Coronavirus - Services at home Sunday 7 February 2021 - no 27

St Michael’s Blundellsands

Morning Service – Sunday 7th February 2021

 

Faith comes by Hearing

 

Hymn: I the Lord of Sea and Sky

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mgLwH5RdtPk

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Welcome and Notices

Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” “And the Lord said to Samuel: “See, I am about to do something that will make the ears of everyone who hears about it tingle.” (1Sam 3 v 10-11)

Father God, Open our ears….

so that we may hear your voice.

Open our eyes

so that we may see your face.

Open our hearts

so that we might turn to you.

Grant us understanding where there is confusion, insight where there is mystery, and wisdom where there is dullness of mind. Amen.

 

Confession

When we cry out to the Lord in our trouble,

he will deliver us from our distress.

God will bring us out of darkness.

and out of the shadow of death.

 

For the times when we fail to hear or recognise your voice

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

 

For the times when we do not put our trust in Jesus

Christ, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

 

For the times when we do not hear the cries of the poor and needy

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

 

Absolution

May the Father forgive us

by the death of his Son

and strengthen us

to live in the power of the Spirit

all our days.

Amen.

 

Interview: Neil interviews Nerys

 

Reading Romans 10v13-21 Read by Carol Lloyd

13  For, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

14How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? 

15 And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” 16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?” 17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.

18 But I ask, have they not heard? Indeed they have, for

“Their voice has gone out to all the earth,
    and their words to the ends of the world.”

Again I ask: Did Israel not understand? First, Moses says,

“I will make you envious by those who are not a nation;
    I will make you angry by a nation that has no understanding.”[
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20 And Isaiah boldly says,

“I was found by those who did not seek me;
    I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me.”

21 But concerning Israel he says,

“All day long I have held out my hands to a disobedient and obstinate people.

 

This is the word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

 

Talk 1 Helen

 

Song:  Boldly I approach

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xx94Fg4qZr8     

 

Prayers – Led by Ruth Cheall

Lord, we praise you for being our Shepherd and that you speak to us so we can hear your voice and follow where you lead. We thank you that you tell us the truth about yourself and about ourselves. Help us to have ears to hear what your spirit is speaking to us today, discerning what is from you, what is from the world, and how you want us to act. Open our hearts to be not only hearers of your word but do-ers also and may we speak your word to those who do not yet know of your love for them.  We pray in your name.   Amen.

 

The Bible Reading Fellowship Prayer

Almighty God

You have taught us that your word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path.

Help us, and all who prayerfully read your word to deepen our fellowship with you and with each other through your love. And in so doing, may we come to know you more fully, love you more truly and follow more faithfully in the steps of your Son, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God forevermore. Amen.

 

A prayer for this time

Lord God whose wisdom has set within our hearts the quest for knowledge of your creation:  teach us to use scientific knowledge for the welfare of all humankind. Today we give thanks for the scientists and technicians who have developed and prepared vaccines to keep us safe from disease.  Bless those who are working day and night to administer the Covid vaccine and keep us mindful of those people and places which will remain susceptible to its ravages for a long time. Amen.

 

We say together the Lord’s Prayer:

Our father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come; thy will be done; on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation: but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the Kingdom, the power and the glory, For ever and ever.
Amen.

 

Talk 2 Helen

 

Blessing

 

Hymn:   I heard the voice of Jesus say

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUVCpF8-VuE