Worship Sheet for Sunday 5 July – Come to me and rest

Jesus invites us to “Come to me and rest”. We differ: some busy working from home, some also home schooling & now occupying children in the holidays, some putting in effort to get back to work amid onerous restrictions, some fed up and frustrated, still concerned about the future. Is this a word in season?
Call : Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
We come, Lord Jesus,
weary and heavily burdened and long for the rest you give.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for my yoke is easy and my burden is light. We take your yoke upon us, Lord Jesus, make it easy and lighten our load. I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. We come to find that rest for our souls. Be gentle, Lord Jesus, and humble our hearts.

Mini service        https://youtu.be/mhhXHPoMIUg 
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Pray: Lord, we are all different and live our lives, variably; some go through life flat out, squeezing from every moment, others are slower and steady, some are up and down and for some there is no rhyme or reason but none of us is a machine and even they need servicing! May we hear the words “Come to me and rest” as a call to rest in your Son. We’d welcome a rest (even if we wonder if we are too busy to stop). Help us to see that we are not invincible and these past months demonstrate that more clearly. Show us what “rest in Jesus” really is – not always feet up doing nothing (though there is a place for that sometimes), but space for prayer, reflection, relying more on your grace and equipping than our frenetic efforts; peace and deep contentment, forgiveness, inspiration, renewal by your Spirit, engulfed in Jesus’ love, encouraged by his people. Help us to draw near and to know your rest, peace in its deepest sense. [Pause]. And hear us as we pray together your special prayer: Our Father…. Amen.

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Matthew 11 verses 16-19, 25-30. John and Jesus contrasted and Come to me and rest
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Thought: We all need a rest. Whatever you’ve been up to during lockdown – even if has been “sitting at home not doing a lot” it has been a strain, and for many, it has been far more. We’ve had to adjust and make do, there have been more balls in the air for some: caring duties, work, children to teach and occupy, ill health to contend with, restrictions and now for some pressures of preparing to go back to work. More talk of the “hidden” costs of the virus – other conditions being neglected, damage to our mental health. We are whole people – body, mind and spirit and Jesus’ plea to us to come to him for rest – encompasses all that. Rest may mean times with feet up – lots of summer holidays cancelled this year – and we all need time for rest, relaxation and recuperation. If you get the chance, don’t pass up on it just because you have to stay at home. But Jesus’ call is more than that – we need to learn to rest in him by passing up on our relentless fascination with activity and drive to push through life by our grit and determination. Instead, we need to grasp the concept of grace – of God’s empowering. We need to watch we are not driving on fumes in a spiritual sense. We don’t need to be idle, but it makes a huge difference if we are doing what God wants IN HIS STRENGTH. Let’s learn to rest in Jesus, even if we are busy!.

Praise: I heard the voice of Jesus. CH4 540 esp v 1 & 2.
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Pray: Heavenly Father, we pray for all who are in need of rest – in all its facets, not least those who have been under particular pressure in health and care settings through these traumatic months of lockdown, but to a greater or lesser extent all of us. Help us to take full account of the stresses and strains we’ve been under – to make allowances for others, to give them and ourselves the opportunity to recover in body, mind and spirit. We pray that even as we may be busying ourselves trying to get things back up and running where they have been shut down we might be able to rely on you to provide a rounded provision so that we lean not on our own sheer determination but on your grace, your strength and the power of your Spirit of love. We pray for restored family relationships, for a good pick up to non virus health services, for positive action towards the economy too as we know that impacts on the most vulnerable, and an continuation and expansion of the sense of community spirit and action that we saw earlier in lockdown. Worldwide we pray for ongoing efforts to counter the virus, esp where the numbers are increasing, we pray too that injustice, violence, poverty would be defeated. In our prayer walk we remember those in Ben More Ave, Garvock Ave. SILENCE
Lord hear our prayers silent and spoken and grant to us all that rest that comes from being in your love, for Jesus’ sake. Blessing May the Lord bless you. Amen.