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Worship Sheet for Sunday 21 March – A new system

Jeremiah’s people were really up against it. Life was really tough but he offered them the hope of a new system, a new agreement with God, based not on rules and sacrifices but on love “written on their hearts.” Much later Jesus was to proclaim by his words and in his life that HE was the key to that new system.

Call: We tend to focus on what is in front of us. You Lord look at what is in our hearts. We home in on what upsets and distresses us. You Lord take these things and transform them by your love; not ignoring them but shedding the light of your love on them and helping us to see things in a new perspective. Take us as we are, accept the worship not only of our prayers


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Pray Lord, thank you that you are not a fair weather friend. You are in it for the long haul. You are committed to being there for us come what may, loving and going on loving in good times and bad, when we have cause to celebrate and when we simply want to shut out the world and all its problems. You delight when we praise you from the heart, when we allow you into our lives and enjoy your presence but you don’t write us off or shun us when we retreat and try to hide away. You are faithful and deep down we appreciate that. Sorry for the times when that doesn’t come through, when self interest, even self pity distances us from you. Forgive us. Open us up to the warmth of your love, send your Spirit in power to gently coax us back into the fold and give us hope in your promises that you really will be with us always. Help us to lean on you and on the friends and their love and prayers that you have given us that together we may be built up in faith and love and prove to be worthy followers of your Son who taught us to pray together saying: Our Father…


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Jeremiah 31:31-34 A new agreement. (You could also look at John 12 if you wish).

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Thought
Hope is for the future and sometimes in the face of the challenges of life, personally and in the world at large, hope seems to be very distant and almost mirage like – wispy, distant, unattainable. Hope does have a future aspect to it and inevitably there will be aspects which are unclear if not unknown, but that doesn’t make hope unreal. Christian hope is based on the promises of God in Jesus Christ, backed up by his selfless life of love, centred on the cross and demonstrated to faithful people down through the centuries to be worthy of our trust. Hope is for the future – but it also reaches back into our present. Our future hope in Jesus has implications for life today. For if Jesus is to be with us to the end of the age he is with us today and tomorrow – accompanying us in our ups and downs right where we are – in our worries, tears, stresses and challenges as well as in moments of joy and celebration. Heaven’s rays reach out to us in our sometimes dark and gloomy world. Jeremiah’s people were at their wits end, life was not good and their prospects appeared gloomier still. Does that ring bells? He didn’t ignore his people’s plight – he cared deeply for them. But he couldn’t be bound by gloom and despair – he knew God had a future for them, a hope – for him it was centred on a new relationship – a new system – not based on rules and sacrifices but of God putting his love in our hearts and letting us know him. Years later Jesus was to be seen as the answer to people’s prayers, the fulfilment of prophecy. God so loved the world…. In our dark days let’s be ready to hold on to the hope that we have in Jesus of his love forever – a gift that changes lives today, not just in the future. Jesus – a hope for eternity, a hope for today.

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Praise Hymn CH4 192 All my hope on God is founded v 1,4 & 5. Second tune on recording.

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Pray Lord, our world needs hope, not a wishful thinking, wispy hope that fizzles out when the harsh reality of our troubles impacts again, but a sure and certain, yet caring, concerned and reliable hope that brings the love and promises of God home to us in a real and transforming way. We pray that you really would write your love on the hearts of so, so many in a world where troubles and distress abound. Bring the love of heaven forward into our time and change hearts and minds, lives and nations so that people would know you and know how to love you and their neighbour. Continue to work among us all - those in positions of power and influence, the many more who feel they are just cogs in a huge machine. May your love make a real difference the world over – and right here at home. In our prayer walk we remember those who live or visit Trail Drive, the Caravan Park and the Seafront. 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.



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