Today is the 11th of October, and the nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost.
Hear the bells ringing out? They say “come and praise and worship the Lord God Almighty”.
And they are a symbol of the resilience of the faith in this time of pandemic that keeps us out of our church building. But our worship can continue, in the comfort of our own homes.
The theme is based on well known words from the book of Philippians - “Rejoice in the Lord alway”.
Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost
God of all who wander in the wilderness,
you go before us as beacon and guide.
Lead us through all danger,
sustain us through all desolation,
and bring us home to the land
you have prepared for us. Amen.
THE LORD'S PRAYER
Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you whom I love and long
for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, dear
I plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntyche to be of the same
mind in the Lord. Yes, and I ask you, my true companion, help
these women since they have contended at my side in the cause of
the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my co-workers,
whose names are in the book of life.
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your
gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious
about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with
thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of
God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts
and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble,
whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is
admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about
such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from
me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will
be with you.
Friends in Christ,
God invites us to hold the needs of our sisters and brothers
as dear to us as our own needs.
Loving our neighbours as ourselves,
we offer our thanksgivings and our petitions on behalf of the church and the world.
Hear our prayers, God of power,
and through the ministry of your Son free us from the grip of the tomb,
that we may desire you as the fullness of life
and proclaim your saving deeds to all the world. Amen.
PRAYER IN TIME OF CRISIS
Lord Jesus, In the midst of a storm, You said, ‘Peace, be still’.
Bid our anxious fears subside, Sustain your church in faith, hope and love.
Bring our nation, and our world through this tumult.
Grant wisdom to those with heavy responsibilities, And healing and hope to all those who are infected.
May the Lord bless you and guard you;
May the Lord make his face shine on you
And be gracious to you,
May the Lord look kindly on you
And give you peace. Amen.
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