Words of preparation.
We have come together in the name of Christ
To offer our praise and thanksgiving
To hear and receive God’s holy word,
To pray for the needs of the world,
And to seek the forgiveness of our sins,
that by the power of the Holy Spirit
we may give ourselves to the service of God.
All: We come from scattered lives to meet with God.
Let us recognize his presence with us.
Silence is kept.
As God’s people we have gathered:
let us worship him together.
When I first looked at this passage, it did strike me that
this was an interesting passage for today, when, later on
we will undertake our Annual Church Meeting. For at the
start of the passage, Paul makes a plea to two members
of the church who have fallen out with one another. The
reason why is not known and the person to whom Paul
asks to help them work it through is also not known but
here Paul is publicly asking them to work it out and to
come to a common mind with one another. This
resonates with the call for unity found at the beginning of
Chapter 2, where Paul reminded the community to
acknowledge what they have, to be united, serving one
another and to have the same mind as Christ Jesus.
As Paul moves towards the end of the letter he
commands to the community to rejoice. Tom Wright
highlights that whilst the greek is often translated as
rejoice, this is not an individual action that we might
know it to be today but that at Paul’s time it would have
been more of a public celebration. Interestingly the
communities public image states Paul should be one of
gentleness and graciousness. Gentleness and
Graciousness, two characteristics that accepts and
encourages people to be themselves and two
characteristics that arguably are being cried out for in
the current situation. Paul reminds the community that
the Lord is near and from this Wright highlights comes
the prayer that overcomes anxiety 1 , the patterns of
thought which celebrate God’s goodness throughout
creation and the style of life which the gospel embodies”
In a moment we will move into the business of the
Annual church meeting and as we do so, let us hold in
mind and seek together, how we as a community of
believers in this place, can celebrate the goodness of
the creator and share this with the community around
Prayers of intercession:
Led by the service leader concluding with the Lord’s
prayer being said by all
All Saints Prayer
God, make us a family.
We need one another,
We love one another,
We forgive one another,
We work together.
Together we hear God’s word.
Together we grow in Christ.
Together we love all people,
Together we serve our God,
Together we hope for heaven.
These are our hopes and ideals.
Help us to attain them, O God,
Through Jesus Christ, our Lord,
The APCM Agenda will be conducted at this point in the service.
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.”
Blessing and Dismissal
We say the Grace together
May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all,
now and evermore.
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
In the name of Christ. Amen.