While we are very sad not to be able to worship face-to-face,
we have some suggestions about how we might continue to gather for worship while staying in our own homes.
2. On Sunday at 10.30am we could each light a candle, say some prayers, read a bible passage.
Then offer quiet prayers for the world, the church, the community, those in need and those who've died. And end with the Lord's prayer and blow the candle out.
3. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram @standrewsn16 - we will be posting ideas, hymns to listen to, things to pray for etc.
Sunday 22nd August 11th After Trinity
Hello - I don't have (yet) a YouTube from Charis - not sure if she's away or not, but here's the Gospel reading:
Matthew 16: 13-20
When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”
Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Then he ordered his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.
And some music.
First - I am the bread of life. We had this a few months ago, but what a great rendition of the popular tune. Love the smiles and fun being had by the musicians in this:
Next, 'The Church's one Foundation' - the background to this hymn is quite fascinating, having been written in response to a schism in the church in South Africa in the mid-1800s by Samuel John Stone, a poet and priest. This arrangement is quite remarkable. I'm not sure an entire minute overture is entirely necessary for a hymn, but it certainly sounds impressive!
Next, how about a psalm? We've not had a psalm for a few weeks, and this week Psalm 138 is among the selection for the Sunday services, which seems quite fitting:
I will praise thee with my whole heart: before the gods will I sing praise unto thee.
2 I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.
3 In the day when I cried thou answeredst me, and strengthenedst me with strength in my soul.
4 All the kings of the earth shall praise thee, O Lord, when they hear the words of thy mouth.
5 Yea, they shall sing in the ways of the Lord: for great is the glory of the Lord.
6 Though the Lord be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off.
7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me: thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and thy right hand shall save me.
8 The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O Lord, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands.
Next, and finally for this week, as we head towards the first Sunday we might be able to worship together in church again, this from the Tabernacle church in Salt Lake City: God be with you till we meet again.