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Worship Sheet for Sunday 14 February – Finding God
Jesus’ closest disciples withdraw from the bustle of the crowds and seek some respite up a mountain. There they are given a spectacular glimpse of Jesus in his heavenly glory. Flustered by the experience they focus on trivial details instead of taking him the key message: Jesus was the Son of God. Theme: Finding God.

Call: God comes and does not keep silent, God calls to the heavens and earth, to God’s faithful ones. We answer God’s call. God calls us each by name, chosen and loved, known and seen.
We answer God’s call, we gather to worship.

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Listen to the 1st Prayer

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Pray : Lord, you are no doubt glad when your people make an effort to seek you out and draw close to you. It is tempting to let worship and prayer slip when the demands of our busy and troubled lives press in upon us. Yet, sometimes we need to be reminded that, as with so much in your plan, worship has much more to do with YOU than with US. We love because you first loved us. We draw near to you as you draw near to us. Yes, it’s important that we don’t slam the door on you, block you out – but you are there waiting at the door, eager to come in and eat with us, if only we will invite you. Spare us from frenetic activity just for its own sake, stop us from trying to build the kingdom of heaven by our own efforts or ingenuity and help us first and foremost to be open to your loving touch and blessing. Forgive us our good intentions as well as our reticence to heed your teaching. May all that we do be prompted and energised by your deep love for us in who taught us to pray together saying: Our Father…

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Mark 9:2-9. The Transfiguration – Jesus revealed as the Son of God.
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Thought- Many people put a huge effort into finding love, sometimes too much – when were they to just “be themselves” they might make it easier to attract a partner with whom they had more in common. We need to remain open to God but frantic efforts in an attempt to “find” him, seek his blessing may well make it difficult for him to get through to us. Sometimes we need to be still, to make space, to take time out from our busyness and instead of frenetic activity, even lots of “spiritual” effort we just need to be open to GOD acting, revealing himself and his purposes, giving us his love and blessing. Jesus was revealed as Son of God to his closest friends without them having to do anything but be there. They didn’t need to fully understand what was going on (they didn’t) – but they were there with Jesus and that was enough to be blessed. Perhaps we would do well to remember that God is far better at seeking us out than we are him! Finding God isn’t so much our task but a description of God’s nature. He is a finding God, a God who finds people, in Jesus, who came to seek and to save the lost. I’m not advocating being spiritually careless or suggesting we should turn our backs on God – just that we are more likely to find God (or at least let him find us) if instead of frantic activity we are still and open to receive Jesus’ love and blessing.

Praise: CH4 355 You Lord are both Lamb and Shepherd v 1-3
Tune Regent Square CH4 439.

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Pray: Lord in a world where true love is often absent, taken for granted or mis-used thank you for the utterly selfless and superbly generous and constant love that you offer us in Jesus your Son. Everything that you have planned for us, all that Jesus has done and will yet do for us is empowered by his love. That is one of the reasons we can be sure of your purposes. There isn’t anything that you will do that isn’t underpinned by his love. Send your Spirit upon us we pray, that all our hearts might be open to your love for change and for blessing. Be near to those whose lives seem to be deprived of love, whose circumstances have made it difficult to see the best in others, who’ve become accustomed to hurt, rejection, abuse and danger and whose trust in others is at a low ebb and who may find trusting you hard as a result. Spur the efforts of those in leadership, supported by the rest of us, to make a real difference for the better. Watch over those struggling with the restrictions on top of all the other pressures life has brought. Sustain the sick and those caring for them. May the vaccines change things for the better – facilitate the rollout and in the meantime keep us prayerful and supportive of one another. In our prayer walk we remember those who live or work in Garrison Road including the Fire and Ambulance Station.
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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.