Sunday 14 June 2020

Pentecost 2 2020

Song “Waymaker”


Opening Liturgy


Our sisters and brothers bear a heavy load

Only many hands will move the rock

Come for Christ calls us

Only many hands will move the rock


Song “Meekness and majesty”


Prayer of Confession 


Loving God we thank and praise you for the gift of life today

We thank you for keeping us in your protection during this dangerous time.

We are made in your image

But we sometimes think, speak and act in ways that are not honouring to you

We have contributed to the injustice and discord in the world  

Believing you made us and our earth 

Believing in your love for us

And the forgiveness and mercy you extend towards us

We ask you to forgive us

Help us to turn away from thinking, speaking and doing what is destructive towards your will

Make our crooked ways straight

Help us to work to end oppression

Help us to commit to protecting one another

And your world

In Jesus Name we pray



The Lord’s Prayer led by Herman Jnr


Good News


For Young People



Song “Faithful One”


Readings: Exodus 19v2-8 read by Alexia, Matthew 10v1-16 read by Herman

Song “He will hold me fast”



Song “This Glorious Grace”

Reflection "Wise as Serpents and gentle as doves"

Song “Beauty for brokenness”


Intercessions led by Claude 


Song “Oh breathe of Life”

Closing Liturgy

The breath of God calls us
To new dreams, new hopes, new possibilities.

Help us to be open, to see and to hear. 



Song “Raise a Hallelujah”


Matthew 10v1-16 Wise as Serpents and Gentle as doves

Discipleship consists of calling and sending. Jesus calls us and sends us. In this passage in Matthew there is also a theme of engagement and withdrawal. There is a time to engage and a time to withdraw. God’s mission is a lifestyle, loose to places and possessions. Discipleship and mission depends on hospitality for sustenance. Sharing is at the heart of Gods work. Sharing our food and what we have. 


They disciples in Matthew’s account were sent out to have authority over the powers of darkness. They were Christ's representatives as we are. They work in pairs including Matthew the tax collector who wrote this gospel. And Judas was included. Jesus gave them their orders. The mission is to the Jews. Later it will be to non-Jews as we see in Acts. They are sent to the lost sheep, the spiritually lost. 


The message that the disciples are to communicate is the same one Jesus and John preached and for all to see in the Beatitudes in Matthew 5 and 6. They are to travel light. 


The Jews would give a blessing “Let your prayer for God's blessing rest upon the household. Let your peace come upon the home" but Jesus says if they reject you let your peace return to you. Shake the dust off your shoes and leave. 

The times were and are dangerous. It is a hostile world. Jesus like the good shepherd is sending his sheep, us, into a pack of wolves. To survive the disciples needed to be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. Don’t attract trouble unnecessarily. But be careful. Jesus calls for balance. They are for the first time called apostles or messengers. There will be persecution and they will be accused.


Households, families are the base for Gods work. 

Jesus called them and us, to heal the sick, cast out demons, cleanse the unclean,  to feed people, to forgive sins-and to raise the dead, to minister to the lost. 


We must be wise like a snake and gentle like a dove. We are like sheep before circling wolves and the times are treacherous. There is division and polarisation. 


The times are apocalyptic, like the end times. 


The battle raging is at the heart and soul of what we believe and our values. What we believe in, our ideas, our ideology is being tested. Do we believe in caring for one another or do we believe that some people are less important because of age, infirmity, colour or religion? Fascists believe in the nation state and in ethnic purity, one race over others. But we are the people of God and God loves diversity. God puts at the centre. Not the nation or country or its monuments. 


There are deep divisions. There are people who oppose everything we as Christians stand for. The enemy is however subtle. 


The devil or Satan is described in the Bible as the Accuser, the Adversary, in Job 1v6, who is looking for good people to smear and destroy. He relies on lies and distortions of the truth, (John 8v44) and he loves performance (Luke 4v1) and is divisive. Where God is at work the devil is lurking. 


In these dangerous times we need one another to distinguish between angels and beasts, to resist the wiles of the devil, because we have been through a wilderness time and both are present. Angels, beasts and Satan.  We need to pray. The Word of God, texts of scripture, need to be in our thoughts and on our tongues. Know when to engage and when to withdraw. Pray for God’s Word to be given to you in times of crisis. 


We are like sheep before wolves. Be wise as serpents and gentle as doves. Trust in God. Amen. 


ਮੱਤੀ 10v1-16 ਸੱਪਾਂ ਵਾਂਗ ਸਿਆਣਾ ਅਤੇ ਘੁੱਗੀਆਂ ਵਾਂਗ ਕੋਮਲ

ਅਨੁਸ਼ਾਸਨ ਵਿੱਚ ਬੁਲਾਉਣਾ ਅਤੇ ਭੇਜਣਾ ਸ਼ਾਮਲ ਹੁੰਦਾ ਹੈਯਿਸੂ ਨੇ ਸਾਨੂੰ ਬੁਲਾਇਆ ਅਤੇ ਭੇਜਿਆਮੈਥਿ in ਵਿਚ ਇਸ ਹਵਾਲੇ ਵਿਚ ਰੁਝੇਵੇਂ ਅਤੇਵਾਪਸੀ ਦਾ ਵਿਸ਼ਾ ਵੀ ਹੈਰੁਝੇਵੇਂ ਦਾ ਇੱਕ ਸਮਾਂ ਅਤੇ ਵਾਪਸ ਲੈਣ ਦਾ ਇੱਕ ਸਮਾਂ ਹੁੰਦਾ ਹੈਰੱਬ ਦਾ ਮਿਸ਼ਨ ਇੱਕ ਜੀਵਨ ਸ਼ੈਲੀ ਹੈਸਥਾਨਾਂ ਅਤੇਚੀਜ਼ਾਂ ਲਈ looseਿੱਲੀਚੇਲਾਪਣ ਅਤੇ ਮਿਸ਼ਨ ਰੋਜ਼ੀ-ਰੋਟੀ ਲਈ ਪ੍ਰਾਹੁਣਚਾਰੀ 'ਤੇ ਨਿਰਭਰ ਕਰਦਾ ਹੈਸਾਂਝਾ ਕਰਨਾ ਰੱਬ ਦੇ ਕੰਮ ਦੇ ਦਿਲ ਵਿਚ ਹੈਆਪਣਾ ਖਾਣਾ ਸਾਂਝਾ ਕਰਦੇ ਹਾਂ ਅਤੇ ਸਾਡੇ ਕੋਲ ਕੀ ਹੈ.


ਮੈਥਿ’s ਦੇ ਖਾਤੇ ਵਿਚਲੇ ਚੇਲੇ ਹਨੇਰੇ ਦੀ ਸ਼ਕਤੀ ਉੱਤੇ ਅਧਿਕਾਰ ਰੱਖਣ ਲਈ ਭੇਜੇ ਗਏ ਸਨਉਹ ਸਾਡੇ ਵਰਗੇ ਮਸੀਹ ਦੇ ਨੁਮਾਇੰਦੇ ਸਨਉਹਜੋੜਿਆਂ ਵਿਚ ਕੰਮ ਕਰਦੇ ਹਨ ਜਿਸ ਵਿਚ ਮੈਥਿ the ਟੈਕਸ ਕੁਲੈਕਟਰ ਹੈ ਜਿਸ ਨੇ ਇਹ ਖੁਸ਼ਖਬਰੀ ਲਿਖੀ ਹੈਅਤੇ ਜੁਦਾਸ ਨੂੰ ਸ਼ਾਮਲ ਕੀਤਾ ਗਿਆਸੀਯਿਸੂ ਨੇ ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਦੇ ਆਦੇਸ਼ ਦਿੱਤੇ ਮਿਸ਼ਨ ਯਹੂਦੀਆਂ ਲਈ ਹੈਬਾਅਦ ਵਿਚ ਇਹ ਗੈਰ-ਯਹੂਦੀਆਂ ਲਈ ਹੋਵੇਗਾ ਜਿਵੇਂ ਅਸੀਂ ਕਾਰਜਾਂਵਿਚ ਵੇਖਦੇ ਹਾਂਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਗੁਆਚੀ ਭੇਡਾਂਰੂਹਾਨੀ ਤੌਰ ਤੇ ਗੁਆਚਣ ਲਈ ਭੇਜਿਆ ਜਾਂਦਾ ਹੈ.


ਸੰਦੇਸ਼ ਜੋ ਚੇਲੇ ਸੰਚਾਰ ਕਰ ਰਹੇ ਹਨ ਉਹੀ ਇਕ ਯਿਸੂ ਅਤੇ ਯੂਹੰਨਾ ਨੇ ਪ੍ਰਚਾਰ ਕੀਤਾ ਅਤੇ ਸਾਰਿਆਂ ਲਈ ਮੱਤੀ 5 ਅਤੇ 6 ਦੇ ਬੀਟਿitਟੂਡਜ਼ ਵਿੱਚਵੇਖਣ ਲਈਉਹ ਪ੍ਰਕਾਸ਼ ਯਾਤਰਾ ਕਰਨ ਵਾਲੇ ਹਨ.


ਯਹੂਦੀ ਇਕ ਬਰਕਤ ਦੇਣਗੇ “ਪਰਮੇਸ਼ੁਰ ਦੀ ਅਸੀਸਾਂ ਲਈ ਤੁਹਾਡੀਆਂ ਪ੍ਰਾਰਥਨਾਵਾਂ ਘਰ ਵਿੱਚ ਰਹਿਣ ਦਿਓਤੁਹਾਡੀ ਸ਼ਾਂਤੀ ਨੂੰ ਘਰ ਆਉਣ ਦਿਓ"ਪਰ ਯਿਸੂ ਕਹਿੰਦਾ ਹੈ ਕਿ ਜੇ ਉਹ ਤੁਹਾਨੂੰ ਨਾਮਨਜ਼ੂਰ ਕਰ ਦਿੰਦੇ ਹਨ ਤਾਂ ਤੁਹਾਡੀ ਸ਼ਾਂਤੀ ਤੁਹਾਨੂੰ ਵਾਪਸ ਆਉਣ ਦੇਵੇਆਪਣੇ ਜੁੱਤੇ ਨੂੰ ਧੂੜ ਝਾੜਦਿਓ ਅਤੇ ਚਲੇ ਜਾਓ.


ਸਮਾਂ ਖ਼ਤਰਨਾਕ ਸੀ ਅਤੇ ਸਨਇਹ ਦੁਸ਼ਮਣੀ ਦੁਨੀਆ ਹੈਇੱਕ ਚੰਗਾ ਅਯਾਲੀ ਵਰਗਾ ਯਿਸੂ ਆਪਣੀਆਂ ਭੇਡਾਂਸਾਨੂੰ ਬਘਿਆੜਾਂ ਦੇ ਇੱਕ ਸਮੂਹਵਿੱਚ ਭੇਜ ਰਿਹਾ ਹੈ ਚੇਲਿਆਂ ਨੂੰ ਬਚਣ ਲਈ ਸੱਪਾਂ ਵਾਂਗ ਸੂਝਵਾਨ ਅਤੇ ਕਬੂਤਰਾਂ ਵਰਗੇ ਭੋਲੇ ਭਾਲੇ ਬਣਨ ਦੀ ਲੋੜ ਸੀਬੇਲੋੜੀ ਮੁਸੀਬਤ ਨੂੰ ਨਾਖਿੱਚੋਪਰ ਸਾਵਧਾਨ ਰਹੋਯਿਸੂ ਨੇ ਸੰਤੁਲਨ ਦੀ ਮੰਗ ਕੀਤੀਉਹ ਪਹਿਲੀ ਵਾਰ ਰਸੂਲ ਜਾਂ ਸੰਦੇਸ਼ਵਾਹਕ ਕਹਾਉਂਦੇ ਹਨਸਤਾਏ ਜਾਣਗੇ ਅਤੇਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ 'ਤੇ ਦੋਸ਼ ਲਗਾਇਆ ਜਾਵੇਗਾ


ਘਰਪਰਿਵਾਰ ਪ੍ਰਮਾਤਮਾ ਦੇ ਕੰਮ ਦਾ ਅਧਾਰ ਹਨ.

ਯਿਸੂ ਨੇ ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਅਤੇ ਸਾਨੂੰ ਬੁਲਾਇਆਬਿਮਾਰਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਰਾਜੀ ਕਰਨ ਲਈਭੂਤਾਂ ਨੂੰ  . ਲਈਅਸ਼ੁੱਧ ਨੂੰ ਸ਼ੁੱਧ ਕਰਨਲੋਕਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਭੋਜਨ ਦੇਣਪਾਪਾਂਨੂੰ ਮਾਫ਼ ਕਰਨ ਅਤੇ ਮਰੇ ਹੋਏ ਲੋਕਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਜੀਉਣ ਲਈਗੁਆਚੇ ਲੋਕਾਂ ਦੀ ਸੇਵਾ ਕਰਨ ਲਈ


ਸਾਨੂੰ ਸੱਪ ਵਾਂਗ ਸਿਆਣਾ ਅਤੇ ਘੁੱਗੀ ਵਾਂਗ ਕੋਮਲ ਹੋਣਾ ਚਾਹੀਦਾ ਹੈਅਸੀਂ ਭੇਡਾਂ ਵਾਂਗ ਚੱਕਰ ਕੱਟਣ ਤੋਂ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ ਭੇਡਾਂ ਵਰਗੇ ਹਾਂ ਅਤੇ ਸਮਾਂਧੋਖੇਬਾਜ਼ ਹੈਇੱਥੇ ਵੰਡ ਅਤੇ ਧਰੁਵੀਕਰਨ ਹੈ.


ਸਮਾਂ ਅਖੀਰਲੇ ਸਮੇਂ ਵਾਂਗ ਸਾਮ੍ਹਣੇ ਹਨ.


ਲੜਾਈ ਦੀ ਲਹਿਰ ਸਾਡੇ ਦਿਲਾਂ ਅਤੇ ਰੂਹਾਂ 'ਤੇ ਹੈ ਜੋ ਅਸੀਂ ਵਿਸ਼ਵਾਸ ਕਰਦੇ ਹਾਂ ਅਤੇ ਆਪਣੀਆਂ ਕਦਰਾਂ ਕੀਮਤਾਂਜਿਸ ਵਿੱਚ ਅਸੀਂ ਵਿਸ਼ਵਾਸ ਕਰਦੇਹਾਂਸਾਡੇ ਵਿਚਾਰਾਂਸਾਡੀ ਵਿਚਾਰਧਾਰਾ ਦੀ ਪਰਖ ਕੀਤੀ ਜਾ ਰਹੀ ਹੈਕੀ ਅਸੀਂ ਇਕ ਦੂਜੇ ਦੀ ਦੇਖਭਾਲ ਵਿਚ ਵਿਸ਼ਵਾਸ਼ ਕਰਦੇ ਹਾਂ ਜਾਂ ਕੀ ਅਸੀਂਵਿਸ਼ਵਾਸ ਕਰਦੇ ਹਾਂ ਕਿ ਕੁਝ ਲੋਕ ਉਮਰਕਮਜ਼ੋਰੀਰੰਗ ਜਾਂ ਧਰਮ ਕਾਰਨ ਘੱਟ ਮਹੱਤਵਪੂਰਣ ਹਨਫਾਸ਼ੀਵਾਦੀ ਰਾਸ਼ਟਰ ਰਾਜ ਅਤੇ ਨਸਲੀਸ਼ੁੱਧਤਾ ਵਿੱਚ ਵਿਸ਼ਵਾਸ਼ ਰੱਖਦੇ ਹਨਇੱਕ ਦੂਸਰੇ ਉੱਤੇ ਇੱਕ ਦੌੜਪਰ ਅਸੀਂ ਪ੍ਰਮਾਤਮਾ ਦੇ ਲੋਕ ਹਾਂ ਅਤੇ ਪ੍ਰਮਾਤਮਾ ਵਿਭਿੰਨਤਾ ਨੂੰ ਪਿਆਰ ਕਰਦਾਹੈਲੋਕ ਕੇਂਦਰ ਵਿਚ ਹਨਦੇਸ਼ ਜਾਂ ਦੇਸ਼ ਨਹੀਂਇਸਦਾ ਇਤਿਹਾਸ ਜਾਂ ਇਸ ਦੇ ਸਮਾਰਕ


ਡੂੰਘੀਆਂ ਵੰਡੀਆਂ ਹਨਇੱਥੇ ਲੋਕ ਹਨ ਜੋ ਹਰ ਚੀਜ ਦਾ ਵਿਰੋਧ ਕਰਦੇ ਹਨ ਜਿਵੇਂ ਕਿ ਅਸੀਂ ਮਸੀਹੀ ਹਾਂਦੁਸ਼ਮਣ ਹਾਲਾਂਕਿ ਸੂਖਮ ਹੈ.


ਸ਼ੈਤਾਨ ਜਾਂ ਸ਼ੈਤਾਨ ਨੂੰ ਬਾਈਬਲ ਵਿੱਚ ਅੱਯੂਬ 1v6 ਵਿੱਚ ਦੋਸ਼ ਦੇਣ ਵਾਲੇਵਿਰੋਧੀ ਵਜੋਂ ਦਰਸਾਇਆ ਗਿਆ ਹੈਜੋ ਚੰਗੇ ਲੋਕਾਂ ਦੀ ਭਾਲ ਅਤੇਤਬਾਹੀ ਮਚਾਉਣ ਦੀ ਕੋਸ਼ਿਸ਼ ਕਰ ਰਿਹਾ ਹੈ ਉਹ ਝੂਠ ਅਤੇ ਸੱਚ ਦੀ ਭਟਕਣਾ 'ਤੇ ਨਿਰਭਰ ਕਰਦਾ ਹੈ, (ਯੂਹੰਨਾ 8 ਵੀ 44) ਅਤੇ ਉਹ ਪ੍ਰਦਰਸ਼ਨਨੂੰ ਪਸੰਦ ਕਰਦਾ ਹੈ (ਲੂਕਾ 4v1) ਅਤੇ ਵਿਵਾਦਪੂਰਨ ਹੈਜਿਥੇ ਰੱਬ ਕੰਮ ਤੇ ਹੈ ਸ਼ੈਤਾਨ ਲੁੱਚ ਰਿਹਾ ਹੈ.


ਇਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਖਤਰਨਾਕ ਸਮਿਆਂ ਵਿਚ ਸਾਨੂੰ ਦੂਤਾਂ ਅਤੇ ਜਾਨਵਰਾਂ ਵਿਚਕਾਰ ਫ਼ਰਕ ਕਰਨ ਲਈਸ਼ੈਤਾਨ ਦੀਆਂ ਬੁਰੀਆਂ ਚਾਲਾਂ ਦਾ ਟਾਕਰਾ ਕਰਨ ਲਈਇਕ ਦੂਜੇ ਦੀ ਜ਼ਰੂਰਤ ਹੈਕਿਉਂਕਿ ਅਸੀਂ ਇਕ ਉਜਾੜ ਦੇ ਸਮੇਂ ਵਿਚੋਂ ਲੰਘੇ ਹਾਂ ਅਤੇ ਦੋਵੇਂ ਮੌਜੂਦ ਹਨਦੂਤਜਾਨਵਰ ਅਤੇ ਸ਼ੈਤਾਨਸਾਨੂੰ ਪ੍ਰਾਰਥਨਾਕਰਨ ਦੀ ਜ਼ਰੂਰਤ ਹੈਰੱਬ ਦਾ ਬਚਨਸ਼ਾਸਤਰ ਦੇ ਹਵਾਲੇਸਾਡੇ ਵਿਚਾਰਾਂ ਅਤੇ ਸਾਡੀ ਜ਼ਬਾਨਾਂ ਤੇ ਹੋਣ ਦੀ ਜ਼ਰੂਰਤ ਹੈਜਾਣੋ ਕਿ ਕਦੋਂ ਸ਼ਾਮਲ ਹੋਣਾਹੈ ਅਤੇ ਕਦੋਂ ਵਾਪਸ ਲੈਣਾ ਹੈਪ੍ਰਮਾਤਮਾ ਦੇ ਬਚਨ ਲਈ ਪ੍ਰਾਰਥਨਾ ਕਰੋ ਸੰਕਟ ਦੇ ਸਮੇਂ ਵਿੱਚ ਤੁਹਾਨੂੰ ਦਿੱਤਾ ਜਾਵੇ.


ਅਸੀਂ ਬਘਿਆੜਾਂ ਦੇ ਅੱਗੇ ਭੇਡਾਂ ਵਰਗੇ ਹਾਂਸੱਪਾਂ ਵਾਂਗ ਸਿਆਣਾ ਅਤੇ ਘੁੱਗੀਆਂ ਵਾਂਗ ਕੋਮਲ ਬਣੋਰੱਬ ਤੇ ਭਰੋਸਾ ਰੱਖੋਆਮੀਨ.





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