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Last Sunday after Trinity

Last Sunday after Trinity

24 Oct 2020 • General news

Deuteronomy 34. 1-12

1Moses went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, which is opposite Jericho, and the LORD showed him the whole land: Gilead as far as Dan, 2all Naphtali, the land of Ephraim and Manasseh, all the land of Judah as far as the Western Sea, 3the Negeb, and the Plain - that is, the valley of Jericho, the city of palm trees – as far as Zoar. 4The LORD said to him, ‘This is the land of which I swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, saying, “I will give it to your descendants”; I have let you see it with your eyes, but you shall not cross over there.’ 5Then Moses, the servant of the LORD, died there in the land of Moab, at the Lord’s command. 6He was buried in a valley in the land of Moab, opposite Beth-peor, but no one knows his burial place to this day. 7Moses was one hundred and twenty years old when he died; his sight was unimpaired and his vigour had not abated. 8The Israelites wept for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days; then the period of mourning for Moses was ended.

9Joshua son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom, because Moses had laid his hands on him; and the Israelites obeyed him, doing as the LORD had commanded Moses.

10Never since has there arisen a prophet in Israel like Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face. 11He was unequalled for all the signs and wonders that the LORD sent him to perform in the land of Egypt, against Pharaoh and all his servants and his entire land, 12and for all the mighty deeds and all the terrifying displays of power that Moses performed in the sight of all Israel.

1 Thessalonians 2. 1-8

1You yourselves know, brothers and sisters, that our coming to you was not in vain, 2but though we had already suffered and been shamefully mistreated at Philippi, as you know, we had courage in our God to declare to you the gospel of God in spite of great opposition. 3For our appeal does not spring from deceit or impure motives or trickery, 4but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the message of the gospel, even so we speak, not to please mortals, but to please God who tests our hearts. 5As you know and as God is our witness, we never came with words of flattery or with a pretext for greed; 6nor did we seek praise from mortals, whether from you or from others, 7though we might have made demands as apostles of Christ. But we were gentle among you, like a nurse tenderly caring for her own children. 8So deeply do we care for you that we are determined to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you have become very dear to us.

Matthew 22. 34-end

34When the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, 35and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. 36‘Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?’ 37He said to him, ‘ “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” 38This is the greatest and first commandment. 39And a second is like it: “You shall love your neighbour as yourself.” 40On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.’

41Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them this question: 42‘What do you think of the Messiah? Whose son is he?’ They said to him, ‘The son of David.’ 43He said to them, ‘How is it then that David by the Spirit calls him Lord, saying,
“The Lord said to my Lord,
‘Sit at my right hand,
until I put your enemies under your feet’ ”?
If David thus calls him Lord, how can he be his son?’ 46No one was able to give him an answer, nor from that day did anyone dare to ask him any more questions.

Thought for the Last Sunday after Trinity by Malcolm Tyler

How strange it is that you can think you know something very well and then realise that you have never noticed something which is then blindingly obvious about it. This has happened to me today about the first part of the gospel reading - Jesus’ summary of the law. We are to love the Lord our God and to love our neighbour as ourselves. The word Love is the controlling verb in the sentence. Perhaps I noticed it for the first time because the meditation from the Part as you go app that I use regularly asked the question ‘What does it mean to be rooted and grounded in love’, a quote from Paul’s letter to the Ephesians and that had led me to think about the passage in 1 Corinthians 13, Paul’s hymn to love.

We are used to thinking that ‘God is love’, but perhaps find it a little more difficult to think of ourselves being ‘rooted and grounded in love’ (I speak for myself here). I certainly would find it difficult to substitute my name for God in that simple sentence ‘God is love’, but we are commanded to have love at the root of our being, if we are to love God, our neighbour and ourselves.

As any parent knows, love is not about being kind, considerate or that ghastly word ‘nice’ to people. Love demands honesty and the ability to face up to challenging issues. Loving people means accepting them as they are, maybe encouraging them gently to see the less appealing parts of their character, even to change but above all to continue loving them however they present themselves. This is the way that God loves us. It does mean to that we should apply the same logic to ourselves. If God loves us as we are, can we love ourselves? Maybe there are parts of our character which we find less appealing than others and over which we tend to beat ourselves up. Can we adopt an attitude whereby we accept ourselves even if we don’t particularly like something about ourselves? Can we try to change and love ourselves if we fail, even over and over again.

Paul’s prayer at the end of the Ephesians passage that I mentioned earlier is that we should come to know the breadth and length and height and depth and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge so that we may be filled with all the fullness of God. I hope we can all achieve that prayer for each other.

Intercessions by Malcolm Tyler – 25th October 2020

In love and trust, let us pray to our God.

Holy God, give us the courage

to tell out your truth without fear,

and to work for your kingdom with joy.

Thank you for the support

and love of other Christians,

especially at this time of Pandemic,

and the richness of our varied traditions.

May we focus our attention on you with such love

that all unnecessary divisions between us crumble.

You are the Lord:

There is no other.

Holy God, we pray for our law makers and keepers;

may our laws work to uphold what is just and true.

We pray that we may live

in Godly peace and goodwill

through choice,

rather than through fear of punishment;

through the desire to live well,

rather than avoiding detection.

We pray for all those in Coventry entering

Tier 2 restrictions and for the effect it has

on local living.

You are the Lord:

there is no other.

Holy God, in all our day-to-day living

may we reject deceit and flattery,

so that our motives and behaviours are honest,

and our love for one another clear as the day.

You are the Lord:

there is no other.

Holy God, we pray for all law breakers

and their families;

for those in prison

and those returning to the community.

We pray for those imprisoned by guilt or shame,

or trapped by physical frailty, illness, especially Tony Thistlewood

or paralysis.

We pray for those whose lives are tragically disrupted

by war, famine, poverty and pandemic.

You are the Lord:

there is no other.

Holy God, we remember those who,

dying in faith, rejoice to see you as you are.

We thank you for their example

and commend them to your peace for ever,

remembering Robert Walker and Margaret Smith.

You are the Lord.

there is no other.

Holy God, we give you thanks for the love

poured out to us each moment of the day,

and ask of you the grace to live our gratitude

and give freely of what we have freely received.

Merciful Father,

Accept these prayers

for the sake of your Son,

our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen

Malcolm Tyler is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

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Time: Oct 27, 2020 09:30 AM London

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