Weekly Message:

Blessed are the Persecuted

Call to Worship (words in bold to be read aloud)

For I consider the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is going to be revealed to us.

For the creation eagerly waits with anticipation for God’s children to be revealed.

For creation was subjected to futility – not willingly, but because of him who subjected it –

In the hope that the creation itself will also be set free from the bondage to decay into the glorious freedom of God’s children.

For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together with labour pains until now.

Not only that, but we ourselves who have the Spirit as the firstfruits – we also groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for adoption, the redemption of our bodies.

Now in this hope we were saved, but hope that is seen is not hope, because who hopes for what they see?

Now if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with patience.

We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God who are called according to his purpose (Romans 8:18-25, 28).

We worship in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit

Amen

Song: 10,000 Reasons – Matt Redman https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSxocnIaN0A

Prayer of Confession

Gracious God, our heavenly Father,

Our sins are too heavy to carry, too real to hide, and too deep to undo.

Forgive what our lips fail to name,

what our hearts can no longer bear,

and what has become for us a blanket of guilt and shame.

Set us free from a past that we cannot change.

By the power of the Holy Spirit, open to us a future in which we can be changed.

And grant us grace to grow in your image,

so that we can freely share your love and mercy in this world.

                 (Time for silent reflection and confession)

Lord, have mercy on us.

Through the blood of Jesus shed at the cross,

   wash away our guilt and make us clean in your eyes.  

Holy Spirit, help us to love and forgive others in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Declare God’s Words of forgiveness

God, who hears the cries of his people, who tends to the lives of those who are hurting because of sin, brings the greatest gift of all to us – forgiveness in Jesus’ name. In the powerful of name of our Saviour, Jesus Christ, we are forgiven. Amen.

Song: It Is Well – Kristene DiMarco https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Wb_WD1emFQ

Bible Readings: Matthew 5:10-12, Mark 10:23-31

Nicene Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth

And 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, dead and buried. He descended into hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty, from thence 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.

Sermon: Blessed are the Persecuted (Zoom, Podcast or Manuscript):

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Song: Miracles – Jesus Culture https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vUvi-A75BU

General Prayers

          (pause for personal prayer)

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in Heaven,
Hallowed is Your name.
Your kingdom come,
Your will be done,
On Earth, as it is in Heaven.
Give us today our daily bread,
And forgive us our sins;
As we forgive those who sin against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil,
For Yours is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
Forever and ever,
Amen.

Song:  Be Thou My Vision – Audrey Assad https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Optrm7lF16s

*For the offering this week, please bless someone in your neighbourhood with either a gift of money or gifts in kind. A loaf of bread or a warm drink with someone could be the difference between hope and despair.

Benediction

May the Holy Spirit guide us into Truth.

May the Living Truth, Jesus Christ, speak to our hearts.

May our hearts hear the love of God in his truth of Jesus. Amen