Wednesday, September 23rd , 2020
Taizé worship involves sung and chanted prayers, meditation, a period of silence, liturgical readings, and prayers for healing. The style of prayer practiced at Taizé has attracted many worshipers from around the globe and from many different denominations.
Please join us the 4th Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m.
We cast our burdens
upon you, O Lord,
and you will sustain us.
Create in us clean hearts, O God,
and renew a right spirit within us.
Cast us not away from your presence
and take not your Holy Spirit from us.
Give us the joy of your saving help again
and sustain us by your bountiful Spirit.
Blessed are you, O Holy One,
the God of our salvation who bears our burdens.
We will now sing Holy Spirit come to us:
Psalm 118:14-29 (CEB)
The Lord was my strength and protection;
he was my saving help!
The sounds of joyful songs and deliverance
are heard in the tents of the righteous:
“The Lord’s strong hand is victorious!
The Lord’s strong hand is ready to strike!
The Lord’s strong hand is victorious!”
I won’t die—no, I will live
and declare what the Lord has done.
Yes, the Lord definitely disciplined me,
but he didn’t hand me over to death.
Open the gates of righteousness for me
so I can come in and give thanks to the Lord!
This is the Lord’s gate;
those who are righteous enter through it.
I thank you because you answered me,
because you were my saving help.
The stone rejected by the builders
is now the main foundation stone!
This has happened because of the Lord;
it is astounding in our sight!
This is the day the Lord acted;
we will rejoice and celebrate in it!
Lord, please save us!
Lord, please let us succeed!
The one who enters in the Lord’s name is blessed;
we bless all of you from the Lord’s house.
The Lord is God!
He has shined a light on us!
So lead the festival offering with ropes
all the way to the horns of the altar.
You are my God—I will give thanks to you!
You are my God—I will lift you up high!
Give thanks to the Lord because he is good,
because his faithful love lasts forever.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning,
is now, and ever shall be: world without end. Amen.
Let us now sing The Kingdom of God:
Almighty God, by the power of your Spirit
roll away the stone and reveal to us the Word of Life. Amen.
We will now sing In the Lord:
John 10:22-42 - Further Conflict Over Jesus’ Claims
Then came the Festival of Dedication at Jerusalem. It was winter, and Jesus was in the temple courts walking in Solomon’s Colonnade. The Jews who were there gathered around him, saying,
“How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.”
Jesus answered, “I did tell you, but you do not believe. The works I do in my Father’s name testify about me, but you do not believe because you are not my sheep. My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.”
Again his Jewish opponents picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus said to them, “I have shown
you many good works from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?”
“We are not stoning you for any good work,” they replied, “but for blasphemy,
because you, a mere man, claim to be God.”
Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I have said you are “gods”’? If he called them ‘gods,’ to whom the word of God came—and Scripture cannot be set aside— what about the one whom the Father set apart as his very own and sent into the world? Why then do you accuse me of blasphemy because I said, ‘I am God’s Son’? Do not believe me unless I do the works of my Father.
But if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may
know and understand that the Father is in me, and I in the Father.”
Again they tried to seize him, but he escaped their grasp.
Then Jesus went back across the Jordan to the place where John had been baptizing in the early days. There he stayed, and many people came to him. They said, “Though John never performed a sign, all that John said about this man was true.” And in that place many believed in Jesus.
The Word of the Lord
Let us now sing Stay With Me:
Faith and Love
Newman says in his sermons, again and again, that we have been created to love. “We love because it is our nature to love; and it is our nature, because God the Holy Ghost has made it our nature” Love gives life sense and fulfilment. “This is our real and true bliss, not to know, or to affect, or to pursue; but to love, to hope, to joy, to admire, to revere, to adore. Our real and true bliss lies in the possession of those objects on which our hearts may rest and be satisfied”. (From: Center of Newman Friends)
We will now sing God is Forgiveness:
The sunlight of the morning
shows us that darkness cannot prevail
and that everything hidden
is seen by the eyes of our God.
Remind us this day
that you see our needs and our deeds.
Let us now sing O Lord Hear My Prayer
We pray for the health and welfare of all nations. . . .
We extol your righteousness forever,
and by your favor our horn is filled.
We pray for the strength and vitality of your church. . . .
We exult in your name, O God,
and sing of your righteousness.
We pray for all who suffer from sickness,
hardship, or danger . . .
for you are the glory of our strength
and our shield in times of adversity.
We pray for the goodness and well-being
of your creation. . . .
Your steadfast love is declared forever;
your faithfulness is as firm as the heavens.
We remember those who make their procession
home to you this day
and live eternally in the light of your countenance.
Unite us in one unending song of praise to you,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.
We will now sing Bless the Lord my Soul.
The Lord's Prayer
And now, as our Saviour Christ has taught us, we are bold to say,
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
Let us now sing " Jesus Remember me."
May the grace of Christ,
the love of Abba,
and the Spirit’s joy surround us
as we walk in the light of the Lord. Amen.