Sunday 21st June
David’s Intro video
Bore da, gobeithio eich bod yn iach. Good morning, I do hope you are well. It’s great to gather to worship and we’re helped today by two pieces of music which have been offered copyright-free by a Christian worship song collective called Resound Worship.
The first one, ‘There is hope’ was written especially during this pandemic and it reflects upon what the Bible tells us, that there is power and hope in the name of Jesus.
At the end of his Gospel, St John says, “These things have been written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.”
Resound Worship, ‘There is hope.’ Please do join in and sing.
‘There is hope’ worship song
Slide: A reading from Psalm 86
Bible Reading video
Listen to me, Lord, and answer me, for I am helpless and weak.
Save me from death, because I am loyal to you;
save me, for I am your servant and I trust in you.
You are my God, so be merciful to me; I pray to you all day long.
Make your servant glad, O Lord, because my prayers go up to you.
You are good to us and forgiving, full of constant love for all who pray to you. Listen, Lord, to my prayer; hear my cries for help.
I call to you in times of trouble, because you answer my prayers.
There is no god like you, O Lord,
not one has done what you have done.
All the nations that you have created will come and bow down to you; they will praise your greatness.
You are mighty and do wonderful things; you alone are God.
Teach me, Lord, what you want me to do, and I will obey you faithfully;
teach me to serve you with complete devotion.
I will praise you with all my heart, O Lord my God;
I will proclaim your greatness forever.
This is the Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
Eryl’s Talk video
Welcome to the Vicarage kitchen. I do wish that I’d be able to offer you a cuppa – a panad – here with me. But imagine right now that you are here, at the table and we’re chatting together. And I ask you, “What does the word HOME mean to you?” And I say. Hmmm. When I was a child, I’d have probably drawn something like this.
Image of house
Of course where I lived didn’t look like this at all, but it would have had, definitely a window on either side of the door, a chimney, the sun shining, and always a big tree! A real idealised version!
Back to Eryl
It’s always kind of amused me – the idea of an ‘ideal home’ – you know, like the magazine ‘Ideal Home’ or the ‘Ideal Home’ exhibition. It suggests that if only I had that sofa or I had the money to buy that sofa – of course the world would be ideal. But we know that that’s not true, don’t we?
Perhaps it’s appropriate that on Father’s Day, we think of home, because ‘home’ to me suggests love, heart, roots. A place where we feel loved and accepted. A place where we feel like we belong, because we all long to belong.
Do you remember the story of the prodigal son? He gets himself into a heap of trouble, but on his return home, he doesn’t only return to a physical place – in many senses he comes home to himself. He gets a new identity as a son and a heavenly father, who welcomes him home.
The psalm that Anne just read is a cry of the heart. David, the author of the psalm, is in trouble too and he cries out to his heavenly Father who he knows loves him. In fact, he prays that his heart will, in some translations, be knitted to God’s.
He prays that his whole being, his whole identity and how he lives his life should be located, dwelt in God, his father. This is where his true home is to be.
So what does this have to say to us in our current situation? Well, our own physical homes have, since March, been a place we’ve had to do all of life. Home schooling. The home office. And for many of us they’ve been a place of prayer like never before. This service, now, is happening in your home: in the living room, in the kitchen, in the conservatory. We’re worshipping, if you like, in our slippers. And although there has been the sadness of exile from our church buildings the church, as the people of God, has not been closed at all. For home is where the heart is and our hearts, as they are knitted to God, are worshipping, praying and directing us to serve him and one another from where we are now.
My prayer, is that somehow in this exile from our church buildings and the normal busyness that many of us were engaged in up to lockdown, we have had time to reflect more, spend more time with God. To be still enough to listen to him, to spend time reading and understanding more about our faith, to spend time showing concern for one another.
Our friend Mark has been taking photographs that he’s entitled the 4 walls album – photos taken from the confines of his physical home. He’s had to be very still in taking those shots, as he has waited patiently for just the right angle. They reveal the wondrous beauty of God’s creation, just as indeed we are as his sons and daughters and in showing some of these, I’m going to pray the words of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, and just like the psalmist and indeed, the prodigal son, we may find our resting place, our home in our love of God, and the God of love. For that is where there is hope, as that catchy song at the beginning of our service went – and there is joy to my soul.
Video behind 4 shots from the 4 Walls album
- For this reason I fall on my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth receives its true name.
- I ask God from the wealth of his glory to give you power through his Spirit to be strong in your inner selves, and I pray that Christ will make his home in your hearts through faith.
- I pray that you may have your roots and foundation in love, so that you, together with all God’s people, may have the power to understand how broad and long, how high and deep, is Christ’s love.
- Yes, may you come to know his love—although it can never be fully known—and so be completely filled with the very nature of God.
Let us pray together. Lord God, mercifully hear our prayers.
Almighty Father, whose will it is to restore all things to their proper order, govern the hearts and minds of all those in authority and those who bear rule among us in church, in state, in business and commerce, those who speak to people through the media and all who have the power over other people’s lives. Grant them the humility to seek your guidance and to do your will so the families of the nations, now divided and torn apart by the ravages of sickness, injustice, distrust and fear be subject to your just and peaceable rule, through faith in Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
Lord God, whose Son Jesus Christ took upon himself our nature and understood hurt and pain, we pray for those who are sick in mind and body. Spread your covering wings around the frightened. Give strength to those in pain. Hold the weak in your arms of love and give hope and patience to those who are recovering. Lord, help us to do what we can for them, and what we can’t do be pleased yourself to do.
Bless all those who are working under great difficulties at this time. Bless and guide all those who are fearful about their futures and future employment. Bless all health and welfare workers. Bless those who are working to find cures for the Covid 19 disease that currently affects all countries of the world. Grant them wisdom, understanding and insight to develop cures to restore your people to health of body, mind and spirit, so that they may give thanks to you in your holy Church.
Lord hear us. Lord, mercifully hear us.
David’s Outro video
Diolch, thank you for being part of this worship today. We end with some prayers for Father’s Day. Let us pray:
Lord God we thank you for our birth fathers or for anyone who has acted like a father in our lives. We thank you for their kindness, their example, the memories we treasure and the relationships we still have now.
We thank you, those who have the privilege and responsibility of acting as fathers. Make us faithful, help us to be kind and wise, help us to live up to the high calling you have given.
And finally, Father God we thank you for your boundless love for us. That we find in you a trustworthiness, a hope, a strength, a reality of kindness that can guide us in all that we do and say. On this Father’s Day we give you thanks for your fatherly love. Amen.
Our second and last song from Resound Worship is a setting of the Grace. Once again do please join in as we end our worship together. We hope to see you later on at Zoom Coffee or in our Daily Reflections. Pob bendith, every blessing.
Slides with video as backing track
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