Virtual Services

11th Sunday after Trinity – 23rd August 2020

Welcome

Good morning and welcome to AST today. We do hope that you enjoy your time with us.

Today our sermon is from Revd Canon Mark Cockayne – of the Sheffield Parish support team. Mark is speaking about perspective – how that can mean a permanent change in view. The sermon focusses on two statements Peter makes in Matthew 16. Peter has seen Jesus for who he is, and you would think that means he would be permanently changed, and yet he trips up when hearing about what was to happen to Jesus.

The work of the Spirit to see helps us to see beyond the immediate and the secular – rather than with our own perspective and vision. That isn’t something that happens overnight. Paul says in Romans that we are to be changed by the transforming of our minds – the key thing is that this is a daily thing. We are all in-progress!

Mark also gives us some simple things to focus on, as we seek to be looking at life through the eyes of faith.

Lets begin then, with a prayer and time of worship

 

Come, with purpose,

Into the presence of the living God.

Come to worship, and be amazed,

To be changed and renewed,

To discover and learn new things,

To share in the community of God.

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

Amen.

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

Worship

In the service today we are invited to re-focus and see afresh with eyes of faith. This song contains a plea to God, to see Jesus as he is, and to be filled with love for Him, and therefore be changed.

As we seek to see Jesus more clearly, and love Him more dearly we will seek to follow him ever more closely. In all we do our perspective will begin to shift such that all we do, say and are becomes for Him. This is the heartfelt cry of our next song.

Tim Hughes – Everything (Survivor Records 2007)

God in my living, there in my breathing,
God in my waking, God in my sleeping.
God in my resting, there in my working,
God in my thinking, God in my speaking.

Be my everything, be my everything;
Be my everything, be my everything.

God in my hoping, there in my dreaming,
God in my watching, God in my waiting.
God in my laughing, there in my weeping,
God in my hurting, God in my healing.

Be my everything, be my everything;
Be my everything, be my everything.

Christ in me, Christ in me,
Christ in me, the hope of glory.
You are everything.
Christ in me, Christ in me,
Christ in me, the hope of glory.
Be my everything.

Be my everything, be my everything;
Be my everything, be my everything.

Word

Peter Confesses Jesus as the Christ

Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” Then he strictly charged the disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ.

Matthew
16:13-20

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-August-23rd-2020-Matt-16.13-to-20.pdf

Some questions to ponder

  • What has been your experience of God during the pandemic? (be honest!)
  • How much do you see with secular eyes, versus they eyes of faith?
  • What can I do this week which will help shift my perspective closer to that of Christ?

Witness

God, our Father,
You redeemed us
and made us Your children in Christ.
Through Him You have saved us from death
and given us Your Divine life of grace.
By your Spirit may we become more like Jesus on earth,
so that your kingdom may be glimpsed here and now.
Give us the peace and assurance of Your kingdom,
which this world does not give.
Open my eyes to the wonders of Your Love
that we may serve You with a willing heart.

Amen.

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

As we go out into another this week, let us all seek to follow Christ more nearly, and to seek His loving, just and compassionate perspective in all our experiences and encounters.

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.