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Worship Sheet for Sunday 6 June Who will lead us?

The people of Samuel’s day wanted a warrior king like their neighbours. He wanted them to think of God as their true king. Sometimes we want to have the same as others around us. Today we give thought to leaders, their responsibilities and ultimately the obligations we all have to serve our heavenly, servant King
Call: We gather as those who worship the One true God who is without weakness, who is beyond criticism, who is honourable and fair, who is just and merciful, who is not the outcome of human choice, or raised to power by partisan nomination. God - Creator of heaven and earth, present at the beginning and who will be present at the end. God who favours no one person over another, who cares for all, with a depth of love unrivalled. Come let us worship, not human power, celebrity, or wealth, but let us worship God who deserves all we have to offer.

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Pray : Lord, thank you for your deep and abiding love. A love that is unbiased and generous – freely available to us, not on the basis of our deserving, but through your Son, his perfect life and self giving death and resurrection that others hope to the world, hope to us. Forgive us our failing, not least the times when we imagine that we can work out our own salvation. Take away our pride and selfishness, grant us humility and a readiness to go forward into the future trusting in One who has gone before us, yet is ready to journey with us. There are times when we get sucked in to imagining that we need things we see in others, in organisations, in countries elsewhere – political rhetoric, advertising, influencers raise our expectations, perhaps even suggest that we are inadequate and unfulfilled because we DON’T have this or that. Help us to make up our own minds on the basis of what is good, true and honourable and in keeping with your plans and purposes, your traits of love and self-giving. And hear as us as we pray together saying: Our Father…

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1 Samuel 8:4-11, 16-20 The people ask Samuel for a king.
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Thought- The past year has seen democratic governments using emergency powers unprecedented in peacetime, imposing restrictions in opening, movement and social contact coupled with in some cases eye watering fines for failings. It is a reminder to us that who governs, who has authority matters. Centuries ago, God’s people pleaded with Samuel their informal leaders for a warrior king like the countries round about. They felt insecure and vulnerable and wanted to be “like other countries”. Samuel warned them about the drawbacks – the king’s imposition of taxes and conscription. He reminded them that God was their king and that their trust in him was far more reliable than any human monarch. But in the end, they got their way and in time Saul was appointed king. Time would show that Samuel was correct and the people were to live with the consequences for quite some time. Where do we put our trust? In politicians, or other key influencers? In industrial or commercial gurus who lead big business? In our own employment or social background? Whether our leaders acknowledge it or not, whether we like to think of ourselves as having the future in our own hands, we are all still answerable to our heavenly King. The good thing is that he isn’t in it for the money or the glory or the power – he came to serve and give his life for us. We need to take care with those who lead us, pray for them but ultimately our full trust can’t be in any human agency or individual – our trust is to be in the Lord of life, Jesus Christ our Saviour.

Praise: CH4 129 The Lord is King v1,2 4 & 5.
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Pray: King of kings and Lord of lords, yet also companion, guide and friend draw near to us as we bring our concerns for a world in need of your guidance and leadership, your love and compassion. In a world where the norm is to push yourself to the fore, to make a name for yourself and often a fast buck, come among us and change hearts, minds and attitudes. Help us to welcome your kindly direction – to really believe that you have our best interests at heart. Change us into people who are receptive to your love, who are eager to share and give, rather than hold on possessively. We pray for all in leadership roles in government , industry and in all roles which have great influence on the lives of others. Give them wisdom and humility, attitudes and qualities that give them concern for others’ wellbeing and a reminder that they cannot do what they like – we are answerable to one another – and to you Lord God. We continue to pray for improved vaccine coverage across the world, for those most affected by the pandemic, esp the poor. We hold the people of the Middle East in our prayers with the increased tensions there. In our prayer walk we pray for those who live or work in Chapel Street. SILENCE

Lord hear our prayers spoken and unspoken and answer them for the sake of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

Blessing - May the Lord bless you. Amen.