Sunday Eucharist

Trinity Season

 Trinity 4      5.4.20

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Welcome to our services as we join together as 'Church at Home'. Let us take a moment to be silent as we ready ourselves to worship together. We come from scattered lives to meet with God. Let us recognize his presence with us.

 

Greeting

The Lord be with you

All and also with you.

 

Pour out your love into our hearts, O God;

All   through the Holy Spirit you have given us.

 

The Lighting of the Candle   - Can you find a candle or a torch?

As we light this candle set our hearts on fire with love for you, O Christ our God,
So that in its flame we may love you with all our heart,
With all our mind, with all our soul, and with all our strength,
And our neighbours as ourselves,
to your glory, 

Amen.

 

But it’s MY Pizza service introduction.

 Teen walks in, eating from a pizza carton.  Parent looks over licking their lips and goes to take a slice without asking.

Teen – Hey- stop stealing my pizza!

Parent – your pizza?

Teen – yes it’s mine – why didn’t you get your own if you wanted some?

Parent – Can I ask you something? Who paid for the pizza?

Teen – You did.

Parent - Who drove you and paid for the petrol, to take you to the shop? 

Teen – You did. (beginning to smile and seeing what’s coming)

Parent – So really it isnt yours its mine. (Parent steals another slice)

Teen – OK, OK – so you go out to work to earn the money, to pay for the petrol and the car and the pizza and you’re the lovely parent who has bought the pizza for me to enjoy. You can have one more…

Parent smiles and takes one more slice and skips off stage.

 

What did you make of that?

 

I wonder what helped Emily share her pizza?

  • Once she realised how lucky she was –
  • When she realised she was grateful for her parents’ generosity
  • When she saw how happy it made her parent
  • Maybe her parents will take her to the pizza shop more often the more generous she is!

What difference does it make to our attitude to what we earn and what we own when we recall that God is ultimately the provider?

 

Song  887 Thank you, Lord

 

Thank you, Lord, for this new day,

Thank you, Lord, for this new day,

Thank you, Lord, for this new day,

Right where we are.

Alleluia, praise the Lord, alleluia praise the Lord,

Alleluia, praise the Lord, right where we are.

 

Thank you, Lord, for food to eat,

Thank you, Lord, for food to eat,

Thank you, Lord, for food to eat,

Right where we are.

Alleluia, praise the Lord, alleluia praise the Lord,

Alleluia, praise the Lord, right where we are.

 

Thank you, Lord, for clothes to wear,

Thank you, Lord, for clothes to wear,

Thank you, Lord, for clothes to wear,

Right where we are.

Alleluia, praise the Lord, alleluia praise the Lord,

Alleluia, praise the Lord, right where we are.

 

 

Thank you, Lord, for all your gifts,

Thank you, Lord, for all your gifts,

Thank you, Lord, for all your gifts

Right where we are.

Alleluia, praise the Lord, alleluia praise the Lord,

Alleluia, praise the Lord, right where we are.

 

Saying Sorry to God

Is there anything we’d like to say sorry for this week or anything we wish we hadn’t done?

God longs to forgive and free us so let’s pray –

 

 Lord Jesus when you rose from the dead, you defeated evil,

Lord have mercy

Lord have mercy.

 

Lord Jesus when you rose from the dead, you washed away our sins,

Christ have mercy

Christ have mercy.

 

Lord Jesus when you rose from the dead, you set us free,

Lord have mercy

Lord have mercy.

 

May God our Father have mercy upon us,

forgive us our sins and bring us to eternal life
Amen.

 

Bible Reading Exodus 16:9-22

 

The Lord said to Moses, 12 “I have heard the grumblings of the people of Israel. So tell them, ‘At twilight you will eat meat, and every morning you will eat all the bread you want. Then you will know I am the Lord your God.’”

13 That evening quail came and covered the camp, and in the morning dew lay around the camp. 14 When the dew was gone, thin flakes like frost were on the desert ground. 15 When the Israelites saw it, they asked each other, “What is it?” because they did not know what it was.

So Moses told them, “This is the bread the Lord has given you to eat. 16 The Lord has commanded, ‘Each one of you must gather what he needs, about two quarts for every person in your family.’”

17 So the people of Israel did this; some people gathered much, and some gathered little. 18 Then they measured it. The person who gathered more did not have too much, nor did the person who gathered less have too little. Each person gathered just as much as he needed.

19 Moses said to them, “Don’t keep any of it to eat the next day.” 20 But some of the people did not listen to Moses and kept part of it to eat the next morning. It became full of worms and began to stink, so Moses was angry with those people.

21 Every morning each person gathered as much food as he needed, but when the sun became hot, it melted away.

22 On the sixth day the people gathered twice as much food—four quarts for every person.

 

 

What is happening in the story? Ask I wonder what you would be thinking? …what you would say?

Scene 1: The hungry Israelites (16:1-3)

What might a hungry people be feeling? Disappointment, disillusionment, anger, grumbling, moaning, sorrow, miserable, loss of faith?

Scene 2: The presence of God (16:6-8)

How might the people feel about claiming that God is present when they are hungry?

Write some answers in the speech bubbles

Scene 3: The provision of God (16:13-18)

How might the people feel, faced with this completely new and strange food?

Scene 4: the manna jar (16:31-33)

What might the people be thinking and feeling as they come to terms with this strange provision that is only enough for what they need?

 

 Homily –

The Israelites were hungry and vulnerable. Although they had carried a lot with them when they left Egypt, fresh supplies run out quickly.

They were learning that God would meet all their needs, but only one day at a time. The manna and the quails were enough for everyone for a day, but they couldn’t be stored up.

When Jesus fed the 5,000 with five loaves and two fish, God provided enough for everyone, with some leftovers as well. I wonder how God has met our needs? And our needs in the church?

The manna that was provided for the Israelites by God as a reminder that they should trust God for everything. It’s more difficult for us to remember because we can get so much so easily. But we give thanks, and think about how we can use what we have wisely.

The Pizza story is a good reminder that the things we enjoy are not ours but are gifts from God.

That goes not only for our pizza, but our toys, iPads, our talents and gifts and pocket money. Yes, we work hard to earn money, but the Lord is the one who enables us to earn money, through giving us our talents and skills.

When a couple get married they promise to share everything - all they are and all they have.

That’s like Jesus and you and me – he shares everything he has with us and asks us to do the same - so our skills, time and possessions can be used for good, rather than just keep to ourselves.

Jesus shows us how to share.

 

I  have  10 x pound coins -  does anyone know what a tithe is?

Its 10 percent of the money you make, and in the Bible, we are told that we should give a tithe—10 percent of what we receive to give away to someone who really needs it. That means for every pound you make, you should give a ten pence away.

In fact, there isn’t 10 pound coins here – there’s only 9 – did you notice? In the same way when we get in the habit of putting aside regularly a tenth of our income, we don’t notice it as much.

It’s much harder when we only give when we’re asked, because all of us like to keep all of our money for ourselves, especially when we are given more and more. Generosity is a gift we need to plan and practice.

To sum up -

  1. The things we enjoy are not ours but are gifts from God.
  2. Jesus gives everything for us, to shows us how to share everything we have with Him.
  3. Generosity is a gift we need to plan and practice, how about with very pound you have, giving ten pence away?

 

Some questions to chew over

Many of us already are incredibly supportive of many charities and community groups including church -

  • What kind things do you do because Jesus has been generous?

 

  • In what ways might our riches be stopping us from being rich towards God?

 

  • Do we trust God to provide for us in the future?

 

 

 

The Prayers

You may like to hold out both hands as if receiving something:

Dear God, thank you for all that brings us joy at work or at play. We pray today for those who have no work and those who have no time for laughter.

Help us to make wise choices in our lives so that our actions will benefit other people.

 

Clasp both hands together tightly:

Dear God, sometimes we want to hold very tightly to all the things we have.

Forgive us when we are greedy and when we are mean when we are ungrateful and when we complain.

 

Turn your hands towards the floor and open as if letting go of something:

Dear God, we want to use all that we have to help other people.

Help us to be people who do small things for others as we show your love in our world.

 

Hold your hands together:

We pray for those whose homes are threatened through war or disaster and those who have nowhere to call home.

We ask that you would draw close to them and help us to support them with prayer and love. 

 

 

Loving God, you love each person and hold us in the palm of your hand.

Help us to remember your great love for us and to live our lives well as we share that love with others. Amen

Our Father, who art in heaven,
          hallowed be thy name;
          thy kingdom come; thy will be done;
          on earth as it is in heaven.


          Give us this day our daily bread.
          And forgive us our trespasses,
          as we forgive those who trespass against us.
          And lead us not into temptation;
          but deliver us from evil.

          For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory,
          for ever and ever.

            Amen.

 

 

 The Peace

Blessed are the peacemakers:
they shall be called children of God.
We meet in the name of Christ and share his peace.

 

The peace of God be always with you.

All and also with you.

 

 

Offertory Sentence

 

Generous God, creator, redeemer, sustainer,
to you we offer you our resources talents and time,
symbols of the work you have given us to do;
use it, use us, in the service of your world
to the glory of your name.       Amen.

 

 

 As we’re unable to receive cash offerings at this time, we’re very grateful to the many who regularly generously give directly through their bank. If you would be able to offer a small amount each month with the Parish Giving Scheme it would make a huge difference. Everything you need is on the donations page at www.sandridgechurch.org and speak to Peter Hyde or Christine Nutton for more information.

 

 

A Shortened form of Communion

 

Resurrection Day is one of refreshment and transformation, when heaven and earth become one.

Lord Jesus Christ we proclaim your life in us, that we might be changed, transformed into your likeness and where bread and wine become for us Christ’s body and blood. And so Father we thank you for this bread and wine, food and drink to bind us to you in a new covenant, a new beginning.

Jesus Christ is Lord:

 

All      Lord by your cross and resurrection you have set us free.

You are the Saviour of the World.

 

We thank you for sending us your Son and remember that on his last night on earth he took bread and gave you thanks, broke it, saying to his disciples – take, eat, this is my body broken for you, eat this and remember me’.

 

The Bread is lifted, broken and eaten by the priest on behalf of the people.

The Chalice is lifted.

 

When supper was over he took the cup and gave you thanks, saying ‘this is my blood of the new covenant given for you, drink this and remember me’.

 

The wine is drunk by the priest on behalf of the people.

We pray together -

             My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.

I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul.

Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.

I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.

Never permit me to be separated from You.  

Amen.

 

Church family news

 

  • Wednesdays at 10.10 am How to Pray -A safe space to consider prayer honestly, ask the questions you weren't allowed to ask at Sunday school, with time if you'd like, to be prayed for too. Meets weekly for 45 mins, all welcome. 
  • Search for a treasurer continues – please ask those you know.
  • Church open for private prayer – volunteers welcome.
  • We’re all going on a summer holiday – Next week on 12th July we’re having a Sunday off. Have a lie in, pray in the park, or see what other churches are doing on line – St Albans Abbey, St Johns Harpenden, St Helen’s Wheathampstead to name a few or perhaps choose a church tradition that is different from ours to learn new things of God love from their perspective.
  • Rev Kate’s contract at St Leonard’s has been extended til Jan 2021
  • The PCC would value your prayers as we meet to consider the Diocesan advice as how to proceed in the coming months.
  • The Parish Giving Scheme is now up and running, please consider joining - do contact Peter Hyde, Ruth Murphy, Christine Nutton or Rev Kate Daymond with any queries. All details are found on Donations page. Thank you.

 

 

Dismissal and Blessing - Living God’s love prayer

 

Living God,

Draw us deeper into your love;

Jesus our Lord,

Send us to care and serve;

Holy Spirit,

Make us heralds of good news.

Stir us, strengthen us,

teach and inspire us

to live your love

With generosity and joy,

imagination and courage;

For the sake of your world and in the name of Jesus, Amen

 

May God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

who is the source of all goodness and growth,

pour his blessing upon all things created,

and upon you his children,

that you may use his gifts to his glory and the welfare of all peoples;

and the blessing of God Almighty, Father Son and Holy Spirit,

be with you today and forever more.

 

Amen

 

This is the formal end to our service but please stay as we move into smaller groups if you can, for 10 minutes to catch up on each other’s news and prayer requests. Not everyone wants to share in a breakout room- that’s ok too.

 

Maybe we can share -

When have you most felt alive and least alive this week?

What are you most and least grateful for? 

 

Then we come back together to share the words of the grace – from Pauls letter to Corinthian church (2 Corinthians 13;14)

 

May the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the Love of God, and the Fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. Amen.

 

Thank you for your contribution to our worship together today.