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St Andrew’s and St Peter’s South Shoebury
St Andrew’s and St Peter’s         South Shoebury

The Service and Sermon For This Week

August 2nd TRINITY 8

 

Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

And also with you.

This is the day that the Lord has made.

Let us rejoice and be glad in it!

 

AMAZING GRACE! how sweet the sound

That saved a wretch like me;

I once was lost, but now I’m found,

Was blind, but now I see.

 

’Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,

And grace my fears relieved;

How precious did that grace appear,

The hour I first believed!

 

Through many dangers, toils and snares

We have already come;

’Tis grace that brought us safe thus far,

And grace will lead us home.

 

When we’ve been there ten thousand years,

Bright shining as the sun,

We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise

Than when we first begun. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtteRD5bBNQ

 

Confession

Jesus says, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is close at hand.’ So let us turn away from our sin and turn to Christ, confessing our sins in penitence and faith.

 

Lord God,

we have sinned against you;

we have done evil in your sight.

We are sorry and repent.

Have mercy on us according to your love.

Wash away our wrongdoing and cleanse us from our sin.

Renew a right spirit within us

and restore us to the joy of your salvation;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

May the Father of all mercies

cleanse us from our sins,

and restore us in his image

to the praise and glory of his name,

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Blessed is the Lord,

for he has heard the voice of our prayer;

therefore shall our hearts dance for joy

and in our song will we praise our God.

THE LORD’S MY SHEPHERD, I’ll not want.

He makes me lie in pastures green.

He leads me by the still, still waters,

His goodness restores my soul.

 

And I will trust in You alone.

And I will trust in You alone,

For Your endless mercy follows me,

Your goodness will lead me home.

 

He guides my ways in righteousness,

And He anoints my head with oil,

And my cup, it overflows with joy,

I feast on His pure delights.

 

And though I walk the darkest path,

I will not fear the evil one,

For You are with me, and Your rod and staff

Are the comfort I need to know. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-eIQQayhpak

 

Collect

Almighty Lord and everlasting God,

we beseech you to direct, sanctify and govern

both our hearts and bodies

in the ways of your laws

and the works of your commandments;

that through your most mighty protection, both here and ever,

we may be preserved in body and soul;

through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever. Amen.

 

Old Testament Reading

Genesis 32.22-31

22 That night Jacob got up and took his two wives, his two female servants and his eleven sons and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. 23 After he had sent them across the stream, he sent over all his possessions.

24 So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak. 25 When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with

 

 

the man. 26 Then the man said, “Let me go, for it is daybreak.” But Jacob replied, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.”

27 The man asked him, “What is your name?”

“Jacob,” he answered.

28 Then the man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with humans and have overcome.” 29 Jacob said, “Please tell me your name.” But he replied, “Why do you ask my name?” Then he blessed him there. 30 So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, “It is because I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared.”

31 The sun rose above him as he passed Peniel, and he was limping because of his hip.

 

Psalm 17.1-7

Hear my just cause, O Lord; consider my complaint;

listen to my prayer, which comes not from lying lips.

Let my vindication come forth from your presence;

let your eyes behold what is right.

Weigh my heart, examine me by night,

refine me, and you will find no impurity in me.

My mouth does not trespass for earthly rewards;

I have heeded the words of your lips.

My footsteps hold fast in the ways of your commandments;

my feet have not stumbled in your paths.

I call upon you, O God, for you will answer me; incline your ear to me, and listen to my words.

Show me your marvellous loving-kindness,

O Saviour of those who take refuge at your right hand from those who rise up against them.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;

As it was in the beginning, is now and shall be forever. Amen.

 

MAY THE MIND OF CHRIST MY SAVIOUR Live in me from day to day, By His love and power controlling All I do and say.

 

May the Word of God dwell richly In my heart from hour to hour, So that all may see I triumph Only through His power.

May the peace of God my Father Rule my life in everything, That I may be calm to comfort Sick and sorrowing.

 

May the love of Jesus fill me, As the waters fill the sea; Him exalting, self abasing, This is victory.

 

May I run the race before me

Strong and brave to face the foe

Looking only unto Jesus

As I onward go https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2ysvM3pFOY

 

New Testament Reading

Romans 9.1-5

9 I speak the truth in Christ—I am not lying, my conscience confirms it through the Holy Spirit— 2 I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. 3 For I could wish that I myself were cursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my people, those of my own race, 4 the people of Israel. Theirs is the adoption to sonship; theirs the divine glory, the covenants, the receiving of the law, the temple worship and the promises. 5 Theirs are the patriarchs, and from them is traced the human ancestry of the Messiah, who is God over all, forever praised! Amen.

 

New Testament Reading

Matthew 14.13-21

13 When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. 14 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.

15 As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.”

16 Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”

17 “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered.

18 “Bring them here to me,” he said. 19 And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the

disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. 20 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 21 The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.

 

 

O LET THE SON OF GOD ENFOLD YOU

With His Spirit and His love,

Let Him fill your heart and satisfy your soul.

O let Him have the things that hold you,

And His Spirit like a dove

Will descend upon your life and make you whole.

 

Jesus, O Jesus, Come and fill Your lambs.

Jesus, O Jesus, Come and fill Your lambs.

 

O come and sing this song with gladness

As your hearts are filled with joy,

Lift your hands in sweet surrender to His name.

O give Him all your tears and sadness,

Give Him all your years of pain,

And you’ll enter into life in Jesus’ name. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iifsHZs_Gh0

 

The Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty,

creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son,

our Lord,

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

born of the Virgin Mary,

suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, died, and was buried;

he descended to the dead.

On the third day he rose again;

he ascended into heaven,

he is seated at the right hand of the Father,

and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the holy catholic Church,

the communion of saints,

the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body,

and the life everlasting. Amen.

 

 

 

Prayers

Let us by prayer and intercession with thanksgiving make our requests to God.

Gracious God,

we pray for peace, justice and reconciliation throughout the world.

We pray for the honouring of human rights,

and for the relief of the oppressed.

We give thanks for all that is gracious in the lives of men, women and children.

 

We pray for the renewal of the Church in faith, love and service.

We pray for Peter and John our bishops and for the life of this parish.

We give thanks for the gift of your Word,

the grace of the sacraments

and the fellowship of your people.

 

We pray for this local community

and for all people in their daily life and work.

We pray for the young and the elderly,

for families, and all who are alone.

We give thanks for human skill and creativity

and all that reveals your loveliness.

 

We pray for those who are in need;

for the sick, sorrowful and bereaved.

We pray for all who bring comfort, care and healing.

We give thanks for human love and friendship

and for all that enriches our daily lives.

 

Let us commend ourselves, and all for whom we pray, to the mercy and protection of God.

 

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done; on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who

trespass against us. lead us not into temptation;

but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom,

the power and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

 

 

 

DEAR LORD AND FATHER OF MANKIND,

Forgive our foolish ways;

Reclothe us in our rightful mind;

In purer lives Thy service find,

In deeper reverence, praise.

 

In simple trust like theirs who heard,

Beside the Syrian sea,

The gracious calling of the Lord,

Let us, like them, without a word

Rise up and follow Thee.

 

O sabbath rest by Galilee!

O calm of hills above,

Where Jesus knelt to share with Thee

The silence of eternity,

Interpreted by love.

 

With that deep hush subduing all

Our words and works that drown

The tender whisper of Thy call,

As noiseless let Thy blessing fall

As fell Thy manna down.

 

Drop Thy still dews of quietness,

Till all our strivings cease;

Take from our souls the strain and stress,

And let our ordered lives confess

The beauty of Thy peace.

 

Breathe through the heats of our desire

Thy coolness and Thy balm;

Let sense be dumb, let flesh retire;

Speak through the earthquake, wind and fire,

O still small voice of calm. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bk7SX3r59sc

 

Blessing

The peace of God,

which passes all understanding,

keep our hearts and minds

in the knowledge and love of God,

and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord;

and the blessing of God almighty,

the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

be among us and remain with us always. Amen.

 

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Sermon

 

Genesis 32.22-31

In Hebrew the name Jacob means something like trickster. It isn’t a very nice term…sly or cunning are alternative roots of the word. Yet Jacob is known as one of the great heroes, the patriarchs of the faith in the Bible. We may remember that he tricked his brother Esau out of his birthright and his father’s blessing. He had so upset Esau that he had to run away. He made a new life with his Uncle Laban and got married…twice. First to Leah, and also Rachel. He had 12 sons by the two sisters and their servant girls. Just because it’s in the Bible doesn’t make that sort of behaviour acceptable!

At this point in the story he has been running away again. This time from Uncle Laban. He’d managed to become very wealthy at his uncle’s expense and had stolen the household gods. They make a treaty and Jacob goes safely on his way.

 

But further challenges lay ahead. To return to Canaan, Jacob, his wives, sons, servants and flocks must travel through the land that belonged to his estranged brother Esau. What on earth was likely to happen? Jacob sent messages ahead to let Esau he was coming and now Esau is coming to meet him with 400 men. Given that the last conversation they had was along the lines of, ‘I want to kill you, you scheming, thieving…’ You get the idea!!

 

To soften Esau up, Jacob sends gifts. The servants take sheep, cows and camels. Jacob stays behind. Jacob then sends his family and all his possessions across the Jabbok, the stream that was the boundary to Esau’s land. Jacob stays behind.

 

And then, everything catches up with him. Jacob is alone, afraid, probably guilt ridden (he certainly should be!). He remembers the times he has made promises to God and then forgotten them. Perhaps he remembers the way he has schemed and manipulated his way through life. And we are told that he wrestled with a man all night and that he just wouldn’t give in.

It was such an intense struggle that he was injured in the struggle. He was never the same after that long night in the desert. After that he gained a new name from God: Israel. The name means that he has struggled with God. From then onwards, Jacob was defined by his relationship with God. No longer was he the trickster. Now he was someone who had met with God and nearly won. He was surely very stubborn and proud…reluctant to give in to God. The strange part of the story about the dislocated hip perhaps tells us that it is only when we are brought down very low that some of us will give in and let God be God in our lives.

 

Not only does Jacob have a new name but so does the place where he has wrestled all night. It is now called Peniel…which means the ‘face of God’. The place was named after this remarkable encounter with the living God. And we note that it was considered dangerous to see the face of God…certain death was expected. Yet God graciously showed himself to Jacob to bring about the change that was needed in Jacob’s life.

 

I wonder how we would feel in Jacob’s position. Alone, with none of the possessions, people or places which give us comfort or confidence. Faced with the reality of the mistakes we have made, the people we have offended, the times we have bent or broken laws…how do we feel? Without the material comforts of our lives, the security of employment and enough money, where do we place our trust? What do we do? Do we avoid the face of God? Do we avoid acknowledging our sin and shortcomings? Do we wriggle and squirm and try to persuade ourselves that we’re just fine? That we don’t really need God? Do we wish we had something to distract ourselves from our conscience, our fears, our regrets?

 

Or do we take a deep breath and look reality in the face. Yes, the truth is that we are not the person we should have been. We have made mistakes. We are broken. We are in need of the touch of God’s love, help, forgiveness. Will we give in and let God take hold of our lives to give us hope and forgiveness and security, even when everything else seems to be falling apart?

 

I wonder what we would do?

 

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NOTICES

 

Sunday August 2nd

8am Holy Communion in St Andrew’s

9.30am Morning Prayer in St Andrew’s Hall

11am Morning Prayer at St Peter’s

 

Wednesday August 5th

10am Holy Communion in St Andrew’s

2pm Afternoon Service in St Peter’s

 

Sunday August 9th

8am Holy Communion in St Andrew’s

9.30am Morning Prayer in St Andrew’s Hall

11am Holy Communion at St Peter’s

6.30pm United Evening Service at St Augustine’s

 

St Andrew’s continues to be open for private prayer 10am-2pm every day.

 

For information about the weekly catch up by Zoom, please contact Sandra Baines on 294043.

 

Donations for the Food Bank:

The Baptist Church is now open 9am-12noon on week days for our donations. If you are unable to leave it there during those times, you are welcome to drop it off in my porch.

 

Please be aware that the situation with Covid19 keeps changing. This information is accurate as of July 31st.

 

God bless you, Louise.x

(01702 292778)

News from Guatemala

As many of you know one of our congregation, Geoff Baines and his wife Cesia are based in Guatemala working for Latin Link. Follow this link to see the latest update on the situation there

 

https://www.facebook.com/latinlinkpage/videos/682359005949322/?t=27 

Another update from Guatemala https://www.facebook.com/latinlinkpage/videos/2953047008149197/

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