As you know, due to the Coronavirus Covid-19 it is currently advised that public worship is limited to small numbers. You are now able to book into short Holy Communion services through the website (limit of 20 people per service).

However, we also encourage you to continue to gather together in your homes as a family for worship time – either on Sundays or at any other time during the week. Please feel free to use these resources  to guide your Worship @ Home.

from St John’s Worship Team.

Growing in faith; reaching out in love

Sunday 12th July – The Sower

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.

O God,
We gather together in Your presence with expectation,
hungry for an encounter with You,
eager to hear Your Word.

Open our eyes and ears to the presence of Your Holy Spirit.
May the seeds of Your Word scattered among us this morning
fall on fertile soil.
May they take root in our hearts and lives,
and produce an abundant harvest
of good words and deeds.

We pray this in the name of Jesus Christ,
our teacher and our Lord.

Amen.

~ Christine Longhurst

Confession

Lord Jesus Christ,
we remember with gratitude those people
who generously sowed the seeds of faith in our lives.

Pause for a time of reflection

Above all. we recognize how you have blessed our lives
with the gift of the Holy Spirit
so that our faith has miraculously and mysteriously grown.

We confess the times we fail to involve ourselves
in planting any seeds of faith in the lives of others;
the times when our personal agendas become more important than yours;
the times when we have denied others the opportunity to expand their faith
through our lack of interest or involvement;
the times when our lives become so entangled with the values of the world
that we forget what you have said and done and promised.

Lord Jesus Christ, we know that when we become disconnected from you,
our lives becomes parched and unfruitful and our faith becomes stunted and dry.
Bless and renew our lives, we pray,
so that we remain connected to you at all times and in all places,
strengthening our faith to expand and, growing strongly and vigorously,
to bear the fruit of your mercy, your love, your undying life.

Amen.

~ written by Moira Laidlaw, and posted on Liturgies Online.
http://www.liturgiesonline.com.au/

Bible Readings

The Story of the Farmer Matthew 13: 1-9, 18-23

13 That same day Jesus left the house and sat by the Sea of Galilee. Large crowds gathered around him. So he got into a boat and sat down. All the people stood on the shore. Then he told them many things using stories. He said, “A farmer went out to plant his seed. He scattered the seed on the ground. Some fell on a path. Birds came and ate it up. Some seed fell on rocky places, where there wasn’t much soil. The plants came up quickly, because the soil wasn’t deep. When the sun came up, it burned the plants. They dried up because they had no roots. Other seed fell among thorns. The thorns grew up and crowded out the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil. It produced a crop 100, 60 or 30 times more than what was planted. Whoever has ears should listen.”

18 “Listen! Here is the meaning of the story of the farmer. 19 People hear the message about the kingdom but do not understand it. Then the evil one comes. He steals what was planted in their hearts. Those people are like the seed planted on a path. 20 The seed that fell on rocky places is like other people. They hear the message and at once receive it with joy. 21 But they have no roots. So they last only a short time. They quickly fall away from the faith when trouble or suffering comes because of the message. 22 The seed that fell among the thorns is like others who hear the message. But then the worries of this life and the false promises of wealth crowd it out. They keep the message from producing fruit. 23 But the seed that fell on good soil is like those who hear the message and understand it. They produce a crop 100, 60 or 30 times more than the farmer planted.”

New International Reader’s Version (NIRV)

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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

Pastor’s Message

Prayer

O God our Healer, show your compassion for the whole human family that
is in turmoil and burdened with illness and with fear.
Hear our cry, O God,
Listen to our prayer.
Come to our aid as the coronavirus spreads globally, heal those who are
sick, support and protect their families and friends from being infected.
Hear our cry, O God,
Listen to our prayer.
Grant us your spirit of love and self-discipline so that we may come
together, working to control and eliminate the coronavirus.
Hear our cry, O God,
Listen to our prayer.
Make us vigilant, attentive, and proactive in the eradication of all
diseases, malaria, dengue, HIV & AIDS, and others [may be named outloud or in silence]… that create suffering and often result in death for
many people.
Hear our cry, O God,
Listen to our prayer.
Heal our self-centeredness and indifference that makes us worry only
when the virus threatens us, open ways beyond timidity and fear that too
easily ignore our neighbour.
Hear our cry, O God,
Listen to our prayer.
Strengthen and encourage those in public health services and in the
medical profession: care-givers, nurses, attendants, doctors, all who
commit themselves to caring for the sick and their families.
Hear our cry,O God,
Listen to our prayer.
Inspire, give insight and hope to all researchers focused on developing a
vaccine.
Hear our cry, O God,
Listen to our prayer.
Sustain all workers and business owners who suffer loss of livelihood due
to shut-downs, quarantines, closed borders, and other restrictions…
protect and guard all those who must travel.
Hear our cry, O God,
Listen to our prayer.
Guide the leaders of the nations that they speak the truth, halt the spread
of misinformation and act with justice so that all your family may know
healing.
Hear our cry, O God,
Listen to our prayer.
Heal our world, heal our bodies, strengthen our hearts and our minds, and
in the midst of turmoil, give us hope and peace.
Hear our cry, O God,
Listen to our prayer.
Hold in your gentle embrace all who have died and who will die this day.
Comfort their loved ones in their despair.
Hear our cry, O God,
Listen to our prayer.
Remember all your family, the entire human race, and all your creation, in
your love.
Amen!

Lord’s Prayer

Blessing

Jesus, you sow yourself
The Word of Truth, generously
The Word of Life, graciously

Defend us from the Evil One
Who seeks to snatch us away

Fortify us for hard times and costly discipleship
That we may endure

Deliver us from distraction
From worldly desires and
All that would lure us and choke us with false promises

Till us
Turn us
Enrich us with every blessing of your Spirit
That we may be good, good soil
Forever faithful and fruitful for you
Amen

© 2017 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia

Go in peace to work in the Lord’s kingdom. Amen.

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