Sunday 23 AUGust 2020
Call to Worship
(inspired by Mark 8:29 and Matthew 16:15)
In the name of the Lord Jesus
the bread breaker
the light gatherer
May the peace of the Lord Jesus
the peace maker
and the temple disturber
friend of the sinner
and companion on the road
be with us all
Let us draw close to the Lord Jesus
and worship him
and ask ourselves
who do we say he is?
~ inspired by Mark 8:29 and posted on Spill the Beans.
Reading Matthew 16:13 – 20 in two versions
1. New International Version:
Peter Declares That Jesus Is the Messiah
13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”
14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”
16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. 18 And I tell you that you are Peter,[a] and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades[b] will not overcome it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be[c] bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be[d] loosed in heaven.” 20 Then he ordered his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.
2. The Message:
Son of Man, Son of God
13 When Jesus arrived in the villages of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “What are people saying about who the Son of Man is?”
14 They replied, “Some think he is John the Baptizer, some say Elijah, some Jeremiah or one of the other prophets.”
15 He pressed them, “And how about you? Who do you say I am?”
16 Simon Peter said, “You’re the Christ, the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
17-18 Jesus came back, “God bless you, Simon, son of Jonah! You didn’t get that answer out of books or from teachers. My Father in heaven, God himself, let you in on this secret of who I really am. And now I’m going to tell you who you are, really are. You are Peter, a rock. This is the rock on which I will put together my church, a church so expansive with energy that not even the gates of hell will be able to keep it out.
19 “And that’s not all. You will have complete and free access to God’s kingdom, keys to open any and every door: no more barriers between heaven and earth, earth and heaven. A yes on earth is yes in heaven. A no on earth is no in heaven.”
20 He swore the disciples to secrecy. He made them promise they would tell no one that he was the Messiah.
For the Word of God in Scripture
For the Word of God Among us
For the Word of God Within us
Thanks be to God
Prayers for Others
Who Do You Say I Am?
(inspired by Matthew 16:13-20, Mark 8:27-30)
You are a Lord who walks beside your people.
So we pray for people who walk for justice.
You are a Lord who raises up those who are bent low.
So we pray for those held down by the grindings of life
and the indifference of the world.
You are a Lord who feeds the hungry
So we pray for all who long for bread
and the means to provide it.
You are a Lord who celebrates the small and the insignificant.
So we pray for the children
and for those who are never noticed.
You are a Lord who says ‘Follow me’.
So we pray for courage and faith in our hearts
that we may take up the cross and find it leads to life.
~ posted on the Christian Aid website.
Go out into the world in peace. Love your God with all your heart. Be challenged by the Spirit’s promptings. Hear the call to serve Christ and be obedient to God’s will. And may God bless you, and the Spirit restore you, and Christ’s presence strengthen you, now and always