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CALL TO WORSHIP

Prayer of Approach - Hymns - Prayer of Adoration and Praise - Readings from Old Testament - Epistle - Gospel - A Word with the Young - Prayer of Confession - Sermon - Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession - Offertory Prayer - Benediction


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PENTECOST A

PRAYER OF PRAISE AND ADORATION

God - companion and guide, we would be lost without your direction - wanderers in wildernesses of our own making. We praise you for dealing so graciously with your people in the past, when you guided them to freedom and a promised new life. We are heirs of that promise fulfilled in Jesus, our Redeemer and Lord. Through him you have established for us a permanent direction for our lives and as we dwell in him, our lives are blessed with fruitfulness. Holy God, may this time of worship be a joyful response of praise and thanksgiving for all that you have done, for all that you are doing, and for all that you will continue to do, for us and all people through the power of the Holy Spirit and in the name of Jesus. Amen.



PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Jesus, teacher and Lord, when we hear your criticism of the behaviour of the scribes and the Pharisees in the gospel today, we wonder what has changed. People still place unwarranted burdens on others, still demand preferential treatment, still abuse positions of leadership. We are ashamed to confess that this does not only happen in society at large, it happens also within the church. When we take part in practices which inflate our egos at the expense of others. Jesus, forgive us, When we parade our piety and expect favoured treatment, forgetting that you emptied yourself of power so that you could be the servant and Saviour of all, Jesus, forgive us When we care more for impressive outward appearances rather than inner dispositions shaped by tolerance and love, Jesus, forgive us. If our behaviour is ever experienced or perceived as hypocritical, Jesus, forgive us Renew and refresh us with your gentle and selfless Spirit, Lord, so that we know what it is to be your followers not only in name, but in reality. Amen



SERMON

Happiness, according to the prophets and certainly according to Jesus, consists of lives shaped by sharing kindness, justice and righteousness - of acting out of love and compassion.

Way back in Genesis we read that male and female are made in the image of God. I believe that means that we are to image the characteristics of God into the world. That, however, is often easier said than done – when most of the images being promoted around us are competitive ones rather than compassionate ones.

Theologian Henri Nouwen and a couple of friends asked a politician in America about his perception of the amount of compassion in society and the politician took a long pencil with a small eraser at its end and said “Just as this eraser is only a small part of this pencil, and is used only when we make a mistake, so compassion is only called upon when things get out of hand. The main part of life is competition – only the eraser is compassion. It is sad to say...but in politics compassion is just part of the competition.”

We see the truth of that when there is any kind of disaster experienced. People are compassionate and can’t do enough for those in need. When things return to normal, we’re back in the competitive lane again.

When we take a critical look at ourselves, I think we recognise that competition and not compassion is a major motivating force in our society and sadly – competition can create winners and losers, brokenness and unfulfilled lives. It can create the environment which encourages the slogan “If you’ve got it, flaunt it.” So that those who feel that they haven’t ‘got it’ will, out of envy, slog to achieve the same standards – the same values. Jesus’ words from today’s gospel resonate across the centuries to call these values into question: “The greatest among you will be your servant. All who exalt themselves will be humbled and all who humble themselves will be exalted.” (v11,12)




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