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Worship Sheet for Sunday 3 July                           Fear and trepidation?    

Jesus sends out a further 72 of his followers in pairs to prepare the way for him. He tells them to travel light and to be mobile, not to settle anywhere for any time but to share the good news of his kingdom and move on to the next town, warning them that there would be opposition. They returned full of the joys of having been blessed. As we embark on another summer mission week perhaps we could take encouragement.
Call: Come, let us join together, brothers and sisters, called to worship our amazing God, revealed by Jesus, present in Spirit. Come, one and all, bring only yourself, for that is all you need. Come let us sing our songs to God and listen to God’s word. Let us offer our body, mind and spirit to the one who made us. Let us enjoy our time together as we seek to know more of the mystery we call God.

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Pray : God of constant love, God of unending grace, God of the outcast and the prisoner, God of the powerful and powerless, God of all, we join in worship this day, in this building and in our homes giving thanks for your presence in our lives and for all that you have done, and what you have made us to be. God who supports, God who challenges, God who sees our whole selves, not just that which others see, speak to us today, shine the light of your wisdom into our lives and guide us towards service of you, each other, and the whole world. God in the good times, God in the bad times, God in every pain and in every triumph, we bring to you our confession that we do not always live up to your hopes for us, or to our own abilities. In silence we each bring to you our own prayers. Silence Though the challenges of life and of faith may be great, we stand before you assured of your forgiveness, grace and love. And so, with confidence and thanks in our hearts we pray in Jesus’ name and together say Our Father:

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Luke 10:1-11,16-20   Jesus sends out the 72.
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Thought- Many people living in the UK will, fortunately, rarely, if ever, be in the position of being “in fear and trembling” though it can happen – if mugged or otherwise attacked, or if faced with serious illness or an upcoming procedure. We are assured that Jesus is with us always – and often we will have the comfort and support of friends and family. However, many of us will have been in situations where we are scared and it is no use pretending that we are invincible. Jesus sends out a wider group of 72 followers to prepare the way for him by sharing the good news in remote towns. They are warned that they will face opposition; they are told to travel light, not to settle but to pass on the gospel message and move on. Many believers are often wary or doubtful of their ability to pass on the good news – perhaps because they fear that their own faith isn’t strong enough or that they lack experience. I suspect it was no accident that Jesus sent the 72 out in pairs, for encouragement and support. We need to remember that he intends mission to be collegiate – to be a team rather than a purely individual effort. Also that mission and outreach rests more on GOD’S blessing than our expertise (or lack of it!). As we embark on our summer mission week let’s remember that we are called to engage in mission together and in Jesus’ name, rather than on what we have going for us. Like the disciples may we return giving thanks to God for signs of his work being done   

Praise: CH4 542         Lord speak to me that I may speak (T 470)  online v 1,4,5 & 6.      
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Pray: Loving God, into the reality of inequality, pain, fear, hurt and greed, your light shines, piercing every dark place, offering hope and joy to the lost, and love to the whole world. Today we pray for the whole world, your creation, as it continues to face seemingly insurmountable challenges, around climate change, war, inequality, poverty, and disease. Help all of us and all those with the will, the power and the strength to do so, to make changes, large and small, to make the lives of all better. As our country and community continue to be plagued with problems and struggles, we pray for all those on the edges and the margins; the poor, the homeless, the despised, the excluded, the grieving and the broken. Help each of us to take up your challenge of unquenchable love. In this time of deep  uncertainty in your church, as we strive to do your work in ever more challenging circumstances, we pray that your presence will always be felt and that in all things we will first strive to serve you. In our prayer walk this week we remember the children on holiday and all the outreach to children and families. As we each face our own challenges in our lives and of those we love we each bring our own prayers in silence... SILENCE.
Merciful God, each of us gathered here brings our own weaknesses and pains, we feel ourselves challenged by the world and by your Word, help us to face these challenges, and to try always, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Blessing - May the Lord bless you. Amen.