Service Outline Sunday 5th July

MISSION 5th JULY

Good evening everyone and a big welcome back to The Mission! We have certainly waited a long time for this opportunity and although it seems very strange, it’s really good to be able to step foot back here. Thank you to everyone who has made tonight possible and a great big thank you to Meryl for all her efforts over the months keeping us all in touch. Fantastic! Yes, it is strange, but, as I said in my last Pastoral Letter, there are things which will never change no matter what the circumstances: the first is the warm welcome and fellowship that everyone receives here and, the second, is God’s love for each and every one of us. And that is equally true for all those who cannot be with us tonight, for whatever reason: because we are all part of one big family of God.

Yes, it’s been, and still is, a very tough time for many people: a time of deep sadness and loss for many. Many people face a difficult future. Even in our row of just 3 cottages: one neighbour has been made redundant and the other neighbour is being threatened with eviction by his landlord. And the need for prayer is as urgent as ever and we will pray for those folks tonight.

But I’m also aware of so much that we can be thankful for; not least being here tonight and the fact that all of our fellowship has, so far, been brought through without catching the virus. Much to say thank you for and so I’d like us to begin now by saying The Lord’s Prayer together and then have a short time of open prayer when, each of us, either silently or out loud can give our own thanks to God. As we pray, I’ve asked Meryl to play some meditative music in the background.

LORD’S PRAYER; Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name: Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses; as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil for Thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory; for ever and ever: Amen.

TIME OF SAYING THANK YOU TO GOD

BIBLE VERSE; Isaiah 40;31 “Those who hope in The Lord will renew their strength: they will run and not grow weary: they will walk and not grow faint.”

I don’t know about you but, thanks to some of the glorious weather that we’ve had over the past few months, I’ve spent quite a lot of time sitting in the garden which has been great and made even better with Christine having made it so attractive. And I’ve become a bit if a “twitcher!” To be honest I still can hardly recognise one bird from another, but I’ve become much more aware of the beauty and wonder of nature. I knew that this experience has been shared by many people and this time has made us much more thankful for things that perhaps before we took for granted.

And so, when I was thinking of a Bible verse for tonight, my thoughts turned to Eagles! Not that I’ve seen many Eagles in Bromsgrove! But this verse seems so appropriate for this evening and this time.

It is from Deuteronomy 32:  READ THE VERSES

Eagles build their nests way up off the ground: often in rocky cliffs and crags: hundreds of feet high. And, of course, it must be quite a challenge when it comes to teaching their young to fly. Inevitably the youngsters do not like the look of it and they are reluctant to leave the comfort and safety of their nest.

I have a lot of sympathy for those little Eagles at the moment because I’m sure that many of us are feeling strange at the moment: leaving our own nests and coming back to our Church which is so familiar and yet so very strange. We cannot even give each other a hug which, for a fellowship like ours, is pretty painful and awkward! The ground is a long way down and potentially we’ve got a lot to lose.

But the mother Eagle knows that her chicks cannot stay there because their destiny is to fly. And we cannot stay where we are for ever because God’s purpose, for all of us, is that we should be free and unafraid.

And so, she tips them out of the nest! Just as I feel I’m being tipped out of mine! Yes, there are risks but there are even bigger risks if we never risk anything. Life itself was never a safe haven! And I’m sure those baby eagles put up quite a struggle: a lot of squawking, feathers flying and free falling!

BUT THE IMPORTANT THING IS THAT THEY’RE NEVER ABANDONED AND NEITHER ARE WE. There’s only one way of learning to fly but the mother eagle is there to catch them on her wings and God is here to catch you and I on His wings. Whatever happens, God is always for you and with you whether here on earth or in heaven. You are never short of His love and no virus on earth is more powerful or more contagious than His wonderful love.

HYMN: DO NOT BE AFRAID (READ BY ME)

TIME OF PRAYER (SOUP RUN: SAFETY: HELP FOR THOSE WITH LITTLE: HOMELESS: UNEMPLOYED: SICK: ELDERLY: PRAY FOR PEOPLE TO BE SENSIBLE: SENSITIVE TO THE NEEDS OF OTHERS: THE AFRAID: THE DEPRESSED: THE LONELY: THOSE WHO ARE ABUSED)

 During these prayers Meryl will play some meditative music in the background.

We end the service by saying THE GRACE together

And now may the blessing of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all evermore: Amen

Music played as we leave

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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