Silence and Centering – Pause for 2 minutes of Silence
“Be still, and know that I am God; – Psalm 46:1
First Reading: Psalm 112
Praise, servants of the Lord, praise the name of the Lord. Let the Lord’s name be blessed, now and for ever. From the sun’s rising to its setting, the Lord’s name is to be praised. The Lord is high over all peoples, his glory is above the heavens. Who is like the Lord our God, who lives on high, who bends down to watch over heaven and earth? He raises the weak from the ground, the poor from the dunghill, raises them among the princes, the princes of his people. He gives the barren woman a household, makes her the happy mother of children. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Second Reading: Hebrews 11:4-7
By faith Abel brought God a better offering than Cain did. By faith he was commended as righteous, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith Abel still speaks, even though he is dead.
5 By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death: “He could not be found, because God had taken him away.”[a] For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God. 6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
7 By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith.
If you ever doubt the value of faith, Hebrews 11 is a good chapter
to read. Today we look at just a small section of this grand
celebration of faith, yet it shows how, through the ages, faith
inspired God’s people to give their lives for the sake of God’s
purposes. If we want to please God – which means living lives that
embrace God’s values and ways – we need faith, the capacity to
trust and orient our lives around the mission of God. This faith doesn’t
need to be huge. All we need is to open ourselves to faith as God’s
gift. Then, as faith grows within us, it sustains us, and leads us in the
ways of goodness.
As we move closer to Sunday, and its celebration of the power of
small things, it’s important that we open ourselves to a growing
faith. It is this faith that will enable us to offer our abilities, our
resources and our time to God – however small our contribution
may be. It is this faith that empowers us to reach out to others in
Christ’s name, and it is this faith that will help us to find our place in
the Reign of God so that our small contributions have real impact
How can you open your heart to the gift of faith today? And how
can you allow faith to lead you to offer yourself for the sake of
DO: One of the best ways to grow, and to use, faith is to give of
ourselves – our time, talents and treasures. You may feel that what
you have to give is small, but there is a power in small things when
used for God’s Reign. Why not make today a giving day?
PRAY: Thank you, O God, for the faith that leads me to share my small
resources and abilities for the sake of your Reign on earth.
Prayers & Intercessions:
Christ our Lord is mindful of all who need him, and does great things for love of them. Let us not be afraid to ask him for all our needs.– Show us your loving kindness.Lord, we know that the good things we have received today have come as a gift from you: may we receive them with thankfulness and learn how to give.– Show us your loving kindness.Saviour and light of all people, keep missionaries in your special care: may the light of your Spirit burn strongly in them.– Show us your loving kindness.Grant that the world may be filled with the knowledge of your truth; help us to carry out all you have called us to do.– Show us your loving kindness.You healed the sickness and pain of your brothers: Bring healing and comfort to the spirit of man.– Show us your loving kindness.Give rest to the faithful departed; and bring them to praise you in eternity.– Show us your loving kindness.
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.
Lord God, strength of those who hope in you, support us in our prayer:because we are weak and can do nothing without you, give us always the help of your grace so that, in fulfilling your commandments, we may please you in all we desire and do.Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,(one) God, for ever and ever.Amen.
The Lord bless us, and keep us from all evil, and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.
Conclude with 5 Minutes of Silence