life attract or scare?
Will you let me answer prayer
In you and you in me?
Will you let the blinded see
If I but call your name?
Will you set the prisoners free
And never be the same?
Will you kiss the leper clean,
And do such as this unseen,
And admit to what I mean
In you and you in me?
Will you love the ‘you’ you hide
If I but call your name?
Will you quell the fear inside
And never be the same?
Will you use the faith you’ve found
To reshape the world around,
Through my sight and touch and sound In you and you in me?
Lord, your summons echoes true
When you but call my name.
Let me turn and follow you
And never be the same.
In your company I’ll go
Where your love and footsteps show;
Thus I’ll move and live and grow
In you and you in me.

We say sorry to God

Forgive us, Lord, when we fail you,
when we choose our own way instead of yours.
Forgive us, Lord, for our frailties,
help us move forward determined to be
more like the people you created us to be,
using our gifts and talents
for the work of your kingdom, here and now.
Lord Jesus, you have shown us the way to live,
the way to behave, help us to want to be more like you.
In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen

Almighty God, who forgives all who truly repent, have mercy upon you, pardon and deliver you from all your sins, confirm and strengthen you in all goodness, and keep you in life eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Reading from the Bible Matthew 9.35 - 10.14
35Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness. 36When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; 38therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest.’ 1Then Jesus summoned his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to cure every disease and every sickness. 2These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon, also known as Peter, and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; 3Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax-collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; 4Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, the one who betrayed him. 5These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: ‘Go nowhere among the Gentiles, and enter no town of the Samaritans, 6but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7As you go, proclaim the good news, “The kingdom of heaven has come near.” 8Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. You received without payment; give without payment. 9Take no gold, or silver, or copper in your belts, 10no bag for your journey, or two tunics, or sandals, or a staff; for labourers deserve their food. 11Whatever town or village you enter, find out who in it is worthy, and stay there until you leave. 12As you enter the house, greet it. 13If the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it; but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you. 14If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet as you leave that house or town.
This is the word of the Lord. All : Thanks be to God.


Affirmation of Faith
Let us declare our faith in God
Do you believe and trust in God the Father who made all things?
All We believe and trust in him
Do you believe and trust in his Son Jesus Christ who redeemed the world?
All We believe and trust in him
Do you believe and trust in his Holy Spirit who gives life to the people of God?
All We believe and trust in him.
This is the faith of the Church.
All This is our faith. We believe and trust in one God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen

BE STILL, for the presence of the Lord, the Holy One is here;
Come bow before Him now with reverence and fear.
In Him no sin is found, we stand on holy ground;
Be still, for the presence of the Lord, the Holy One is here.

Be still, for the glory of the Lord is shining all around;
He burns with holy fire, with splendour He is crowned.
How awesome is the sight, our radiant King of light!
Be still, for the glory of the Lord is shining all around.

Be still, for the power of the Lord is moving in this place;
He comes to cleanse and heal, to minister His grace.
No work too hard for Him, in faith receive from Him;
Be still, for the power of the Lord is moving in this place.

Time of Prayer

God of truth, help us to keep your law of love and to walk in ways of wisdom, that we may find true life in Jesus Christ your Son. Amen

All Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be 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.

BE THOU MY VISION, O Lord of my heart,
Be all else but naught to me, save that Thou art;
Be Thou my best thought in the day and the night,
Both waking and sleeping, Thy presence my light.

Be Thou my wisdom, be Thou my true word,
Be Thou ever with me, and I with Thee, Lord;
Be Thou my great Father, and I Thy true son;
Be Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.

Be Thou my breastplate, my sword for the fight;
Be Thou my whole armour, be Thou my true might;
Be Thou my soul’s shelter, be Thou my strong tower:
O raise Thou me heavenward, great Power of my power.

Riches I need not, nor man’s empty praise:
Be Thou mine inheritance now and always;

Be Thou and Thou only the first in my heart:
O Sovereign of heaven, my treasure Thou art.

High King of heaven, Thou heaven’s bright Sun,
O grant me its joys after victory is won;
Great Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be Thou my vision, O Ruler of all.

There is value in loving.          All: Let us learn to love more.
There is value in sharing.        All: Let us be ready to give more.
There is value in caring.          All: Let us pay more attention to need.
There is value in family.          All: Let us embrace those known and unknown.
There is value in fellowship.    All: Let us never cease to praise you, Lord,
                                                       in our work, in our ways, in our world. Amen.