The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

We meet in the presence of God

who knows our needs,

hears our cries,

feels our pain,

and heals our wounds.


Be with us, Spirit of God;

nothing can separate us from your love.

Breathe on us, breath of God;

fill us with your saving power.

Speak in us, wisdom of God;

bring strength, healing and peace.


The Lord is here.

His Spirit is with us.


Lord God, our maker and our redeemer,

this is your world and we are your people:

come among us and save us.

We have wilfully misused your gifts of creation;

Lord, be merciful:

Forgive us our sin.

We have seen the ill-treatment of others and have not gone

to their aid;

Lord, be merciful:

Forgive us our sin.

We have condoned evil and dishonesty and failed to strive

for justice;

Lord, be merciful:

Forgive us our sin.

We have heard the good news of Christ, but have failed to

share it with others;

Lord, be merciful:

 Forgive us our sin.

We have not loved you with all our heart, nor our neighbours

as ourselves;

Lord, be merciful:

Forgive us our sin.


May the Father forgive us

by the death of his Son

and strengthen us

to live in the power of the Spirit all our days.

Amen.


exodus 18:13-27

13 The next day Moses took his seat to serve as judge for the people, and they stood around him from morning till evening. 14 When his father-in-law saw all that Moses was doing for the people, he said, “What is this you are doing for the people? Why do you alone sit as judge, while all these people stand around you from morning till evening?”

15 Moses answered him, “Because the people come to me to seek God’s will. 16 Whenever they have a dispute, it is brought to me, and I decide between the parties and inform them of God’s decrees and instructions.”

17 Moses’ father-in-law replied, “What you are doing is not good. 18 You and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out. The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone. 19 Listen now to me and I will give you some advice, and may God be with you. You must be the people’s representative before God and bring their disputes to him. 20 Teach them his decrees and instructions, and show them the way they are to live and how they are to behave. 21 But select capable men from all the people—men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain—and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens. 22 Have them serve as judges for the people at all times, but have them bring every difficult case to you; the simple cases they can decide themselves. That will make your load lighter, because they will share it with you. 23 If you do this and God so commands, you will be able to stand the strain, and all these people will go home satisfied.”

24 Moses listened to his father-in-law and did everything he said. 25 He chose capable men from all Israel and made them leaders of the people, officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens. 26 They served as judges for the people at all times. The difficult cases they brought to Moses, but the simple ones they decided themselves.

27 Then Moses sent his father-in-law on his way, and Jethro returned to his own country.

This is the Word of the Lord

Thanks be to God


Matthew 11:25-30


25 At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. 26 Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.

27 “All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

This is the Word of the Lord

Thanks be to God


Questions for Reflection

What are the little things during the day which help you to stop and reflect?

Where might you have got into an unhelpful rhythm?

What are the small rhythms which may help you sustain your spirituality for the long haul?

When Jack says: Come to God, all you who are weary and burdened

Please respond: God's yoke is easy and his burden is light

Our Father in heaven

Hallowed be your name

Your Kingdom come, your will be done

On earth as it is in heaven

Give us this day our daily bread

And forgive us our sins

as we forgive those who sin against us

Lead us not into temptation

But deliver us from evil

For yours is the kingdom, the power and the glory

Forever and ever

Amen


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To a troubled world

peace from Christ.

To a searching world

love from Christ.

To a waiting world

hope from Christ.

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.

Amen.


Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

In the name of Christ. Amen.