Be thou my vision

St Andrew’s Church, Prayer & Praise, Wednesday, 21 October 2020

 Call to Worship

 All who are thirsty,

Come drink from the waters of life! 
 All who are weary,

Come bathe, be refreshed in God’s river! 
 All who long for peace,

Come rest in the clear, silent pools of God’s love! 

 Hymn 449 Love divine

 Isaiah 55:1-5a; 6-11

Come, everyone who thirsts,
    come to the waters;
 and you that have no money,
    come, buy and eat!
 Come, buy wine and milk
    without money and without price. 
 Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,
    and your labour for that which does not satisfy?
 Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good,
    and delight yourselves in rich food. 
 Incline your ear, and come to me;
    listen, so that you may live.
 
 Seek the Lord while he may be found,
    call upon him while he is near; 
 let the wicked forsake their way,
    and the unrighteous their thoughts;
 let them return to the Lord, that he may have mercy on them,
    and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. 
 For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
    nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord. 
 For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so are my ways higher than your ways
    and my thoughts than your thoughts.

For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven,
    and do not return there until they have watered the earth,
 making it bring forth and sprout,
    giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, 
 so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;
    it shall not return to me empty,
 but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
    and succeed in the thing for which I sent it.

Meditation from Jesus Calling (with music, All who are Thirsty, 1025):  My Thoughts are not your thoughts; neither are your ways My ways.  As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My Ways and thoughts higher than yours. 

Summing up prayer:  Lord we marvel at the wonder of being able to commune with you any time, any place.  Let us never take this amazing privilege for granted.  

 Colossians 4:2

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.

Meditation from Jesus Calling:  Though I am vastly higher and greater than you, I am training you to think My thoughts.  As you spend time in My Presence, My thoughts gradually form in your mind.  These communications strengthen you and prepare you for whatever is before you on your journey. Take time to listen to My voice.  Through your sacrifice of precious time, I bless you far more than you dare to ask.

Silence

Hymn Sheet, Bless the Lord my Soul

John 4:10-13

10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”

11 “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?”

13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

Hymn 90, Come, Holy Ghost

Prayer  Open up to God In prayer.  A chance to share our concerns.  A chance to thank God.

Collect                                                                 

O God, forasmuch as without you
we are not able to please you;
mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit
may in all things direct and rule our hearts;
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. Amen.

 The Lord’s Prayer is said

Hymn 51, Be Thou My Vision

Blessing

God’s peace: carry, keep and hold us. 

God’s love: nourish, bless and enfold us.

God’s spirit: inspire, lift and mold us.

Almighty God: Triune, holy and blessed

Be with us now and forever.

Amen! May it be so!

 Go in peace to love and serve the Lord

In the name of Christ, Amen

 

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Prayer 14 October 2020

Prayer Service, Wednesday, 14 October 2020

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2

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Call to worship (Psalm 117)

Praise the Lord, all you nations;
extol him, all you peoples.
 For great is his love toward us,
    and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever.

Praise the Lord.

Hymn 316 I will sing unto the Lord

Psalm 1

Blessed is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
and who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
whatever they do prospers.

Not so the wicked!
They are like chaff
that the wind blows away.
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.

For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.

 

Luke 11:42-46

42 “Woe to you Pharisees, because you give God a tenth of your mint, rue and all other kinds of garden herbs, but you neglect justice and the love of God. You should have practiced the latter without leaving the former undone.

43 “Woe to you Pharisees, because you love the most important seats in the synagogues and respectful greetings in the marketplaces.

44 “Woe to you, because you are like unmarked graves, which people walk over without knowing it.”

45 One of the experts in the law answered him, “Teacher, when you say these things, you insult us also.”

46 Jesus replied, “And you experts in the law, woe to you, because you load people down with burdens they can hardly carry, and you yourselves will not lift one finger to help them.

Meditation

Release the song meditation from Kimberly and Alberto Rivera

Prayer

 

The Lord’s Prayer

 

Collect

Almighty and everlasting God,
increase in us your gift of faith
that, forsaking what lies behind
and reaching out to that which is before,
we may run the way of your commandments
and win the crown of everlasting joy;
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.Amen.

 

Hymn God who made the Earth and Heaven

1 God, who made the earth and heaven,
Darkness and light:
You the day for work have given,
For rest the night.
May your angel guards defend us,
Slumber sweet your mercy send us,
Holy dreams and hopes attend us,
All through the night.

2 And when morn again shall call us
To run life’s way,
May we still, whate’er befall us,
Your will obey.
From the pow’r of evil hide us,
In the narrow pathway guide us,
Never be your smile denied us
All through the day.

 

3 Guard us waking, guard us sleeping,
And, when we die,
May we in your mighty keeping
All peaceful lie.
When the last dread call shall wake us,
Then, O Lord, do not forsake us,
But to reign in glory take us
With you on high.

4 Holy Father, throned in heaven,
All-holy Son,
Holy Spirit, freely given,
Blest Three-in-One:
Grant us grace, we now implore you,
Till we lay our crowns before you,
And in worthier strains adore you
While ages run.

 

 

 

My Christ,my shield,my encircler,

each day, each night, each light, each dark,

be near me, uphold me,my treasure,my triumph.

 

Go in peace to love and serve The Lord

 

In the name of Christ Amen.

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Prayer 7 October 2020

Prayer Service, Wednesday, 7 October 2020

Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me. Psalm 42:7

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God of the past who has fathered and mothered us

WE ARE HERE TO THANK YOU

God of the future who is always ahead of us

WE ARE HERE TO TRUST YOU

God of the present here in the midst of us

WE ARE HERE TO PRAISE YOU

God of life beyond us within us

WE REJOICE IN YOUR GLORIOUS LOVE

 

Hymn 590 Seek ye First

 

Meditation

In order to hear My voice, you must release all your worries into My care.  Entrust to Me everything that concerns you.  This clears the way for you to seek My Face unhindered.  Let Me free you from fear that is hiding deep inside you.  Sit quietly in My Presence, allowing My Light to soak into you and drive out any darkness lodged within you.

Luke 10:38-end

At the Home of Martha and Mary

38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”

41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one.[f] Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

Meditation

Hymn 396, Just as I am, verse 1

When the world tells us

we are what we do

with our activity, acumen or achievement

let us learn

WE ARE WHAT WE DO WITH OUR SILENCE

Hymn 396, Just as I am, verse 3

When the world tells us

we are what we do

with our spending power, selling power,

or our power of speech

let us learn

WE ARE WHAT WE DO WITH OUR SILENCE

Hymn 396, Just as I am, verse 4

When the world tells us

to drown the silent sufferings of others with

indifference or noise

or to forget the art of stillness even in the storm

let us learn

WE ARE WHAT WE DO WITH OUR SILENCE

Hymn 396, Just as I am, verse 5

Where the world tells us

to rush in where angels fear to tread

let us learn that angels listen first

before they take a step

for the voice of God in the silence

Silence

Hymn 396, Just as I am, verse 6

Prayer

 

The Lord’s Prayer

 

Collect

Almighty God,
you have made us for yourself,
and our hearts are restless till they find their rest in you:
pour your love into our hearts and draw us to yourself,
and so bring us at last to your heavenly city
where we shall see you face to face;
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.
Amen.

 

Hymn 498 O God our help in ages past

 

My Christ,my shield,my encircler,

each day, each night, each light, each dark,

be near me, uphold me,my treasure,my triumph.

 

Go in peace to love and serve The Lord

 

In the name of Christ Amen.

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Commemoration for 11 September 2020

PRAYER & PRAISE, 9 SEPTEMBER 2020, St. Andrew’s Church

This week we remember the events of 11 September 2001

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Come God

Come walk with your people

for you alone are our strength and glory

AND WE PUT OUR TRUST IN YOU

Come God

Come walk behind us, beside us, before us

for you alone are our shelter and direction

AND WE PUT OUR TRUST IN YOU

Come God

Come seek and find and put us right

for you alone are the light in our darkness

AND WE PUT OUR TRUST IN YOU

Come God

We know you are near

the sound of your footsteps sets us dancing

HELP US TO PRAISE AND WORSHIP YOU

 

Hymn 449, Love Divine

Love divine, all loves excelling,
Joy of heaven to earth come down;
Fix in us thy humble dwelling;
All thy faithful mercies crown!
Jesus, Thou art all compassion,
Pure unbounded love Thou art;
Visit us with Thy salvation;
Enter every trembling heart.

Breathe, O breathe Thy loving Spirit,
Into every troubled breast!
Let us all in Thee inherit;
Let us find that promised rest.
Take away our bent to sinning;
Alpha and Omega be;
End of faith, as its Beginning,
Set our hearts at liberty.

 

Come, Almighty to deliver,
Let us all Thy life receive;
Suddenly return and never,
Never more Thy temples leave.
Thee we would be always blessing,
Serve Thee as Thy hosts above,
Pray and praise Thee without ceasing,
Glory in Thy perfect love.

Finish, then, Thy new creation;
Pure and spotless let us be.
Let us see Thy great salvation
Perfectly restored in Thee;
Changed from glory into glory,
‘Til in heaven we take our place,
‘Til we cast our crowns before Thee,
Lost in wonder, love, and praise.

 

 

Acts 9:19b-31

Saul spent several days with the disciples in Damascus. 20 At once he began to preach in the synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God. 21 All those who heard him were astonished and asked, “Isn’t he the man who raised havoc in Jerusalem among those who call on this name? And hasn’t he come here to take them as prisoners to the chief priests?” 22 Yet Saul grew more and more powerful and baffled the Jews living in Damascus by proving that Jesus is the Messiah.

 

23 After many days had gone by, there was a conspiracy among the Jews to kill him, 24 but Saul learned of their plan. Day and night they kept close watch on the city gates in order to kill him. 25 But his followers took him by night and lowered him in a basket through an opening in the wall.

 

26 When he came to Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples, but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he really was a disciple. 27 But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles. He told them how Saul on his journey had seen the Lord and that the Lord had spoken to him, and how in Damascus he had preached fearlessly in the name of Jesus. 28 So Saul stayed with them and moved about freely in Jerusalem, speaking boldly in the name of the Lord. 29 He talked and debated with the Hellenistic Jews,[a] but they tried to kill him. 30 When the believers learned of this, they took him down to Caesarea and sent him off to Tarsus.

 

31 Then the church throughout Judea, Galilee and Samaria enjoyed a time of peace and was strengthened. Living in the fear of the Lord and encouraged by the Holy Spirit, it increased in numbers.

 

Matthew 4:3-48, Love for Enemies

43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor[i] and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

 

Hymn 380, Jesus, stand among us, verse 1

 

Jesus stand among us

In thy risen power

Let this time of prayer

Be a hallowed space

 

Heavenly Father,

 

We look back on the world as it was 19 years ago, a day before the tragedy of 911.  Families eating together, kissing one another hello, having conversations about the day and the people who were busy executing their plan for destruction.

 

We commit to you those things we cannot understand. 

 

MEDITATION;  Release the song, Kimberley and Alberto Rivera

https://youtu.be/foqtMc87w-k

 

A time for meditation to ponder that which we do not understand.  Open up to Jesus in prayer, your own personal space for weeping and wailing for justice and peace and love to prevail.

 

We pray for the transformation and redemption of those who would kill and maim and hate particularly in the name of religion.

 

Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do

 

Prayer

 

Collect

Almighty God,
who called your Church to bear witness
that you were in Christ reconciling the world to yourself:
help us to proclaim the good news of your love,
that all who hear it may be drawn to you;
through him who was lifted up on the cross,
and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Amen.

 

The Lord’s prayer

 

Hymn  377, Jesus, Prince and Saviour, verses 1 & 2 (Tune Onward Christian Soldiers)

 

Jesus Prince and Saviour

Lord of life who died;

Christ the friend of sinners,

Mocked and crucified.

For a world’s salvation

He His body gave,

Lay at last death’s victim,

Lifeless in the grave

 

Refrain

Lord of life triumphant

Risen now to reign

King of endless ages

Jesus lives again!

 

In His power and Godhead

Every victory won

Pain and passion ended

All His purpose done

Christ the Lord is risen!

Sighs and sorrows past,

Death’s dark night is over,

Morning comes at last!

 

Refrain

 

Resurrection morning!

Sinners’ bondage freed;

Christ the Lord is risen –

He is risen indeed!

Jesus, Prince and Saviour,

Lord of life who died,

Christ the King of Glory,

Now is glorified!

 

Refrain

 

Blessing

 

My Christ, my shield, my encircler,

each day, each night, each light, each dark,

be near me, uphold me, my treasure, my triumph.

 

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord

 

In the name of Christ, Amen

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Commemoration for King Oswald

Today is the commemoration for King Oswald, the namesake of St Oswald Church in Grasmere. 
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Lift High the Cross,
is the hymn for the day which you will find at https://youtu.be/GbcBXYP4AlE

Readings include 1 Peter 4:12 to the end and John 16:29 to the end.

For Meditation consider this:

Oswald, had a vision of Columba the night before the battle, in which he was told

Be strong and act manfully. Behold, I will be with thee.[13] This coming night go out from your camp into battle, for the Lord has granted me that at this time your foes shall be put to flight and Cadwallon your enemy shall be delivered into your hands and you shall return victorious after battle and reign happily.

Oswald described his vision to his council and all agreed that they would be baptised and accept Christianity after the battle.[14] In the battle that followed, the British were routed despite their superior numbers; Cadwallon himself was killed.[8]

What words is Christ saying to you right now?  What is keeping you from listening and putting them into practice?

Today’s prayer

Lord God almighty,
who so kindled the faith of King Oswald with your Spirit
that he set up the sign of the cross in his kingdom
and turned his people to the light of Christ:
grant that we, being fired by the same Spirit,
may always bear our cross before the world
and be found faithful servants of the gospel;
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.
Amen.

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Lunchtime Examen of 1 July 2020

                                                                                                                              

1 July 2020, Prayers Sheet, St Andrew’s Church

https://youtu.be/74Q33UL7ugc  Hear my prayer, O Lord by Henry Purcell

  • In the quiet space, ask God to take away the load that you are carrying right now. That’s right, just give it to him.  Just for a little while.  Remember, His yoke is easy, his burden is light.

Feeling uneasy?  Feeling free yet?  Keep going, it gets better from here.

https://youtu.be/b6rVDleho-s    The Lord is my Light

  • Ask God for light.

You want to hear what he has to say to you.  This isn’t about a list you have for God.  This is about relationship.  Are you feeling the love yet?  It’s just you and Jesus.  He’s sitting right next to you.  You are not alone.

https://youtu.be/IPMA5I3-0Jw  All Things Bright and Beautiful

  • Give thanks.

Just look around and start to give thanks.  The day you are living is a gift from God.  Gratitude.  Feel the light pouring into a parched soul.  Pure joy!

  • Review the morning, yesterday or the last week.

What does the Holy Spirit have to say to you here?  Can you say that it was good?  Can you say that you learned something?  Where is God in this picture?

2 Chronicles 7:14 New International Version (NIV)

14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

  • Face your shortcomings.

Face up to what is wrong in your life and in you.  Humble yourself before God.  Nail your pain to the cross.  Ask for forgiveness.  You might say the Jesus prayer here, ‘Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy on me a sinner.’  Repeat it again a couple of times.  Feel the love of Christ.  Forgive others.  Forgive yourself. 

https://youtu.be/BvgXvbxiCfE  Thank you for saving me

  • Look toward the day to come.

Ask God to be with you in all your comings and goings.  What has he called you to be?  With Jesus by your side, all things are possible.

Now that you have spent time alone with Jesus, who do you want to talk to him about?  What cares and concerns are on your mind?  Open your heart and talk to God.  Here in Coniston, we are praying for the village, that together we will live in the light and vision of Christ.

You might need some time for silent meditation here.

Finally, Gathering all your prayers and praises together, say the prayer that Jesus taught us:

Finally, Gathering all your prayers and praises together, say the prayer that Jesus taught us:

Our Father, who art in heaven. Hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come.  Your will be done.  On earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us. And lead us not into temptation But deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory Forever.  Amen.

https://youtu.be/fFz6PU2E67  The Lord Bless you and keep you

 

 

 

 

 

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