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READINGS

2 Kings 5:1-14             Seven baths for Naaman
Psalm 30                      From sorrow to dancing
Galatians 6:7-16           You reap just what you sow
Luke 10:1-11, 16-20    The Seventy two try evangelism

HYMNS  RS = Rejoice and Sing SF = Songs of Fellowship   MP = Mission Praise combined

197 Jesus hands were kind hands
217 When I survey the wondrous cross   596   755
224
In the cross of Christ I glory   338
229
We sing the praise of him who died   738
302
O breath of life come sweeping through us   407   488
422
Lift high the cross   335   417
444
Father, we give you thanks, who planted
566
The Church's one foundation (Stone)   525   640
688
I waited for the Lord my God
746
God, your glory we have seen in your son
  35 Awake, awake O Zion   46
122
From the sun's rising   164
167
Here I am   229
299
Jesus put this song into our hearts   376
300
Jesus, send more labourers
374
Lord, your name is wonderful
461
Praise God for the body
486
Rise up
526
The Church's one foundation  (Bilborough)
575
We declare that the Kingdom of God is here

Opening Sentences: (from Psalm 30)

          Sing Praise to the Lord,
all his faithful people!
Remember all that the Lord has done,
and give him thanks!

You have changed my sadness into a joyful dance;
You have taken away my sorrow and surrounded me with joy.

Sing Praise to the Lord,
all his faithful people!
Remember all that the Lord has done,
and give him thanks!

Prayers as we approach God:

As we come before God in the time of worship, we pause to remind ourselves what this God who we worship is like.  We remember that we are here to worship the living God, the awesome creating and sustaining, yet gentle and loving God, and we soon become aware of our own lives and how we fall short of what God intends for us.  We seek God's forgiveness and we are given a fresh start.  Finally we remind ourselves that we are not alone in our faith, and we join our voices with one another and with Christians all over the world in the words of the Lord's Prayer.

Praise & Thanksgiving: (from Psalm 30)
(With Response)

          I praise you, Lord, because you have saved me -
I cried to you for help, and you healed me;
I was sinking down into the depths, but you lifted me up.

Sing Praise to the Lord,
all his faithful people!
Remember all that the Lord has done,
and give him thanks!

I praise you Lord because you are merciful -
Your anger lasts only a moment;
Tears may flow in the night, but joy comes in the morning.

Sing Praise to the Lord,
all his faithful people!
Remember all that the Lord has done,
and give him thanks!

I praise you Lord, because you have changed me -
My sadness is lost in the joyful dance;
My sorrow is banished by your Joy;
So, I cannot keep silence:

Sing Praise to the Lord,
all his faithful people!
Remember all that the Lord has done,
and give him thanks!

Confession & Assurance of Pardon (from Psalm 30)

          You are our God, the God who saves, the God  who heals, the God who lifts us up.
We are your people who so seldom lift a hand to help;
                               who so seldom offer a healing touch;
                               who so seldom lift up those who have fallen.

Forgive us.

You are our God, the God who is merciful, the God who is slow to anger.
We are your people who show little mercy;
                               who quickly take offence.

Forgive us.

You are our God, the God who brings joyful dance to those who are sorrowful.
We are your people, so concerned with ourselves
                                that we fail to notice the sorrow around us.

Forgive us.

Words of Assurance:

          Hear these words, they are words you may trust:

God's anger lasts only a moment, his goodness for a lifetime.
You are forgiven, there is no room for guilt.
Listen confidently for God's voice, for he speaks no word of condemnation,
he has work for you to do in his name.  Amen.

Theme introduction - on the story of Naaman

For want of a nail the shoe was lost,
For want of a shoe the horse was lost,
For want of a horse the soldier was lost,
For want of a soldier the cavalry was lost,
For want of the cavalry the battle was lost.

One small thing can make the difference.

If Naaman hadn't been cured he would not have learnt to love the Lord.
If Naaman hadn't bathed in the Jordan he wouldn't have been cured
If Elisha hadn't instructed Naaman he wouldn't have bathed in the Jordan.
If Naaman hadn't gone to Samaria, Elisha wouldn't have instructed him.
If the slave girl hadn't told Naaman about Elisha, Naaman wouldn't have gone to Samaria,
If the Syrian's hadn't captured the slave girl, she wouldn't have told Naaman about Elisha.
And if the slave girl hadn't loved God - he wouldn't have been able to work the miracle that led to new life and new belief for Naaman.

It was a disaster for the girl to be snatched away from her family and made to serve Naaman. But her faith kept her strong, her faith gave her courage far away from her family. Her faith gave her compassion for Naaman. She told him about Elisha and Naaman was cured.

God can use even difficult times in our lives, to work for good. We need to take our courage and strength from the love he gives us in Jesus. To keep us loving him and loving others. And miracles - of all kinds can happen! With our help, even if we feel as small and as insignificant as a nail.

Blessing and sending

Go out to gather in the harvest
with joy, with love, with peace
for the Kingdom of God is near.
Go with God's blessing, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Amen