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Worship Sheet for Sunday 3 October Breaking point

We’ve all found ourselves under pressure maybe at breaking point, at the end of our tether. And what makes it worse is when we think it is just us, worse still if we feel that God is punishing us. Job was certainly under the cosh – everything that could go wrong, did. But God doesn’t punish us when we’re unfaithful or reward us if we are faithful. Suffering is real but he is with us in it and Jesus suffered and loves us no matter what.
Call: Come before God, you faithful people. Whether happy or sad, confident or scared, strong or weak, content or frazzled - God is listening. Bring your hallelujahs and your complaints, your praise and your laments- for God wants you as you are. Let us come before God and hold back no prayer or emotion of our heart. God, we come before you.

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Listen to the 1st Prayer

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Pray : Gracious God, thank you that you receive us not because we are worthy or good or commendable but because you love and forgive us in Jesus your Son. Forgive us when we imagine that we are due a trouble free life and complain when things go awry. Sometimes we imagine that the woes that come our way are as a result of you punishing us and somehow the benefits of life are your rewards for our goodness. Deep down we know that things don’t work that way. Expand our understanding of the depth of your love, show us even in the midst of suffering and all that life can throw at us that you remain with us and for us, not removing us from trouble but sustaining us through it. You are there for us as you are here with us. Nothing can separate us from your love in Jesus – not our woes, our doubts, our questions, our sense of loss – even our shaky faith. Help us to hold firm in face of our struggles, to be more understanding and supportive of others facing theirs and grant us the blessing of knowing your peace that passes understanding in the rough and tumble of life. We pray in the name of Jesus to taught us to say together Our Father…

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Job 1;1, 2:1-10. Job’s faith in face of suffering.
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Thought- Thought We all know that some people have more than their share of troubles. We know that for all our hope of a trouble free life we don’t get it, no-one does, and we’ve all experienced times of real struggle. It is tempting to blame God, yes and to wonder what we have done to deserve it. Though it is a common thought, the answer is that God doesn’t punish us with troubles for our misdeeds and reward us with blessing for good ones. God loves us and is ready to forgive us freely in Jesus. But yes, we have troubles and sometimes they can be overwhelming. Job got hit by everything – loss of family, home, wealth and health – but he held on to his faith. It may sound like a battle but actually God is always there for us. We’re not battling against him, he has committed himself to us in love, in his Son. We’ve got the advantage over Job in that we have Jesus’ assurance of his abiding love, his example of holding firm in love even as he suffered. God doesn’t magic away our troubles, but he does commit himself to be there with us and for us come what may. He listens to our moans, our complaints, our cries. He supports us and tends us – not because of any inward strength we possess but because of HIS love. In suffering as in life, hold on to God because you can be sure that he will hold on to you, as Jesus promised.

Praise: CH4 193 God is love v1,3 & 4.
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Pray: God of love, God of wisdom, open our eyes to see your gift of undying love in our lives, in our good times and bad, and help us to use this gift to do your will in this world of need. Today, as illness continues to spread, we pray for all those who have and continue to suffer, help us and all those charged with the care of others to act and to find ways ease pain, lessen burdens and do all that can be done to act in love. Today, as politics and economics continue to sow division rather than peace, in these trying times, we pray for leaders and citizens, each of us with a part to play. We pray for wisdom and compassion, for the ability to participate in the work of making the lives of all your beloved children better. Help us and all leaders to act in your name for the good of all. Today, as your church continues to seek to do your will, we pray for boldness to face our challenges and to find our place where we can do good, and our love can move from talk to the action of your work in the world. Today, as we come seeking to hear your voice, to live your call,
to ask our questions, to explore our doubts, we pray for ourselves that we might find the path to service of you and each other, today and every day. In our prayer walk we pray for those who live or work in Blackfriars Court. SILENCE

Lord hear this and all our prayers said and unsaid for the sake of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Blessing - May the Lord bless you. Amen.