Sunday Worship 12th September

The Anglican Parish of Greater Hastings


(encompassing St Matthew’s, Hastings, and St Peter’s, Riverslea)
Christian communities in the heart of Hastings

Christian communities in the heart of Hastings

12th September 2021
A Service of Morning Prayer
for the
24th Sunday of Ordinary Time


The Preparation:

Great is the Lord and worthy of all praise.
Amen! Praise and glory and wisdom,
thanksgiving and honour, power and might,
be to our God for ever and ever!   Amen.

Hymn: Praise to the Holiest in the height

Praise to the Holiest in the height,
and in the depth be praise:
in all his words most wonderful,
most sure in all his ways.

O loving wisdom of our God!
When all was sin and shame,
a second Adam to the fight
and to the rescue came.

O wisest love! that flesh and blood,
which did in Adam fail, should strive afresh against the foe,
should strive and should prevail;

Praise to the Holiest in the height,
and in the depth be praise:
in all his words most wonderful,
most sure in all his ways.


E te whānau a te Karaiti / Brothers and sisters in Christ,
let us praise and worship God who has called us together.
Let us celebrate God’s majesty,
and delight in the wonder of God’s love.
Let us confess our sins
and receive assurance that we are forgiven.

As the scriptures are read,
we can allow God’s word to speak to us,
and ponder its meaning for our lives.
In our prayers, we give thanks for God’s goodness,
we pray for others as well as for ourselves,
and we offer our lives anew in Christ’s service.

All this we do,
because we believe in the presence among us
of our Saviour Jesus Christ,
and in the mighty power of the Holy Spirit.

God who called you is holy,
be holy yourselves in all your conduct.
Spirit of God, search our hearts.

In silence, we remember our need for God’s forgiveness.

Silence

Let us confess our sins to God.

Almighty and merciful God,
we have sinned against you,
in thought, word and deed.
We have not loved you with all our heart.
We have not loved others
as our Saviour Christ loves us.
We are truly sorry.
In your mercy forgive what we have been,
help us to amend what we are,
and direct what we shall be;
that we may delight in your will
and walk in your ways,
through Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen

Almighty God, who pardons all who truly repent,
forgive our sins, strengthen us by the Holy Spirit,
and keep us in life eternal;
through Jesus Christ our Redeemer.  Amen.


Psalm 116: 1-9

1 I love you O Lord because you heard my voice:
when I made my supplication,

2 because you turned your ear to me:
when I called upon your name.

3 The cords of death entangled me, and the grip of Sheol laid hold on me:
distress and anguish descended upon me.

4 Then I called upon the name of the Lord:
‘Deliver me O Lord I beseech you.’

5 Gracious is the Lord and righteous:
truly our God is a God of compassion.

6 The Lord preserves the simple-hearted:
when I was brought low the Lord saved me.

7 Be at rest once more O my soul:
for the Lord has treated you kindly.

8 The Lord has saved me from death:
and kept my eyes from tears and my feet from stumbling,

9 so that I may walk in the presence of the Lord:
in the land of the living.

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.

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.

A reading from the Prophet Isaiah 50: 4-9

4 The Sovereign Lord has given me his words of wisdom,
so that I know how to comfort the weary.
Morning by morning he wakens me
and opens my understanding to his will.

5 The Sovereign Lord has spoken to me, and I have listened.
I have not rebelled or turned away.

6 I offered my back to those who beat me and my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard.
I did not hide my face from mockery and spitting.

7 Because the Sovereign Lord helps me,
I will not be disgraced.
Therefore, I have set my face like a stone, determined to do his will.
And I know that I will not be put to shame.

8 He who gives me justice is near.
Who will dare to bring charges against me now?
Where are my accusers?
Let them appear!

9 See, the Sovereign Lord is on my side!
Who will declare me guilty?
All my enemies will be destroyed like old clothes that have been eaten by moths!

Hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church.
Thanks be to God.

The Song of Zechariah – Benedictus


My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord:
my spirit rejoices in God my saviour,

for you Lord have looked with favour on your lowly servant:
and from this day all generations will call me blessèd.

You O Most Mighty have done great things for me:
and holy is your name.

You have mercy on those who fear you:
from generation to generation.

You have shown the strength of your arm:
you have scattered the proud in their conceit.

You have cast down the mighty from their thrones:
and have lifted up the lowly.

You have filled the hungry with good things:
and the rich you have sent away empty.

You have come to the help of your people:
for you have remembered your promise of mercy,

the promise you made to our forbears:
to Abraham and his children for ever.

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.

A reading from the Gospel of Mark 8:27-38

(New Living Translation, © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 0188 All rights reserved



27 Jesus and his disciples left Galilee and went up to the villages near Caesarea Philippi. As they were walking along, he asked them, “Who do people say I am?”

28 “Well,” they replied, “some say John the Baptist, some say Elijah, and others say you are one of the other prophets.”

29 Then he asked them, “But who do you say I am?” Peter replied, “You are the Messiah. ”

30 But Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about him.

31 Then Jesus began to tell them that the Son of Man must suffer many terrible things and be rejected by the elders, the leading priests, and the teachers of religious law. He would be killed, but three days later he would rise from the dead.

32 As he talked about this openly with his disciples, Peter took him aside and began to reprimand him for saying such things.

33 Jesus turned around and looked at his disciples, then reprimanded Peter. “Get away from me, Satan!” he said. “You are seeing things merely from a human point of view, not from God’s.”

34 Then, calling the crowd to join his disciples, he said, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me.

35 If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will save it.

36 And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul?

37 Is anything worth more than your soul? 38If anyone is ashamed of me and my message in these adulterous and sinful days, the Son of Man will be ashamed of that person when he returns in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”

Hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church.
Thanks be to God.


A Reflection: ‘Questions’

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B) Mark 8:27-38
Questions


A priest asked a rabbi, ‘Why do Jews always answer a question with a question?’ The rabbi replied, ‘Why shouldn’t we?’

Jesus was given to doing that.


Questions take us on a journey. I’ve found that growth comes, not in the
arriving, but in the journeying – not in finding neat answers, but in the
questioning. I think that’s why Jesus so often didn’t give tidy answers.
When he was pressed for advice, he would often ask another question, or tell a story, or perhaps say that only God knows.


In the Gospel passage Jesus asks: ‘Who do people say I am?’ Over time a surprising number of different answers were given. In today’s reading he’s compared to Elijah, John the Baptist, or one of the prophets. Having heard those responses, Jesus redirects the question to his disciples. ‘But who do you say I am?’ Peter answers, ‘You are the Messiah.’ We might expect Jesus to give Peter a gold star for his answer. But no, he orders them not to tell anyone about him.


Jesus is the Messiah, but Peter and the others don’t know what that really means. Jesus doesn’t refuse the title of Messiah, but he doesn’t want it used about him – at least not yet. They’ll hear it and say, ‘Ah ha. We’ve got the right answer. We know who he is!’ But they don’t. He’s the Messiah, but not the Messiah they think of.


What they’ve got in mind is a political figure, a military leader, a messiah-king who will free them from the shackles of Roman imperialism. But what they got is a man who will suffer and die as a convicted criminal – scorned and rejected by the people.


It’s natural to want to put God into a box of our making, but God doesn’t fit. God can be rather unpredictable. For the first disciples, the surprises Jesus had in store for them were numerous – none more so than the nature of his messiahship. He tried to explain it. He told them that he’d suffer many terrible things and be rejected by the religious people and clergy. He’d be killed, but three days later he would rise from the dead. This shattered all their expectations, and Peter just couldn’t cope with it, and tells Jesus he’s got it all wrong. But Jesus rebukes Peter. ‘Get away from me, Satan! ‘You’re seeing things merely from a human point of view, not from God’s.’


Jesus is telling Peter, and us, ‘Don’t work in human categories. Don’t try to tie me down. I do things my way, not yours. And my way is to suffer and to die. And if you want to follow me, then you also need to experience something of that.’ This is how he puts it: ‘If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will save it.’


What might that mean? Instead of giving us a tidy answer, Jesus tells us to follow him – to have relationship with him. And it’s a relationship that demands something of us. The Message puts a challenging spin on Jesus’ comment. ‘Jesus says, “Anyone who intends to come with me must let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat; I am. Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I’ll show you how.”’

Following Jesus involves self-denial. Self-denial isn’t about self-destruction. It’s about letting go of what gets in the way of reflecting the Christ life – that prevents Christ from taking the driver’s seat. It’s a paradox. By denying an element of ourselves and letting it die, by losing it, something greater and more beautiful is given life within us. It’s what Paul meant when he wrote: ‘It is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me.’


That’s a challenge I face every day. And I’ve found that it’s when I face the tough stuff that life throws at us, and don’t run away from it, but seek God in the middle of it, I discover the Christ-life in a new way. I’m very mindful of how many of us are facing tough stuff at present, and there aren’t going to be neat answers. My hope is that as we live with these questions, we’ll somehow find God in a new way. And as we do so, I wonder how we might respond to that question Jesus posed: ‘Who do you say that I am?’ Our response may well change over time, but as we work with that question, I think Jesus is inviting us into a life-long conversation – to hear his questions and to offer him ours – to allow him to take the lead role in our lives and to invite him to shape us so that we gradually become more like him.


Alister Hendery – Hastings, 12.9.2021

Hymn: Here, I am Lord

I, the Lord of sea and sky
I have heard my people cry
All who dwell in dark and sin
My hand will save
I who made the stars of night
I will make their darkness bright
Who will bear my light to them?
Whom shall I send?


Here I am Lord, Is it I Lord?
I have heard you calling in the night.
I will go Lord, if you lead me.
I will hold your people in my heart.


I, the Lord of snow and rain,
I have born my peoples pain.
I have wept for love of them,
they turn away.
I will break their hearts of stone,
give them hearts for love alone.
I will speak my word to them.
Whom shall I send?


Here I am Lord, Is it I Lord?
I have heard you calling in the night.
I will go Lord, if you lead me.
I will hold your people in my heart.


I, the Lord of wind and flame,
I will tend the poor and lame.
I will set a feast for them,
my hand will save.
Finest bread I will provide,
till their hearts be satisfied,
I will give My life to them.
Whom shall I send?


Here I am Lord, Is it I Lord?
I have heard you calling in the night.
I will go Lord, if you lead me.
I will hold your people in my heart.
(Daniel L. Shutte – © New Dawn Music)


Prayers:

Make your ways known upon earth, O God,
your saving power among all peoples.

Renew your Church in holiness,
and help us to serve you with joy.

Guide the leaders of this and every nation,
that justice may prevail throughout the world.

Let not the needy, O God, be forgotten,
nor the hope of the poor be taken away.

Make us instruments of your peace,
and let your glory be over all the earth.

We offer our prayers of thanksgivings and Intercession

As our Saviour Christ has taught us, we pray

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.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
now and for ever. Amen.

Or

Te Karakia o Te Atua

Kua akona nei tātou e tō tātou Ariki, ka īnoi tātou

E tō mātou Matua i te rangi
Kia tapu tōu Ingoa.
Kia tae mai tōu rangatiratanga.
Kia meatia tāu e pai ai
ki runga ki te whenua,
kia rite anō ki tō te rangi.
Hōmai ki a mātou āianei
he taro mā mātou mō tēnei rā.
Murua ō mātou hara,
Me mātou hoki e muru nei
i ō te hunga e hara ana ki a mātou.
Āua hoki mātou e kawea kia whakawaia;
Engari whakaorangia mātou i te kino:
Nōu hoki te rangatiratanga, te kaha,
me te korōria,
Āke ake ake. Āmine.

COLLECT FOR THE DAY


Almighty God,
you are Alpha and Omega, beginning and end,
the Word made flesh.
Grant us the courage to take up our cross,
and bear it gladly for the sake of the gospel,
risking mockery and rejection,
following the example of Jesus.
Through Jesus Christ our Liberator,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen


Holy and everliving God,
by your power we are created
and by your love we are redeemed;
guide and strengthen us by your Spirit,
that we may give ourselves to your service,
and live each day in love to one another and to you,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


In darkness and in light,
in trouble and in joy,
help us, heavenly Father,
to trust your love,
to serve your purpose,
and to praise your name,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Hymn: O Jesus, I have promised

O Jesus, I have promised
To serve thee to the end;
Be thou forever near me,
My Master and my friend;
I shall not fear the battle
If thou art by my side,
Nor wander from the pathway
If thou wilt be my guide.


O let me feel thee near me!
The world is ever near:
I see the sights that dazzle,
The tempting sounds I hear.
My foes are ever near me,
Around me and within;
But, Jesus, draw thou nearer,
And shield my soul from sin.


O let me hear thee speaking
In accents clear and still,
Above the storms of passion,
The murmurs of self-will.
O speak to reassure me,
To hasten or control;
O speak, and make me listen,
Thou guardian of my soul.


O Jesus, thou hast promised
To all who follow thee
That where thou art in glory
There shall thy servant be.
And, Jesus, I have promised
To serve thee to the end;
O give me grace to follow,
My Master and my friend.


Oh, let me see Thy footmarks,
And in them plant mine own;
My hope to follow duly
Is in Thy strength alone.
Oh, guide me, call me, draw me,
Uphold me to the end;
And then to rest receive me,
My Saviour and my Friend.

The Dismissal:

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
and the love of God,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit
be with us all. Amen.


This copyright material for A Service of Morning Prayer is selected from
A New Zealand Prayer Book / He Karakia Mihinare o Aotearoa, (p35-52) and is used in accordance with regulations.

This service has been prepared by the team at St Matthew’s Church, Hastings,
and it is offered for individual or family use in home “bubbles” during NZ lockdown in Covid-19 Pandemic.


The words of hymns have been included as an optional extra resource for reflection,
but if you wish to sing them, tunes may be found on-line by clicking the link at each hymn.


KEEP IN TOUCH

St Matthew’s Anglican Church, Hastings
Corner King Street & Lyndon Road, Hastings

A worshipping centre within
The Anglican Parish of Greater Hastings


Parish Office Phone: 878-9476 ~ P O Box 824, Hastings 4156
email: hastingsparish@waiapu.com ~ website: www.stmattshastings.com

Parish Priest-in-Charge:
The Venerable David van Oeveren
ph 06 211 3457 / 021 470 337
email: david.vanoeveren@waiapu.com

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