Sunday 9th July
Trinity 5 – Invitation
In the gospel reading, Jesus labours the fact that, “no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.” But… in the very next verse Jesus invites ALL to know him – “Come to me all…”
A communion worship Led by Canon John
First Reading: Romans 7.15–25a
I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree that the law is good. But in fact it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh. I can will what is right, but I cannot do it. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me.
So I find it to be a law that when I want to do what is good, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God in my inmost self, but I see in my members another law at war with the law of my mind, making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!
So then, with my mind I am a slave to the law of God, but with my flesh I am a slave to the law of sin.
Gospel Reading: Matthew 11.16–19,25–30
‘But to what will I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the market-places and calling to one another, “We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we wailed, and you did not mourn.” For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, “He has a demon”; the Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, “Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax-collectors and sinners!” Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.’
At that time Jesus said, ‘I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will.All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.
‘Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.’
Welcomer – Susan Gilmour
Welcome and Preparation
Song 1 – Come People of the Risen King (keys or organ)
Confession and Absolution
Song 2 – Knowing you, Jesus (keys or organ)
Bible Reading: Matthew 11.25–30
Read by Pansy Nichols
The Bible reading is taken from the International Children’s Bible, Matthew Chapter 11, Verse 25 to 30.
Then Jesus said,
“I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth.
I praise you because you have hidden these things
from the people who are wise and smart.
But you have shown them to those
who are like little children.
Yes, Father, this is what you really wanted.
“My Father has given me all things.
No one knows the Son — only the Father knows the Son.
And no one knows the Father — only the Son knows the Father.
And the only people who will know about the Father
are those whom the Son chooses to tell.
“Come to me, all of you who are tired and have heavy loads.
I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me.
I am gentle and humble in spirit.
And you will find rest for your souls.
The work that I ask you to accept is easy.
The load I give you to carry is not heavy.”
This is the word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God
Talk – Terry
Song 3 – I heard the voice of Jesus say (organ)
Read by Peter Nash
Song 4 – Be Still for the Presence (keys or organ)
Notices, Dismissal Prayer, and Blessing
Hymn 5 – All for Jesus (organ)
Go in Peace to love and serve the Lord