It was so good to be worshipping in the building this morning and to join with those who were worshipping from home. My heart sang as those of us in the building were clapping along with "He is" . Somehow our clapping expressed the the praise that we were unable to sing out loud. I also loved the sense of unity that there was between those at home and those in the building. I hope that you all felt that too.
Over the next few weeks we're going to be slowly introducing different things as we work out what works for us all and can be done safely; so watch this space. If you have any creative ideas, please let us know. Worship is the work of all of us towards an amazing God who is worthy of all our praise.
On that note, why don't we all take a moment to Pause, Ponder and Pray.
Take a moment now to recognise that you are in the presence of God. It might help to slow your breathing. Take a few deep breaths in and out.
Let’s proclaim together:
This is the day that the Lord has made.
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
We say together our family prayer:
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.
Today’s reading is Matthew 18:21-35
Then Peter came and said to him, “Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times.
“For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves. When he began the reckoning, one who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him; and, as he could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold, together with his wife and children and all his possessions, and payment to be made. So the slave fell on his knees before him, saying, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ And out of pity for him, the lord of that slave released him and forgave him the debt. But that same slave, as he went out, came upon one of his fellow slaves who owed him a hundred denarii; and seizing him by the throat, he said, ‘Pay what you owe.’ Then his fellow slave fell down and pleaded with him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’ But he refused; then he went and threw him into prison until he would pay the debt. When his fellow slaves saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their lord all that had taken place. Then his lord summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked slave! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. Should you not have had mercy on your fellow slave, as I had mercy on you?’ And in anger his lord handed him over to be tortured until he would pay his entire debt. So my heavenly Father will also do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”
How easy do you find it to forgive those who have wronged you?
How easy do you find it to relate to the picture of a Christian as being a forgiven sinner?
What is Jesus saying to you today?
Jesus, thank you that in you I find forgiveness. Help me to show mercy to others as you have been merciful to me. Amen
Say a prayer today for your family
On our church list today we pray for:
Kerry, Edwin, Sam, Rosa and Joel Collier
Let’s finish by saying this blessing:
May the Lord bless us and watch over us,
the Lord make his face shine upon us
and be gracious to us,
the Lord look kindly on us and give us peace..