Abbey Presbyterian Church, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1, Co. Dublin, Ireland.

March 15th, 22nd Morning Worship Resource Service

Welcome to our on-line resource for Sunday March 22nd, 2020

Thank you for taking time to read this service sheet We hope that it will be of use to you in your own home as we experience these unprecedented measures during the pandemic which has become widespread across the world. We have gathered music, prayers written and on video along with the sermon.  We hope this will be a blessing to you and you may use it this Sunday and during the week.
Our Church stands at the top of O’Connell Street in Parnell Square Dublin 1-normally we open our doors to members, tourists, visitors and friends at 11am every Sunday.
We look forward to returning to our usual place of worship in the near future and until then we gather,though apart, to be united with God who is beyond our buildings and draws us in fellowship through the Holy Spirit.

 

 

PRAYER

Lord, we come before you today with open hearts and hands, ready to receive what you want to give us. We do not know what this day will hold, or what you plan for our future. There may be times of great joy or deep sorrow ahead of us. Lord, we pray that our relationship with you will provide all the support we need, all the love we can bear, all the hope for eternal life that you have given us, whatever challenges life may bring.
Amen.

INTRODUCTION

Throughout 2020 we are following a series on the Psalms
Today we turn our attentions to Psalm 109, this Psalm is another lament unlike Psalm 80 that we looked at last week it ends on a positive notebut there is a lot of rage before we get there.
This has been the completion of a first week for many of us, of a different way of life. We may have been pretty well confined to our own living space, working from home or with a new or different work load. We  have had new measures to take as we have gone about our daily life. Some of us have been studying or doing school work away from our usual places of education, others have carried out essential services for our community and found ways, whether through our work or as neighbours, family or friendship, to be a service to others. The week may have given us news we didn’t expect or felt more difficult than usual, we take some time to reflect upon our week and to join in this time to gather our thoughts, feelings,experiences, hopes and fears in worship of our God who understands and knows it all.

Joining together to sing ; 10,000 Reasons

Today is Mothering Sunday. In the past, this day was also known as Refreshment Sunday. Let us pause and offer refreshment to  those who have cared for us and care for others in the various capacities of motherhood and as we consider the nature of mothering as God’s care for us.

A prayer

Spirit there in earth’s first hour, coaxing buds of life to flower, gentle counterpart to power, prelude to a mother’s care.
Where we see the art of sharing, constant sacrificial caring, giving space and room for growing, then we see a mother’s care.
When our ‘Mother Church’ is open, showing love, not worded tokens,circling round the lost and broken, then it shows a mother’s care,
Mother, father, foster parent, guardian, friend, devoted carer:may we thank the Lord, our maker for each ‘mother’s’ loving care.
We reach out to you, Father, God, who tends us like a mother. Bind us close to one another in your ‘mother’s’ tender care.

 A Hymn For Mothering Sunday : Now Thank We all our God

Reading:Psalm 109

My God, whom I praise, do not remain silent, for people who are wicked and deceitful have opened their mouths against me;they have spoken against me with lying tongues. With words of hatred they surround me; they attack me without cause. In return for my friendship they accuse me, but I am a man of prayer. They repay me evil for good,and hatred for my friendship. Appoint someone evil to oppose my enemy; let an accuser stand at his right hand. When he is tried, let him be found guilty,and may his prayers condemn him. May his days be few; may another take his place of leadership. May his children be fatherless and his wife a widow. 10 May his children be wandering beggars; may they be driven[a] from their ruined homes. 11 May a creditor seize all he has;may strangers plunder the fruits of his labour. 12 May no one extend kindness to him or take pity on his fatherless children. 13 May his descendants be cut off, their names blotted out from the next generation. 14 May the iniquity of his fathers be remembered before the Lord; may the sin of his mother never be blotted out. 15 May their sins always remain before the Lord,that he may blot out their name from the earth. 16 For he never thought of doing a kindness, but hounded to death the poor and the needy and the brokenhearted. 17 He loved to pronounce a curse—may it come back on him. He found no pleasure in blessing— may it be far from him. 18 He wore cursing as his garment; it entered into his body like water, into his bones like oil. 19 May it be like a cloak wrapped about him, like a belt tied forever around him. 20 May this be the Lord’s payment to my accusers,to those who speak evil of me. 21 But you, Sovereign Lord, help me for your name’s sake;out of the goodness of your love, deliver me. 22 For I am poor and needy, and my heart is wounded within me. 23 I fade away like an evening shadow; I am shaken off like a locust. 24 My knees give way from fasting; my body is thin and gaunt. 25 I am an object of scorn to my accusers; when they see me, they shake their heads. 26 Help me, Lord my God; save me according to your unfailing love. 27 Let them know that it is your hand, that you, Lord, have done it. 28 While they curse, may you bless; may those who attack me be put to shame, but may your servant rejoice. 29 May my accusers be clothed with disgrace and wrapped in shame as in a cloak. 30 With my mouth I will greatly extol the Lord; in the great throng of worshipers I will praise him. 31 For he stands at the right hand of the needy, to save their lives from those who would condemn them.

Sermon : Rev Alan Boal

(VIDEO CREDIT : SAM BOAL WITH THANKS)

Love in Action. Romans 12:9-21

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. 14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position.[c] Do not be conceited. 17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,”[d] says the Lord. 20 On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Love from the centre of who you are

A  reading

Love from the centre of who you are.
Run for dear life from evil and hold on for dear life to good.
Be good friends who love deeply and practise playing second fiddle.
Work hard and do not be lazy. Serve the Lord with a heart full of devotion.
Let your hope keep you joyful, be patient in your troubles and pray at all times.
Share your belongings with your needy fellow Christians and open your homes to strangers.
Bless your enemies; no cursing under your breath.
Laugh with your friends when they’re happy; cry with them when they’re down.
Get along with each other and don’t be stuck up.
Make friends with nobodies; don’t be the great somebody.
Don’t hit back. Find beauty in everyone.
If you’ve got it in you, get along with everybody. Don’t try to get even. I’ll do the judging,’ says God. ‘I’ll take care of it!’

Prayer

Lord God, creator and redeemer, we often find it difficult to know how to pray to you when we see so much suffering throughout our world. Should we pray, Lord, for you to bring down retribution on the persecutors?
Can we accuse you of letting us down because the world is still in pain?
Yet, Lord, we hold onto your promise that evil will not prevail against us, that you will deliver us from the wicked and the ruthless. You call us, Lord, to turn to you, to be faithful and obedient, that your will may be done in our lives.

May we hate what is evil and hold fast to what is good. Help us to rejoice in hope, to be patient in suffering, and to persevere in prayer. We bring before you situations in our world where harmony is particularly lacking at this time…
We pray for wisdom to prevail among the leaders of nations, and for those working for the benefit of others
that they may find protection and courage to stand up for those with no voice of their own.

We think of people closer to home who are suffering in many ways, and who find it hard to forgive those who have caused their pain. Lord, help us to demonstrate in our own lives that forgiveness brings healing:that the words ‘I’m sorry’ can close an open wound.  By the power of your Holy Spirit, help us, in our lives, not to be overcome by evil, but to overcome evil with good.

Through Jesus Christ, who conquers death and gives us life, we pray these prayers.
Amen.

Hymn : Dear Lord and Father of Mankind

 May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all, now and evermore. Amen.
Please pray for one another as we sing the Peace
Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ on my right, Christ on my left, Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down,Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me, Christ in the mouth of every man who speaks of me, Christ in the eye that sees me, Christ in the ear that hears me.

 

Welcome to our on-line resource for Sunday March 15th, 2020

Thank you for taking time to read this service sheet We hope that it will be of use to you in your own home as we experience these unprecedented measures during the pandemic which has become widespread across the world. We have gathered music, prayers written and on video along with the sermon.  We hope this will be a blessing to you and you may use it this Sunday and during the week.

Our Church stands at the top of O’Connell Street in Parnell Square Dublin 1-normally we open our doors to members, tourists, visitors and friends at 11am every Sunday

We look forward to returning to our usual place of worship in the near future and until then we gather,though apart, to be united with God who is beyond our buildings and draws us in fellowship through the Holy Spirit.

 

 

Throughout 2020 we are following a series on the Psalms

Today we turn our attentions to Psalm 88, this Psalm is disconcerting to people of faith because unlike so many it does not resolve in a happy ending nevertheless, we will allow it to direct our worship and feed our souls.

Holy Holy Holy ( Hymn)

 Prayer:

Lord as we struggle each day to discern the bread from the stones, the truth from the fiction, your word from the lies;

Please help us and guide us and give us your strength.

Lord as we struggle each day to discern the difference between trusting you and testing you, following your word and manipulating it, your ways and our ways;

Please help us and guide us and give us your strength.

Lord as we wrestle each day to resist the temptation to worship the wrong things, to see through the distractions that confound and confuse us, to overcome the fears that distract us and depress us;

Please help us and guide us and give us your strength.

Reading : Psalm 88

Lord, you are the God who saves me; day and night I cry out to you. May my prayer come before you; turn your ear to my cry.  I am overwhelmed with troubles and my life draws near to death.  I am counted among those who go down to the pit; I am like one without strength. I am set apart with the dead, like the slain who lie in the grave, whom you remember no more, who are cut off from your care. You have put me in the lowest pit, in the darkest depths. Your wrath lies heavily on me; you have overwhelmed me with all your waves.  You have taken from me my closest friends and have made me repulsive to them. I am confined and cannot escape;  my eyes are dim with grief. I call to you, Lord, every day;   I spread out my hands to you.  Do you show your wonders to the dead? Do their spirits rise up and praise you?   Is your love declared in the grave, your faithfulness in Destruction?   Are your wonders known in the place of darkness, or your righteous deeds in the land of oblivion?   But I cry to you for help, Lord; in the morning my prayer comes before you.  Why, Lord, do you reject me and hide your face from me?  From my youth I have suffered and been close to death; I have borne your terrors and am in despair.  Your wrath has swept over me; your terrors have destroyed me.  All day long they surround me like a flood; they have completely engulfed me.  You have taken from me friend and neighbour—darkness is my closest friend.

Hear This Broken Cry  by Sunil Chandy (https://engageworship.org/ideas/hear-this-broken-cry-song) LISTEN

Hear this broken cry, Lord, from the darkest grave. Overwhelmed by your waves, wrath has weighed me down. Friends can’t bear to see me. Darkness is our home. Shut in without escape, grieving eyes go dim.

Kyrie eleison, Kyrie eleison, Kyrie eleison.

You have sent me terror, caused my friends to leave. Death has been beside me from when I first breathed. Can the dead rise up to praise you, can the darkness know your wonder,
can your steadfast love be declared in the grave?
Why O Lord, am I cast off? Your face you have hidden and I cry to you for help.

 Kyrie eleison, Kyrie eleison, Kyrie eleison. Hidden God have mercy, silent God have mercy,
Unseen God have mercy on us. Jesus, have mercy on us.

Sermon Rev Alan Boal

St Patricks breastplate (version specially written for children)

Today

I call upon your name, oh Lord; Three in One, One in Three.

the strong name of the Trinity.

Today

I know by faith that Jesus lived and died, was crucified, then rose to life again.

I know that he will come in heavenly glory; To reign for ever.

Today

I know that all creation speaks to me – burning sun, bright stars, white moon,

flashing lightning, wind and storm, earth and ancient rocks and deep, deep sea.

High, low, deep, wide; Jesus Christ is all around me, everywhere I go.

I see him, hear him in friend and stranger.

I know him in my heart. He walks along my path, in safety or in danger.

Today

I praise your name, oh Lord. Father, Son and Spirit in all life and all creation

my strength and my salvation – praise the Lord!

Amen                                                                                                                         (© Jan Godfrey 2003)

Be thou my Vision ( Hymn)

  May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all, now and evermore. Amen.

Please pray for one another as we sing the Peace

Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I 
sit down,Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of every man who speaks of me, Christ in the eye that sees me, Christ in the ear that hears me.