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Worship Sheet for Sunday 21 February – A realistic view of ourselves
Paul writes to the Christians at Corinth urging them to take a realistic view of themselves, neither running themselves down nor blowing their own trumpet. We have no reason to be big headed but, in Christ, and in HIS strength we are called upon to share in the very worthwhile task of living for him, pointing to Jesus.

Call: We are not the greatest thing since sliced bread and we have no reason to blow our own trumpet. But we are not useless or of no good to God. God loved each and every one of us enough to send his only Son to be our Saviour. By his Spirit he equips us each to be the person HE wants us to be and to do what HE wants for his glory. Let us worship him with our praises and in the way we live out our lives.

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Pray : Lord, when there is so pressure in the world to prove ourselves worthy, perhaps better than the next person, when it is all too easy to get left behind if we don’t, remind us that that is not the way you operate, nor is it the way you look at us, or want us to be. For you see worth in each of us without exception. Of course, we fall short, but you see the potential, you provide us with love and forgiveness in Jesus and you are prepared to work in us by your Spirit to make us into loving people who are capable of loving others for your sake. We have no reason to run ourselves down, neither have we cause to boast for the good that is in us, the good we do is yours and you deserve the glory. Help us to take stock of your grace in our lives and in our friends and accept ourselves and one another as we are and what we can be in you, your forgiven children, co-workers with Jesus in building your kingdom. Together we pray his special prayer: Our Father…

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2 Corinthians 4: 3-12. Clay pots.
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Thought- Many people feel pressured to push themselves to the fore, to create a name for themselves, to impress, to blow their own trumpet, fearing that if they don’t they will be left behind in what can be a very competitive world. Many others have a low opinion of themselves that they are apt to run themselves down and make light of their skills, experience and frankly, their lives. While the former come to be seen and heard, I suspect that that latter group is by far the larger – and many people, including many who will hear this, would be apt to run themselves down. The Christians in Corinth were a minority facing a great deal of opposition. Life was not easy for them and there were few who had much going for them humanly speaking in terms of education, experience or wealth. I suspect that was a bit of “we’re nobodies, what can we do?” Paul, talks of having treasures in clay pots so that the glory is given to the treasure, the substance, not the container. We may not be A list celebrities or millionaires or social media influencers or anything to write home about humanly speaking, but we are children of God in Jesus, loved and forgiven by him and equipped by his Spirit to share in living for him. We don’t need to compete in the popularity stakes nor should we run ourselves down. We need to take a realistic view of ourselves – God has entrusted us with his good news and has equipped us to be the people HE wants us to be and to do what HE needs us to do for his kingdom’s sake – and there is nothing more important than that. HE makes it possible so the pressure is off us, and HE is to get the glory. We are NOT nobodies - we have rich spiritual treasure of love and Jesus in our feeble frames!

Praise: CH4 608 Spirit of truth and grace.
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Pray: Lord in a world where promotion of self is often to the fore, when so many people are under great pressure and it is very easy for consideration for the individual is sometimes sadly lacking, remind us that not only do you care for us as individuals you love each of us as a person who matters, and together as people who are you family in Jesus. Help us to value one another and to truly care. Make us more realistic about our true position – less inclined to promote ourselves at the expense of others, more inclined to be realistic, understanding and caring, putting others’ interests before our own, and yours’ above all. Continue to sustain us in these difficult days, watch over those who are sick and those caring for them, those with heavy burdens, and give us sensitivity as we long for the day when restrictions will be eased and we may be freed from the grip of the virus. In our prayer walk we remember those who live or work in Annat and Beacon Roads. SILENCE

Lord hear our prayers spoken and unspoken and answer them for the sake of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Blessing - May the Lord bless you. Amen.