Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Sunday Service Marsden Road Uniting Church 23 September 2018




Gathering God’s People


 Acknowledgement of First Peoples

 From river to ocean, from campfire to hearth,

May the First People who have cared for this Land be blessed.

From breath to song, from step to dance,

May those who follow Your Song lines guide us on the journey of living honourably in this place.

From greeting to Amen, from silence to chorus,


Call to Worship (Abingdon Worship Annual 2018)

Blessed are those who meditate on God’s ways, for they are like trees planted by streams of living water, bearing fruit in due season. Happy are those who draw near and grow strong in the Lord.

Draw near to God and grow strong in God’s presence. Seek God’s wisdom and know joy as God draws near.

Live as trees planted by living waters, and Christ will give you peace.

Rest in the shade of the Tree of Life, and Christ will lead you home.

Draw near to God, and God will draw near to you.

 

Hymn TIS 107:  “Sing praise and thanksgiving”

 

Opening Prayer

 Source of wisdom and understanding, plant us by your streams of living water, that we may bear the fruit of peace and mercy in the seasons of our lives; …Place your wisdom and understanding within us, that we may be far more precious than jewels to those in need of your healing love. Amen.


Prayer of Confession

 We live in a world, O God, that looks for wisdom and understanding in all the wrong places.

You teach us that charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting, yet we strive for these things above the virtues of industry, mercy, gentleness, and service…


Declaration of Forgiveness

When we draw near to God, God draws near to us. God blesses us with humility, gentleness, mercy, wisdom, and understanding. Draw near to God and touch the inexhaustible love of God.

Thanks be to God!


The Peace

When we make peace, we sow the seeds of justice by our peaceful acts. Let us sow the peace of Christ this morning, as we share signs of our commitment to justice and mercy.

Peace be with you!

And also with you

 

 

A Word with the Children/Young People

Rev. John told the story of children walking along the street, holding their precious toys. One girl was cuddling her China doll which was knocked from her hands. The result was predictable…the doll smashed, breaking the child’s heart with it. But her friend remained with her, sharing tears of grief. We can rarely mend problems god other people but we can grieve with them. Letting them know that we share their pain and are reaching out to support them.


Invitation to the Offering

 With the wife from Proverbs, who is far more precious than jewels, let us open our hands to the poor and our hearts to the needy. Let us sow peace in our world through the gifts and offerings we collect this day.

 

 Hymn TIS 650:  Brother sister, let me serve you.”


                  

The Service of the Word

James 3:13 - 4:3

 13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Show by your good life that your works are done with gentleness born of wisdom.  

Mark 9:30-37

  35 He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, ‘Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.’ 36 Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them, 37 ‘Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.’


 

Preaching of the Word

Can Goodness and Wisdom Coexist? –

Here, I have selected just one of the many points Rev. John covered today and drawn his words on that subject together..

James in his letter tries to show the natural link between goodness and wisdom. The combining of wisdom and goodness is not something we want to restrict. We have a contrast of two kinds of wisdom: heavenly/godly wisdom with earthly/evil wisdom. Like the early church people, we want to know how to gain heavenly/godly wisdom.

This distinction between goodness and wisdom is one that has never occurred to me but when we attached “worldly” to “wisdom” all becomes clear. But the “wisdom” of the Bible’s Sophia fits the bill. That wisdom is God’s wisdom, wisdom coming from God. That sort of wisdom goes hand in hand with goodness and the holy action that follows.

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Hymn TIS 609: May the mind of Christ my Saviour” Amen to that. Isn't that the point of listening for God’s voice?

 

 

 

Music to lead us to prayer: This is a time for each of us to draw near to our God. A time of quiet to absorb the words we have heard in the readings and the sermon or to contemplate our own concerns and bring them before God.

 

Hymn TIS  256: “From heaven you came, helpless babe”. And yet we are so unwilling to become helpless before our Lord and be guided by God’s will. We try so hard to find our own solutions.

 

Benediction

 Having drawn near to the God of love, we go forth to bear fruit in due season. Having drawn near to the Spirit of wisdom, we go forth with humility and understanding. Having drawn near to the Presence of mercy and grace, we go forth as children of compassion and peace. Go with God.

 

Hymn TIS 780: May light come into your eyes

 

 

Sunday, 16 September 2018

Sunday Service Marsden Road Uniting Church 16th September 2018

Call to Worship:  
The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the earth proclaims God’s handiwork.
How can we not praise and worship this God of Creation – this Lord of our Lives?
Let’s stand and sing with our very heart and soul.


Hymn  TiS 215           “You servants of God”

Charles Wesley (1907 – 1888)   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GH0aLQwhRY


Prayer of Adoration and Confession:  This morning Dermott spoke of the many forms prayer can take and shared with us a prayer of reminiscence he was inspired to write about an event at this time two weeks ago when he; “Enjoyed a sense of wonder about God’s creation, a sense of our own smallness, a sense of grace and an awareness that we share with others our joy in God.”  Dermot invited us to go for a walk with God – along the foreshore at Forster and up to Bennett’s Head.

“The air was clear, the light a softer winter’s sunlight – the wind was strong and clean and chilly.  The pathway meets a bush covered hill and begins climbing.  Periodically “galleries” open to the side – just like alcoves with pictures hanging – on this track the pictures are vistas of sea, coast, lake and hills – with startling colour and depth and width and  ---- as the first “picture” opens before you, your mouth falls open and you gasp and say – unthinkingly, ‘Who did this?’  - It is a stunning display of the heart of creation – and you tear yourself from it to move again.  What could there be next?  - and you begin to move with delicacy for this place has become a holy place – you do not own it – it is God’s garden, a place of wonder and encounter.

Finally you emerge and in silence come to the top of the great sandhill at the north end of One Mile Beach – and you stand immobile in the face of beauty as the ocean below crashes upon the sand and the rocks – what to do? Be still and just be – in humility and wonder, you sit and keep silent.

I sat – and I thought of you here, at worship.  And I wondered, ‘Could I meet God in this place?’ – my head dropped in humiliation as God was there and who was I to wonder.  But I soon was able to lift my head – it was as if a friendly arm came around my shoulders and I lifted my eyes to see a sparkle in the eye of my closest companion – God was present and the eyes were the eyes of the Son – and I understood that I was loved.

·    And I sat and shared in this ageless time – with the cosmic, eternal Creator – the God we seek to know here today
·    And I in the end turned and rose – and discovered that I was not alone – I had been joined by others who had sat quietly also upon that hill – just being – just wondering
·    And so I was not alone, I had shared with a congregation after all – experiencing creation, being healed and being prepared for life.
·    Thanks be to God.   Amen.


Children’s Message:  
Dermot told the children about the excitement in the town of Dubbo last week when it was announced that Prince Harry and his wife, the Duchess of Sussex were soon to be visiting the town.  He said it reminded him of a time, “A long time ago when a small town in a Kingdom whose name has been long forgotten, also heard that their Prince was going to visit them.  But the Mayor wondered how the prince would be recognised because nobody knew what he looked like.”  When the town’s people were speculating about his looks and his horsemanship, his dress and his speech, everyone heard a “quite quiet voice call out; ‘He is nothing like that’”  Then he smiled and thanked his people for their concern about how to welcome him and the people cheered the prince. 


The message for the children was that we should be careful when we make up our mind about what people might be like and that it is really important that we get to know the real Jesus, not just somebody we imagine.  “Jesus is the one who shows us what God is like”.


Offering & Dedication:  Dermot invited us to make our offering with feelings of joy.

Hymn TiS 547                        “Be though my vision, O Lord of my heart”
This is an 8th Century Gaelic Hymn which was translated by Mary Elizabeth Byrne (1880 – 1931)



Bible Reading:          Read by Susan    Mark 8: 27 - 39

 When Jesus asked his disciples; “Who do men say I am” he followed up with a very personal question; “Who do you say I am?”  What must the disciples have felt when Jesus told them to tell nobody about him and went on to describe the grim future he faced?  Then came the difficult message: “Anyone who wishes to be a follower of mine must leave self behind; he must take up his cross and come with me.” 


Reflection:                 “Who is Jesus?”   

Dermot first commented on this Bible reading as being “critical” and  being in fact, the core of the whole Gospel which teaches us that “Jesus is not simply a man – he is not an angel – he is not a mere prophet – he is the Christ..”  He went on to explore the declaration that “Jesus is the Christ.”

Dermot suggests the essence of what this means is; “In Jesus, humanity is able to know just how close God is to humanity – for the nature of Jesus was the nature of God – there was a oneness in essence.  By the life of Jesus, we can know God – and we can also know that we have a divine essence.  Jesus’ life puts us in touch with the nature of God.”

“But let’s not get too carried away with this – for the overarching fact remains that God’s gift to us, as well as life itself, is free will – and it is our free will which keeps us from knowing God fully.”  Dermot went on to speak of the things we want and do that do not reflect the nature of God.  “We want constantly to feed our egos – our desire for power, authority, comfort and pride, - our self-centredness creates the divide from God.  But when we turn and realize who God is and reach for the nature of God – which means we turn self off – then we close the gap and God will always be there, facing us with open arms.  This is what the Jesus story is really all about.”

Dermot spoke with some excitement, of a course he has been studying at the Uniting Theological College over the last few months. “It is called ‘Jesus the Christ’ and explores Christology – the question of who Jesus was – and how ideas were formed and where we are today.”  It seems it sums up 2,000 years of the history and heritage of Faith and explores milestone events and struggles, including splits between Eastern and Western, Catholic and Orthodox, the Reformation and different ways of thinking about Christianity.

However, he says this 2,000 years of debate should not confuse us, because; “Ultimately, Faith in Jesus arises from our encounter personally with the inner truth, with a sense of knowing a God of Love and Grace, who is revealed in the life of Jesus and who we know deeply within, as the Spirit which is always with us.”

“So, who was this man?”  Dermot asked again and he went on to say; “In Him I can see that which has driven Graham Long of the Wayside Chapel; driven Deitrich Bonhoffer who challenged injustice and died for it; motivated Mother Theresa in her work and moved William Wilberforce and others to fight to end slavery; and in Jesus, maybe we can see what we know inside ourselves, a little, as Love and Grace.  For all that is good – all that is Love – is of God.”

Hymn TiS 223:           “How sweet the name of Jesus sounds”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pfumgpnshag This hymn was written by John Newton (1725 – 1807).  John Newton wrote his own epitaph, and he said, "I earnestly desire that no other monument, and no inscription but to this import, may be attempted for me".  "John Newton, Clerk, once an infidel and libertine, a servant of slaves in Africa, was by the rich mercy of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, preserved, pardoned and appointed to preach the Faith he had long laboured to destroy". 

Prayers of the People:  Dermot led the prayers of Intercession today and after reading the names of those for whom prayers had been requested, he stressed that God knows our thoughts and struggles, fears and hopes and he hears our needs.  We then shared in saying the Lord’s Prayer.

Hymn TiS 231:           “At the name of Jesus, every knee shall bow”
This hymn was written by Caroline Maria Noel (1817 – 1877) who was an invalid for the last 25 years of her life.  She wrote the bulk of her hymns after her long illness in middle age began.  Her father was a vicar and also a hymn writer.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdksnOdgPG4

Benediction:   “The world we live in might know the name of Jesus, but few actually know Jesus.  So it falls to us to share Jesus with the world.  Let us do so, knowing the presence within and without of the God who is Creator, Son and ever present Spirit.   Amen.



Hymn:             “Now unto Him”   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qn8vqm0mXaM

Monday, 10 September 2018

Sunday Service Marsden Road Uniting Church 9th September 2018

The Gathering of God’s People:  
From river to ocean, from campfire to hearth, 
May the First People who have cared for this Land be blessed.

From breath to song, from step to dance, 
May those who follow Your Song lines guide us on the journey of living honourable in this place.  

From greeting to Amen, from silence to chorus,


Call to Worship   (Abingdon Worship Annual 2015 and Billabong)

It is here in the sanctuary of our God that we learn to fulfil the royal law of God’s Word: “Love your neighbour as yourself.” May our praise and worship this day, remind us of God’s love, forgiveness, and healing grace.

(From Psalm 125)  
Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion,
they are like Mount Zion which is immovable, abiding for ever. 

Jerusalem has mountains surrounding it, 
and the LORD God surrounds God’s people even now, and for all time. 

God of the unexpected moment, you have gathered us by your Spirit to serve us and renew us, and surround us.  
Break in on our world like hearing to the deaf, sight to the blind, speech to the dumb; come in your unexpected hour.  

Bring form to our chaos, light to our darkness, and life to our hearts. 
Fill us with your expectant Spirit: and so transform our gathering to your glory, and perfect our worship for your praise.



Hymn  TiS 567                       “God of all power and truth and grace”

Charles Wesley (1907 – 1888) was a leader of the Methodist movement in England and wrote an amazing number of hymns, totalling more than 6,000.   Although not the most rousing hymn to sing, the words are really worth sitting quietly and thinking about when you have a moment.


Opening Prayer: “Creating, loving, and healing God, we gather together this day, coming from different places and situations in life. In faith, we fall before you in praise and worship, desiring to be fed with your love and healed with your grace. Fill us with wonder, O God, that we may proclaim your good news for all to hear. Open up our ears, our mouths, and our hearts this day. In Christ Jesus’ name, we pray.”  Amen.


After The Prayers of Confession was the Declaration of Forgiveness:

“Mercy overrules judgment, love hatred, and God’s embrace reaches out to all people, spanning all of the mountains and chasms that confront us. Be at peace with yourselves and with others, knowing that God’s mercy endures forever.”  Thanks be to God!




We were invited to Pass the Peace:   “Creating us all as equals, and calling us to be generous in our faith, the Lord invites us to offer gestures of welcome as we share the peace of Christ.”


Children’s Message:  
John challenged the children to listen to the clues and guess who he was describing as he “unfolded” the remarkable story of Mother Teresa.  When the clues were finished and she had been identified by one of the children, John talked of Mother Teresa as a 20th C example/picture of this week's gospel reading. 


Offering & Dedication:

Hymn TiS 587                    “Fold to your heart your Sister and your Brother”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mG21apd_vWw This hymn was written by John Greenleaf Whittier (1807 – 1892) who was an American Quaker.  He was a successful poet and hard working advocate of the abolition of slavery in the United States.  Many of his poems were turned into hymns and much of his writing was in support of the abolition of slavery.

Bible Reading:          Read by Wendy    James 2:1-10, (11-13), 14-17       Mark 7:24-37

The reading from James is important and carefully weighs up our attitudes to the law. And how we think and how we act – and what attitudes do we display by our actions.  But this is all clearly summed up in the last verse; “So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.”  Good food for thought!


The reading from Mark’s Gospel finds Jesus trying to go unnoticed as he healed people – in the modern era with instant communication this seems rather a hopeless wish and of course people always want to share good news.


Reflection:                 “Where you are?”   (James 2:1-10, (11-13), 14-17)

John began with a quote from Mark Twain who said that it was the things in the Bible that he did understand that disturbed him – not those he did not understand.  John noted that this passage from the letter of James is such a passage; “The first half of our lesson from James is a direct blast against playing favourites on the side of the rich.  In fact, the passage declares God’s bias toward the poor! ‘Has not God chosen the poor in the world to be rich in faith and to be heirs of the kingdom that he has promised to those who love him?’”

“There is no prosperity gospel to be found here! The degree of poverty is emphasized by the adjective “dirty”. This passage calls to mind the parable about Lazarus and the rich man. Our temptation is to point knowingly at others who are perceived to be rich by our standards of measurement. This passage from James is directed at us! “

John uses Pogo, a comic strip character’s quote; “We have met the enemy and he is us” to introduce several references of importance, like “kingdom”, “royal law” and the way “faithfulness should be lived out in our actions.“  John also reminds us that; “James takes us immediately to a quote from Leviticus, ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’ Our attention is being called to how Jesus summed up the totality of the Torah or Old Testament Law. This was the central teaching of Jesus.

John then spoke about the importance that those who love God should therefore love their neighbour and pointed out this is not intended as a platitude, “love one another”. He reminded us; that this means “That our walk and our talk are to be one.”

“Think about it. We are watching the news, a scene of violence flashes across the screen, and just for an instant we find ourselves hating the perpetrator. If that is the case, according to James, we have committed a sin and “are convicted by the law as transgressors.” The emphasis is on the whole Law. We have to keep every little bit and nuance. How good is good enough? We have to always, perfectly, in every particular seek to love our neighbour. The passage hammers the point home in an indisputable fashion.”  


John said, ”As hard as I’ve tried, there are many times when I have been judgmental. How about you? Are you good enough? Have you once, just once in your life, harboured a secret hatred or discriminated against someone because of economic status or race or nationality or something else?”


“In other words, have you led a sinless existence? With Jesus, word and deed were one. He lived with perfect integrity. So ,let it be with us, James is reminding us. We are urged to let what we profess we believe and how we act mirror each other— “so speak and so act.”


John introduced us to a Rich Mullins song.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2caOygnx2kk


Hymn TiS 608:           Where cross the crowded ways of life”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYuzL3wvcU8 This hymn was written by Frank Mason North (1850 – 1935)
Prayers of the People:  John led the prayers of Intercession today and we shared in saying the Lord’s Prayer.:

Hymn TiS 627:           “Praise and thanksgiving Father we offer”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMb1cu-WqJg  This hymn was written by Albert Frederick Bayly (1901 – 1984)

Benediction:   
Now as you have received, so may you give away. Keep God's words close to your heart. Teach them to your children and talk about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise. Bind God's truths as a sign on your hand, fix them as an emblem on your forehead, and may they be written on the doorposts of your homes, your gates, and your lives. Amen.



Hymn: TiS 779         " May the feet of God walk with you"   (Aubrey Podlich  b. 1946)

May the feet of God walk with you, and His hand hold you tight.
May the eye of God rest on you, and His ear hear your cry.
May the smile of God be for you, and His breath give you life.
May the child of God grow in you, and His love bring you home.

Thursday, 6 September 2018

Sunday Service Marsden Road Uniting Church 2nd September 2018

The Gathering of God’s People:  

Call to Worship   (David N Mosser and other Sources)

Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away; for now, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone.”

Receive life as a gift from God.   We will give generously to others from the gift of our lives.
Hear the words of faith and rise to act.  We will be doers of the word, acting out of faith and love.
Arise and come away.  We rise to serve with hearts overflowing with love.


The theme of the Service today was “Living Faithfully”

Hymn  TiS 156                          Morning has Broken”

This Hymn was written by Eleanor Farjeon who was a children’s author and poet who was born in London in 1881.  She was a sickly child with poor eyesight, but began to write from the age of five, encouraged by her father who was a popular novelist.  Although educated at home, Eleanor became a successful journalist, broadcaster and writer of poetry and stories.  She wrote “Morning has Broken” in 1931 to suit an old Scottish tune.


Opening Prayer:  Creating God, Giver of life and love, open our hearts to your loving call, that we may hear your voice and rise to follow you. We give you thanks for the gift of life, and pledge to live this gift with love and gratitude. Guide us, Holy One, to respond to those in need: the widows and the orphans, the tired and the weary, the lost and the lonely. We pray in the name of Christ, who taught us how to love. Amen.



The Prayers of Confession   Forgiving God, there are many times when we are content to rest in your word— your words of assurance, your words of comfort, your words of abundant grace.  Guide us to the places most in need of your love. Guide us to the opportunities most in need of our actions of care.  Forgive us for our times of inaction.  Forgive us when we quote the words of faith but fail to live them. For your mercy and grace, we thank you. Amen

Declaration of Forgiveness   The author of our lives calls us into new life. In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven. In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven.  Thanks be to God!

Passing of “The Peace”  We exchanged words of Peace with the worshipers around us.

Offering & Dedication:

Hymn TiS 597                        “Master speak, thy servant heareth”

This Hymn was written by Frances Ridley Havergal (1836 – 1879) who was the daughter of the Rev. W. H. Havergal.   She was born in 1836 and in 1851 she said; "I committed my soul to the Saviour, and earth and heaven seemed brighter from that moment."   She was the author of many hymns.



The Service of Holy Communion:    The Great Thanksgiving
The Lord be with you.  And also, with you.  Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.  It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Christ has died.  Christ is risen.  Christ will come again!

The Breaking of the Bread:   Because our bread has come from one loaf; we, who are many, are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf.  The bread which we break is a sharing in the body of Christ.  The cup over which we give thanks is a sharing in the blood of Christ. Thanks be to God.

Lamb of God you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.
Lamb of God you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.
Lamb of God you take away the sins of the world, grant us peace.

Invitation to Communion:  As tangible as grain plucked by Jesus and his disciples, as mysterious as the Presence known by our faithful ancestors, so is the meal we are about to share. Let us open our hearts and hands, as we remember and partake together.

Prayer after Communion: Eternal God, we give you thanks for this holy mystery in which you have given yourself to us. Grant that we may go into the world in the strength of your Spirit, to give ourselves for others, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

   
Bible Reading:          Read by Chris     James1:17-27        Mark 7:1-8 & 14-23
In the reading from James, we heard what has always appealed to me as a good clear message;  17 Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. 18 In fulfilment of his own purpose he gave us birth by the word of truth, so that we would become a kind of first fruits of his creatures. 19 You must understand this, my beloved: let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger; 20 for your anger does not produce God’s righteousness.


Reflection:                 “Living Faithfully”  (James 1:17-27)  


John skillfully used the words written by James; “To give profoundly practical help in living daily as followers of Jesus Christ.”


He went on to say; “At the close of the first chapter of James the reader encounters a powerful claiming statement. Verse 17 is a line of poetry in the Greek. ‘Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.’   What a beautiful verse. Here is genuine good news. It is not all up to us. The good does not arise from our gritty will power. It comes from above, as a gift, from God. Do you remember that old tale about the guy who bragged that he was a self-made man? People who knew him said that accounted for a lot.”


“When wrestling with problems and struggling with destructive impulses, James instructs us to turn to God.”  John said – and then went on to remind us; “Trying harder alone is not enough, as noble as that may be. The story is told of how a legendary football coach, stood on the sideline during one game, watching the opposing team run around his team’s right end successfully time after time. In frustration he called for one of his substitutes. “Jimmy,” he said, instructing the player, “I want you to go in there and stop that sweep around the right end.”


“With pumped up enthusiasm Jimmy replied, “I’ll try coach!” The coach looked at him in disgust. “Sit down son,” he said, “Billy’s trying. ”We have to do more than just try. We are to turn to the “Father of lights.” The lights are a reference to the heavenly bodies—the sun, the moon, the stars—as great as they are, they change.”

John went on; “God alone is the Father of lights. In Verse 18 the passage turns to strikingly feminine imagery in which James calls us to trust God, “he gave us birth by the word of truth.” It is suggested that the language is metaphorical. God created you. God called you into being. Your divine purpose is not to fulfil every “itch of pleasure,” that might come your way but to be the “first fruits” of God’s good creation.”


James bids us to tune our lives to hear the music of God! There is greatness within you, within me, within us that comes from God.  With this great crucial preface, the rest of the passage from James challenges us to lean forward into a life lived for the purpose and glory of God. 



Hymn TiS 534                        Love is his word, love is his way”

This hymn was written by Luke Connaughton  (1917 – 1979)


Prayers of the People:  Noelene led the prayers of Intercession today.  At the end, we joined together in the Lord’s Prayer.


Hymn TiS 618                        “What does the Lord require”

This hymn was written by Albert Frederick Bayly (1901 – 1984)  It is generally considered to be Bayly’s best-known hymn, written in January 1949.  It was based on the text from Micah 6:6-8.  He was also considered to be “the father” of the new and exciting explosion in hymn writing in the 1960s -1970s. 


Benediction:   
With hearts renewed and spirits filled to overflowing with the love of God, our Creator, go from this place to follow Jesus, who taught us how to love. Listen for the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Hear the word, do the word, and live the word. Go in peace. And the blessing of God Almighty, Creator, Redeemer and Giver of Life be with you and remain with you. Amen.


Hymn: TiS 780                        May light come into your eyes”   Mandy Treagus


May the light come into your eyes, may hope spring up in your heart, may peace guide all of your mind, and keep you in God; and keep you in God.