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GOOD MORNING and we are being welcomed and called to worship by the bells of Peebles Old Parish Church.
Although we are still not able to meet in church, we are glad that so many are able to join us today in their own homes as together we worship God and pray for our world and ourselves.
The theme today is the POWER OF RECONCILIATION, and we look for guidance for this to the story of Joseph and his brothers.
Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost
God of the foreigner and outcast,
your arms reach out to embrace all those who call upon you.
Teach us as disciples of Christ so to love the world that your name may be known throughout the earth. Amen
THE LORD’S PRAYER
Then Joseph could no longer control himself before all those who stood
by him, and he cried out, "Send everyone away from me." So no one
stayed with him when Joseph made himself known to his brothers. And
he wept so loudly that the Egyptians heard it, and the household of
Pharaoh heard it.
Joseph said to his brothers, "I am Joseph. Is my father still alive?" But his
brothers could not answer him, so dismayed were they at his presence.
Then Joseph said to his brothers, "Come closer to me." And they came
closer. He said, "I am your brother, Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt.
And now do not be distressed, or angry with yourselves, because you sold
me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life. For the famine has
been in the land these two years; and there are five more years in which
there will be neither plowing nor harvest.
God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant on earth, and to
keep alive for you many survivors. So it was not you who sent me here,
but God; he has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house
and ruler over all the land of Egypt.
Hurry and go up to my father and say to him, 'Thus says your son Joseph,
God has made me lord of all Egypt; come down to me, do not delay.
You shall settle in the land of Goshen, and you shall be near me, you and
your children and your children's children, as well as your flocks, your
herds, and all that you have.
I will provide for you there--since there are five more years of famine to
come--so that you and your household, and all that you have, will not
come to poverty. And now your eyes and the eyes of my brother
Benjamin see that it is my own mouth that speaks to you.
You must tell my father how greatly I am honored in Egypt, and all that
you have seen. Hurry and bring my father down here.
Then he fell upon his brother Benjamin's neck and wept, while Benjamin
wept upon his neck. And he kissed all his brothers and wept upon them;
and after that his brothers talked with him.
By Revd John Smith
God of salvation,
who sent your Son to seek out and save what is lost,
hear our prayers on behalf of those who are lost in our day,
receiving these petitions and thanksgivings with your unending compassion.
visit your people and pour out your strength and courage upon us,
that we may hurry to make you welcome not only in our concern for others,
but by serving them generously and faithfully in your name. Amen.
PRAYER IN TIME OF CRISIS
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 those who are infected.
Holy One, make us faithful stewards of the fragile bounty of this earth
so that we may be entrusted with the riches of heaven.
And the Blessing of God, Creator, Saviour, and Sustainer be with you and
with those you love, today and in all the days to come.
Before you go away!
Rev John Smith is going to run an Online Bible Study Course in September. Register on TOPCOP
A Private Prayer website has been created. Visit that via TOPCOP too.
Or just visit TOPCOP anyway
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