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Worship Sheet for Sunday 8 August David’s grief

David’s family certainly had big problems. Sibling rivalry, rebellion and disastrous relationships that spilled over into national life. Absalom, one of David’s sons, was perhaps too much like his father and had turbulent dealings with David involving armed struggles interspersed with times of truce. However, the day came when national and personal came together – David’s forces defeated Absalom’s in battle – national victory came at the price of personal grief. We explore the importance of good relationships.
Call: Forests are dark places, sometimes feeling bereft of light. The streets of our towns are places of darkness, and light. Amidst the forest trees are signs of life— living, abundant, teaming life. The villages, towns and cities in which we live are places of darkness, and light. Shafts of light pierce the darkness of the forest canopy. Our world in places is overcome with darkness, yet the light of hope and redemption is never absent. Today, we worship you, Lord of Light, for the darkness will never subdue your love
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Listen to the 1st Prayer

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Pray : Gracious God, creator of all that we perceive, the light in every darkness. We come before you today as we are: broken, fearful, doubtful, but always loved. In this time of trouble as we seek, once again, your wisdom in our time of need, we each confess our short comings, what we have done: Silence and what we have not done: Silence God of rainbows and promises, God of joy and love, God who tears open the heavens to declare love for your Son and each and every one of us who strive to follow him. Help us as we journey in the footsteps of those who have gone before, to be guided towards your kingdom, your people, and a life lived in praise and in honour of you. On this day, in our place, with or without people all around, but always in your company, O God, we give thanks for all that we are, all that we have, all that we can do, all that we can be, in Jesus’ name and pray together saying Our Father…

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2 Samuel 18:5-9,15 and 31-33
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Thought- “Little kids, little problems, big kids, big problems” I love my family dearly – they mean the world to me and they give me great joy. But like every other family I can’t help worrying about them. And let’s face it, as they grow – the issues get beyond tending a skinned knee and we become less able to fix things on our own. Mum/Dad will fix it! Fine in theory, but some things are just beyond us – except that we will continue to care, to love, to support, to encourage, and to pray – and all that is worth a lot! Ongoing supportive relationships are worth their weight in gold – and sadly, many don’t have them. We can’t make up the shortfall for everyone, but we can make the best of our own relationships – among our own families and friends and we can do our bit to ensure that society is a bit more caring and supportive. It is fair to say that David messed up his family relationships – didn’t give them time, ignored their rivalries, missed out on the chances to nip things in the bud, pleased himself and then wondered why his family messed up their lives and went on to mess up the country. All he needed was love, all they needed was love. At the end, he grieved for Absalom who had led armed insurrection, even removing David from Jerusalem for a while, leading to many deaths – but he was still his son. It didn’t need to be that way! We are only human and as with everything else our parenting will not be perfect. All our relationships might have been better. But we need to keep alert – families matter, friends matter, folks in the church matter, indeed all our relations with people matter – for God’s sake. Let’s keep close to him so that he can help us keep close to one another. We don’t want to look back over our lives and have to say “It didn’t have to be like this”.

Praise: CH4 721 We lay our broken world.
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Pray: Loving God, in you compassion you sent your Son to shine his light into the darkness of our lives and of our world, to guide us toward a new life of love. Today as we seek his light, we ask for your blessing on this troubled planet, in the midst of pain and disease, still suffering because of the pandemic and climate change; we pray for change in the hearts and minds of us all that we might see again the glory of your creation, and our duty to protect it. Today, as we seek his light, we ask for your blessing on our community, this parish, as it too seeks to find a way forward into an uncertain future; we pray for change in the way we interact with each other, that love, care and support might come to the fore. Today, as we seek his light, we ask for your blessing on your Church, here in this place and all across the world, online and in person, as we seek to do your work and love your people we pray that we will change and grow to be more Christlike. Today, as we seek his light, we ask for your blessing on each of us - often separated in space but united in worship, as we look for wisdom and boldness to listen to your beloved son, we pray that your love will be known to each of us and all those that we meet; help us to find the glory in our daily lives and share it with a world so in need of your voice. In our prayer walk this week we pray for those who live or work in Rosehill Road and Rosehill Court. 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.