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Today's theme: 

Take courage!   

 

The collect for the ninth Sunday after Trinity:

Almighty God,
who sent your Holy Spirit
to be the life and light of your Church:
open our hearts to the riches of your grace,
that we may bring forth the fruit of the Spirit
in love and joy and peace;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

 

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 14: 22-33

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TODAY'S MESSAGE from the Rev Rodney Green:
 
As a family, we should now be in Zermatt, Switzerland, working as the chaplain at St Peter's church ... but all changed, with this church closing until December 2020 due to Covid 19. This week we heard from a couple who live in Amsterdam, who are visiting Zermatt. They informed us they will follow our online services while in Zermatt. 
Jesus and his disciples were in a 'bubble' for three years, together almost all the time. Today's account begins when Jesus was not with his disciples. The disciples were in a boat, crossing a lake, when a storm blew up. Jesus had remained behind. This storm was so bad that the disciples were 'terrified' and they had lost hope of rescue. We all experience times of hopelessness, and for Christians we need to look up and ask God into our situation.
Jesus took control of their situation with three statements:
1 - 'Take courage'. When we acknowledge Jesus as our Lord and saviour and give our lives to him, God gives us his power to be an overcomer, and his presence will give us the courage we need.
2 - 'It is I'. Jesus is with us always. Invite him into every aspect of your life, and walk with him together.
3 - 'Do not be afraid'. The joy of letting these words sink into your heart knowing God loves you and you are not alone.
Later in the storm, as Jesus was walking on the water, he approached the boat and climbed aboard, 'and the wind died down'. When they let Jesus into the boat, everything changed. The storm went away, and they were safe. We read the disciples then worshipped him, for he had saved them from certain death. They all said: 'Truly you are the Son of God.' The present tense is used, as Jesus was alive and with them, and while he was with them they had courage to face the future.
Another time when Jesus was acknowledged as the 'Son of God' can be found in Matthew chapter 27, verse 54. This was said by the Roman centurion who commanded those who were guarding Jesus at his crucifixion. Jesus died and an earthquake followed, and all were 'terrified'. In the storm on the lake, the disciples were also terrified. At the death of Jesus fear came upon those present, and at this time the centurion said: 'Surely he was the Son of God.' Notice the past tense - 'he was' - for to him Jesus was dead and that was the end of his life. 
Jesus is not dead now: he is alive, as three days later he rose from the dead and is alive today, giving all of us courage. So we do not need to be afraid of whatever lies ahead. Jesus is for us: who can be against us?
Do you see Jesus as the Son of God in the present or past tense? If it is the present tense, you have a relationship with the living God. So rejoice in the God of your salvation!
 
 
Here's a traditional hymn, with a new tune, that underlines the fact that Jesus holds us fast:
 
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And here's a song from Emu Music with a very similar theme and some equally encouraging words:

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Please click below for today's prayers: 

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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 conclusion to our worship, by the Rev Mo Surrey

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And finally a song about finding peace in God's presence:

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