ST MARTIN’S, TYNECASTLE, SUNDAY 2ND AUGUST 2020
Grace and peace to you from God our Creator and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
Opening Hymn: Put thou thy trust in God vv1,3,5 and 6
Put thou thy trust in God, in duty’s path go on; walk in his strength with faith and hope, so shall thy work be done.
Commit thy ways to him, thy works into his hands, and rest on his unchanging word, who heaven and earth commands.
Through waves and clouds and storms his power will clear thy way:
wait thou his time; the darkest night shall end in brightest day.
Leave to his sovereign sway to choose and to command; so shalt thou, wondering, own his way, how wise, how strong his hand.
Collect for Purity
Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hidden: cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
Gloria (HON 157 Taize, sung— mute apart from Ken.)
Gloria, Gloria, in excelsis Deo, Gloria, Gloria, Alleluia, Alleluia.
Collect of the Day – a particular prayer for Proper 18
Almighty God, your Son Jesus Christ fed the hungry with the bread of His life and the word of His Kingdom. Renew your people with your heavenly grace, ands in all our weakness sustain us by your true and living bread, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
WE LISTEN FOR GOD’S WORD
A Reading from the Old Testament : Genesis 32.22-31 (For private reflection)
The same night Jacob got up and took his two wives, his two maids, and his eleven children, and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. He took them and sent them across the stream, and likewise everything that he had.
Jacob was left alone; and a man wrestled with him until daybreak. When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he struck him on the hip socket; and Jacob’s hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him. Then he said, “Let me go, for the day is breaking.” But Jacob said, “I will not let you go, unless you bless me.” So he said to him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Jacob.” Then the man said, “You shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with humans, and have prevailed.” Then Jacob asked him,
“Please tell me your name.” But he said, “Why is it that you ask my name?” And there he blessed him. So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, “For I have seen God face to face, and yet my life is preserved.” The sun rose upon him as he passed Penuel, limping because of his hip.
1Hear a just cause, O LORD; attend to my cry; give ear to my prayer from lips free of deceit.
2From you let my vindication come; let your eyes see the right.
3If you try my heart, if you visit me by night, if you test me, you will find no wickedness in me; my mouth does not transgress.
4As for what others do, by the word of your lips I have avoided the ways of the violent.
5My steps have held fast to your paths; my feet have not slipped.
6I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God; incline your ear to me, hear my words.
7Wondrously show your steadfast love, O saviour of those who seek refuge from their adversaries at your right hand.
15As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness; when I awake I shall be satisfied, beholding your likeness.
Epistle: Romans 9.1-5
(Mute apart from Bob Allen)
I am speaking the truth in Christ—I am not lying; my conscience confirms it by the Holy Spirit— I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my own people, my kindred according to the flesh. They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises; to them belong the patriarchs, and from them, according to the flesh, comes the Messiah, who is over all, God blessed forever. Amen.
Gospel – Matthew 14 vv 13 – 21.
(Mute apart from Penny Allen)
When it is announced: Glory to Christ our Saviour.
Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick. When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is now late; send the crowds away so that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” Jesus said to them, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.” They replied, “We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish.” And he said, “Bring them here to me.” Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full. And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.
At the end: Give thanks to the Lord for his glorious Gospel. Praise to Christ our Lord.
A Reflection for Sunday, August 2nd 2020 on Matthew 14 vv 13 – 21. Sarah Kilbey
Feeding of the 5000.
Today’s story of the feeding of the 5000 is one of the most important and best loved stories about Jesus. There are six versions altogether, with just minor variations in each one and the story is found in all four Gospels, which is, in itself, unique. Therefore, we need to look at it with fresh eyes; what is this story saying to me about my situation today – now?
I believe this story is very much more than just an account of how vast numbers of people were fed, miraculously, so that they were all filled, after having spent an entire day listening to Jesus teach in a remote, hot place, wonderful and amazing though that was. Certainly, it prefigures for us the centrality of the Eucharist, where we are fed and satisfied for the day. We are also struck by the sheer compassion and infinite patience of Jesus on this occasion. But the story is more than that, much more. I believe that the feeding of the 5000 can best be understood as an enacted Parable.These were used effectively by several of the Old Testament Prophets, like Amos. In chapter 7, Amos showed King Johoiakim a plumbline up against a crooked wall to illustrate the coming judgement of God on the House of Israel and the King. What we have to discern from the enacted parable of the feeding of 5000, is the meaning for each of us; what lessons do you and I need to take from it today?
I hope you noticed there are four active verbs in the account of what happened.
Jesus took. . . . the bread
Jesus blessed . . . the bread
Jesus broke . . . the bread
Jesus. gave out . . . the bread
We, who believe, are the object, the bread, the ones acted upon. So let’s spend a few moments thinking about each verb separately, and how it applies to me.
Jesus took Jesus has taken each one of us to be a disciple and thus, be part of His original band of followers. He says, ‘you didn’t choose me, I chose you, to go out and bear much fruit. So we have been taken, chosen, for a purpose. Dwell on that for just a moment. We may not feel up to much; we don’t have an important job, maybe we are disabled in some way and didn’t even get any Highers. But that’s absolutely not the point! As Cardinal Newman once said, ‘God has created me for some definite service. He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. ‘By implication, then, God may well not have anyone else to ask to carry out the task assigned to me, so if I refuse to baby-sit for that young couple, neglect to take soup to the neighbour just out of hospital, don’t bother to write a letter to that old friend who’s hit a bad patch, whatever, it won’t get done. Maybe you’re saying,‘ I’m nobody and I don’t have any skills really.’ It’s simply not true, you do, and there are tasks waiting for you to take on. They may be not quite what you would have chosen, God only gives us enough for what He wants of us, however. We need to think about that and accept the challenge offered to us. But don’t let us make the mistake of thinking it all depends on us! Leave room for God, and the others, too, to carry out their tasks, also. The Swedish poet Stig Dagerman once wrote, “You cannot change the world / Calm your troubled spirit / you can only do one thing / to help another person./ But even this is so much / that the stars themselves will shine./ One hungry person less / means one more brother.”
We all feel inadequate at times. That’s when we need to remember the second verb
Jesus blessed. Think about that, too. Each of us has been blessed with family, friends that care about us, relative health and strength, unlike those suffering from multiple disabilities, unable to get help and maybe short of money too. We’ve so enjoyed the peace and nature during the Lockdown, haven’t we? And some things have really worked out for us in amazing ways in our lives – remind ourselves of them and remember, because they all helped make a difference, and were blessings from God. Those early disciples were a pretty unprepossessing lot, very concerned as to who was the greatest, only too ready to panic and run away when disaster loomed, leaving Jesus to face the Cross alone. But He never blames or condemns. Instead in Matthew 28, Jesus lifts up His hands and blesses them before ascending into Heaven. And in that blessing they were transformed into strong, fearless followers, able to cope with whatever troubles were thrown at them while continuing to witness faithfully. St Paul reminds us of an important truth about God who says, “My power is made perfect in weakness.”
Jesus broke. He breaks the bread, and us, because only that way can we be shared. Sometimes the very act of breaking hurts. Of course it does! Getting rid of pride, greed, imperfect desires, whatever, can’t be done easily, without pain. We fail to get the job, the girl, the house we set our hearts on and weep bitter tears – only to discover, later, that God knew better and has something more worthwhile for us to do. “To grow is to change.” and as Cardinal Newman went on to say, “it is a condition of perfection that we should have changed much”. Growing pains are far from being imaginary but, always, the Lord is there, too, working on us, helping us to change, so we really can be shared out for others.
Jesus gave out But is there anything of you and me that can be given out? When the disciples try to tell Jesus it’s time for Him to send everyone home after the day of teaching, supposing themselves to be kind and thoughtful of His needs, Jesus responds quite sharply,
“Give them something to eat yourselves.” which, given the circumstances, is pretty impossible. But what He is really seeking and longing for is just one tiny response – so that He can work with it, and that’s what He gets; 5 rolls and 2 fish…… to feed 5000?!! It seems ludicrous, almost cheeky, but …it’s enough. Provided we’re ready with a “Yes” to God, however apparently insignificant, God through Christ, can use it to make miracles happen, feeding a world hungry for love, peace and justice. Amen
Affirmation of faith from Colombia
We believe in a loving God, whose Word sustains our lives and the work of our hands in the universe. God is life.
We believe in God’s son among us who brought the seed of life’s renewal.
He lived with the poor to show the meaning of love. Jesus Christ is Lord.
We believe in the Spirit of Life who makes us one with God, whose strength and energy renews our own.
The Spirit is love.
Intercessions (Led by Brian Kilbey)
Prayer is offered for the world and all its people, particularly for those who suffer and those in need,
and for the Church and its calling.
Please pray for all who are losing their jobs and fearful of their futures. Beth Jamieson who is in hospital
Confession and Words of Forgiveness
God is love and we are God’s children. There is no room for fear in love,
We love because God loved us first.
Let us confess our sins in penitence and faith. God our Father, we confess to you and to our fellow members in the Body of Christ that we have sinned in thought, word and deed, and in what we have failed to do. We are truly sorry. Forgive us our sins, and deliver us from the power of evil, for the sake of your Son who died for us, Jesus Christ, our Lord.
God, who is both power and love, forgive us and free us from our sins, heal and strengthen us by his Spirit, and raise us to new life in Christ our Lord. Amen.
WE SHARE THE PEACE OF CHRIST Peace
We meet in Christ’s name. Let us share his peace.
– you are invited to share a sign of peace with your neighbours
Offertory Hymn: Bread of heaven Bread of heaven, on thee we feed, for thou art our food indeed. Ever may our souls be fed with this true and living Bread, day by day with strength supplied through the life of Christ who died.
Vine of heaven, thy love supplies this blest cup of sacrifice. ‘Tis thy wounds our healing give; to thy cross we look and live. Thou our life! O let us be rooted, grafted, built on thee.
Let us present our offerings to the Lord.
Yours, Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the splendour, and the majesty; for everything in heaven and on earth is yours.
All things come from you, and of your own do we give you.
WE CELEBRATE COMMUNION
Eucharistic Prayer 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 God thanks and praise.
Worship and praise belong to you, Father,
in every place and at all times.
All power is yours.
You created the heavens and established the earth; you sustain in being all that is.
In Christ your Son our life and yours are brought together in a wonderful exchange. He made his home among us that we might for ever dwell in you.
Through your Holy Spirit you call us to new birth in a creation restored by love.
As children of your redeeming purpose, we offer you our praise with angels and archangels and the whole company of heaven, singing the hymn of your unending glory:
Holy, Holy, Holy Lord,
God of power and might.
Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.
Glory and thanksgiving be to you, most loving Father, for the gift of your Son born in human flesh. He is the Word existing beyond time, both source and final purpose, bringing to wholeness all that is made.
Obedient to your will he died upon the Cross. By your power you raised him from the dead. He broke the bonds of evil and set your people free to be his Body in the world. On the night when he was given up to death, knowing that his hour had come, having loved his own, he loved them to the end. At supper with his disciples he took bread and offered you thanks. He broke the bread, and gave it to them, saying:
‘Take, eat. This is my Body: it is broken for you. ’
After supper, he took the cup,
he offered you thanks, and gave it to them saying:
‘Drink this, all of you.
This is my Blood of the new covenant; it is poured out for you, and for all, that sins may be forgiven.
Do this in remembrance of me.’
We now obey your Son’s command.
We recall his blessed passion and death, his glorious resurrection and ascension; and we look for the coming of his Kingdom. Made one with him, we offer you these gifts and with them ourselves, a single, holy, living sacrifice. Hear us, most merciful Father, and send your Holy Spirit upon us and upon this bread and this wine, that, overshadowed by his life-giving power, they may be the Body and Blood of your Son, and we may be kindled with the fire of your love and renewed for the service of your Kingdom.
Help us, who are baptised into the fellowship of Christ’s Body, to live and work to your praise and glory; may we grow together in unity and love
until at last, in your new creation, we enter into our heritage,
in the company of the Virgin Mary, the apostles and prophets, Martin and of all our brothers and sisters living and departed. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, with whom, and in whom, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all honour and glory be to you, Lord of all ages, world without end. Amen.
Breaking of the Bread
The living bread is broken for the life of the world. Lord, unite us in this sign.
As our Saviour has taught us, so we pray:
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us. Do not bring us to the time of trial, but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours, now and for ever. Amen.
Lamb of God you take away the sin of the world, have mercy on us.
Lamb of God you take away the sin of the world, have mercy on us.
Lamb of God you take away the sin of the world, grant us your peace.
Words of invitation
We are invited to partake of this sacrament, either in substance or symbolically at home.
WE GIVE THANKS AND ARE SENT OUT
Give thanks to our gracious God, whose mercy endures for ever.
Prayers after Communion
O God, as we are strengthened in these holy mysteries, may our lives be a continual offering, holy and acceptable in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Father of all, we give you thanks and praise that when we were still far off you met us in your Son and brought us home.
Dying and living, he declared your love, gave us grace, and opened the gate of glory.
May we who share Christ’s body live his risen life; we who drink his cup bring life to others; we whom the Spirit lights, give light to the world. Keep us firm in the hope you have set before us, so we and all your children shall be free, and the whole earth live to praise your name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.
The peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord: and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always.
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
In the name of Christ. Amen.
Newsletter August September
The Newsletter will be out soon.
As you know St Martin’s congregation gifts financial support to Eleanor’s Orphanage and also to a young family of 3 (Tee (Dekontee), God’s Gift (Jonathon) and Sheba) in Liberia – you may remember them from the photographs Pauline provided in her presentation when she visited St Martin’s last February.
Due to ‘Covid 19’ we’ve been unable to hold our Annual Coffee Morning Fundraiser which I know is a concern for many of us as we are aware of the good use that our gift is put to. Liberia has been under strict lockdown, so movement has been limited, and as a result of this, communication by mobile phone has been extremely difficult. Things are now slowly opening up in Liberia but with caution. Eleanor and the children are well, but Tee has had a serious bout of Malaria and on the 24th July, I received a text from Pauline asking for our prayers. God’s Gift was in hospital, also with Malaria – seriously dehydrated and a low blood count. Fortunately his mum was able to give him a blood donation which hopefully will help.
I was holding some cash, which we’d raised for Liberia, and as this was an emergency, I sent it off immediately by Western Union. I heard later that Tee was so relieved and thankful. Pauline also sends her thanks and prayers.
As we missed out on our fundraising event, I wonder if members of the congregation would be happy to consider a free will donation? I’m certain that anything we can raise would help relieve the burden on Eleanor and Tee, as medicines are absolutely essential along with everything else required to stay fit and healthy.
I’ve spoken to Lynn Dailly, our Treasurer, who has agreed to accept donations by Cheque. If you would be happy to do this, please make your cheque payable to St Martin’s Church, and on the back of the Cheque please note, LIBERIA. Lynn’s postal address is: 8/2 Moat Street, Edinburgh. EH14 1PL.
If you’d prefer to make a cash donation, please let me know and we can come to some arrangement. My number is: 07938 068455. All cash donations will be made known to the treasurer.
I’d be grateful if cheques/cash could be with Lynn or I, no later than Friday 14th August.
Your donations, when all are gathered in, will be of great use to our Friends in Liberia.
With my love and my thanks.
Message from Andrea
We are all fine at St Michael’s and doing our best to keep going. We have just installed some prayer stations in the garden around St Michael’s. Please let your folk know that they are very welcome to stop and enjoy them on their walk.
Looking forward to chatting soon.
God bless you
Rev Andrea Price
Minister of St Michael’s Parish Church
1 Slateford Road
St Salvadors Food Cafe People who rely on food banks like this are particularly hard hit at the moment. Obviously we are not able to collect food contributions in church at the moment, and the food cafe itself is not able to operate as normal. However Andrew Bain, the Rector, is handing out food parcels. If you would like to contribute to help by a cash donation the bank details are:
Bank: CAF Bank Ltd Sort code:
83-91-46 A/c no.: 20400642
A/c name: St Salvador’s Scottish Episcopal Church