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Worship Sheet for Sunday 15 August David and Solomon

David’s long turbulent life comes to an end and he is succeeded by his son Solomon – and the spotlight moves on. While not ignoring the passing of their king, attention focusses on the new one. God invites Solomon to ask for anything he wishes. Rather than ask for military success, long life or wealth he asks for wisdom to reign. (Perhaps that was a sign that he already had some wisdom). How would we answer?
Call: Make us wise, Lord. Not clever, not top-of-the-class, not a know-it-all or arrogant, not a smart-alec or as clever as Alexa, just make us wise, that we might see you more clearly, know you more deeply and love you more dearly. May your Spirit be upon us as we engage in worship today and as we live for you afterwards.

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Pray : God, whose power is matched by your gentleness and whose wisdom is matched by your willingness
to take risks in the interests of love, we give thanks for the fragments we have come to know and understand of your ways, and we stand in awe of all there is yet to discover. Grant us your wisdom to be aware of the limits of our own understanding. Keep us from imagining that our vision is the only possible one and forgive us when we have been too forceful about faith. Yet, may we not be ashamed of the unique insights we have had looking on you through the lens of Jesus Christ, your Son. As we explore his teachings, as we reflect on the significance of his life and the life-giving power of his death and resurrection, may we come to share his understanding of human frailty and his confidence to deal with it. Transform our lives and relationships with others, and so continue the good work that he began. Lord, give us that deep wisdom that goes far beyond reason or common-sense. May we know when to speak and when to listen; when to act and when to wait; when to be bold and when to be gentle; when to challenge and when to hold our tongues; when to be sensible, and when to risk everything for the sake of Christ and his kingdom, to whose service we recommit our lives today and we pray together saying Our Father…

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1st Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14 Solomon succeeds David
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Thought- It sounds rather like a fairy tale doesn’t it? You are granted one wish - what will it be? But this is not some fairy godmother from a story book. It is the Lord God offering a young (about 20 year old) recently bereaved king at the beginning of his reign, a gift from God. Perhaps he already had wisdom beyond his years because he chose wisely, passing on the usual health, wealth and happiness and opted for the wisdom to rule justly, to discern between good and evil. And, as a result, God gave him the wisdom he asked for and on top – wealth, honour and long life, conditional upon him keeping God’s laws. I’m sure that Solomon needed to mourn his father – none of us is above natural grief and we need to allow one another time and space for that. But, from day 1, Solomon had to get on with the job of reigning. That wouldn’t wait. At least he realised he needed help, God’s help, and asked for it and received it. What would your wish be? What is that you really, really want from God, more than anything else? Are you willing to tell him? Are you ready to share you deepest longings with trusted friends? Deep down, God longs for us to desire his wonderful love in Jesus and to share it with others. How that works out will be different in detail for each of us – but his love and grace is freely available to us all. Would that we would use it more!

Praise: CH4 500 Lord of creation to you be all praise.
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Pray: Gracious God, thank you for every opportunity we’ve had to learn and grow. We look back to childhood and schooldays, remembering how exciting and scary when everything was new; how, as teenagers, we thought we knew it all; and how, gradually, we learned how much there was still to learn. We are grateful for the choices we have had, which many others do not have: what to study; where to live; who to love; what job path to follow; which faith to profess. Thank you for the learning that was fun; for some that was hard work, and for that hard won wisdom - the gift of life’s deepest sufferings and its joy. We pray for children whose education has been curtailed by poverty, illness or war; and for those who have learnt too soon that life can be hard, and not everyone can be trusted. We pray for parents, wanting their children to have the best start in life, and fearful of all the dangers. We pray for people whose faith has been shaken by hard knocks; those who have used their faith to hide from life, not a source of strength to live it; and those who have no such foundation to support them. As an ancient king wisely asked for wisdom before beginning to reign, so we ask your wisdom for all in leadership. Guide those who are uncertain; stay the hands of those poised for war; calm the fears of all who feel inadequate to the tasks they’ve been given. Remind them what is in within their power to change, and what is not. Enable them to do the best they can and leave the outcome in your hands, the only true place of safety for us all. In our prayer walk this week we pray for those who live or work in Rosehill. SILENCE Lord hear our prayers spoken and unspoken and answer them for the sake of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Blessing - May the Lord bless you. Amen.