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Today's theme: 

Jesus says: 'Come to me' 

 

The collect for the fourth Sunday after Trinity:

Gracious Father,
by the obedience of Jesus
you brought salvation to our wayward world:
draw us into harmony with your will,
that we may find all things restored in him,
our Saviour Jesus Christ.

 

Please click below for a welcome to our worship, by the Rev Mo Surrey

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Please click below for today's reading (Matthew 11: 16-19, 25-end

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TODAY'S MESSAGE, from the Rev Rodney Green
The message of Jesus is for everyone to understand, especially those who are willing to listen. Our standard of education, background or occupation is never a barrier in following the teaching of Jesus. In verse 25 Jesus says: 'You have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children.' Love is in actions and words - something we all understand and experience.
Jesus the Rabbi called people to come and follow him. To follow demanded a positive response by those he called. Each person had to make their own individual decision to follow or not to follow Jesus. Before any decision was made, one question to be asked might be 'What will you ask of me as a follower of yours?' Who agrees to a contract without first understanding what is in the contract?
Jesus said: 'Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest' (verse 28). Today, for many of us the weight of over 100 days of lock-down is a burden. With Jesus in our lives, it helps us cope with the pressure of work, or of unemployment, or emptiness as life is now much changed and isolation and loneliness are a major part of each day.
When we are tense, we can relax by focusing on the love of God and asking him to come into every situation. Sometimes this is hard when a situation comes our way where we cannot take any immediate, positive or preventative action. Does not Jesus ask us to give him our concerns, so he can take control over them?
The teaching of any rabbi was called 'the yoke' - which is a course of teaching over a three-year period, after which the disciples who lasted the course graduated and each of them became a rabbi (which means teacher). Each rabbi called 12 disciples who followed him for three years - does this sound familiar?
Rabbi Jesus said: 'My yoke is easy and my burden is light' (verse 30). In being a Christian, we are set free to serve and should not be  weighed down by things that do not matter. In the agricultural community yokes are placed around the necks of two animals (usually oxen) when a cart of some sort is needed to be pulled. The yoke helps both animals to pull at the same time and in one direction. When we become a Christian and follow Christ, we are linked to him with a yoke of love, and if we allow him to lead us he will take the burden off our shoulders and we can rest in him.
Fathers Day has come and gone. God, our heavenly Father, is with us all the time, so every day is our heavenly Father's Day.
There is a verse in today's reading that makes my heart rejoice, as we see a side of Jesus's nature that we should all seek to follow: 'I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls' (verse 29). As our Lord is, let us be gentle and humble in heart, as we seek to serve wherever God calls us.
God bless you all.
 
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This is a traditional hymn that echoes those words of Jesus: 'Come unto me and rest ...'

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And here's a recently written song with a similar thought, arising from our situation today:

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The lyrics:

It seems as though our world is at a halt:
sickness in the air, but no-one’s fault.
Lord, how did this happen overnight?
We are in the dark and there’s so little light….
 
And God said: 'Lean on me, lean on me.
I AM here right now, so you can lean on me!
I have been here all along, I will be the one who’s strong,
this is when you lean on me.'
 
Dear God, we’re in a wilderness for sure,
in a place we’ve never seen before:
lost, and poor in heart and weak of soul!
How is it that we could lose so much control?
 
And God said: 'Lean on me, lean on me.
I AM here right now, so you can lean on me!
I have been here all along, I will be the one who’s strong,
this is when you lean on me.'
 
In fear of flood, or flames, or lion’s den,
that’s when we remember God again.
That’s when we begin to hear God say:
'I am with you always. And that means today!
 
'So children: Lean on me, lean on me.
I AM here right now, so you can lean on me!
I have been here all along, I will be the one who’s strong,
this is when you lean on me.'
 
God, what a lonely time this is to bear!
Staying in, and thinking no one’s there.
Lord, you’re always here through all alarms.
How did we forget to climb into your arms?
 
And God said: 'Lean on me, lean on me.
I AM here right now, so you can lean on me!
I have been here all along, I will be the one who’s strong,
this is when you lean on me.'
 
 

Please click below for today's prayers, led by Pat Beale, reader emeritus

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THE LORD'S PRAYER 

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.
Amen.

 

Please click below for the Blessing to end our worship, by the Rev Mo Surrey

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