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Love is the greatest…

Mothering Sunday  

 

Celebrating, thanking and praising those who have had a hand in praying, caring and watching over us.

 

 

Troubling Times - Faith or Fear: Philippians 4:4-7 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

 

Let us remember this week to pray always in every troubling or joyful thought

 

Sing: (click on the song title and it should open up and play in youtube)

Amazing Grace

 

We thank God for those who care for us:

 

For parents, and the love which brought us to birth:

we praise you, O God.

And bring our thanks today.

 

For mothers who have cherished and nurtured us:

we praise you, O God.

And bring our thanks today.

 

For fathers who have loved and supported us:

we praise you, O God.

And bring our thanks today.

 

For children, entrusted to the care of parents, grandparents and guardians:

we praise you, O God.

And bring our thanks today.

For all those working in our hospitals who are giving so much of themselves: we praise you, O God.

And bring our thanks today.

 

For all who first spoke to us of Jesus, and have drawn us into his family:

we praise you, O God.

And bring our thanks today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are assured of God’s forgiveness:

Almighty God, who forgives all who truly repent,

Have mercy on us,

pardon and deliver us from all our sin,

Confirm and strengthen us in all goodness,

And keep us in life eternal;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

 

Bible reading: John 9:1-12

 

Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man who had been blind from birth.  “Rabbi,” his disciples asked him, “why was this man born blind? Was it because of his own sins or his parents’ sins?”

“It was not because of his sins or his parents’ sins,” Jesus answered. “This happened so the power of God could be seen in him. We must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us by the one who sent us. The night is coming, and then no one can work.  But while I am here in the world, I am the light of the world.”

 Then he spit on the ground, made mud with the saliva, and spread the mud over the blind man’s eyes. He told him, “Go wash yourself in the pool of Siloam”(Siloam means “sent”). So the man went and washed and came back seeing!

 His neighbours and others who knew him as a blind beggar asked each other, “Isn’t this the man who used to sit and beg?”. Some said he was, and others said, “No, he just looks like him!”

But the beggar kept saying, “Yes, I am the same one!”

 

What is God doing? Have you ever been so desperate that you have asked this question?

Can you identify with the blind man in the story: he has nothing and therefore relies on others for care, for food, for safety, for direction and protection? It is a tough position to be in to be dependent and reliant on others: think of those who need care at home or use a Foodbank. It can be a lonely and isolating place to be. For those who are self-isolating because of the Coronavirus, how difficult is it to be isolated and feel alone? A very necessary and important exercise but equally it is tough.

It’s not difficult to find ourselves asking (or probably screaming) to God, WHY? Why am I suffering? Why is someone I care about suffering? Why is there suffering and sickness in the world? Why does suffering (and Coronavirus) hit some people and not others?

Just as we see from the disciple’s dialogue in v1-5, they want to know, “why is this man blind?”, why is this happening? Is it encouraging or demoralising to think that our reasoning and character hasn’t really changed in nearly 2,000 years – at least we are consistent!!

Jesus turns the suffering and healing into a teachable moment, ‘this happened so the power of God could be seen in him”. Jesus turns their ‘why’, into a Godly ‘how’? In this time of suffering how can I learn more about Jesus who suffered for me. How can I know and experience more of Jesus in this time of suffering? How can I comfort and encourage others, just as Jesus comforted and encouraged others.

Through praying and encouraging one another – on the phone – it is helpful to start to shift from the “why” questions to the “how” questions. So this week when we are bothered and confused with the ‘why’ questions, remember to ask God ‘How’.

            How can I keep my eyes fixed on you?

            How can I show the love of God to my neighbours this week?

 

 

Sing: (click on the song title and it should open up and play in youtube)
Make me a channel of your peace.

 

We remember and declare our faith:

We believe in God the Father

from whom every family

in heaven and on earth is named.

 

We believe in Jesus, God the Son,

who lives in our hearts through faith,

and fills us with his love.

 

 

 

 

We believe in God the Holy Spirit,

who strengthens us with power from on high.

We believe in one God,

Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

 

Prayers:

We sometimes forget to say ‘thankyou’ to people who care for us.

We are sorry,

In your love, forgive us.

 

We are sometimes slow to forgive people who hurt us. Slow to let go of resentment. Quick to add to the quarrel.

We are sorry,

In your love, forgive us.

 

We are sometimes slow to look out for the needs of others,

and quick to demand our own way.

We are sorry,

In your love, forgive us.

 

Our church sometimes fails to be a family to those who live alone.

We are sorry,

In your love, forgive us.

 

In these and other ways we have saddened you, and spoiled your gift of families.

We are sorry,

In your love, forgive us.

 

 

Protect, support and sustain all those working in our local hospitals, and their families. Give them the peace, strength and comfort they need at the moment to nurse and treat all those in their care.

Lord in your love and power.

AMEN.

 

 

 

Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come,

your will be done,

on earth as in heaven.       

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins

as we forgive those who sin against us.

Lead us not into temptation

but deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power,

and the glory are yours

now and forever.

Amen.

 

Sing:  (click on the song title and it should open up and play in youtube)

Tell out my soul

 

 

 

Numbers 6:24-26 The Lord bless you and keep you;  the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.

 

 

 

Until we can come together in worship & witness: be strong in the Lord & in his mighty power. (Eph6:10)

 –   AMEN?

 

Notices:

 

Sunday 22nd March 7pm – Archbishops call for National Day of Prayer and Action in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

 

Janes Pantry 01452 300326 are offering local deliveries for their breads, cakes etc.

Something for the kids.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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