St. Leonard, Clent
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Saint Leonard’s Service for the Last Sunday after TRINITY Sunday 25 th October Welcome to our OpenCast church service - on-line. There are prayers, readings, hymns and music; just as you would have in church. To hear the music and the readings, click on each title (red, underlined text) (and remember to adjust the volume on your speakers). 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. Merciful God, teach us to be faithful in change and uncertainty, that trusting in your word and obeying your will we may enter the unfailing joy of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Almighty God, by whose grace alone we are accepted and called to your service: strengthen us by your Holy Spirit and make us worthy of our calling; 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. Worship Song “Better Word” .mp3 Lyrics We praise God Heavenly Father, we Praise You and we thank You for this day. We thank You for being able to see and hear You this morning, this afternoon, this evening, and all through this night, wherever we are. We are blessed because You are a forgiving God and an understanding God.. Amen. Bible Readings: Old Testament: Psalm: New Testament: Gospel: Leviticus 19. 1-2, 15-18 1 Matthew 22. 34-46 Luke 24. 30-34 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 the Last Sunday after Trinity As you look back over the past week (or period since Trinity Sunday), you might care to think .. .. What major goals did I complete? Sometimes looking back on the things you've done is much more inspiring than looking at all the things you still have to do. What conversations did I have ? Who did I ask for help ? Did you talk to God about what you had to do ? God is, after all, the most important and powerful person who is on your side. Think God doesn’t know the answers already ? So why didn’t you take advantage of the strongest member of your ‘team’ ? It’s pretty foolish of a coach relying on the weakest member of his team (you) to achieve the best results ! Did I find out anything new about myself ? It is only by facing up to our hardest challenges that we develop our greatest strengths and find out what we are truly capable of. Do you think that others have noticed a certain ‘confidence’ in you since you now know you are not working alone ? Have I been able to help others ? We all need help .. and we are most likely to receive it from other people when we have already helped them. Once you get a reputation for helping others out of a jam people are far more likely to put themselves out for you knowing that they’ll get your help in turn. Did I miss any opportunities ? Opportunities to be kind, to be helpful, and to show them just what a nice person you are ? You are a nice person .. you know that; but how do we get others to know it and to appreciate you ? By being the first person to show kindness. So, now you’ve ‘looked back’ (and its pretty easy to look back ‘cause you already been there and done things) how do you feel ? Could have done better ? Let some opportunity to be the best you could be slip you by ? OK. That’s human. But, don’t you want to be better than that ? Wouldn’t it be nice to be ‘God-like’ ? To be like ‘Superman’ ? You can. All you’ve got to do is be like Jesus. Hymn The day Thou gavest Lord is ended Tewkesbury Intercessions In the power of the Spirit and in union with Christ let us pray to the Father. Almighty God, we gather before you today to express our concerns for the Church and the world, and to thank you for your goodness and all that you provide for us. Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer. God of all people and nations, we pray for your Church throughout the world .. .. For those who face hardship and oppositions - may your kingdom come. May we love our neighbours as ourselves. For those divided - may your kingdom come. May we love our neighbours as ourselves. For those facing change - may your kingdom come. May we love our neighbours as ourselves. For those looking for new ways to reach out into their communities - may your kingdom come. May we love our neighbours as ourselves. For all your peoples, Lord - may your kingdom come. May we love our neighbours as ourselves. Merciful father: accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen A prayer of personal Dedication I commend this world, my family and myself to your unfailing love: in Jesus’ name. Amen. Closing Prayer and Blessing God our Father, breaker of moulds and giver of insight, challenge our attitudes, discomfort our mindsets and soften our hearts, that we might see and respond to your purposes. Amen. Lord, help us not be selfish but always to be humble and to value others. May your mind be our mind as we live to your praise and glory. Amen. Go in peace. Do whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable. Remember all you have learned and received and heard that is of God _ and do his will: … … and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among us and remain with us, always. I have been given a part to play in the Body of Christ – may I go in peace to love and serve the Lord. In the name of Christ. Amen. Postlude: “Pablo Casals: Bach Cello Solo Nr.1, BWV 1007 (August. 1954)”