Virtual Services

10th Sunday after Trinity – 16th August 2020

Welcome

Morning Everyone and welcome to All Saints and our virtual service this morning.

Have you ever felt like an outsider or that you don’t belong? Sadly I have too many experiences and quite often within the church of being on the outside, of not been seen and I am sure that I am by no means the only one. All of the lectionary readings for this Sunday, in their own way highlight the place for all people in God’s kingdom and this will be explored further throughout this service and in Javaid’s reflection on the Gospel reading today.

We begin with a prayer.

Call To Worship

Come, with purpose,

Into the presence of the living God.

Come to worship, and be amazed,

To discover and learn new things.

Come, knowing that God welcomes us all with open arms.

Amen.

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Reproduced with permission.

Worship

As we meet together, in family groups or individually, let us remember God’s goodness to us in the words of our first song. This is a lively one so as you listen or sing along to this, I encourage to move your body, as you are able, as part of your worship.

Thank you God for your goodness to us at all times and in all places.

Why not add your own thank yous here…

Thank you God for……

When you are ready why not complete the worship activity, or the worship reflection below.

Worship Activity

Make some daisy chain people using the link here. Sing or listen to the song, ‘Jesus Christ is waiting’. As you do so tear off a single figure and hold it in their hand and think about the people described in the song. Then during the last verse, ask people to put down their figures to make a line of those following the journey Jesus calls us to.

 Adapted from Roots for Churches Ltd.

Worship Reflection.

This morning’s Psalm is one of thanksgiving and contains the prayer that all peoples, all nations will come to know and praise God. Here is a version set to music, for you to listen to and reflect upon. Perhaps as you do so, you can lift before God, those that you know that don’t him and allow the cry of this song to become your prayer.

Word

Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen and understand. What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.”

Then the disciples came to him and asked, “Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this?”

He replied, “Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be pulled up by the roots.  Leave them; they are blind guides. If the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit.”

Peter said, “Explain the parable to us.”

“Are you still so dull?” Jesus asked them. “Don’t you see that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and then out of the body? But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them.  For out of the heart come evil thoughts—murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.  These are what defile a person; but eating with unwashed hands does not defile them.”

The Faith of a Canaanite Woman

Leaving that place, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is demon-possessed and suffering terribly.”

Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, “Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us.”

He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.”

The woman came and knelt before him. “Lord, help me!” she said.

26 He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.”

“Yes it is, Lord,” she said. “Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.”

Then Jesus said to her, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed at that moment.

Matthew
15:10-28

An Activity Sheet

https://www.rootsontheweb.com/media/20740/16-aug-2020-childrens-sheet.pdf

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A Colouring sheet

https://www.rootsontheweb.com/media/20754/16-aug-2020-colouring-sheet.pdf

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The script for today’s sermon From Revd Canon Javaid Iqbal can be found at this address: https://www.sheffield.anglican.org/UserFiles/File/Sermons/Sermon-All-are-welcome.pdf

Some questions to ponder

  • When have you ever experienced life from the viewpoint of an outsider?
  • How can we be better at listening to those who are ‘outsiders’?
  • What new understandings might we gain from listening to them?
  • What can I do this week which will give me another perspective?

Witness

Please use any of the prayers below or spend time with God praying as you led. When you are ready, bring this to a close in the words of the Lords Prayer.

Prayers for Others

The Canaanite woman sought your help. She loved her daughter so much, she was so desperately in need, that she wouldn’t give up till she had her answer.

Lord, may we learn from this woman, to wait on you expectantly, patiently, persistently, doggedly. Grant us the courage of our convictions when we truly believe we are doing your will.

We pray today for those who feel excluded, whatever their situation, whatever the reason: for prisoners, refugees, the homeless; for the sick, the mentally unstable; for any who feel that they are outsiders.

We pray for ourselves when our faith is weak, or we feel that we don’t belong

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Prayers for All Ages Together

Repeat after each sentence: I give it to Jesus. (hands together) He answers prayer (shout ‘Alleluia’)

When I don’t know what is good or bad…

When I find things hard to understand…

When my friends don’t understand me…

When I’m scared or hurting…

When I’m bullied or unhappy…

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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

And so as you step into this week I would encourage you all to try to something that enables you to look at something familiar from a different perspective.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing;

And the blessing of God Almighty,

the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

be among you and remain with you always.

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

There are also the sermons available from the Bishop’s senior staff here: https://www.sheffield.anglican.org/video-sermons.