Sunday at St Andrew's

2 August 2020, 10am

Trinity 8

 

Series: Romans ‘Good News for All’

8. Romans 9.1-5, 30-33  

‘Good News: For the Undeserving’

Speaker: Archdeacon Karen Hutchinson

 

 

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

Romans chapter 9.

  • What does it mean for God to be ‘sovereign’?
  • What about those who go their own way?
  • What about his ancient people, the Jews?
  • What about those who haven’t heard the Gospel of Jesus?

If we’re honest with the Bible, there are many difficulties with a salvation that isn’t accepted by all people.

Today we look at what St Paul says to some of these questions, and others.  

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.

Leader:     Loving God, we have come to worship you.

All:           Help us to pray to you in faith,

to sing your praise with gratitude,

and to listen to your word with eagerness;

through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

HYMN: The Lord is King, lift up your voice

 

CONFESSION  

Leader:    What God has prepared for those who love him,

he has revealed to us through the Spirit;

for the Spirit searches everything.

Therefore, let us in penitence 

open our hearts to the Lord,

who has prepared good things for those who love him.

1 Corinthians 2.9,10

 

Leader:    You raise the dead to life in the Spirit:

                Lord, have mercy.

All:          Lord, have mercy.

Leader:    You bring pardon and peace to the broken in heart:

       Christ, have mercy.

All:          Christ, have mercy.

Leader:   You make one by your Spirit the torn and divided:

                Lord, have mercy.

All:           Lord, have mercy.

Leader:     May the Father forgive us 

by the death of his Son,

and strengthen us

to live in the power of the Spirit all our days.

All:           Amen.

 

PSALM 145.1-3, 8-9, 15-22

 

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 14 verses 13-21 or listen here.

Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand

 

This is the word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

 

HYMN: O changeless Christ for ever new or listen to the organ here.

 

SECOND READING 

Romans chapter 9 verses 1-5 & 30-33 or listen here.

Paul speaks of God’s ancient promises and his new mercies

 

This is the word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

 

SERMON (Archdeacon Karen)

Romans 9.1-5, 30-33

‘Good News: For the Undeserving’

St Paul agonises over the question of why his fellow Israelites have not accepted Jesus and lists all the advantages they have.

Despite the prophets, law and history, many could not recognise the Messiah when he came, yet the Gentiles responded with faith.

Did privilege blind the Israelites to their need of God?

Where are we blinded by privilege ? What prevents us from turning to Jesus?

Matthew 5:3 (NEB): ‘Blessed are those who know their need of God.’

In the Feeding of the 5000, God uses the unexpected, and brings the disciples to a place of reliance on Jesus.

The undeserving and the unexpected receive grace.

We have done nothing to deserve or earn God’s blessings – except to turn to Jesus. And that is all he asks.

 

A version of this sermon in video format will be available on the St Andrew’s channel on YouTube, from later on Sunday 2 August.  

 

HYMN: God of mercy, God of grace or listen here.

 

PRAYERS

Blessed are you, eternal God,
to be praised and glorified for ever.

Hear us as we pray for your Church throughout the world:
make us all one, that the world may believe.

Grant that every member of the Church 
may truly and humbly serve you:
that the life of Christ may be revealed in us.

Strengthen all who minister in Christ’s name:
give them courage to proclaim your Gospel.

Inspire and lead those who hold authority 
in the nations of the world:
guide them in the ways of justice and peace.

Give wisdom to our government and health service as it
seeks the benefit of all and the special needs of our people:
may they be able to persevere in these difficult times.

Make us alive to the needs of our community:
help us to share each other’s joys and burdens.

Look with kindness on our homes and families:
grant that your love may grow in our hearts.

Deepen our compassion for all who suffer
from sickness, grief or trouble:
in your presence may they find their strength.

Especially at this time, comfort those who have lost loved
ones or are prevented from seeing their family and friends:
grant them your peace in their hearts.

Finally, we remember those in developing countries,
our Mission Links in Cape Town
and the Local Leaders in Africa:
bless their work in all they seek to do in your name.

 

A prayer to collect together all our intercessions today

Lord God,

your Son left the riches of heaven

and became poor for our sake:

when we prosper save us from pride,

when we are needy save us from despair,

that we may trust in you alone;

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: Praise my soul the King of heaven

 

THE BLESSING

Leader:    May God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

who is the source of all goodness and growth,

pour his blessing upon all things created,

and upon us his children,

that we may use his gifts to his glory 

and the welfare of all peoples;

and the blessing of God almighty,

the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

be among you and remain with you always.

All:          Amen.

Leader:    The peace of the Lord be always with you

All:          and also with you.

 

QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION AND REFLECTION

  1. Paul speaks of his heartfelt ‘great sorrow and unceasing anguish’.  Is there anyone who produces these kinds of feelings in you?
  2. Paul speaks of the great privileges given to the Jews – yet they rejected God’s gift of grace in Jesus.  What privileges have we been given?
  3. In verses 30-33 (see above), what does Paul say is the problem with striving to obtain God’s acceptance purely on the basis of good things that we try to do?

 

 

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