Trinity 18

16 October

Trinity 18 | Perseverance

First Reading: 2 Timothy 3.14 – 4.5

But as for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it, and how from childhood you have known the sacred writings that are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work.

In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I solemnly urge you: proclaim the message; be persistent whether the time is favourable or unfavourable; convince, rebuke, and encourage, with the utmost patience in teaching. For the time is coming when people will not put up with sound doctrine, but having itching ears, they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own desires, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander away to myths. As for you, always be sober, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, carry out your ministry fully.

Gospel Reading: Luke 18.1–8

Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart. He said, ‘In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor had respect for people. In that city there was a widow who kept coming to him and saying, “Grant me justice against my opponent.” For a while he refused; but later he said to himself, “Though I have no fear of God and no respect for anyone, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will grant her justice, so that she may not wear me out by continually coming.” ’And the Lord said, ‘Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God grant justice to his chosen ones who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long in helping them? I tell you, he will quickly grant justice to them. And yet, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?’


8 (SMC)

Leader: Gavin
Preacher: Gavin

9 (COE)

Leader: +Nick or Jerry
Preacher: +Nick or Jerry

9.30 (SMC)

Leader: Gavin
Preacher: Gavin

10.30 (HTC)

Leader: Terry + John
Preacher: Anne

11 (SPC)

Leader: +Nick or Jerry
Preacher: +Nick or Jerry


9.30am Order of Worship (SMC)

Welcomer: Andrea Peets

Welcome

Song – Hosanna (Praise is Rising – BT + keys)

Prayer of Preparation

Confession and Absolution

Song – Jesus, keep me near the cross (BT + keys)

Communion and Distribution

Song During Communion – The Father’s Song (keys)

Prayer After Communion

Kids Go out…

Notices

Bible Reading – Luke 18.1–8 – Anna Fulton

Talk

Prayers – Helen Campbell

Song – Praise My Soul the King of Heaven (BT + organ)

Dismissal Prayer

Hymn – Let There Be Peace (organ)

Blessing

Go in Peace…


Prayers

Holy God, thank you for revealing your love for the world, through your Word, through your Son, and through your Holy Spirit. As we see the world with your eyes, fill us with your love that we too might work towards its redemption, restoration, and renewal.

Lord, we long to see justice for the oppressed, hated, and disregarded and cry out to you for your whole creation and on behalf of those that are isolated, fearful, poor, and suffering.

We cry out to you for peace between Russia and Ukraine and on behalf of those forced to fight, those displaced from their homes, and those who have lost loved ones. Lord, change the heart of Vladimir Putin. Work in and around his life by the power of your Holy Spirit.

Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer

We cry out to you on behalf of those who have lost colleagues and family members in the mine in Turkey and for those that are trapped, give perseverance to the emergency services and may the survivors be reached and rescued.

Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer

We cry out to you on behalf of those threatened by floods in Nigeria. Lord, we cannot imagine a million people displaced and without homes. Bring them all they need to survive and rebuild their lives.

Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer

We cry out to you on behalf of those suffering from oppression in both Afghanistan and Iran. May those that protest be kept safe and justice prevail.

Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer

We cry out to you on behalf of the people of Haiti, especially those living in the Cité Soleil slum. We cannot imaging 100,000 deaths from cholera, nor can we imagine the suffering of over 100,000 children under the age of five being malnourished. Help the nations of the world be mobilised to bring them both food and physical security.

Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer

Help us to stand with the marginalised and oppressed, to commit to working on their behalf to restore the balance of justice.

Forgive us for how we are decimating your creation through our consumerism. Wake us up, Lord, that we may see the world as you see it and care for it and nurture it, not just for ourselves but for future generations.

As we head for global disaster, we cry out on behalf of your church: for our Anglican bishops including our own Bishop Nick, that he might have vision and courage, and through word and example, to call us to action.

Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer

We cry out to you on behalf of those in our community that work for the restoration of your creation. Bring perseverance to the Bermuda Environmental Sustainability Taskforce, the Bermuda National Trust, and the Beyond Plastic campaign. Thank you for their commitment to your world and may we join with them to do all we can to protect our wonderful island home.

Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer

We cry out to you on behalf of those that are struggling in our community with mental or physical health issues, those that are in pain, those that are dying, those that are lonely, those that are homeless, those that are broken in spirit, and those that live in poverty. Bring them all the support and encouragement they need and mobilise us, your church, to help them.

Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer

Let us now cry out to God and call out by name those we would like to hold before God:

[let people pray]

Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer

And finally, for ourselves, help us to persevere, to never give up loving you, loving others, and loving your creation. May we be your people, shining like lights in the darkness, and be all we can for you and for your world. Through our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, in the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Notes

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