Stacks Image 30
Worship Sheet for Sunday 31 October Praise the Lord

A more upbeat theme today after a few weeks on Job and suffering. Praise the Lord! Not just hymns and prayers though that is part of it – and face to face singing in Church is something that many have missed terribly – in lockdown and with subsequent restrictions. But also taking in the wider and longer term aspects of praise – speaking up and demonstrating our concern to love our neighbour and esp the vulnerable.
Call: Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, my soul! Bring your praises to God, let your voice sing out. Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, my soul! Put your trust in God, for God is always with you. Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, my soul! God’s love will lift you up and set you free. Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, my soul!

Watch the Mini service video by clicking on the Ministers image
Listen to the Mini Service by clicking on the Sound bar
Read or Print the Mini service by clicking this link
00:00
/
00:00

Listen to the 1st Prayer

00:00
/
00:00

Pray : Eternal God, we who are made in your image, come humbly to bow before you and offer this time of worship. Maker of stars, planets, mountains, forests and rivers and life itself how amazing is all creation, how wonderful and full of mystery and uniqueness. We cannot help but be in awe at all you have made and all you continue to reveal of yourself through it all. We are made to worship you, to love you heart, mind and strength, to care for creation. This time you have given us here is precious and not to be wasted, forgive us for the times we have forgotten this and misused our time in senseless or selfish pursuits. Creation is gift to be enjoyed and savoured, forgive us for the times we have ignored its beauty or failed to protect it, when we have turned our backs on those who have needed our help and care. Lord, in your mercy forgive us and help us accept that we are forgiven, encourage us to keep the faith and to return to the pursuit of living out and sharing your love for the sake of Jesus who taught us to pray together saying: Our Father…

Todays Bible reading - Listen by clicking on the image or using the sound bar below
Read/print by clicking on the link
Psalm 146.
00:00
/
00:00
Watch the Sermon video by clicking on the Ministers image
Listen to the Sermon by clicking on the Sound bar
Read or Print the Sermon by clicking this link
00:00
/
00:00

Thought- Sharing together in worship, raising the roof with our hymn singing is something we’ve missed – and still miss, for even those of us who’ve been able to return are finding that our voices aren’t the same as they were. But praises do lift our spirits. The focus of praise in our psalm this week is certainly upbeat compared to suffering from Job we tackled earlier in the month. But the psalm reminds us that praise is more than hymns and prayers. God looks for praise in the whole of life – not only in our Sunday worship or even prayer any day but in the outworking of our lives, as we live for God before people in the world, speaking and living out our faith, day by day. When the psalmist encourages us to Praise the Lord! he intends us to go beyond Sunday worship to us implementing his programme of love and service. As Jesus put it, we are to love God and love our neighbour as we love ourselves. In particular, we are to live and stand for justice, support the widow, refugees and orphans, those in our society who are particularly vulnerable. THIS is part of our worship – what we say and do in and for the community – ideally, living and loving towards our neighbour in a way that demonstrates Jesus’ love is an important element of praise that brings delight to God. I fully believe too that God blesses our small steps in this and enables us to build on them. Ultimately, sharing in this worship brings glory to God as his love is shared and recognised. And in an age when so many demand instant results, when those in leadership positions find it hard to make any long term plans we are assured that God is in it for the long haul. He is working out his plans for us from generation to generation. We can commit to the long term because he is committed to us – long term, indeed for eternity. Faithfulness is the order of the day, not instant results. Jesus remains faithful to us and equips us by his Spirit to demonstrate our loving faithfulness in life as well as through song.

Praise: CH4 124 Praise to the Lord the Almighty the King of creation.
Read or Print Hymn CH4 124 by clicking this link
Listen to the Hymn by Clicking the Sound Bar or the picture
00:00
/
00:00

Listen to the 2nd Prayer

00:00
/
00:00

Pray: Let us praise you, Lord, with all our souls for as long as we live; let us sing praises to you while we have breath. Our world is ruled by mortal men and women in whom we must not put our trust, for too often their plans, like their lives, are short-lived, and often perish with them. Ultimately our trust must be in you our Lord and God, and in the people you inspire to bring your kingdom to life. Like all the men and women who fight for justice for the oppressed, who feed the hungry, who free the prisoners and help them after their release to find a better way to live. Like all the women and men who teach us about you and the universe we inhabit, who help us to see where we can help to create your kingdom. Like all the men and women who lift up those who are bowed down; who welcome the stranger; who uphold the orphan and the widow, and who help the wicked see the error of their ways. Eternal God, may earth sing your praises forever. May humanity praise your holy name and continue to work with you until your kingdom is here and now. In our prayer walk this week we pray for those who live or work in Murray Street and Murray Lane. SILENCE. Lord hear our prayers spoken and unspoken for the sake of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Blessing - May the Lord bless you. Amen.