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Worship Notes for the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost – 3 July 2022

By the Revd Catherine McFie, Mersey Synod.

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Call to worship

As we come out of the ordinary into this sacred space
We bring our praise and worship to God.
As we leave behind the everyday a seek the extraordinary
We bring our praise and worship to God.
Forgetting our pride, coming in humility
We bring our praise and worship God.
From the place of comfort to the edge of newness
We come to praise and worship God. 

Prayers of approach and confession

 God, of all that is and is yet to be
We thank you for this amazing world in which we live
For the diversity of the whole of creation
For the ways in which we can experience
what you have made through our different sense.

We praise you that you encounter your people,
In every age, in every place, in every setting
We praise you that you make no distinction between one person and the next
And that we are all made on your image.
We praise your faithfulness to those who have gone before us,
For your faithfulness to us today, and we trust in your faithfulness for tomorrow

God your love knows no bounds and your mercy know no limits
You embrace us and offer forgiveness and healing to all.
God, forgive us for the ways that we discriminate and exclude,
consciously or unconsciously.
Forgive us for the limits and conditions
we set on your love, mercy, and forgiveness.
Forgive us for our lack of imagination
that reduces you to simply what we can perceive.
Forgive us when we take without thinking
and forget to share without counting.
Fill us with Lord, with your peace and mercy
Free us from the destruction of our behaviour
and restore us to a life lived in you.  Amen

Words of forgiveness

Peace!
Peace is what we receive from God
when we know our sins are forgiven
Peace is what we have when we know
we are not alone through the ups and downs of life’s journey
In Jesus, we have received forgiveness
and we have been restored to newness of life.
So, peace be with you.
Thanks be to God
Amen.

A prayer of illumination

Your Word, O Lord, is our inspiration and our light
holding wisdom and insights, challenged and comfort.
Guide us today, as we listen to your Word
read and proclaimed
fill us with understanding
and the desire to change,
Speak Lord! Your people are listening. Amen

Readings

  • 2 Kings 5: 1–14

Sermon notes

Somethings to think about when approaching this story:

  • The story in 2 Kings 5: 1-14 has many characters, some with power, some who would seem powerless. It is not the people with power who make a difference in this story.
  • Think about the different reactions – the maidservant, the king of Israel, Elisha, Naaman and Naaman’s servant. Are these the reactions you would expect and what does the way they react say about the different characters in the story.
  • Possible pick one of the characters and consider telling the story from their perspective – the maid servant, Naaman, Elisha or Naaman’s servant would be interesting characters to explore in this way.

An affirmation of faith

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.

(The Apostles’ Creed)

Prayers of intercession

These are topics that are raised by the reading and could be expanded for prayers.

Pray for:

  • Victims of war
  • Those who are trafficked
  • Those who have no or limited access to water
  • Those whose voice is silenced by others
  • Those who are judged by their appearance
  • Those who have power and do not use it to make the world a better place

Offertory prayers

God, you have called us to be your people in this place
You have given us so much,
Let us now take time to respond with gratitude
and share what has been given to us.

Generous God,
For all that you have given us, we thank you.
Accept our offering, as a token of our love and gratitude.
Use our money, our time and our talents,
to build your Kingdom in this place,
that others may come to know you are a God who saves.
In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Blessing/sending

As we go from this time of worship into a time of service,
speak to us in the different places we go
and through the different people we encounter
as we seek to do your work.

Let us go in the name of
God our creator
Jesus our saviour
and the Holy Spirit, our challenger
Amen.

Hymn suggestions

  • Praise my soul the King of Heaven – Rejoice and Sing 104, Singing the Faith 83, Church Hymnary 4 160, Mission Praise 560
  • Immortal invisible, God only wise – Rejoice and Sing 67, Singing the Faith 55, Church Hymnary 4 132, Mission Praise 327
  • Be still and know that I am God – Singing the Faith 18, Church Hymnary 4 755, Mission Praise 48
  • The Kingdom of God is justice and joy – Rejoice and Sing 200, Church Hymnary 4 255, Mission Praise 651
  • In heavenly love abiding – Singing the Faith 736, Church Hymnary 4 551, Mission Praise 331
  • There’s a wideness in God’s mercy – Rejoice and Sing 353, Singing the Faith 416, Church Hymnary 187, Mission Praise 683
  • Make me a captive Lord – Rejoice and Sing 505, Church Hymnary 534, Mission Praise 455
  • Speak O Lord, was we come to you – Singing the Faith 161

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