opening prayer

O Lord, open our lips

ALL and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

O God, make speed to save us.

ALL O Lord, make haste to help us.

Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit;

ALL as it was in the beginning is now

and shall be for ever. Amen.

Praise the Lord.

ALL The Lord’s name be praised.

CONFESSION

St Paul says

˜Be imitators of God;

love as Christ loved;

do not grieve the Holy Spirit;

put away all anger and bitterness,

all slander and malice.

So let us confess our sins to God,

who forgives us in Christ.

ALL O King enthroned on high,

filling the earth with your glory:

holy is your name,

Lord God almighty.

In our sinfulness we cry to you

to take our guilt away,

and to cleanse our lips to speak your word,

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

The Lord enrich you with his grace,

and nourish you with his blessing;

the Lord defend you in trouble and keep you from all evil;

the Lord accept your prayers,

and absolve you from your offences,

for the sake of Jesus Christ, our Saviour.

ALL Amen.

Matthew 5:43-48


43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

This is the word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.


Romans 12:9-21


Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.

17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 On the contrary:

“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;    if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”

21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

This is the word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.


• What are the ways the Spirit is calling you to bless others? 

• How will (or does) blessing others – through sharing your resources, faith, and story –become part of your daily life? 

• Who will join you in committing to the practice of blessing others?

Prayers


Lord, in your mercy:

Hear our prayer.

As our Saviour taught us, so 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.

Lead us not into temptation

but deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power,

and the glory are yours

now and for ever.

Amen.


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Blessing

You are called and loved by God the Father

and kept safe by Jesus Christ.

Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance,

from God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

ALL Amen.

ALL God of power,

may the boldness of your Spirit transform us,

may the gentleness of your Spirit lead us,

may the gifts of your Spirit equip us to serve and

worship you

now and always.

Amen