Sunday Worship 17th October

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

17th October 2021
A Service of Morning Prayer

for the
29th Sunday of Ordinary Time


The Preparation:

The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.          
Mark 10:45

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: Ye servants of God

click on this link for a recording

Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim,
And publish abroad his wonderful name:
The name all-victorious of Jesus extol:
His kingdom is glorious, and rules over all.

Salvation to God who sits on the throne!
Let all cry aloud, and honour the Son:
The praises of Jesus the angels proclaim,
Fall down on their faces, and worship the Lamb.

Then let us adore, and give him his right:
All glory and power, all wisdom and might,
All honour and blessing, with angels above,
And thanks never-ceasing, and infinite love.


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.

Hear these words of scripture.

Love one another, for love is of God,
and whoever loves is born of God and knows God.

Spirit of God, search our hearts.



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

Let us confess our sins to God.

God of mercy,
we have sinned against you and against others.
We have sinned in what we have done,
and in what we have failed to do.
We are truly sorry.
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,
who died for our sins,
forgive us all that is past
and raise us to newness of life.   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 104:1–9, 24, 35c

Praise the Lord O my soul:

O Lord my God you are great indeed,

you are clothed in majesty and splendour.

You cover yourself with light as it were with a garment:

   you have spread out the heavens like a tent.

You laid out the beams of your dwelling on the waters above:

   you make the clouds your chariot,

   and ride upon the wings of the wind.

You make the winds your messengers:

   and flames of fire your servants.

You fixed the earth on its foundations:

   so that it can never be shaken.

You wrapped it with the ocean as with a cloak:

   the waters covered the mountains.

The waters fled at your rebuke:

   at the voice of your thunder they rushed away.

They flowed over the mountains, and down into the valleys:

   to the place you had appointed for them.

You set the limits which they may not pass:

   lest they should return to cover the earth.

The labourer goes out to work:

   and will toil until the evening.

O praise the Lord.

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 Mark 10:35-45

James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” And he said to them, “What is it you want me to do for you?” And they said to him, “Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.” But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?” They replied, “We are able.” Then Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.”

When the ten heard this, they began to be angry with James and John. So Jesus called them and said to them, “You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.”

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

The Song of Zechariah

Blessed are you O Lord our God:

  you have come to your people and set them free.

You have raised up for us a mighty Saviour:

   born of the house of your servant David.

Through your holy prophets you promised of old:

   that you would save us from our enemies,

   from the hands of all who hate us.

You promised to show mercy to our forbears:

   and to remember your holy covenant.

This was the oath you swore to our father Abraham:

   to set us free from the hands of our enemies,

free to worship you without fear:

   holy and righteous in your sight all the days of our life.

And you, child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High:

   for you will go before the Lord to prepare the way,

to give God’s people knowledge of salvation:

   through the forgiveness of their sins.

In the tender compassion of our God:

   the dawn from on high shall break upon us,

to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death:

   and to guide our feet into the way of peace.    

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 Reflection: ‘You’re gonna have to serve somebody’


Mark 10:35-45
‘You’re gonna have to serve somebody’
In the Gospel reading Jesus is on his way to Jerusalem and headed for the cross. By now we
might imagine that the disciples would have begun to understand what awaited Jesus in
Jerusalem, after all, in Mark’s Gospel, this is the third time he’s told them what will happen
up there.

‘The Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will
condemn him to death; then they will hand him over to the Gentiles; they will mock
him, and spit upon him, and flog him, and kill him; and after three days he will rise
again.’


But the disciples don’t get what Jesus is on about, and what’s being asked of them. On
several occasions Jesus says, ‘Do you not understand?’ ‘Don’t you guys get it yet?’ But
before we condemn the disciples as being rather dim-witted, let’s see their denseness as
encouraging. After all, we struggle, don’t we, to grasp the implications of the gospel … to
understand what Jesus is asking of us. Yet, Jesus used these people, as he uses us, to be his
instruments in bringing about the reign of God.


On this occasion, James and John compound their misunderstanding and use a rather
childish tactic to manipulate Jesus to their own advantage. ‘Teacher, we want you to do for
us whatever we ask of you.’ Like any prudent parent, Jesus makes them say what they really
want before he’ll reply. ‘And they said to him, “Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and
one at your left, in your glory.”’ When the other ten disciples heard this, they got angry – not,
I suspect, because they thought the request was inappropriate, but because they wanted
those places for themselves. They imagine a scene where Jesus will be all triumphant, with
themselves sitting in positions of honour and power at King Jesus’ right and left. They
simply haven’t heard Jesus at all, or refused to hear, even though he has repeated the
prediction several times.


But let’s not get judgmental with James and John, or the others. After all, they’re simply
playing by the norms they knew – norms that govern our society. Everybody wants to be
somebody. It’s natural. The story of humankind is the story of people trying to move up the
scale of importance. As Henri Nouwen says, ‘The long painful history of the Church is the
history of people ever and again tempted to choose power over love, control over the cross,
being a leader over being led.’


The request by James and John simply reflects how humans have always behaved. What’s in
it for me? It’s a theme running through the Bible, through human history, and (I dare to
suggest) through our own lives (either consciously or unconsciously). Shared glory,
honoured positions, closeness to powerful people – these are ways of being somebody. If we
can’t be the honoured guest or the one with the power, then being close by is the next best
thing. Some of the glory and honour may spill over onto us. But being close to Jesus has its
consequences. Jesus said to them, ‘You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to
drink the cup that I drink, or be baptised with the baptism that I am baptised with?’ This is
about sharing Jesus’ suffering. By the time Mark wrote his Gospel, Herod Agrippa had
killed James for his role as a leader in the Jerusalem Church. So being close to Jesus can be
dangerous thing.


We aren’t likely to be executed for our faith, but we need to let our desire for power and
prestige, for prominence and positions of honour, to die. Jesus offers a radically different
way of living. It’s called servanthood.

‘Whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever
wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. For the Son of Man came not to be
served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.’

The cup from which Jesus drank and that he invites us to drink from, is self-emptying love –
the giving of one’s own life in service for others. The baptism with which he was baptised is
a burial of the old way of life with its power games and the rising of God’s reign of justice,
generosity, and compassionate love.


James and John may have asked the wrong question; they may not have understood what
they were requesting when they asked to be seated on the right hand and left hand of Jesus,
but at least they asked the right person. They knew, that somehow, true greatness lay with
Jesus. And their question reflects one that lies within the hearts of all of us. It’s just that, the
answer they got wasn’t what they expected.


We’re left with some questions. What’s our view of greatness? What does it mean to be a
servant of others? How can we serve others? What will that mean on Monday morning? I
can’t answer those questions for you. We’ve got to work them out in our own lives, though I
think Bob Dylan got it right:


You may be an ambassador to England or France
You may like to gamble, you might like to dance
You may be the heavyweight champion of the world
You may be a socialite with a long string of pearls.
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes
Indeed, you’re gonna have to serve somebody….

So, who will it be?

When Jesus gives his life as a ransom, he frees us not to become great, as the world
understands greatness, but to be a servant to others. To be the first, you have to be a slave to
all.
Alister Hendery
St Matthew’s, Hastings – 17.10.2021


Hymn: From heav’n You came, helpless Babe

From heav’n You came, helpless Babe,
Entered our world, Your glory veiled;
Not to be served but to serve,
And give Your life that we might live.

Chorus
This is our God, the Servant King,
He calls us now to follow Him,
To bring our lives as a daily offering
Of worship to the Servant King.

There in the garden of tears,
My heavy load He chose to bear;
His heart with sorrow was torn,
‘Yet not my will but Yours,’ He said.

Come see His hands and His feet,
The scars that speak of sacrifice;
Hands that flung stars into space
To cruel nails surrendered.

So let us learn how to serve,
And in our lives enthrone Him;
Each other’s needs to prefer,
For it is Christ we’re serving.
(Graham Kendrick © 1983 Thankyou 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.

Servant Lord,
you became as one with us that we may be at one with you.
Give to your Church the same humility that it may seek to raise up all people as heirs of your grace…
In your service we find true glory.

Lord, in your mercy
hear our prayer.

Servant Lord,
you endured power struggles among your closest followers.
Give to all political leaders wisdom to understand the true purpose of government…
Take away all self-seeking and desire for honour.

Lord, in your mercy
hear our prayer.

Servant Lord,
You saw the corrosive effects of status.
Give to all the peace that comes from knowing we are valuable in your sight…
Set our restless hearts at ease in your love.

Lord, in your mercy
hear our prayer.

Servant Lord,
by your bruises we are healed.
Give to the anguished the light of your presence…
Be with us, O Lord, in all our troubles.

Lord, in your mercy
hear our prayer.

Servant Lord,
you are the source of our salvation.
Give to all who have died new life in your eternity…
Remember, O Lord, the work of your hands that we may be with you for ever.

Lord, in your mercy
hear our prayer.

The Collect

God of power,
in Christ you came to us as a servant;
the greatest became the least.
In a world which values privilege and power,
may we find the humble way,
putting others before ourselves,
sharing our resources
and witnessing to the life of the one who redeems.
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.

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.

Hymn: Brother, sister let me serve you


Brother, sister, let me serve you,
Let me be as Christ to you;
Pray that I may have the grace to
Let you be my servant too.

We are pilgrims on a journey;
We’re together on this road.
We are here to help each other
Walk the mile and bear the load.

I will hold the Christ-light for you
In the night-time of your fear;
I will hold my hand out to you,
Speak the peace you long to hear.

I will weep when you are weeping;
When you laugh, I’ll laugh with you.
I will share your joy and sorrow,
Till we’ve seen this journey through.

When we sing to God in heaven,
We shall find such harmony,
Born of all we’ve known together
Of Christ’s love and agony.

Brother, sister, let me serve you,
Let me be as Christ to you;
Pray that I may have the grace to
Let you be my servant too. (Richard Gillard © Scripture & Songs)

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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