Morning Worship - 14th June 2020
Jesus' Beautiful Name
Loving, heavenly Father,
we call upon you in the name of the Lord Jesus.
He taught us to call you abba, loving Father;
he taught us that you are like a loving parent who waits
for your child to come back home.
Lord, we ask for your welcome
as we reach out to you.
Lord Jesus, many of us have our troubles and cares;
sometimes they are heavy to bear;
But your promise, Lord, is that if we come to you
you will give us moments of rest.
Help us, Lord Jesus, to carry our troubles;
breathe your Spirit into our hearts;
may your loving forgiveness restore us
and bring us peace.
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 tells of Peter and John and theTemple beggar.
One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon. Now a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts. When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them.
Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God. When all the people saw him walking and praising God, they recognized him as the same man who used to sit begging at the temple gate called Beautiful, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him. Acts 3 : 1 - 10
Jesus' Beautiful Name
John Newton was born in London in 1725 the son of a sea captain. When 17 he was pressed ganged into the navy, tried to desert, and was flogged in front of the crew.
He was involved in the slave trade which he later came to regret deeply. It was during a fearful storm that he first called out to God in prayer. It was several years later before the Lord Jesus was given a fuller place in his life and heart and he eventually became an Anglican priest.
It was because he had experienced humiliation, despair and shame in his life that he was able to write words full of gratitude and grace. Among his best known hymns are Amazing Grace and How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds.
When Peter and John met the beggar they had no money to give but they told him that what they did have they would give to him freely. And to do so they used Jesus' name.
The more we read about Jesus in the gospels; the more we call upon his name in our hearts; the more we long for the light that shone within him to shine upon us - the more precious and beautiful his name will become to our ears.
May you find others who will share with you this heartfelt desire to know him more dearly.
Lord, we know that this earth is crying out in anger and shame;
we know there is trouble everywhere;
a new kind of darkness is emerging.
But we turn our eyes to the Lord Jesus;
his name is the most beautiful name.
You, Lord, will give us a new song;
you will drive away our fear;
through us you will bless the earth.
Lord, we remember those who are no longer with us;
we hold in our hearts those who are worried;
we place our tomorrows into your hands;
Lord, look after our loved ones.
Father we thank you for those who are our brothers and sisters;
with whom we have prayed, and shared and sang together
over the years;
Lord, continue to bind us together in Jesus' name.
Lord, hear our prayer. Amen
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.