Sunday 25th July 2021
This short act of worship has been prepared for you to use if you are unable to attend church. If you are well enough why not spend a few moments with God, knowing that other people are sharing this act of worship with you
Lord you promised that you are always with us. Wherever we may be and whatever we may be facing as we come to worship you may we know your presence with us. Draw us closer to you in this time of worship. . Amen
Hymn: StF 415 The Church of Christ in every age
Let us pray together
Loving God we come to offer you our praise for everything that you have done for us and continue to do for us each day. We praise you that no matter what we face and whatever circumstances we find ourselves in, you are always with us walking beside us even when we don’t realise you’re there.
We are sorry for those times when we have let you down. We haven’t always said or done the right thing. We have sometimes hurt others through our words and actions. We are sorry for the times when we have put ourselves first instead of helping those who needed our help. Forgive us and help us to be the people you want us to be.
Thank you for always being there for us no matter what we face. Help us to remember that when we find things hard and we struggle to cope with what life throws at us. Help us to share your love with others each and every day.
We ask these and all our prayers in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Today’s Reading from the Epistles: Ephesians 2: 11-22
Today’s Gospel Reading: John 6:1-21
Time to Reflect
Today’s Gospel reading from John looks at the story of the feeding of the 5000 and Jesus walking on water. But let’s focus on that story of the feeding of the 5000. A familiar story to many of us. But I wonder what it would have been like to have actually been there when it happened? I wonder what the boy who donated his loaves and fishes thought when he realised his meal had fed so many people? We may not know what it was like to be there but what we do know from reading this story is two things. 1) The little things are just as important to God as the big things. 2) We are reminded of God’s faithfulness to us.
1) The little things are just as important to God as the big things. When that young boy gave Jesus his loaves and fishes he probably wondered what difference they would make. But with just a few loaves of bread and some fish Jesus was able to feed 5000 people. Here we see that God can use the little things, the things that we think can’t make a difference in doing his work and spreading the kingdom to do a lot. We may think that the gifts and skills we have are not enough to offer to God’s service but actually it doesn’t matter how much we can offer God for he can use it all big or small it all contributes to the building of his kingdom and he invites us all to be a part of it.
2) We are reminded of God’s faithfulness to us. He will never let us down. He will never leave us he is always there for us even when it feels like he isn’t. He walks alongside us each day. The story of the feeding of the 5000 reminds us of the faithfulness of God. It reminds us that God can help us overcome obstacles so that we don’t face them alone we face them with him. We just need to continue putting our trust in him and he will help us get through it. In the times we are living in it can be hard to do that but we just need to keep on going. It can sometimes feel like God has let us down but he hasn’t and he never will. He is always with us and always will be.
Let us continue to answer his call and do the work he has called us to do knowing that he is beside us every step of the way.
Take a time to sit quietly.
A time of prayer
We come to pray for your world. A world of hurt and pain. A world where so many are struggling because of war, disaster or poverty. Sometimes we look at your broken world and wonder what we can do to help mend it. Show us Lord how we can play a part in mending your broken and troubled world.
We pray for the church. As we continue to respond to the pandemic and seek to share the good news we ask for your guidance in the weeks and months ahead. Be with all our church leaders as they seek the way forward that they may know your presence with them. We pray for our own individual churches as we all seek the way forward in sharing your gospel with the world.
We pray for all those who are in need of our prayers at this time thinking of those in hospital, those struggling for lots of different reasons due to the impact of the pandemic on their lives. Be with all those who need our prayers right now Lord and give them the strength and peace that they need.
We place into your hands those who have died knowing that you welcome them home into your waiting arms. Be with all who mourn and may they know your peace, love and strength at this difficult time.
We pray for ourselves. You know the challenges
you will give each one of us what we need to face them. When we struggle remind us of your faithfulness to us. Help us to serve you and build your kingdom. We ask these and all our prayers in Jesus’ name Amen.
The Lord’s Prayer
Hymn:(StF 481) Mercies (New Every Morning)
A Prayer of blessing
Loving God help us to share the good news with others that they may come to know your love for them. May we always be reminded of your faithfulness to us. Amen.
Original Materials by Rebekah Fairhurst
Bolton Methodist Mission
All Hymns reproduced under CCLi 1144191.
Standish Methodist Church
Minister: Rev’d John Hilton
Tel: 01695 625528
Email: [email protected]
32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
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Thought for the week from Rev John Hilton, Standish Methodist Church
Ephesians 2: 11-22
11 So then, remember that at one time you Gentiles by birth,[a] called “the uncircumcision” by those who are called “the circumcision”—a physical circumcision made in the flesh by human hands— 12 remember that you were at that time without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14 For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us. 15 He has abolished the law with its commandments and ordinances, that he might create in himself one new humanity in place of the two, thus making peace, 16 and might reconcile both groups to God in one body[b] through the cross, thus putting to death that hostility through it.[c] 17 So he came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near; 18 for through him both of us have access in one Spirit to the Father. 19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, 20 built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone.[d] 21 In him the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; 22 in whom you also are built together spiritually[e] into a dwelling place for God.
After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, also called the Sea of Tiberias. 2A large crowd kept following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing for the sick. 3Jesus went up the mountain and sat down there with his disciples. 4Now the Passover, the festival of the Jews, was near. 5When he looked up and saw a large crowd coming towards him, Jesus said to Philip, ‘Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat? ’6He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he was going to do. 7Philip answered him, ‘Six months ’wages would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little. ’8One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, 9‘There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But what are they among so many people? ’10Jesus said, ‘Make the people sit down. ’Now there was a great deal of grass in the place; so they sat down, about five thousand in all. 11Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted. 12When they were satisfied, he told his disciples, ‘Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost. ’13So they gathered them up, and from the
fragments of the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten, they filled twelve baskets. 14When the people saw the sign that he had done, they began to say, ‘This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world.’
15 When Jesus realized that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, he withdrew again to the mountain by himself.
Jesus Walks on the Water
16 When evening came, his disciples went down to the lake, 17got into a boat, and started across the lake to Capernaum. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them. 18The lake became rough because a strong wind was blowing. 19When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the lake and coming near the boat, and they were terrified. 20But he said to them, ‘It is I; do not be afraid. ’21Then they wanted to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the land towards which they were going