Opening Sentences

Psalm 106:1–3

Praise the Lord.
 

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
   his love endures forever.


Who can proclaim the mighty acts of the Lord
   or fully declare his praise?
Blessed are those who act justly,
   who always do what is right.

Declaration of faith

We believe and trust

    in God the Father Almighty.
We believe and trust

   in Jesus Christ His Son.
We believe and trust

   in the Holy Spirit.
We believe and trust

   in the Three in One.
 

Scripture Readings

 

Matthew 20:20–28

Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons came to Jesus with her sons and, kneeling down, asked a favor of him.


“What is it you want?” he asked.


She said, “Grant that one of these two sons of mine may sit at your right and the other at your left in your kingdom.”


“You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said to them. “Can you drink the cup I am going to drink?”


“We can,” they answered.


Jesus said to them, “You will indeed drink from my cup, but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared by my Father.”


When the ten heard about this, they were indignant with the two brothers. Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant,  and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Romans 5:1–5

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.  And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

1 Corinthians 10:1213

So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

Ephesians 2:810

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do

Today’s Meditation

 

How Deep The Father’s Love

By Stuart Townend

© 1995 Thankyou Music   


How deep the Father’s love for us,
How vast beyond all measure,
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure.
How great the pain of searing loss –
The Father turns His face away,
As wounds which mar the Chosen One
Bring many sons to glory.


Behold the man upon a cross,
My sin upon His shoulders;
Ashamed, I hear my mocking voice
Call out among the scoffers.
It was my sin that held Him there
Until it was accomplished;
His dying breath has brought me life –
I know that it is finished.


I will not boast in anything,
No gifts, no power, no wisdom;
But I will boast in Jesus Christ,
His death and resurrection.
Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer;
But this I know with all my heart –
His wounds have paid my ransom.

                                                  

Prayers for others, the world, ourselves and for kindness.

Closing Sentences

 

Psalm 44:6–8

I put no trust in my bow, my sword does not bring me victory; but you give us victory over our enemies, you put our adversaries to shame.
 

In God we make our boast all day long, and we will praise your name forever.

Blessing

 

God go before you to lead you,

God go behind you to protect you,

God go beneath you to support you,

God go beside you to befriend you.

Do not be afraid.

May the blessing of God the Father, Son,

   and Holy Spirit be upon you.

Do not be afraid.

Wash your hands.

Amen.

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