Virtual Services

12th Sunday after Trinity – 30th August 2020

Welcome

Welcome to our order of service today, whether a regular at All Saints or whether you are someone who has joined us virtually during this period when our church has been closed – welcome. As the introduction to our web page says, the Church isn’t the building that we meet in – it’s the body of people that meet together regularly in their Christian walk.

Over the last 5 ½ months we have been forced to meet virtually, apart from each other. However, as the summer draws to close and the arrival of autumn approaches, we are reminded that everything is seasonal and that there are changes afoot. The schools are starting to reopen later this week and, hopefully, in the not too distant future, some may be able to start meeting physically to worship together, although we appreciate that this will not be the case for everyone.

Over the summer months we have been able to draw on the resources of the Diocese and their provision of a sermon for each Sunday. But that too is drawing to a close and this week will be the last of these sermons. So we welcome Revd Canon Sophie Jelley, Bishop-Designate of Doncaster, who will be speaking on Matthew 16:21-28 and Jesus’ declaration that ‘if any want to become my followers they must take up their cross and follow me’.

But we start today with our opening prayer, as we come into the presence of Almighty God, to worship Him and to hear His word.

Receive us, gracious Lord,
as we come with expectations, and with fears;
with joys, and with sorrows;
with faith, and with doubt.
Receive us, challenge us;
and grant us your peace.
Amen.

Worship

So let’s continue with our worship with this wonderfully thoughtful song from Matt Redman. He wrote this after having been to a service and the congregation had been asked the question – “When you come through the doors on a Sunday, what are you bringing as your offering to God?” After they had considered this challenging question, Matt realised that the church had gained a new perspective, that worship is all about Jesus, and He commands a response in the depths of our souls no matter what the circumstance and setting. During lockdown our normal means of worshipping God have been very different but it has also offered an opportunity to consider what worship is about – so as you sing, or simply listen to the words of this song, let us think about what our worship is, what our offering is.

Confession


Father, we are only too well aware
that we are not the people you meant us to be.
We are not living the kind of life that you created us to live,
and our words and thoughts and deeds
are not bringing you the glory they were designed to do.
Forgive us Father,
for the way that through our plans and dreams and choices
we damage your world,
we hurt each other
and we create a barrier between ourselves and you.
We ask that you will not only forgive us
but that by the power of your Holy Spirit
You will cleanse and renew us
For Christ’s sake
Amen


© David Clowes, 500 Prayers for All Occasions, 2003, Kingsway Communications

Word

Jesus Foretells His Death and Resurrection

From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “Far be it from you, Lord! This shall never happen to you.”  But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.”

Take Up Your Cross and Follow Jesus

Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul? For the Son of Man is going to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay each person according to what he has done. Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”

Matthew
16:21-28

The script for today’s sermon From welcome Revd Canon Sophie Jelley can be found at this address:

https://www.sheffield.anglican.org/UserFiles/File/Sermons/august-30-2020-sermon.pdf

We read and heard in this morning’s passage and talk that Peter did not want to hear what Jesus had to say. After all, it was not an inspiring or attractive message but I wonder if we would have reacted in the same way. Life as a Christian does not promise to be easy, it is sacrificial, it means living counter-culturally and having a completely different set of priorities.

  • When speaking to others about the joy of being a Christian how would this image of taking up Christ’s cross affect what you way?
  • How do you respond when life is tough?
  • What does losing your life for Jesus’ sake mean to you?

Witness

Prayers

Thank you, Lord,
that you do not call us to anything
without also giving us the resources to cope.
You do not ask us to go anywhere you haven’t been.
You call us to take up our cross,
and we come to you with fear and trembling,
but knowing that ultimately your way is the best.
Be with us, Lord, and help us to understand.
Amen.

Lord God, we pray for our world and its people.
So many different cultures, colours, languages
– but we are all your children, all special in our own right.
Whatever our gender, race, colour or creed, we all belong to you.
We all need your love.

We pray that we might learn to live in harmony with each other,
to recognise that even someone halfway around the world is still
our neighbour in your sight. Far or near, we all belong to you.
We all need your love.

With today’s technology we have access to news from afar,
almost before it happens. Help us not to become blasé about
the situations we see, but to pray and care faithfully for all concerned.
In war or peace, we all belong to you.
We all need your love.

We pray for those near and dear to us: protect them, wrap them
in your loving arms, and in sorrow and in joy, be with them.
Near or far, we all belong to you.
We all need your love.
Amen.

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

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

“The Lord bless you  and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine on you
 and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you
 and give you peace.”

Numbers 4:24-26

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.