Morning Worship - 7th June 2020
Glad and Sincere Hearts
Abba, Father, hear our prayer.
Lord, we set aside these moments to listen for you.
Speak to us, in a still, small voice;
let your words be words of reassurance.
May calm and peace be within us.
Lord, we ask for the loving forgiveness of the Lord Jesus.
May he release us from all our regrets;
as we seek to forgive all who have troubled us.
We thank you, Lord, for three blessings we quietly remember now.
Holy Spirit, teach and remind us now
through the Word
and through Jesus' teaching.
And hear us as we pray -
Our Father, who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory, forever.
Our reading from Acts throws light of the life of the first followers of the Lord Jesus.
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favour of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. Acts 2 : 42 - 47
'the believers were together
and had everything in common'
The essence of the teaching of the Lord Jesus was that God is to be known as abba, Father, and that he wants to be in our lives, to bless us, to forgive us, to give to us all we need to live a life worth living.
'your Father knows what you need before you ask him'
Matthew 6 : 8
'how much more will your Father in heaven
give good gifts to those who ask him!'
Matthew 7 : 11
Jesus' message to the crowds was that the Father was willing to give generously and in abundance and so they are to ask and receive. Then they, in their turn, are to share generously with all who are in need.
Jesus' disciples sought to live this teaching out in their life together in Jerusalem. Money was collected and given out to the poorest of their number, the widows and orphans. In other Christian communities some Christians fasted for two or three days so that others could be fed.
The Lord Jesus gave his life for us so that seeing the depth of his love for us we, in our turn, might be generous in our giving.
There is a great amount of need and struggle in our land these days and many of the poorest and most vulnerable need help and support. May we all be generous in our sharing and giving.
may your Spirit continue to open our eyes
that we might see the signs of your Kingdom around and within us.
may your Spirit continue to open our hearts
that we might bring comfort and welcome to all whom we meet.
hear us as we pray quietly now
for our families
for our neighbours
for our friends
for all those who are caring in this crisis
for all who are now mourning.
Show us, Lord, what it is that we are to do
to help those whom we have named in our prayer.
Let the weak say, "I am strong"
Let the poor say, "I am rich"
Let the blind say, "I can see"
It's what the Lord has done in me.
To the Lamb that was slain
Jesus died and rose again.
Into the river,I will wade
There my sins are washed away
From the heavens mercy streams
Of the Saviour's love for me.
May the loving Presence of the Father,
the ever present hope of the Lord Jesus
and the healing of the Holy Spirit
be with us all.
The Grace of the Lord Jesus,
the love of God the Father,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit
be with us all.