Service for Sunday 13th September – 14th Sunday after Trinity

Recorded at St. Andrew’s, Banwell at 10.30am on Sunday 13th September.

Apologies for the abrupt cutoff after communion – unfortunately the computer froze and we were no longer able to stream video. All that is missing is the notices and blessing. All notices can be found in this week’s New Creation Pew News.

Hymns, Songs, Readings and other links for 14th Sunday of Trinity –

10th Sunday of Re-opening – A New Church for a New Society:

“Themes in John’s Gospel.”

  1. Justice – Part A (John 12:20-33)

Sunday 13th Sept 2020

Bible Readings:

Key Bible Readings:

John 12:20-33 – “Very truly I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.” (John12:24) The great paradox of the ‘God story.’

If you would like to look up the whole reading for yourself – simply click the link: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=john+12%3A20-33&version=NIVUK

Set Readings for today:

Genesis 50:15-21 – Realizing that Jacob had died, Joseph’s brothers feared that Joseph might take revenge for their actions of seeking him harm.  They plead for forgiveness and to their amazement they discover Joseph shows them only kindness.  They are indebted to him, and therefore the prophecy that he, Joseph would one day be their shining star is strangely fulfilled.

Romans 14:1-12 – Paul is trying to sort out what can seem almost a very modern problem.  Some people want it this way, and some that.  Each can seek to judge and blame the other and then place Paul in the impossible position of ‘playing Solomon’ – in other words having to choose between the two.  Paul rephrases the whole situation – its not whether you eat meat or not that is important, it’s who you eat it, or refrain from eating it, for?  Is it self, and self-importance, or puritanical status, or is it as an act of loving devotion to God?  Unless it’s the latter, whether you eat meat or refrain from eating, it has no merit. 

Matthew 18:21-35 – Here is Jesus as a storyteller at His best.  In an age which increasingly “does not do God” the great danger is that we will forget that we too are in need, and have indeed been, forgiven.  Without that knowledge we will continue to demand our rights, we will continue to demand ‘justice,’ sadly sometimes as a mask for retribution, but we will find it increasingly hard to go beyond judgement and justice, and to reach out for mercy, for forgiveness and for grace.  And so, the great danger is the world will be hot on ‘right’s language and on ‘demands for justice,’ but cold on compassion and love.

Hymns and Songs for 14th Sunday after Trinity:

Traditional:

  1. “When I survey the Wonderous Cross” Songs of Praise version with Lyrics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEp6WKSXYQg
  2. Increasingly well-known and popular version by Chris Tomlin:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qC1IllbwX4w&list=RDqC1IllbwX4w&index=1
  •  “The Kingdom of God is Justice and Joy” – with Lyrics:

Modern:

We have been told by Facebook that unfortunately we are not able to play recorded artists during the actual “Livestream” itself at present, so we are playing certain videos either Before or After as a physical Church.  So that everyone can share in a full experience of the breadth of the worship life of the Church details of this music is given here:

  1. “Cornerstone” by Hillsong: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izrk-erhDdk&feature=youtu.be

The person who sent this in said, “I love the lyrics in this song, “my hope is built on nothing less than Jesus blood and righteousness” and later “weak made strong in the saviour’s love”. I’m reminded the world is fallen and full of injustice, but in Jesus we no longer put our faith in the transient things of this world, we have it all already in Jesus.”

  1. “54-46 That’s my number” by Toot Hibbert and the Maytals (Live at Reggae on the River): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhI3iVQfJ1g
  2. Toots was himself wrongly put in Prison (54-46 was his number) and the song is a protest about injustice.  Toots is regarded as the founder of Reggae (a distinctive worldwide phenomenon) and he passed away this week.
  1. “Thank you, Lord” by Bob Marley: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehmAiVSuC9o
  2. In celebration of the fusion between faith and Reggae music
  1. “The Blessing” – version of the epic song of Lockdown by the Christian Reggae Band Christafari – released 4 days ago:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcXJ1b3O8uA
  1. “Revelation Song” – by Christafari: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjDg6H5Ehrs
  2. Probably this Christian Reggae band’s most well-known song

Played after the Livestream:

  1. “Thank you, Lord” by Bob Marley: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehmAiVSuC9o
  2. In celebration of the fusion between faith and Reggae music

Book recommends:

“From Menace to Miracle” by Larry Harvey (Chaplain of Horfield Prison) available from Eden and Amazon, and also as an ebook from Amazon Kindle.  A remarkable story.  All proceeds to Southmead Hospital Neurological Dept.

Service for the 13th Sunday after Trinity

Recorded at St. Andrew’s, Congresbury on Sunday 6th September.

Hymns, Songs, Readings and other links for 13th Sunday of Trinity –

9th Sunday of Re-opening – A New Church for a New Society:

“Introduction to John’s Gospel: John’s story of King Jesus.”

(John 1:1-18)

Sunday 6th Sept 2020

Bible Readings:

Key Bible Readings:

John 1:1-18 – John introduces Jesus as the King of the Universe born in human flesh.

If you would like to look up the reading for yourself – or simply click the link: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+1%3A1-18&version=NIVUK

Set Readings for today:

Ezekiel 33:7-11 – God informs Ezekiel he must speak the truth as God’s prophet.  He must tell the people the error of their ways.  But in a rare insight God shares with Ezekiel why.  It’s because God knows that when the people live by other priorities, by other values, and worship other gods, this will lead them not to life but to death, and God wants to save them from the outcome He can foresee.

Romans 13:8-end – Paul, following Jesus, sums up all the Old Testament Commandments in the two that Jesus used, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your mind, with all your soul, and with all your strength.  And love your neighbour as yourself.”  He gives this teaching added emphasis by contrasting it as the difference between walking in the way of the Light, which is to walk according to the Spirit, and walking in the way of darkness, which is to follow simply human desires.  Don’t delay, says Paul, choose Light.

Matthew 18:15-20 – Jesus gives a similar teaching to that given by  God to Ezekiel, this time the disciples and the early Church.  The desire here is not for retribution or punishment of the person who has done wrong, but for restoration, both of the individual and the wider community; that the person be shown the error of their ways and be offered the opportunity to change.  For God delights in one person who changes.  He wants to see nobody lost.  God seems to be a passionate believer is what has come to be known as ‘restorative justice.’

Hymns and Songs for 13th Sunday after Trinity:

Traditional:

  1. “Jesus is King” with Lyrics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQWP5LYtiZA

For Children and Families:

Modern:

  1. “My world needs you right now” by Kirk Franklin (2017 Stellar Awards Performance): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0WRd4QTTC0
  1. “Atah Gibor” (You are Mighty) Live – Praises for Israel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dv30TWM6Efs 
  2. This recent song (Jan 2020) from this modern Messianic Jewish Christian community, beautifully phrased lyrics.
  1. “Waymaker” – the original version was composed by an African American artist, Sinach.  It has become a modern classic and has been covered by many Christian artists and translated into more than fifty languages.  This original version alone has had 156M views: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4XWfwLHeLM

Played after the Livestream:

  1. “King of Kings” by Hillsong United (Passion 2020 version) – just released: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avBnNQ44yn4
  2. “Passion” is an annual large interstate Christian music convention for College students held in big stadiums throughout the US.
  3. Version with Lyrics so you can sing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OnfQpZr030