St Maxentius Worship at Home – 23rd June 2024 -Trinity 4

This service can be used at home if you are unable to get to church. As you pray and reflect, we trust you will feel part of the wider church community.

PRAYER OF PREPARATION

As we rejoice in the gift of this new day,

so may the light of your presence,

O God, set our hearts on fire with love for you; 

now and forever. Amen.

CONFESSION

Almighty God our heavenly Father

we have sinned against you

and against our neighbour

in thought word and deed,

through negligence, through weakness, 

through our own deliberate fault.

We are truly sorry

and repent of all our sins.

For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ who died for us,

forgive us all that is past

and grant that we may serve you in newness of life

to the glory of your name. Amen.

GLORIA

Glory to God in the highest

and peace to his people on earth.

Lord God, heavenly king,

almighty God and Father,

we worship you,

we give you thanks,

we praise you for your glory.

Lord Jesus Christ only son of the Father 

Lord God Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world: 

have mercy upon us;

you are seated at the right hand of the Father: 

receive our prayer.

For you alone are the Holy One,

you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most high,

Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit,

in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

COLLECT

Gracious Father,

by the obedience of Jesus

you brought salvation to our wayward world:

draw us into harmony with your will,

that we may find all things restored in him,

our Saviour Jesus Christ.

Readings

1st Reading 2 Corinthians 6.1–13

As we work together with him, we urge you also not to accept the grace of God in vain. For he says, at an acceptable time I have listened to you, and on a day of salvation I have helped you. See, now is the acceptable time; see, now is the day of salvation!

We are putting no obstacle in anyone’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, but as servants of God we have commended ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labours, sleepless nights, hunger; by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, holiness of spirit, genuine love, truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; in honour and dishonour, in ill repute and good repute. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; as unknown, and yet are well known; as dying, and see-we are alive; as punished, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything.

We have spoken frankly to you Corinthians; our heart is wide open to you. There is no restriction in our affections, but only in yours. In return-I speak as to children-open wide your hearts also. 

Gospel Mark 4.35–end

On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, Let us go across to the other side. And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. A great gale arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing? He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, Peace! Be still! Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm.

He said to them, Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?

And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?

What strikes you from the readings?

What puzzles you from the readings?

What excites you from the readings?

Reflection

In our Gospel reading we have the disciples setting out on a calm sea and importantly they have Jesus with them, their moral compass, their Salvation. The passage starts with what I believe is a real important recurring them in all the gospels “let’s go over to the other side” Jesus tells them. Hopefully you get the implication here that Jesus is telling His followers to move from the safe side of the lake out and over to the unknown and in doing so crossing uncharted waters where anything can happen. Were the disciples prepared for a storm? We read that Jesus falls asleep in their boat and a fierce storm hits them. The disciples feared for their lives as the boat started to take on water and will have started to sink. Were their lives at risk, that’s the big question here? With Jesus with them it’s perhaps easy for us to trivialise their fear, but we need to appreciate that this was real “fear for their lives” stuff. Jesus is testing their faith, where are they up to on their journey. Faith and patience will make their deliverance more welcome and heaven sent when it arrives. The way to deal with our fears is to bring them to Christ. As with the disciples He won’t let us perish. As Christians we often feel we are standing within the storm, we must rebuke the wind and surging waves, not add to it. As Christians we have a higher calling a heavenly role that the world doesn’t understand. Remember our theme from the past few weeks, “walking by faith not by sight.” “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” says the Lord as we read in Isaiah 55. We need to look past and through the noise, the fear, the conflict, the chaos of the storm to see the truth. Jesus asks the disciples and as His disciples He asks us “Where is your faith”. This story is a story of a journey of faith. Faith is seeing something that not everyone can. Faith is the path to clear, calm water. Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near. Giving in to fear is a human weakness, we need to tap into the divine in each of us, to have Jesus in our boat at all times, especially when the storm hits. We need to always be in the presence of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We have Jesus is our boat, we can call on him to calm the waters, to cut through the storm and bring us safely to the other side

Rev Marcus

THE CREED

I believe in God the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ,

his only Son our Lord,

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary,

suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, died and was buried;

he descended to the dead.

On the third day he rose again;

he ascended into heaven,

and is seated at the right hand of the Father;

he will come again in glory

to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic Church, 

the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, 

the resurrection of the body, 

and the life everlasting. Amen.

INTERCESSIONS     

Please include your own prayers as well

In our prayers we pray for our church, our communities and our world

Lord God, we pray for our churches, our Turton Team, our Mission Community, our Diocese and the world-wide Church in every land.

Bless the leaders, guard the people, guide us in our future;

May we share the gospel in word and deed

and bring glory to your name;

Lord bless our churches we pray

Lord God we pray for our community

We pray for our schools, the children and staff.

We pray for all who work to make our communities a better place for others

We pray for Councillors and carers;

Lord bless our community we pray

Lord God we pray for our nation

May our leaders lead with integrity and justice

Give them wisdom and direct their decisions.

We pray that ours may be a nation 

where the poor and vulnerable are cared for and helped

and where all may flourish;

Lord bless our nation we pray

Lord God, we pray for our world,

for the war-torn places, we pray for peace.

We pray that all may work together to alleviate need 

and to protect this world for future generations;

Lord bless our world we pray

Lord God, we pray for those who are sick, in body, mind or spirit

We pray for those we know, and those who have no one to pray for them.

We pray for those who are dying and those who grieve;

We ask that you would give healing and peace to the soul

Lord bless the sick we pray

Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, 

our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

THE LORD’S PRAYER

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.

Keep a moment of quiet as you allow God to speak to you, 

as you let your spirit rest in God’s Spirit.

THE BLESSING

May the Lord 

bless us and watch over us, 

make his face shine upon us 

and be gracious to us. 

May the Lord look kindly on us 

and give us peace, 

and may the blessing of God Almighty, 

our Creator, our Redeemer, 

the one who gives us Life 

be among us and with us all always. Amen

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