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THE SHIRWELL MISSION COMMUNITY

A Mission Community in the Diocese of Exeter

Sunday Service at Home


Sunday 9 August 2020


Shirwell Mission Community

Morning Prayer for Sunday 9th August 2020

 

 

The Lord of all richly blesses all who call on Him … “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved”                                     Romans 10 v 12-13

 

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

as it was in the beginning is now and shall be for ever. Amen.

 


Song  

             Father, we adore you,

             Lay our lives before you,

             How we love you!

 

            Jesus, we adore you…

 

            Spirit, we adore you…

(Terrye Coelho © 1972 Word Music)


 

The prayers of penitence

 

“The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart… that if you confess with your mouth “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” 

                                                                                                 Romans 10 v 8-9.

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 almighty God, who sent His Son into the world to save sinners,

bring us his pardon and peace, now and for ever.                                    Amen.

 



Readings                   Romans 10: 5-15    


            

Talk  written by Martyn, see the text below.



 

The Apostles 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.

 



Intercessions

 


Lord in your mercy; Hear our prayer.

 

 

 

 

Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your Son

our Saviour Jesus Christ.   Amen.

 



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.


 

How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who

proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion,

"Your God reigns!"                                                                                                             Isaiah  52 v 7

 


Song              

          


1) How lovely on the mountains

                        Are the feet of him 

Who brings good news, good news 

Proclaiming peace, 

          Announcing news of happiness. 

our God reigns; our God reigns!

 

          Our God reigns; our God reigns,

          our God reigns; our God reigns!

 

Ends of the earth, 

          see the salvation of your God

Jesus is Lord, is Lord.

Before the nations,

           He has bared His holy arm:

our God reigns, our God reigns!

 

          Our God reigns; our God reigns,

          our God reigns; our God reigns!


                                                                                                                                                Leonard E Smith © 1974 Thankyou Music

 


Blessing and Dismissal

 

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all, forevermore. Amen.                                    2 Corinthians 13 v 14 

 

 

This service is copyright (c)Common Worship &Times and Seasons. The Archbishops’ Council of the Church of England,  

 

The power of words? (Romans 10 v 5 to 15).  Written by Revd. Martyn Tyrrell

 


“Life and death are in the power of the tongue and those who love it eat its fruit.”[1] “The word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so that you may obey it.”[2]


 

What are words? In the Bible reading today we have “says”, “say”, “say”, “proclaiming”, “confess”, “confess”, “says”, “call”, “calls”, “call”, “preaching” and “preach”. These words are about using words. Words give us a way of transferring an idea or a mental picture to another person. But our tone of voice can totally change the idea that travels with that word! Or rather than ‘tone of voice’, think instead that the heart or spirit with which we say something influences the meaning. The spirit with which we speak determines if the words are life-giving to the ears of those who listen. Words spoken from a good heart have been described as like light shining in a dark place when waiting for the dawn.[3]     


 

So is this just a matter of positive speech using good words? Jesus said that formulas of good words are not valued by God. God values that which comes out of our heart through our spoken words.[4] Our human hearts naturally overflow with slander, lies, immorality … and much more besides. Jesus gave the solution. He said “whoever believes in me … streams of living water will flow from within them. By this he meant the Holy Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive.”[5] The “word of faith” that we are to speak is made possible by the Holy Spirit that we are to receive. This is the Holy Spirit who will be poured out “on all people… sons and daughters… old and young… men and women”.[6] So the wellspring of life that is to flow out from our heart through our words is a gift, the action of the promised Holy Spirit. “God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.”[7] So we are offered a gift and that gift is to first know the love of God within, so that we are then able to communicate God’s heart of love without. The word of God says “guard your heart for it is the wellspring of life”.[8]  


 

So in our Romans 10 reading we have a well-known verse “if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” God’s word suggests this is not about speaking a formula of words, but that this is about the life flowing from a redeemed heart that is a wellspring of the Holy Spirit, who is bringing about the character of Jesus Christ in us.[9] Are we actually confessing ‘Jesus is Lord’ if we merely say the words, when at the same time our hearts hold hatred for other people, hold dark places in which the light of God’s Spirit has not been allowed to shine? “With the tongue we praise our Lord.. and with it we curse people who have been made in God’s likeness…can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? … can a fig tree grow olives?”[10] No; a fig tree cannot grow olives! No; salt water does not flow from a fresh spring! And no, we are not praising God if we are cursing people around us. So we are not actually confessing ‘Jesus is Lord’ if we say the words but choose to hide darkness in our heart. God does not require formulas of words; God sees our hearts. “God is spirit, and his worshippers must worship in spirit and truth.”[11]

 


The good news is that God sees that we need help. We are invited to receive a new heart with a new start. To receive the Spirit of God to be a wellspring of life within us. To be made like a clean spring from which fresh water of life runs. If we believe in Jesus we are not condemned.[12] This is the gift of God in Jesus Christ; that if we confess Jesus is Lord and believe in our heart that God raised him from the dead we will be saved. This is a transformation of the heart and mind. If we receive the Holy Spirit then we are those who call on the name of the Lord and are saved. Not saved by words but by Gods work. Saved in Jesus name because we are transformed by the work of the Holy Spirit and our whole person overflows with life that is likened to a stream of living water. It is an awesome promise. 


 

The Word of God is that words have power when they are God’s words. We can speak good words of light and life. We can do this by turning to Jesus and submitting to his Spirit. Jesus stands at the door of our heart knocking and if we invite him in then His light will shine in a dark place. Then with our mouth we can speak with faith and experience Gods saving power at work, beginning now and completing in eternity. God’s word says that our words release God’s power when they are Gods words and are spoken with faith. They are like a small rudder that turns a large ship, a small bit that turns a powerful horse, a spark that can light a fire.[13] “It is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.” Our words can change our relationships and our opportunities, but not by magic; by relationship with our God who meets us in Spirit to bring glory to our saving Jesus. As Psalm 19 says: “May the words of our mouths and the meditation of our hearts be pleasing in God’s sight, for God is our Rock and our Redeemer.”



[1] Proverbs 18 v 21

[2] Deuteronomy 30 v 14

[3] 2 Peter 1 v 19

[4] Matthew 15 v 18

[5] John 7 v 38-39

[6] Joel 2 v 28-29

[7] Romans 5 v 5

[8] Proverbs 4 v 23

[9] Romans 8 v 29

[10] James 3 v 9-12

[11] John 4 v 24

[12] John 3 v 18

[13] James 3 v 3-5