Sunday Eucharist

Trinity Season - Trinity 8  - 2.8.20 

 All Age Craft Church Service 10am -  COURAGE

Join on  Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83824599241

Or dial 0203 481 5240 or 0203 051 2874    Meeting ID: 838 2459 9241

Or attend in person at St Leonard's Churchyard at 10am - please bring a picnic rug or chair, a mask, snack and drink.

 

Welcome and Opening prayer

We come together now in the presence of

the Father who is always with us

the Son who shows us how to live courageously

the Spirit who help us to have courage to act with humility

Amen 

 

‘Be strong and courageous, do not be frightened for God is with you wherever you go’.       Joshua 1;9                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Dramatic Reading -  Matthew 14 ;22-33     Jesus Walks on the Water

22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. 23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, 24 and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.

25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.

27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”

29 “Come,” he said.

Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”

31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”

32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

 

There are now some crafty activities for children. Those following on Zoom, what do you make of the following?

  • What is courage? What does Courage look like?
  • Can you think of any times when Jesus was courageous? 
  • What experience have you had of being courageous?
  • How do you think Peter felt when he stepped out of the boat? 
  • At All Age Craft Church, we have made courageous Parachute People who jump, trusting God will hold them up. What has been your experience of trusting God? Has there been times when its felt He’s let you down? Has there been times when you’ve experienced a courage ‘not of your own’?
  • As Peter fixed his eyes on Jesus he didn’t wobble on the water; only when he started to think what was happening did he sink. In what ways do we question the gifts, capabilities and talents ourselves, when Jesus asks us to step out in faith?

Share some of your answers with one another and then when ready, spend some time in prayer, praying out loud or in the stillness together. 

 

Prayers

In our prayers today, spend a few minutes writing down or drawing a picture of what do you want to ask God’s courage for. If you feel comfortable doing so share your thoughts out loud. 

Who are the people on your mind that need Courage today – name them before God out loud or to yourself.

 

Church Family News – From Wednesday 5th August 9.30 Midweek Eucharist services are resuming in the Nave; please come wearing a mask and use the hand sanitiser as you come in. Seating is arranged so you can sit comfortable distance from one another. A service sheet will be provided but you might like to bring your own bible. Further information will be given on the day.

Prayers for the world - if you have a passion for justice and prayer and would like to join the team of intercessors on Sundays Rev Kate would love to hear from you. The role involves leading us to pray for the world and those in need local to us, using your own words or ones Kate can provide for you.

Please pray for our church wardens and Assistant Curate as they discern future services back in church whilst keeping everyone safe. 

 

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

 

Coffee and chat there are no break out rooms today but there is an opportunity to share something of your week with one another, as we keep each other in our prayers this week.

Final prayer at the end of your zoom meeting;

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.

See you next week either on Wednesday at 9.30 at St Leonard’s Eucharist, or next Sunday on Zoom at 10am. May God guide you and give you His courage for all you face this week.