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Sunday morning & evening worship – The Church is closed during the current restrictions

Sunday Worship – Rev Nic Bentley                                                                                              (for use at home on Sunday 28th February)

 Call to Worship
Here we are Lord, gathered in your name to worship you.
Here we are Lord, gathered on this Lord’s Day to encounter you.
Here we are Lord, bringing all our needs, desires and pain – we bring ourselves just as we are.
Come amongst us, by your Spirit, O Lord our God.
Amen
663 STF – I, the Lord of sea and sky
Verse 1
I, the Lord of sea and sky,
I have heard My people cry.
All who dwell in dark and sin,
My hand will save.
I who made the stars of night,
I will make their darkness bright.
Who will bear My light to them?
Whom shall I send?
Chorus
Here I am Lord, Is it I, Lord?
I have heard You calling in the night.
I will go Lord, if You lead me.
I will hold Your people in my heart.
Verse 2
I, the Lord of snow and rain,
I have borne my people’s pain.
I have wept for love of them,
they turn away.
I will break their hearts of stone,
Give them hearts for love alone.
I will speak My word to them
Whom shall I send?
Chorus
Here I am Lord, Is it I, Lord?
I have heard You calling in the night.
I will go Lord, if You lead me.
I will hold Your people in my heart.
Verse 3
I, the Lord of wind and flame
I will tend the poor and lame.
I will set a feast for them,
My hand will save
Finest bread I will provide,
Till their hearts be satisfied.
I will give My life to them,
Whom shall I send?
Chorus
Here I am Lord, Is it I, Lord?
I have heard You calling in the night.
I will go Lord, if You lead me.
I will hold Your people in my heart.
Prayers
We pray to our loving and living God,
Who has reconciled all things to himself in Christ.
Lord, hear us.
Lord, graciously hear us.
Gracious God, we pray for peace, justice and reconciliation throughout the world.
We pray for the honouring of human rights and those who strive for this end.
Lord, hear us.
Lord, graciously hear us.
We pray for the renewal of your Church in worship, faith and learning, service and evangelism.
We pray for our local and national leaders of the church.                                                            We give thanks for the gift of your word, the grace of the sacraments
and the fellowship of your people.
Lord, hear us.
Lord, graciously hear us.
We pray for our 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, compassion and creativity and all that reveals your grace and love.
Lord, hear us.
Lord, graciously hear us.
We pray for those who are in need;
for the sick 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.
Lord, hear us.
Lord, graciously hear us.
As we journey together to Calvary,
We remember the pain born at the cross,
May we look forward to the empty tomb and the good news of Christ.
Lord, hear us.
Lord, graciously hear us.
Amen.
We say 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.
And 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.
Reading: Mark 8:31-38 New International Version – UK
Jesus predicts his death
31 He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again. 32 He spoke plainly about this, and Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.
33 But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter. ‘Get behind me, Satan!’ he said. ‘You do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.’
The way of the cross                                                                                                                    34 Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 35 For whoever wants to save their life[a] will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it.    36 What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? 37 Or what can
anyone give in exchange for their soul? 38 If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.
350 STF – I cannot tell why he, whom angels worship
1 I cannot tell how he whom angels worship
should stoop to love the peoples of the earth,
or why as shepherd he should seek the wanderers
with his mysterious promise of new birth.
But this I know, that he was born of Mary,
when Bethlehem’s manger was his only home,
and that he lived at Nazareth and laboured,
and so the saviour, saviour of the world, is come.
2 I cannot tell how silently he suffered,
as with his peace he graced this place of tears,
nor how his heart upon the cross was broken,
the crown of pain to three and thirty years.
But this I know, he heals the broken-hearted,
and stays our sin, and calms our lurking fear,
and lifts the burden from the heavy laden,
for still the saviour, saviour of the world, is here
3 I cannot tell how he will win the nations,
how he will claim his earthly heritage,
how satisfy the needs and aspirations
of east and west, of sinner and of sage.
But this I know, all flesh shall see his glory,
and he shall reap the harvest he has sown,
and some glad day his sun shall shine in splendour
when he the saviour, saviour of the world, is known.
4 I cannot tell how all the lands shall worship,
when, at his bidding, every storm is stilled,
or who can say how great the jubilation
when all our hearts with love for him are filled.
But this I know, the skies will sound his praises,
ten thousand thousand human voices sing,
and earth to heaven, and heaven to earth, will answer:
‘At last the saviour, saviour of the world, is king!’
Sermon
On my computer keyboard it is the second key from the bottom – it is simply titled “SHIFT” The shift key has only one function – to
change things
• Press the SHIFT key on any letter and you quickly go from lower case to upper case letters
• Press the SHIFT key with a number and you go from a number to a symbol.
SHIFT – the changing of something of to something else
The Bible is full of people who made a shift.
• Moses – the Prince of Egypt – became the leaders of God’s people – SHIFT
• David – a shepherd boy – Becomes the King of Israel – SHIFT
• Saul – A Persecutor of the Church – Becomes the greatest missionary of the church – SHIFT.
QUESTION DO YOU NEED TO USE THE SHIFT KEY IN YOUR LIFE TODAY?
Are there things you desire to change in your life?
If so, you need to make a SHIFT in your life.
In the gospels, there is a time in the ministry of Jesus where he makes a shift in His ministry – which from that point on defines his purpose and ministry. The SHIFT is found in Mark 8:31-32, He (Jesus) then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three
days rise again. He spoke plainly about this.
Did you catch it – Did you see the Shift in Focus?
• Jesus was a master teacher
• Jesus was a great miracle worker
• Jesus was a compassionate man
• BUT THE SHIFT – THE CHANGE IN HIS MINISTRY IS ABOUT TO OCCUR
The Son of Man must suffer, be rejected killed – but will rise in 3 days.
I want to make a couple of Observations about what Jesus says when it comes to making a shift in your life.
1. First, there is the startling honesty of Jesus. We can never say that we are following Jesus under false pretences. Jesus never tries to bribe us by the offer of an easy life. The honesty of great leaders has always been one of their great characteristics.
In the early days of WW2, as Winston Churchill became Prime minister, all that he offered people was “blood, sweat & tears.” His honest approach rallied England to a hard fought victory. In the same way, Jesus lets us know up front what is required to be a disciple.
2. Secondly, Jesus never calls upon men to do or face anything that He was not prepared to do or face Himself. Jesus was not the kind of leader who sat in isolation playing with the lives of men like expendable pawns. What He asks us to face, He has already faced. Jesus has a right to call on us to take up a cross, for He, Himself, first bore one for us.
That goes against the grain of what the world teaches, does it not? The world teaches us that success is measured by how much wealth we hold, by how convenient & easy life is for us. Anything that differs from that definition of success, anything that bothers us or becomes difficult, we should avoid.
Sadly, the modern church has adopted some of that attitude. So churches are advertised as places offering all kinds of fringe benefits to their members. And many people go shopping for the church that offers the most. The “what’s in it for me” mindset has taken over as people no longer desire to serve but be served.
That is the way the world has conditioned us to think. We have been taught that everybody ought to cater to us, & all our needs ought to be met & all our wants & desires ought to be taken care of. When that doesn’t happen, then we become unhappy. And yet, Jesus said, “If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself & take up his cross & follow me.”
This morning I would like to challenge all of us to think about the shift we must make in our life, by observing the shift Jesus made in his life.
We like to be included in things. No one likes isolation. We want to be included in the circle, in on the joke, be part of the in crowd. When it comes to be a disciple, – everyone is welcome – but few are willing to take up the cross.
When Jesus made the call to discipleship he want his followers to understand discipleship would not be a once a week event or be a disciple when one feels like it. Discipleship is an everyday 24/7 experience. Ray Kroc founder of the MacDonald’s Hamburger chain said of his priorities – GOD FAMILY HAMBURGERS and when I get to work I reverse the order. When it comes to being a disciple there is no reversal of order it must always be God and God alone. Tour De France Champion Lance Armstrong was asked, “What he thinks about when he rides, what is the driving force that keeps you going”. HIS ANSWER – I FOCUS ON FINISHING THE RACE.
WHAT ARE YOU FOCUSING ON TODAY?
Jesus was calling his disciples to make a shift in priorities From gaining the world to keeping one’s soul What a shift – Jesus was calling his followers to make a radical shift in thinking, lifestyle and future plans.
WHY?
Because Jesus understood there comes a moment in everyone’s life where we need to make a shift in priorities.
The child becomes an adult
The student becomes a scholar
The parent becomes a grandparent
The believer becomes a disciple
It is all about making a shift.
Mark 8:36-37, What good is it for a man or a woman to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can a man or a
woman give in exchange for their soul?
409 STF – Let is build a house where love can dwell
Let us build a house
Where love can dwell
And all can safely live
A place where
Saints and children tell
How hearts learn to forgive
Built of hopes and dreams and visions
Rock of faith and vault of grace
Here the love of Christ shall end divisions
All are welcome, all are welcome
All are welcome in this place
Let us build a house where prophets speak
And words are strong and true
Where all God’s children dare to seek
To dream God’s reign anew                                                                                                        Here the cross shall stand as witness
And a symbol of God’s grace
Here as one we claim the faith of Jesus
All are welcome, all are welcome
All are welcome in this place
Let us build a house where love is found
In water, wine and wheat
A banquet hall on holy ground
Where peace and justice meet
Here the love of God, through Jesus
Is revealed in time and space
As we share in Christ the feast that frees us
All are welcome, all are welcome
All are welcome in this place
Prayers of intercession
[As part of the prayers of intercession, you may wish to use the hymn 780 STF – Stay with me – playing and/or singing it between each section of the prayers. If this is not possible, simply hold a moment of pause where indicated].
Let us pray.
God without sin or blemish, ridiculed and reviled for our sake, Transform our barrenness into your fruitfulness, Turn our despair into hope and faith,
Bring water to our parched throats, and food to our empty stomachs.
[780 STF and/or silence].
God without sin or blemish, ridiculed and reviled for our sake
In times of war and strife in our world, raise your covenant of peace and love;
In places stalked by hunger and famine, rain down your covenant of abundance.
For people broken and despairing, whisper your covenant of encouragement.
[780 STF and/or silence].
God without sin or blemish, ridiculed and reviled for our sake Where human pride and earthly glory abound, bring your goodness and mercies.
If our vision is blurred, may your blessings endure. Where disease and illness have taken root let your healing suffice. When our faith is fickle, focus our minds on your steadfastness.
[780 STF and/or silence].
We pray that the poor shall eat and be satisfied, that the rich will be generous in sharing your gifts, We pray that the mighty rulers of the world shall be humble vessels of your loving justice.
We pray that the weak and the vulnerable will find their strength and place in your kingdom.
Loving and just God we pray that your holy covenants will be fulfilled beyond these walls of worship n the name of the suffering and rejected Christ, Your Son, our Saviour. Amen.
287 STF – When I survey the wondrous cross                                                                             When I survey the wondrous cross                                                                                              On which the Prince of glory died,                                                                                               My richest gain I count but loss,                                                                                                 And pour contempt on all my pride.
Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,                                                                                          Save in the death of Christ my God!                                                                                             All the vain things that charm me most,                                                                                        I sacrifice them to His blood.
See from His head, His hands, His feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down!
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?
Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.
BENEDICTION
May the God of peace guard you,
May life itself befriend you,
May the peace of the spirit be with you,
From the day that we have here together,
And, until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand?

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