St. Leonard, Clent
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Saint Leonard’s Service

for Sunday 9



The Nineth Sunday after Trinity

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Risen Christ Jesus, we come to you with open hands: some of us full of questions, some of us bruised by illness or bereavement, some of us fearful of what the future holds, all of us stunned by the events of this year. Draw close to us now in each of our homes as we place ourselves into your open, scarred, yet resurrected hands. Amen. Gracious God, we bring to you our fears and our joys, our hopes and our anxieties, knowing that you are a God who reaches out to us, who welcomes us, and who, through Jesus, brings us safely aboard the boat of your love. So we pray in his name and offer our lives to your glory. Amen. Look kindly on those who are fearful at this time. Help us all to put away all thoughts and actions that separate us from you and from one another. Give us grace to live our lives confident in your promise that you are with us always. Amen. Worship Song “I will wait” .mp3 Lyrics Prayer of praise and thanksgiving God of all faithfulness, you meet us in Christ in the ordinary and the everyday. You are there with us, as we are thrown about by the storms of life. You reach out to us when we are at our lowest ebb. You call to us to step out in faith, beyond our own limitations; you pick us up when we falter and let you down. You bring calm and peace when all around brings distress. How can we cease from singing your praises? And so we bring our adoration and we thank you for your goodness, in Jesus’ name. Amen. Bible Readings: Old Testament: Psalm: New Testament: Gospel: 1 Kings 19.9-18 Psalm 85.8-13 Romans 10.5-15 Matthew 14.22-33 Audio Audio Audio Audio Click these links to hear the readings Text Text Text Text Click these links to read the text A Reflection for 9th Sunday after Trinity from Curate Kim Topham We are all aware of people using this story of Jesus walking on the water, when they are comparing some almost impossible deed a person has done. ‘They’ve managed this, they’ve managed that – Oh they’ll be walking on water next!’ It is an iconic image of Jesus. But even for the disciples, who by now are well acquainted with his amazing abilities, this was one that shocked even them. You don’t need a degree to know, you’re not supposed to walk on water! But Peter bucks up the courage to say, if it’s really you Lord, let me come to you, and bless him, he does. He starts off so well, he’s focused on Jesus and he takes his first few steps. Meanwhile, back on the boat, the wind is howling, the waves are crashing, there would have been great noise and confusion. But Peter has found a place of peace, a place of quiet, with all that is going on around him, he is calm. Until that is – he takes his eyes off Jesus, he notices the waves, the noise comes rushing back, the fear sets in and he starts to sink. This story puts me in mind of when babies are just starting to walk. And we stand them with their backs to the sofa and we take a few steps backwards from them. We hold out our hands and say come to me, you can do it, don’t worry I’ll catch you. And then they pick up enough courage to finally step away from the sofa, they fix their eyes on you, stretch out their little chubby arms and take a step, and another and another. They are doing so well, until… they look down! They’ve taken their eye off the ball, they’ve seen the floor, which looks a long way off when you’ve been used to crawling round so close to it before. The fear sets in, the knees give way and they drop like a stone. But we catch them, we’re not going to let them fall, we’re going to help them try again. We are creatures of habit, we like what we have been used to, it’s familiar and safe. Peter suddenly wanted the safety of the boat, he wanted what was familiar to him – if you’re on a lake, you want to be in something that floats! But Jesus is asking us to step out of our boats, he is asking us to do the unfamiliar, he is asking us to trust in him instead of ourselves. Being a Christian isn’t all flowers and candles, tea and cake. It is about finding the courage to step out of our comfort zones, it is about doing something we’re not used to, it is about having faith in what God has planned for us, even if we think we might sink whilst doing it. As we saw with Peter, even when he began to sink, Jesus reached out and saved him. And he will do that with us too, he is in all in intents and purposes, our life jacket. Whatever he asks us to do, he will always be there to keep us afloat. So I ask, what are we going to step out of our boats, or step away from our sofas for this week? Hymn “For those in peril on the sea” .mp4 The U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters perform "Eternal Father, Strong to Save" known in America as ‘The Navy Hymn’, at the commemoration of the 59th anniversary of the Korean War armistice, at Arlington National Cemetery, Va. on July 27, 2012. Intercessions “Be still, and know that I am God”, says the Lord. Let us be still and calm ourselves as we ask for God’s love, mercy and strength. Take a breath in, hold it and think about people we know who may need to feel close to God - then slowly breath out, praying for God to breathe blessings on those people. As we reach out Lord, take our hand. Take another breath in and call to mind any current worries or sadness we may have - then let the breath go asking God to take those concerns away from us. As we reach out Lord, take our hand. Take a breath in and hold those people close to our hearts, who we know are hurting or who are in pain – then softly breathe as we petition God for his mercy. As we reach out Lord, take our hand. Take yet another breath in and hold it, as we remember those who are now free from pain and suffering – then breathe it out as we gently let them go into the hands of God. As we reach out Lord, take our hand. When we are in the deep waters of doubt, flailing about, nearly going under and can’t see land on the horizon, we thank you Lord, that you are our lifeboat and will always rescue us and bring us back to you. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, who came so that all of humanity might come to know the abundant life that comes from you. Amen. A prayer of personal Dedication We commend this world, our families and ourselves to your unfailing love: in Jesus’ name. Amen. Closing Prayer and Blessing Peter only knew life as a fisherman; but he got out of the boat and followed you, Lord. Help us to hear your voice, get out of our boats and follow you in the week ahead. May the world and its problems decrease as you increase in our lives; focusing on your way and looking ahead and trusting you. Amen. Living God, you have met us today and calmed our fears. May we step out into your world strong with the hope and courage you give, ready to meet you in faith. Amen. The love of the Lord Jesus draws you to himself, the power of the Lord Jesus strengthens you in his service, the joy of the Lord Jesus fills your heart: … and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always. Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. In the name of Christ. Amen. Postlude: Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.6 "Pathetique" 4th Movement (IV. Finale. Adagio lamentoso - Andante) Myung-Whun Chung L.H. O.C.M. O.A.L. Legion of Honour - Order of Cultural Merit - Order of Arts and Letters conducts the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France: July 18th, 2010 Featuring the longest (silent) pause I’ve come across _______________________________________ Some material included in this service is copyright: © The Archbishops’ Council of the Church of England, 2000 Some material is copyright © Roots for Churches Limited