Sunday 13th August
Trinity 10 – Should I just forget and move on?
Holy Communion led by Rev Gav
First Reading: Psalm 32
Happy are those whose transgression is forgiven,
whose sin is covered.
Happy are those to whom the Lord imputes no iniquity
and in whose spirit there is no deceit.
While I kept silent, my body wasted away
through my groaning all day long.
For day and night your hand was heavy upon me;
my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer.
Then I acknowledged my sin to you,
and I did not hide my iniquity;
I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,”
and you forgave the guilt of my sin.
Therefore let all who are faithful
offer prayer to you;
at a time of distress, the rush of mighty waters
shall not reach them.
You are a hiding place for me;
you preserve me from trouble;
you surround me with glad cries of deliverance.
I will instruct you and teach you the way you should go;
I will counsel you with my eye upon you.
Do not be like a horse or a mule, without understanding,
whose temper must be curbed with bit and bridle,
else it will not stay near you.
Many are the torments of the wicked,
but steadfast love surrounds those who trust in the Lord.
Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, O righteous,
and shout for joy, all you upright in heart.
Gospel Reading: Matthew 18.21-35
Then Peter came and said to him, “Lord, if my brother or sister sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times.
“For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves. When he began the reckoning, one who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him, and, as he could not pay, the lord ordered him to be sold, together with his wife and children and all his possessions and payment to be made. So the slave fell on his knees before him, saying, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ And out of pity for him, the lord of that slave released him and forgave him the debt. But that same slave, as he went out, came upon one of his fellow slaves who owed him a hundred denarii, and seizing him by the throat he said, ‘Pay what you owe.’ Then his fellow slave fell down and pleaded with him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’ But he refused; then he went and threw him into prison until he would pay the debt. When his fellow slaves saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their lord all that had taken place. 32 Then his lord summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked slave! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. Should you not have had mercy on your fellow slave, as I had mercy on you?’ And in anger his lord handed him over to be tortured until he would pay his entire debt. So my heavenly Father will also do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”
A Service of the Word led by Terry
Welcomer – Paul Gilmour
Welcome and Preparation
Song 1 – Shout to the Lord [My Jesus my Saviour] (keys – no BT)
Confession and Absolution
Song 2 – Dear Lord and Father of Mankind (organ)
Bible Reading: Matthew 18:21-35
Read by Pansy Nichols
The Bible reading is from the International Children’s Bible, Matthew 18:21-35
Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, when someone sins against me, how many times must I forgive them? Should I forgive them as many as seven times?”
Jesus answered, “I tell you, you must forgive them more than seven times. You must forgive them even if they do wrong to you seventy times seven times!
“The kingdom of heaven is like a king who decided to collect the money his servants owed him. So the king began to collect his money. One servant owed him several million dollars. But the servant did not have enough money to pay his master, the king. So the master ordered that everything the servant owned should be sold, even the servant’s wife and children. The money would be used to pay the king what the servant owed.
“But the servant fell on his knees and begged, ‘Be patient with me. I will pay you everything I owe.’ The master felt sorry for his servant. So the master told the servant he did not have to pay. He let the servant go free.
“Later, that same servant found another servant who owed him a few dollars. The servant grabbed the other servant around the neck and said, ‘Pay me the money you owe me!’
“The other servant fell on his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me. I will pay you everything I owe.’
“But the first servant refused to be patient. He threw the other servant into prison until he could pay everything he owed. All the other servants saw what happened. They were very sorry. So they went and told their master all that had happened.
“Then the master called his servant in and said, ‘You evil servant! You begged me to forget what you owed. So I told you that you did not have to pay anything. I had mercy on you. You should have had the same mercy on that other servant.’ The master was very angry, and he put the servant in prison to be punished. The servant had to stay in prison until he could pay everything he owed.
“This king did what my heavenly Father will do to you if you do not forgive someone from your heart.”
This is the word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God
Talk — Terry
Hymn 3 – I heard the voice of Jesus say (organ or keys)
Led by Helen Campbell
Song 4 – In Christ Alone (keys)
Notices, Dismissal Prayer, and Blessing
Hymn 5 – Tell out my soul (organ)
Go in Peace to love and serve the Lord