Sunday 19th July 2020
Today, let us hear and be strengthened by the word of God:
“Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is One. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” Deut 6:4-7.
Lord God, even though Jesus taught us to call you Father, you are infinitely more wonderful than any earthly father could ever be
You are the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort
So move our hearts to hear your word and to come clean about the sin in our lives
For too long we have gone our own way, pleasing ourselves, living our own lives, doing what we want to do
We acknowledge our complete and utter failure to trust you with our whole lives
Thank you that we don’t have to pretend to be spiritual, to be righteous, to be holy,
to have it all together, to be someone else, to be something more.
THERE IS ONLY ONE WHO IS TRULY HOLY
We thank you for Jesus, for his work on the cross, that through his death and resurrection
he has made a way for our sins to be forgiven
Thank you that no matter what we have done or what we have failed to do, we can experience forgiveness and know the joy of starting again
Lord, in the midst of this current global crisis, you are still seeking those who are lost, you are still reaching out to those who are struggling, you are still healing those who are sick, you are still holding those who are hurting.
We pray for those whose work involves caring for people in hospitals and nursing homes with COVID-19: Watch over their lives, give them grace and strength, help them to know you are near
Thank you, Lord, that we can come to you with confidence, we can know your love, and experience your peace, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Bible Reading (included): Romans 16:1-16, 21-23