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 19th July – The Wheat and the Weeds

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.

Lord of the Harvest, be with us now as we pray.

May we will sow good seed by the goodness of our lives and look forward to a bountiful harvest.
• For the eyes of faith to see both goodness and evil in the world.
Lord, open our eyes.
• For prayerful discernment in difficult circumstances.
Lord, sensitise our minds.
• For a focused commitment to your Word.
Lord, centre our hearts.
• For patience and mercy as we trust in a future we cannot see.
Lord, we surrender our lives.
With these prayers we seek the kingdom of heaven. We make them with
confidence in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Opening Songs

Confession Prayer

Merciful God,

you plant each of us like seeds in the same field and together we are nourished and nurtured by the sun.  We sway in the wind and are refreshed by the rain. We are blessed by the knowledge that you want us to grow towards what you call us to be.

When we deprive others of that same opportunity,
forgive us.

When we want to uproot those whom we believe

do not belong in our part of the field,
forgive us.

When we label others as good or bad

rather than accept them for who they are,
forgive us.

When we are reluctant to acknowledge

that we ourselves are a mixture of weeds and wheat,
forgive us.

When we are afraid to look into the fields of our own lives

to see what is growing there,
forgive us.

O God, you know us inside and out, through and through.
You search us out and lay your hand upon us.
You know what we are going to say even before we speak.
So we pray that you will help us to reach out to the uprooted and rejected,
the lonely and the outcast,
and to develop and grow the good in ourselves, in others and in the world. 

This we pray in Jesus’ name.  Amen

—Moira Laidlaw’s Liturgies Online website.

Bible Readings

Read aloud the following words from Psalm 139

You have searched me, LORD,
and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue
you, LORD, know it completely.
You hem me in behind and before,
and you lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.

Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.

If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,”
even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.
Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.

Watch the following movie – to listen to our Gospel today from Matthew 13: 24-30, 36-43

Don’t forget to jump over the Kids Page for the

KIDS TALK

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 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 neighbor.
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

May God’s word take root in your heart and may you grow as his
child. The blessing of Almighty God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, be

with us always. Amen

Lift your voices…

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2 thoughts on “Worship @ Home (19/07)”

  1. Hi Pastor and Gaylea
    Thank you for the message today. We appreciate the video clips and how they light up the message. They are great. Kevin and Helen

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