Sunday at St Andrew's

16 August 2020, 10am

Trinity 10

 

Series: Romans ‘Good News for All’

12. Romans 11.1-6, 29-32

‘Good News: Faith in Unexpected Places’

 

 

 

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Welcome to this ‘virtual service’ from St Andrew’s Eaton. 

 

Today we come to chapter 11 of Paul’s letter to the Romans, and we’ll be thinking about the theme of ‘faith in unexpected places’.

Are our eyes open to seeing how God is at work in the lives of those around us?

Will we rejoice in faith wherever we find it, even in the unlikeliest of places?

Will we seek to nurture that faith?

These are some of the questions will be thinking about together this morning.

 

As we begin, let’s pray that God will still our hearts and minds and speak to us in this time today.

 

INTRODUCTION

Leader: Grace, mercy and peace

             from God our Father

             and the Lord Jesus Christ

             be with you

All:        and also with you.

All:        Faithful one, whose word is life:

            come with saving power

             to free our praise,

             inspire our prayer

             and shape our lives

             for the kingdom of your Son,

             Jesus Christ our Lord.

             Amen.

 

HYMN: Lord you are the light of life to me 

 

CONFESSION

Leader:  The grace of God has dawned upon the world with healing for all.

             Let us come to him, in sorrow for our sins,

             seeking healing and salvation.

              cf Titus 2.11

All:        Father eternal, giver of light and grace,

             we have sinned against you and against our neighbour,

             in what we have thought,

             in what we have said and done,

             through ignorance, through weakness

             through our own deliberate fault.

             We have wounded your love,

             and marred your image in us.

             We are sorry and ashamed,

              and repent of all our sins.

              For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,

              who died for us,

              forgive us all that is past;

              and lead us out from darkness

              to walk as children of light.

              Amen.

Leader:    Almighty God,

              who in Jesus Christ has given us

              a kingdom that cannot be destroyed,

              forgive us our sins,

              open our eyes to God’s truth,

              strengthen us to do God’s will

              and give us the joy of his kingdom,

              through Jesus Christ our Lord.

All:          Amen.

 

PSALM 133

 

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.

 

FIRST READING

Matthew chapter 15 verses 10-28 or listen here

Jesus speaks about the attitudes of the heart

 

This is the word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

 

HYMN: All I once held dear or listen here

 

SECOND READING 

Romans chapter 11 verses 1-6, 29-32 or listen here

Israel’s rejection is not final

 

This is the word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

 

SERMON 

Romans 11.1-6, 29-32:

‘Good News: Faith in Unexpected Places’ 

 

No sermon notes are currently available, but a version of this sermon in video format will be available on the St Andrew’s channel on YouTube, from later on Sunday 16 August.  

 

HYMN: My hope rests firm on Jesus Christ or listen here

 

PRAYERS (Margaret Smith)

Let us pray.

In these troubled times, if we’re honest, it’s hard sometimes to see the hand of God at work. Yet we know he is the Lord, the all-powerful, all-knowing, all-loving Father. John 6 v.66 says: Because of opposition and difficulties, many of Jesus’ disciples turned back. Jesus asked the twelve, “Do you also wish to go away?” Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life”. So – let us, with confidence, turn to prayer. 

After the words “Lord, to whom can we go?” please respond: “You have the words of eternal life.

Lord, thank you for each new day. Help us to waste none of each day’s hours and to miss none of each day’s opportunities. Thank you for the faith you have given to us – individually and collectively – and help us to trust you and to work to further your kingdom here on earth.

Lord, to whom can we go? 

You have the words of eternal life.

Lord God, we pray for our world during this pandemic.  For countries suffering huge numbers of victims of the virus, often with dwindling resources and medical supplies. For governments around the world, and for our own government and local councils as they lead us through this time and make decisions surrounding the ease of lockdown. Give them wisdom, courage and hope.

Lord, to whom can we go? 

You have the words of eternal life.

We pray for the people of Lebanon following the devastating explosion. We lift to you the bereaved, the injured, the homeless. We pray for an end to corrupt government and lack of safe working conditions and planning. We ask earnestly that aid from overseas will be swift, lasting and will bring hope to those who face an empty future.

We pray too for the people of Belarus who are protesting at the corruption of their government and the unfair election result last week. May you bring peace and stability, hope and vision for that nation.

Lord, to whom can we go? 

You have the words of eternal life.

Thank you, Lord, for small steps towards normality in our own country, but we are fearful for the future winter months. We pray for healthcare and social workers, for research workers and scientists, as they seek to find an effective vaccine. We pray for those who have lost their jobs or are unable to return to work and for the voluntary agencies and foodbanks working to help those who need the basics of daily living.

Lord, to whom can we go? 

You have the words of eternal life.

Thank you, Father, for being able to worship you today, either via Zoom or in church. Thank you for advances in modern technology which allow for services to reach those at home, and thank you for the joy of churches being slowly re-opened for worship. We pray for Phil and James and our Church Council as they prepare for the autumn season of services, for wisdom and unity.

Lord, to whom can we go? 

You have the words of eternal life.

Father, we pray for all who are in trouble and fear today; those who are anxious, lonely, isolated, sad, and ill. And in the silence we name those who you have laid on our hearts to pray for.

Lord, to whom can we go? 

You have the words of eternal life.

Lord, you call us to follow in your footsteps. Help us to know what this looks like in each situation where we find ourselves – when it means befriending a neighbour, when it means breaking down barriers in our community, in our work places, our families. We ask that you work powerfully in our small lives and our big world to break down the walls that divide – between Jew and Gentile, male and female, weak and strong, young and old, rich and poor, black and white. Break down the walls within our own lives which hold us back from reaching out to others, which prevent us from seeing the best in other people, which stop your love getting in, and your blessing getting out.

Lord, to whom can we go? 

You have the words of eternal life.

So – may the mind of Christ our Saviour
Live in us from day to day,
By his love and power controlling 
All we do or say.

In His name.

Amen. 

A prayer to collect together all our intercessions today

Let your merciful ears, O Lord,

be open to the prayers of your humble servants;

and that they may obtain their petitions

make them to ask such things as shall please you;

through Jesus Christ our Lord,

Amen.

As our Saviour taught us, so we pray:

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.

 

HYMN: Lord of all hopefulness 

 

THE BLESSING

Leader:  May Christ draw you to humility and worship, 

              and bring you to see God at work,

              and the blessing of God Almighty,

   the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

   be among us and remain with us always.

All:        Amen.

 

Leader:  The peace of the Lord be always with you.

All:        and also with you. 

 

QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION AND REFLECTION

  1. What struck you about the sermon?

  2. Have you found faith in unexpected places?

 

 

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