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from St John’s Worship Team.

Growing in faith; reaching out in love

Sunday 28th June

“Anyone who welcomes you, welcomes me
And anyone who welcomes me, welcomes the one who sent me” (Matthew 10:40)

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

Take a moment to pray the following prayer.

To welcome God into the place where you are right now,

And to let go of the things that are in your way…

Welcome, welcome, welcome.
I welcome everything that comes to me today
because I know it’s for my healing.
I welcome all thoughts, feelings, emotions, persons,
situations, and conditions.
I let go of my desire for power and control.
I let go of my desire for affection, esteem,
approval and pleasure.
I let go of my desire for survival and security.
I let go of my desire to change any situation,
condition, person or myself.
I open to the love and presence of God and
God’s action within. Amen

(Father Thomas Keating)

Psalm 13

Bible Readings

THE GOSPEL: Matthew 10:40-42
Whoever welcomes you welcomes me
“Anyone who welcomes you welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me.
Whoever welcomes a prophet as a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and whoever welcomes a righteous person as a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward. And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.”

Confession of Faith

Jesus said – ‘Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven.’
Let’s acknowledge Jesus before one another by speaking out loud our common 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

Response

Take a moment to ask God to place a name on your heart -someone for you to reach out to. Someone to reconnect with. Sit silently for a moment and listen…

Prayer

We have been set free from sin through baptism, so that we can serve Christ. He has invited and commanded us to pray. So let us ask our heavenly Father to have mercy on the church and on the world.

Heavenly Father, we pray for the nations of the world – for an end to war and for peaceful resolutions of conflict; for wise government and for honesty in commerce and industry. Come to those we spend the day with, through our godly work and conversation.
Lord, in your mercy:
hear our prayer.

We pray for your church – for obedient leadership, including in our own bishops and pastors, and for faithful discipleship; for unity of teaching and belief among Christians on the basis of your word and for the mission of the church throughout the world. Show us your face in those who speak your word and apply your
righteousness to us, and move us to receive them gladly.
Lord, in your mercy:
hear our prayer.

We pray for our community – for loving nurture of children and for care of the vulnerable; for respect for individuals regardless of status or power; and for the well-being of all. Come to those who need the gospel through our words and actions, and move them to receive you through us.
Lord, in your mercy:
hear our prayer.

We pray for all in need or distress – for relief for those suffering from natural disasters; for hope for the despairing. Show us your face in those who suffer, and stay your hand of judgement on the world.
Lord, in your mercy:
hear our prayer.

Protect all those who are travelling for business or for pleasure and bring them home safely. Give health to those struggling with sickness at this time. Show us your face in those we can help, and meet the needs of those we now name silently in our hearts.
Lord, in your mercy:
hear our prayer.

Heavenly Father, in your mercy give us all these things and whatever else we need on our journey to our heavenly home; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and Holy Spirit, one God,
now and forever.
Amen.

Lord’s Prayer

Blessing

Go in peace  to serve God.

Thanks be to God.

And the blessing of our Almighty God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, be with us always.

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

Lift your voices…

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