CHURCH SERVICE -ON LINE, MOTHERING SUNDAY – 22 March 2020 – KILBRANDON & KILCHATTAN
Jesus said “Honour your Father and your Mother; and love your neighbour as you love yourself”. Matthew 19 verse 19
Loving Creator, this Mothering Sunday we give grateful thanks for all the women who have been part of our lives.
Today is a day to be thankful for the love of God, and for the love of our Mothers, or those who have been like a Mother to us. Whether they are still in this world or no longer with us. Let us just remember them and thank God for them, in a moment of silence…………………
Dear Lord we also lift up to you our nation, and all the nations of the world, as we struggle to cope with this terrible illness which has crossed every border, the Coronavirus. We pray for our Government who are doing their best to protect us as best as they can, as most of us our isolated in our own homes, keeping away from each other, to try to stop the spread of the virus. Dear Lord, we thank you for our Medical Staff and all NHS staff, who are working round the clock to try to heal and keep people safe, at a risk to their own lives. We thank you too for all those who are continuing working to keep the country going, the shops, the Police and Fire Brigade, the Military, the truckers, and refuse workers, there is an endless list, but you Lord know them all. We thank you for all those in our community who are organising ways for us all to receive food and necessary goods, for the care workers too. Lots of people have problems now that the schools have closed, there are caring problems, financial problems, and some will go hungry unless they are helped. We pray that the government can find ways to make sure that no-one is left without funds to be able to live. May we your people do all that we can, either by offering physical help, or by prayer, or even financial help. Dear God, the days ahead are unknown, so we put our trust in you and ask for your help and mercy. Amen.
MP 411 – Sing along these words if you know the tune, or search for it on you tube.
Let there be love shared among us, Let there be love in our eyes,
May now your love sweep this nation, cause us O Lord to arise,
Give us a fresh understanding of brotherly love that is real,
Let there be love shared among us, let there be love.
Talk – Family Connections its all about love
Who has a mobile phone? If so, do you have a photo on it of your better half, or your child/children or grandchildren, parents? I have a photo on mine of my two grandchildren as soon as I switch it on, I see them, smiling at me. They live in Norway so I am only able to see them two or three times a year, but this photo is precious. If you haven’t got a mobile may be you have a photo in your wallet or handbag just to remind you of your loved ones. Sometimes it is nice to share these with friends or neighbours, it helps us to get to know each other a little bit better.
Family connections, its all about love, the love of our families and the love of our friends and neighbours. The bible verse I chose today Matthew 19:19 is a commandment which Jesus repeated, “Honour or respect your Father and your Mother, and love your neighbour as you love yourself.”
I have made a list today of some things which I think it is important to remember, maybe you will agree with me.
- Don’t just pretend to love others; really love them.
- Always pray and be patient when there is trouble.
- When God’s children are in need, be the one to help them out.
- If someone insults you because you follow Jesus, ignore it, but pray that God will bless them.
- When others are happy, be happy with them, and if they are sad, share in their sorrow.
- If your enemy is hungry feed him, if he is thirsty give him a drink. Do not let evil conquer you, but use good to conquer evil.
- Live in agreement with one another, you may not always be right, we can all make mistakes and be wrong, let us not be so proud as to think we are the ones always right.
- Live at peace with all.
- Hate what is wrong, stand up for what is good.
- Be honest always.
In the last week or so, we have seen what is good in people and also what is bad. We did not realise that so many people would panic and not just purchase what they needed, but they became greedy and selfish, caring only about themselves and not caring about those who would go without. I pray that those who acted like that will realise how selfish they have been, and will change their ways and share some of what they have with their friends and neighbours. In all my lifetime I have never known people to act in such a horrible way. They are Godless, with no care of others, but our Lord is a God who forgives and who can change people and their ways. May they come to their senses, and be changed.
However, on the other hand this week, I have witnessed so much good and kindness in people. All coming together in the community where I live on the Isle of Luing, thinking of ways, to get shopping for those who are in isolation or those who have no transport. Collecting people’s prescriptions. Drawing up a newsletter to go to every house hold with advice of how to cope and who to phone if they need help. In other words they are all doing their best to take care of each other, and that is LOVE, in all its goodness, so much so, it out does the evil selfishness we have seen in others. I thank God for them.
Our God revealed the depth of His love by sending Jesus into the world; we long to know Him. Together we are called to help others discover the love God and guide them in the Way of Jesus.
Forgive us for the times when we allow our emotions and egos to get in the way of loving others as we should.
Forgive us for the times when we fail to create hospitality or a welcome for strangers.
Remind us today of how Jesus showed his love for all people and help us to follow his example.
Fill us so full of love that it pours out freely from us and extends to all the people we meet.
We long to see your love fill every nook and cranny of our world, to flow freely from and to all people. Help us to make it so, by starting with us. Amen.
Let us say the Prayer that Jesus himself taught us….
Our Father in Heaven, Hallowed be 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. Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil. For the Kingdom, the power and the glory are yours. Now and forever. Amen.
I chose our next hymn because Jesus himself had his Mother Mary and this hymn reminds us of that…..
MP435 Lord Jesus Christ You Have Come to Us
Lord Jesus Christ, you have come to us, you are one with us, Mary’s son;
cleansing our souls from all their sin, pouring your love and goodness in;
Jesus our love for you we sing – living Lord!
Lord Jesus Christ, now and everyday, teach us how to pray, Son of God;
You have commanded us to do, this in remembrance, Lord of you; into our lives Your power breaks through – living Lord!
Lord Jesus Christ, You have come to us, born as one of us, Mary’s son;
led out to die on Calvary, risen from death to set us free; living Lord Jesus, help us see, You are Lord!
Lord Jesus Christ, I would come to you, live my life for you, Son of God,
all your commands I know are true,
Your many gifts will make me new; into my life Your power breaks through- living Lord.
Benediction: With such love may we serve the world and serve it kindly.
With such love may we serve each other and serve each other generously
With such love may we serve God and serve God faithfully.
And MAY THE GRACE OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST AND THE LOVE OF GOD, AND THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, BE WITH US AND ALL THOSE WE LOVE, NOW AND FOREVERMORE. Amen.
Jean Alexander, Session Clerk, Kilbrandon & Kilchattan 20/3/2020