Virtual Services

2nd Sunday after Trinity – 21st June 2020

Welcome

Good Morning and welcome to All Saints virtual church today.  It’s good to be able to share this space with you, even though we are not physically together in one place or perhaps even at the same time but I do trust that you are all well and be assured I do miss you all.  

I’d also like to wish all Dad’s, Step Dad’s, Grandads and those who are considered to be a Father by others,  a very Happy Father’s Day.  Father’s Day is an opportunity to say Thank you to those who care for us and continue to do so. But let us remember that for many this is a difficult day for lots of different reasons.  

We often refer to God as Father, as Jesus himself did, which we see at the beginning of the prayer Jesus taught his disciples to say and so as we move into this time of worship, let us remember the picture of the Father running to meet his lost son as he returns home, as found in Luke 15 and we begin with this gathering prayer 

Worship

Gathering Prayer

Living God, 
being a Christian can be hard. 
Thank you for a safe space 
to enjoy your presence 
here and now. Amen

© ROOTS for Churches Ltd (www.rootsontheweb.com) 2002-2020. 

Here is a starting point for our morning worship today, please use one, a selection or even find your own way of worshipping, of knowing that you are in God’s presence and praising him. It may be in song, in words, in actions, in dance, in silence but take the space to know that you are loved and to be thankful.

Thank You Activity

  • Create a Father’s Day card for God.  What would your message to him be?

Word

Dead to sin, alive in Christ

What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning, so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptised into Christ Jesus were baptised into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with,[a] that we should no longer be slaves to sin – because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.

Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. 10 The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.

11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.

Romans 6
1-11

24 “The student is not above the teacher, nor a servant above his master. 25 It is enough for students to be like their teachers, and servants like their masters. If the head of the house has been called Beelzebul, how much more the members of his household!

26 “So do not be afraid of them, for there is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. 27 What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs. 28 Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. 29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.[b] 30 And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

32 “Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. 33 But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven.

34 “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to turn

“‘a man against his father,
a daughter against her mother,
a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law—
36 a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’[c]

37 “Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.

Matthew 10
24-39

Our readings this morning are not easy ones, but as I have pondered them, I have found myself feeling rather comforted by them in the sense that, Life itself is not easy, and knowing that scripture deals with difficulties and complexities, that Jesus warned his disciples about the cost of discipleship, that I found was a relief.

To place each of these readings into context, the Matthew reading comes towards the end of a section where Jesus has been teaching his disciples about mission. Immediately before our passage this morning, Jesus has given his disciples instructions as to what they were to do and has warned them about the persecution and difficulties that they may experience as a result. He then goes on to speak of fear, in terms of what not to be and what to be afraid of. This is balanced with the reminder of God’s love and care for all, before speaking of the divisions that will come about as the new kingdom comes into being and the rewards that this will bring.

The Romans passage builds on the concepts and discussion that Paul has been outlining in the previous chapters. In Chapter 5:20 Paul introduces the elements of sin, grace and law which he discusses in further detail throughout chapters 6 and 7. The section that we read this morning speaks of how baptism aligns us with the death of Jesus, which in turn, changes our status from people who lived as we chose, to be people who now know and live in the grace of God and as such ‘we need to bring our lives in line with the person we have become’. (Wright, T., Romans for Everyone: Part Chapters 1-8, SPCK: London 2004: pp.101-102)

Together these passages, emphasize the cost of our new lives in Christ through Baptism. Jesus does not promise that life will be easy, but we are reminded of our value in God’s sight “Even the hairs of your head are all counted” as it says in Matthew. We are not alone, for we have the Holy Spirit, the continual presence of God through which we are empowered to live our lives intended by him. But remember that God’s kingdom is both present and not yet, so we should not be surprised by the divisions that can occur through other people’s response to God working within and through us and nor should we be fearful of this. That of course is easy to say, but it is very different when we are indeed fearful of something. For some people, fear can motivate and lead to action, whilst for others it can paralyse and prevent action. Nevertheless, Jesus still calls us to step out of our comfort zones to love and care for God’s world and his people and to stand up for truth and justice.

So this morning:

Is there anything that you are fearful of? How does God help you in this situation?

Or do you need to know how much you are valued by God? In which case, why not take some space and ask him to show you.

If you would like to explore these passages further, I would encourage you to check out the reflection which has been prepared on this week’s readings by the Rev’d David Warbrick, Vicar of All Saints, Kings Heath in Birmingham. This is a great but challenging reflection on the Matthew passage which speaks into current events including Covid-19 and the Black Lives Matter movement and I thoroughly recommend this to you. You can access this via the link below.

https://www.rootsontheweb.com/lectionary/2020/107-may-june-2020-a/proper-7/postscript

Witness

Here are a selection of prayers, again, use one or a variety as God leads you and then we end with the Lord’s Prayer 

Prayers of Intercession: Fathers day

Lord God, it’s not easy being a father today, and so we pray: 

for fathers in a society that is constantly redefining their role; 
for fathers who stay at home and look after children; 
for fathers who have been forced out of their families or away from their children; 
for fathers with adult children who must relearn what it means to be a parent. 

We pray also for families with fathers who are inadequate, violent, lazy or unkind; 
for families where there is no father present at home; 
for families in which there seems to be a succession of different ‘fathers’, 
making it hard for the children to build lasting relationships or know their true identities. 

Whatever their circumstances, 
may every family find wholeness and help 
as they look to God, the loving Father of us all. 
Amen. 

© ROOTS for Churches Ltd (www.rootsontheweb.com) 2002-2020. 
Reproduced with permission. 

A prayer of intercession: When the going gets tough 

A response to use after each section 

Give them strength when they are struggling, 
comfort when they are down, 
and hope for the days ahead 

The going has got tough Lord, really tough, 
for those who continue to put in long hard shifts, 
and for those who continue to work long hours, 
in hospitals… in schools… in care homes… in their own homes… 

The going has got tough 
for children and young people, 
those are struggling to learn away from school… 
those who are missing their friends… 
those who are afraid for their future and worried about exams……  

The going has got tough 
for businesses, for employers and employees, 
those who are back at work in shops and other places 
but are worried about viability and safety… 
those who can’t open their businesses yet… 
those who are afraid they never will…  

The going has got tough 
for those standing up for change… 
those bowed down by years of injustice… 
those enforcing the law… 
those who feel let down by the law  

The going has got tough 
for those awaiting surgery and treatment… 
those who are in constant pain… 
those who are suffering alone… 
those who are grieving…  

The going has got tough 
for our churches, our families, our communities – 
and for each of us in different ways…  

But we pray for your strength in our struggles, 
your comfort when we are down, 
and your hope for the days ahead – 
in Jesus’ name. 

Amen. 

© ROOTS for Churches Ltd (www.rootsontheweb.com) 2002-2020. 
Reproduced with permission. 

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 for ever. 

Amen. 

 

Community

The community of S17 has drawn together during these unusual times in a very special way. This is reflected in the great work of the S17 COVID-19 Community Support group.

The group aims to support those in the community who may be in need and to provide a support network to the S17 community at this time.

“If there are needy people in our community let’s ensure we help them out with things like bringing shopping to their door.”

The Wardens of All Saints Totley have been producing regular newsletters with helpful links, thoughts and resources. The latest of these is here.

We have also started to add resources for the younger members of our church, to add to this virtual service. They can be found here, and here.

Blessing and Dismissal

So I don’t know what this week holds for you, but as you step into it may you know God’s presence with you.  

And the blessing of God almighty, 
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be with you all and all whom you love this day.  

Amen. 

Reminder

If you have any feedback on this service or any other ideas, suggestions or contributions, for future services please do send these to comments@allsaintstotley.church