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The Ninth Sunday after Trinity – 1st August 2021

August 1, 2021

Thank you for joining our online worship including our Holy Communion and a short sermon. Below them are links to a selection of music (traditional,  modern and prayerful). Thanks once again to Stephanie Woollam for prayerfully choosing such a broad range of inspiring sacred music.

Please continue to share your views on our services.

God bless,

Nigel.

 

Welcome to our Holy Communion, led by The Revd. Nigel Tuffnell

Our sermon today, from Revd. Nigel Tuffnell

 

Music links (just click on the titles below to be taken to the music hosted by YouTube).

More Traditional:

God is working his purpose out

Alleluia, sing to Jesus

More Modern:

I am the Bread of Life

All things new

Prayerful
 
 

Sermon Text

I’ve been walking around. Watching people, talking and listening. I’ve found hope with lots of anxiety. Has it gone? Is it safe? Will I get ‘pinged’?

What will happen next? Will restrictions return? Why can’t I get into the chemists?

And so many more.

These are all real and valid worries. We are so like those crowds following Jesus. Hopeful and fearful, both at the same time.

To us and to anyone who will listen, Jesus offers words of comfort and peace. Jesus says, “I am the bread that gives life! No one who comes to me will ever be hungry. No one who has faith in me will ever be thirsty.” It is not physical hunger that Jesus is talking about. It is spiritual hunger and thirst. It is a hunger for meaning, hope, reassurance and peace.

He is with us now. The future is hopeful and uncertain all together. But as Jesus said to those hungry crowds, he says to us – “I am what you need. I am the bread that you need, whether you know it or not.” Jesus says, “No one who has faith in me with ever be thirsty.” You and I feel the anxiety. But there is a remedy. Jesus offers us the water of peace and calm. The water of life.

So let us be calm. Let us drink of the Spirit

The Lord of heaven and earth is in control. He is with us now.

We can sing his praises together again.

So let us be calm. Let us drink of the Spirit

The Lord of heaven and earth is in control. He is with us now.

Our future is unknown to us.

Our future is known to our Father.

The Spirit is preparing us for that future. We don’t need to know what it is. It is sufficient that God knows. It is sufficient to know that the Spirit will lead us to that future. If we let him.

So let us be calm. Let us drink of the Spirit

The Lord of heaven and earth is in control. He is with us now.

Trust Jesus. Have faith in him. Let him give you the water of life always.

Take that water into yourself and let those worries and fears be dissolved away.

Let the water of life wash over you. Jesus is generous, there is plenty to wash you clean of the dirt of temptation and greed. Let the water of life wash over you. Let Jesus make you clean.

So let us be calm. Let us drink of the Spirit.

The Lord of heaven and earth is in control. He is with us now.

God bless.

Amen.

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