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Sunday 2nd August – Jesus Walks on the water

We begin today’s worship by calling on the name of our God:

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

A Prayer for Faith (St Benedict)

Gracious and Holy Father,
give us the wisdom to discover You,
the intelligence to understand You,
the diligence to seek after You,
the patience to wait for You,
eyes to behold You,
a heart to meditate upon You,
and a life to proclaim You,
through the power of the Spirit of Jesus, our Lord. Amen.

Opening Song

Confession Prayer

God, You call us to step out in faith,
to place our lives in Your hands,
and to wholeheartedly commit to following You.

We confess that we find this difficult to do.
It is not always easy to follow where You lead—
to turn away from our own personal wants and desires,
to let go of our safety nets
and trust that You will provide for us in all things.

Forgive us when we doubt You, God.

Increase our faith.

Open our eyes to see past our own interests and concerns,
to Your broader vision for us and for our world.

In Jesus’ name we pray.

Amen.

Bible Readings

Matthew 14:22-33

Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.
Later that night, he was there alone, and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.
Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.
But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come,” he said.

Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshipped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

Psalm 85

You might also like to read :

Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28 Joseph sold into slavery in Egypt

Romans 10:5-15 The word of the Lord is near you

Confession of Faith

I believe in God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried. He descended into hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God, the Father almighty, from thence he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen

Don’t forget that you can jump over to the Kids @ Worship Page if you want to see the Kids Talk for this week!

Pastor’s Message

Prayer

Father God, We are often tossed about by the storms of troubles, worries, and doubts.

But in this moment we turn our eyes towards Jesus and cry out in faith for our needs and the needs of all people.

We thank you for your goodness and grace shown to us this week, for every physical and spiritual blessing.

We thank you for your powerful word which has sustained your people throughout the ages, and which upholds your church today.

Give us confidence in this word, and help us to hear, learn and keep it in our hearts.

Lord in your mercy: Hear our prayer.

Bless the church’s work of preaching and teaching, and every Christian’s task of bearing witness to you.
Give people a hunger and curiosity to find out more about your salvation, and make churches ready to share the bread of life.

Lord in your mercy: Hear our prayer.

You assured Elijah that he was not alone – help your people to believe in the communion of saints, and protect Christians whose lives are endangered because of their confession.

Lord in your mercy: Hear our prayer.

Through your servant Elijah you anointed kings of nations to serve your purposes – so move and guide the leaders of the world that your will may be done. Bless our land and its leaders. Bless all health and welfare institutions and personnel. Bring new life and hope to all whom we know are sick, frightened or
grieving, and in any kind of trouble.

(Brief silence and/or add any prayers of your own.).

Lord in your mercy: Hear our prayer.

Heavenly Father, our faithful and loving God, we know that when we turn to you, you will hear and help us. Listen to our prayers and answer them for the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.

Lord’s Prayer

As you pray the Lord’s prayer today – pause and reflect on what you are saying when you pray “deliver us from evil”.

These words from Martin Luther’s small catechism may help you:

Deliver us from evil.

What does this mean? We pray in this petition, in summary, that our Father in heaven would rescue us from every evil of body and soul, possessions and reputation, and finally, when our last hour comes, give us a blessed end, and graciously take us from this valley of sorrow to Himself in heaven.

Blessing

Speak these words over your family:

God calls us to step out in faith,
to follow where He leads
even if what He calls us to do seems impossible.

So let’s go from here with courage,
trusting in God’s presence and power,
and eager to do God’s will.

And may the blessing of God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
be among us and within us
wherever we find yourself this week.

Lift your voices…

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Thank you to Christine Longhurst for some of the prayers today.

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