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22 May ALDERSGATE SUNDAY

BIBLE READING. Ephesians 5 : 18-20 (NIV-UK)

Do not get drunk on wine which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another with psalms, hymns and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, 20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

QUOTE

Methodism was born in song. Charles Wesley wrote the first hymns of the Evangelical Revival during the great Whitsuntide of 1738 when his brother and he were “filled with the Spirit”, and from that time onwards the Methodists have never ceased to sing. Their characteristic poet is still Charles Wesley….. for half a century hymns poured continually from his pen on almost every subject within the compass of Christianity… He is the poet of the Evangelical faith. In consequence, Methodism has always been able to sing its creed.

PRAYERS FOR ALDERSGATE SUNDAY

Our God and King

Father Son and Holy Spirit,

in whom we live and move, and have our being

whose glory is beyond our power to properly praise and whose nature is beyond our complete comprehension and whose grace is beyond our ability to communicate, inspire all our offerings of praise that from our hearts we may join the praise of all creation.

O heavenly King, look down from above !

Assist us to sing your mercy and love:

Down through the ages your people have sung of your mighty acts and your saving grace;

The Psalmists shaped the praises of your people from the time of the Temple on.

All around the world in different languages and to different rhythms your power and love are celebrated;

Through poet’s word and music’s melody your truth is proclaimed, your name is praised:

O heavenly King, look down from above !

Assist us to sing your mercy and love

We thank you especially for the gifts you gave to John and Charles Wesley, who by word and music drew people to you,

And taught them more of your grace and wisdom.

We thank you for those who continue to serve you in the ministry of music and worship, writing hymns, playing instruments and singing so that others may might share with them in worshipping you

O heavenly King, look down from above !

Assist us to sing your mercy and love 

Gracious God, send your Holy Spirit that your presence may fill all that we offer to you in praise

May it be a worthy sacrifice to you.

Forget the poverty of our worship…

Not just half-hearted songs, but lives lived selfishly, gifts used inappropriately.

Through Jesus Christ the Lamb of god who takes away the sins of the world, we pray that we might know and feel our sins forgiven

That we might be set free to love and serve you

So that our whole lives might be a symphony of praise to you

Now and always.

AMEN

 

 

13 March

Bible Verse

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the LORD require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly[ with your God.
Micah 6:6-8 (NIVUK)

Quotation
“The quality of mercy is not strain’d.
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest:
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes.”
Portia in Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice (IV.i.184-186)
Prayer (taken from Martin Leckebusch’s hymn “Show me how to stand for justice”)

Teach my heart to treasure mercy,
Whether given or received
For my need has not diminished
Since the day I first believed.
Let me seek no satisfaction
Boasting of what I have done.
But rejoice that I am pardoned
And accepted in your Son.

 

14th February

Bible Verse

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the LORD require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly[ with your God.
Micah 6:6-8 (NIVUK)
Quotation

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. (Matthew 5:5)

QUOTATION

‘Jesus preached hard to the religiously and socially arrogant, but his words came as comfort to the weak and broken-hearted.’

C.S. Keener

PRAYER: Saviour of the World  

Jesus, Saviour of the world,

Come to us in your mercy:

We look to you to save and help us.

By your cross and your life laid down

You set your people free:

We look to you to save and help us.

When they were ready to perish

You saved your disciples:

We look to you to come to our help.

 

In the greatness of your mercy

Loose us from our chains:

Forgive the sins of all your people.

Make yourself known

As our saviour and mighty deliverer

Save and help us that we may praise you.

Come now and dwell with us,

Lord Christ Jesus.

Hear our prayer and be with us always

And when you come in your glory:

Make us to be one with you

And to shape the life of your kingdom.

Amen

 

 

Bible Readings  7th February

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.

2 Corinthians 1: 3-4 (ANIV)

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Matthew 5: 4 (ANIV)

“There are some things that only sorrow will teach.”

William Barclay

 

Prayer of Confession (based on Psalm 51)

Out of your unfailing love, O God, have mercy upon me;

Out of your grace, wipe out my wrongdoing.

Wash away my guilt

Cleanse me from my sin.

For I know what I have done wrong,

My sins are always staring me straight in the face

You, above all, are the one I have sinned against.

You have seen the full extent of my evil.

You have all the facts before you

So your judgement of me will be fair.

I have been sinful since my birth

A sinner born of sinners

You want us to be righteous inside and out.

Enter then, and renew me with your wisdom within.

Cleanse me with spiritual soap, and I shall be clean;

Wash me, so that I might be whiter than snow.

May my voice sing songs of rejoicing and happiness;

Let my heavy limbs dance for joy.

Turn your face from my sins

Erase all my errors.

Create in me a new holy heart, O God,

Breathe a new steadfast spirit into me.

Do not turn me away from your presence

Or remove your Holy Spirit from me.

Restore within me the joy that your salvation brings

Blow new wind into my sails to spur me on.

Then I will tell other wrongdoers your ways,

and more sinners will turn back to you.

Save me from death, O God, my Saviour,

and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.

O Lord, unbutton my lips, and my mouth will proclaim your praise.

You don’t take pleasure in public acts of penitence, or I would make them;

You don’t desire showy sacrifices, or I would bring them.

The sacrifice you desire O God, is a broken spirit;

A broken and repentant heart, O God,

you will accept as your own.

 

January

Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, 2 and he began to teach them. He said:

3 Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

9 Blessed are the peacemakers,  for they will be called children of God.

10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Matthew 5: 1-12 NIV-UK  

 POEM: Blessed are the Poor, not the Penniless 

Blessed are the poor…

not the penniless but those whose heart is free.

Blessed are those who mourn…

Not those who wimper but those who raise their voices.

Blessed are the meek…

not the soft but those who are patient and tolerant.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for justice…

not those who whine but those who struggle.

Blessed are the merciful…

not those who forget but those who forgive,

Blessed are the pure in heart…

not those who act like angels but those whose life is transparent.

Blessed are those who are persecuted for justice…

not because they suffer but because they love.

Padre Jacob, Compartir Santiago, Chile