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Worship Sheet for Sunday 28 August         Place of honour  

Jesus eats out at the home of a leading Pharisee and rather discredits those who were vying after the best seats. He really gives us a lesson in humility and a challenge to our hypocrisy and tendency to pride and self seeking. His usual practice was to seek out the lost, those who were marginalised and neglected. We would do well to follow his lead
Call: Gathered or scattered, onsite or online, faithful or faltering, the door is open and God bids us come. Here there is food for body and soul: bread of heaven and wine of salvation, the word heard, prayers offered, and songs of praise. God is the host and all are welcome. Let us worship.

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Pray : Welcoming God, we join together to offer this time of worship. We are glad to come as we are, each one unique, different and each loved just the same. We are aware that you meet us here, may we notice your presence all around us. You are the honoured guest, we are invited to be here to join together in worship, in song, word and silence. May we remain humble and faithful to you here and now and always. We come to show our love for you and all you have revealed to us in Jesus. We come to hear your word afresh and learn more of you. We come to offer ourselves just as we are and to give our gifts to help build your kingdom. Lord, we come to confess our faults and failings, you know the poor choices we have made, the pride we battle with daily, the ego that longs to rule our lives, we ask forgiveness, Lord, for mistakes and poor choices this past week. Help us to receive your freely offered forgiveness and to recommit ourselves to making better choices and paying attention to your Spirit’s guiding in our daily lives. Lord, we want to be the best we can be and to live faithfully in your way, may we draw strength and courage from you as we go about our daily lives. We pray in the name of Jesus your Son, who taught us to pray together saying: Our Father…

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Luke 14:1,7-14           Jesus at the Pharisee’s home
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Thought- The height of embarrassment – being asked to give up your seat near the top table and having to sit right at the bottom – or at least it would be for those who like to be seen to be “those or one of those”. Perhaps it wouldn’t bother you. Humility is in short supply and pride, sadly, rather more to the fore than many of us would like to admit. It was unusual for Jesus to be among the A list of his day – he was much more likely to be found among the poor, vulnerable and rejected. But perhaps he viewed this as an opportunity to share his message of love with a different audience, one that would be unlikely to be found on the shore at Galilee. But he doesn’t mince his words – he speaks up to challenge the notion that some people were better than others and that pecking order was significant. What matters is not what we think we having going for us but the extent to which we experience God’s love and live in the light of it. There is no place for pride and self-satisfaction among God’s people – for we ought to know that “Nothing in my hand I bring, simply to thy cross I cling”. Were it not for Jesus’ love and forgiveness we would be lost. How then can we do anything other than accept others on the same basis? No place for social climbing, status or pride – our goal ought to be to love and serve as Jesus did – and he gives us the grace to do just that.

Praise: CH4 536 May the mind of Christ my Saviour  online v1,2&5tune St Leonards MP 463.
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Pray: Loving God, in your upside-down kingdom the last shall be first and there will be endless justice and peace. We wish that kingdom was here and now. We regret that our ancestors did not learn from the humility of Jesus nor did they build the kingdom upside down as you desired. We live in a world dominated by the rich and the poor are given no place of honour let alone what they need to survive each day. Lord, we long for your kingdom to come. For the poor to be offered decent pay for their work, for the ability of each person to provide for loved ones, for homes that people can afford to live in and pay their bills. Lord, we long for your kingdom to come. For the rich to realise and see their neighbours in distress and choose to help them instead of eyeing up their profit margins. Lord, we long for your kingdom to come. For everyone to be invited to the table which has no special seats and where everyone is treated equally. Lord, we long for your kingdom to come. For people who hold power to use it for the good of all, rather than for the few and to plan for long term solutions to climate, immigration and welfare problems. Lord, we long for your kingdom to come. For the day when love wins and humanity lets go of fear and hate to enable all people to live in harmony Lord, help us to continue to work to build your kingdom here and now. To use our gifts locally and globally in whatever way we can so that your will is done. Help us make it so. And in our prayer walk we remember the Parish to the East – those who work offshore. SILENCE. Hear our prayers silent and spoken for Jesus’ sake Amen.  

Blessing - May the Lord bless you. Amen.