Fourth Sunday After Pentecost

Music for Meditation: All That You Have is Your Soul (Tracy Chapman)

Don’t be tempted by the shiny apple
Don’t you eat of a bitter fruit
Hunger only for a taste of justice
Hunger only for a world of truth
‘Cause all that you have is your soul







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Welcome and Greeting



Leader: As we stand at the threshold of this sacred space,
Together: we pause for a moment to take stock.
We confess that we have not always walked in the footsteps of
We have not loved our neighbour as ourselves;
we have not always loved ourselves;
we have not acted from a place of love and abundance and trust.
We ask for forgiveness;
we offer forgiveness — to others and to ourselves.
We let go of the weight of these, our shortcomings: our worry, our
shame, and our guilt.
And we lay these burdens down.
We can pick them up again, later, if we so desire.
But, for now, we step lightly over them and into the sacred space,
open to the possibility of transformation. (Written by Jane


So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed
away; see, everything has become new! All this is from God, who reconciled
us to God through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation. Be
reconciled, then, to God. (2 Corinthians 5:17,18,20)



Opening Hymn: Today I awake

Today I awake and God is before me.
At night, as I dreamt, God summoned the day;
For God never sleeps but patterns the morning
with slithers of gold or glory in grey.

Today I arise and Christ is beside me.
He walked through the dark to scatter new light,
Yes, Christ is alive, and beckons his people
to hope and to heal, resist and invite.

Today I affirm the Spirit within me
at worship and work, in struggle and rest.
The Spirit inspires all life which is changing

from fearing to faith, from broken to blest.

Today I enjoy the Trinity round me,
above and beneath, before and behind;
The Maker, the Son, the Spirit together
they called me to life and call me their friend.


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Ruler of the universe,
you call us to a loyalty
beyond all earthly claims;
grant us strength to offer ourselves to you
as a people who have been raised from death to life;
through Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.)



First Reading: Jeremiah 28: 1-9  read by Jeanette Coulstring

A reading from the prophet Jeremiah

In that same year, at the beginning of the reign of King Zedekiah of Judah, in the fifth month of the fourth year, the prophet Hananiah son of Azzur from Gibeon, spoke to me in the house of the Lord, in the presence of the priests and all the people, saying, “Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: I have broken the yoke of the king of Babylon. Within two years I will bring back to this place all the vessels of the Lord’s house, which King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon took away from this place and carried to Babylon. I will also bring back to this place King Jeconiah son of Jehoiakim of Judah, and all the exiles from Judah who went to Babylon, says the Lord, for I will break the yoke of the king of Babylon.” Then the prophet Jeremiah spoke to the prophet Hananiah in the presence of the priests and all the people who were standing in the house of the Lord; and the prophet Jeremiah said, “Amen! May the Lord do so; may the Lord fulfill the words that you have prophesied and bring back to this place from Babylon the vessels of the house of the Lord, and all the exiles. But listen now to this word that I speak in your hearing and in the hearing of all the people. The prophets who preceded you and me from ancient times prophesied war, famine, and pestilence against many countries and great kingdoms. As for the prophet who prophesies peace, when the word of that prophet comes true, then it will be known that the Lord has truly sent the prophet.”

Hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church

Thanks be to God



Psalm 89: 1-4, 15-18

Your love, O Lord, for ever will I sing;

* from age to age my mouth will proclaim your faithfulness.

 For I am persuaded that your love is established for ever;

* you have set your faithfulness firmly in the heavens.

 “I have made a covenant with my chosen one;

* I have sworn an oath to David my servant:

 ‘I will establish your line for ever,

* and preserve your throne for all generations.

Happy are the people who know the festal shout!

* they walk, O Lord, in the light of your presence.

They rejoice daily in your name;

* they are jubilant in your righteousness.

For you are the glory of their strength,

* and by your favour our might is exalted.

Truly, the Lord is our ruler;

* the Holy One of Israel is our sovereign.




Hymn: CP #578   O Healing River




O healing river,
send down your waters,
send down your waters
upon this land.
O healing river,
send down your waters,
and wash the blood
from off the sand.

This land is parching,
this land is burning,
no seed is growing
in the barren ground.
O healing river,
send down your waters,
O healing river,
send your waters down.

Let the seed of freedom
awake and flourish,
let the deep roots nourish,
let the tall stalks rise.
O healing river,
send down your waters,
O healing river,
from out of the skies.


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Gospel: Matthew 10: 40-42  read by Rev Paul Jennings

The Gospel of our Lord, Jesus Christ according to Matthew

Praise to you, Lord, Jesus Christ


‘Do not suppose that I have come to impose peace upon the earth;
I came to impose not peace, but a sword.
For I came to divide a man against his father,
and a daughter against her mother,
and a bride against her mother-in-law
– and a man’s enemies: the members of his household.
Whoever cherishes father or mother more than me is not worthy of me;
and whoever cherishes son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.
And whoever does not take up the cross and follow after me
is not worthy of me.
Whoever gains his soul will lose it,
and whoever loses his soul for my sake will gain it.

‘Whoever welcomes you welcomes me,
and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who has sent me forth.
Whoever welcomes a prophet because he is called a prophet
will receive a prophet’s reward;
and whoever welcomes a just man because he is called just
will receive a just man’s reward.
And whoever gives one of these humble ones a cup of cold water
solely because he is called disciple,
amen I tell you, he most certainly will not lose his reward.’ 
                                                         [David Bentley Hart translation]

The Gospel of Christ

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ



Reflection  by Rev Paul Jennings


Hymn CP 592 Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life



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Prayers led by Wade Seymour

God has called us to be priests for all peoples, offering to God the world’s concerns. Let us then pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus, and for all people according to their needs, saying: “O God of Grace.


“We trust in your mercy.”


Oh Lord who provides: awaken the spark you created within us to seek the heart of Abraham by accepting and working through, rather than fearing, each test of faith in this life, trusting in your saving help. “O God of Grace.”


“We trust in your mercy.”


Oh Lord who provides: ignite the hearts and souls of the leaders of this country, this community and this world, with extra grace and strength of character, to act upon your will and wisdom for all your people. “O God of Grace.”


“We trust in your mercy.”


Oh Lord who provides: restore hope and health to those who struggle with continuing illness, isolation or homelessness and stamina for all who give support. “O God of Grace.”


“We trust in your mercy.”


Oh Lord who provides: to your everlasting arms, we lift up all who have exchanged this earthly life to flourish in the peace of eternity with you. “O God of Grace.”


“We trust in your mercy.”


Oh Lord who provides: fortify and sustain those chosen to help us navigate the time and tides of this human experience. Impart refreshment in spiritual wisdom to preach your word, encourage our understanding and connect us to you every day. “O God of Grace.”


“We trust in your mercy.”


Oh Lord who provides: we pause in this moment to offer you our other heartfelt thanksgivings, intercessions, petitions and memorials (Pause). “O God of Grace.”


“We trust in your mercy.”


God of all that is, seen and unseen, save us from fear in our times of trial and give light to our eyes to see the path to salvation. Guide us to be a welcoming reflection of your love in all that we are and all that we do. We ask through Jesus Christ our Lord.     Amen!     



The Lord’s Prayer




Closing Hymn: CP 573 O Day of Peace




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Hear again these words of encouragement from Bishop Stephen Charleston,
a Choctaw elder and Episcopal bishop and educator:

Now is the time for which our faith has prepared us. Now is the moment
when all that we believe can be put to work. Now we can turn to the inner
resources we have been developing over these many years to face the
challenge of a world in desperate need. We are not afraid of this crisis for we have been made ready for it.

We have devoted our lives to the belief that something greater than fear or disease guides human history. We have studied, prayed and grown in the Spirit. Now we come to the call to use what we believe. Our people need hope, confidence, courage and compassion: the very things for which we have been trained. We are the calm in the midst of a storm.

Stand your ground and let your light so shine that others may see it
and find their faith as well.
Glory to God, whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more
than we can ask or imagine. Glory to God from generation to
generation, in the Church and in Christ Jesus, for ever and ever.

And the blessing of God , Source of all being, Eternal Word and Holy Spirit, be with you this day and always. Amen