Sunday 6 September 2020

Pentecost 14 2020 五旬節14 2020


Song “I will offer up my life”


Song “Just be held”


Song “Bow down”


Song “East and West”


Song “Praise you in this storm”



Opening Responses


The world belongs to God

The earth and all its people

How good and lovely it is 

To live together in unity

Love and faith come together

Justice and peace join hands


Song “Christ be in my waking”


Let us in silence remember our faults and failings

Christ have mercy on us, and deliver us from our sins and may we amend our lives

Amen. The Lords Prayer in our own language

Song “The Lords my shepherd”


Reading Matthew 18v15-20


15 “If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. 16 But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’ 17 If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector.

18 “Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.

19 “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”

Song “Come thou fount”



Matthew draws together sayings on humility and greatness and the seriousness of causing little ones to sin. He has gathered together Jesus' teachings on membership in the kingdom of God - life under God's authority. It ends with "when Jesus had finished saying these things". When the gospels were written, the sayings and acts of Jesus would have been known off by heart. 


Membership of the kingdom of God belongs to those who are dependent on God's grace for their salvation, not their reputation, or their wonderful deeds. It is a godly responsibility not to lead people away from God.


The Beatitudes remind us that the humble are those who inherit the earth, they are the ones who recognize their poverty before God, mourn for their loss of divine standing, thirst for righteousness, and in their yearning are blessed with Gods grace. They bear the fruit of faith, mercy, purity of heart, peacemakers, but are persecuted. On the other hand there are those who think they are God's gift to humankind and exalt themselves. Humility is not modesty, but relying on God. 


Matthew here has put together didactic sayings of Jesus. The sayings are about church discipline. 


The first saying is often treated as a method for dealing with a sister or brother who has hurt us - sinned against us. This is commonly used in Christian fellowships. Sometimes badly! Someone has wavered in their faith, and their standing before Christ needs to be restored. We must bring them face to face with what is right again.

"If a member of the church sins against you"-the sin is undefined, but given the instructions it must be serious. The context it is the consequence of skandalizw, of having a stumbling block placed before a person. The skandalwn is the cause of the stumbling or entrapment. The outcome for those who are the causes of the stumbling is dire. In our world stumbling blocks are inevitable, but this does not mean that a person has to promote or create them; woe to the person who does. 


Back to our person who has been the object of stumbling blocks! Bring the problem to light, do it privately rather than publicly. Have it out with them. If they listen to you have won them over. If s/he doesn’t listen, take a few others, (as witnesses Deuteronomy 19:15 establishing the point that a person cannot be convicted on the evidence of just one person), to confront the problem, emphasizes the need to exhaust every possibility in the effort to win back the person. If this fails shake the dust off your feet and walk away. This however does not mean treat him with contempt or cruelty.


In seeking to restore the brother or sister who has strayed from the faith, the Christian community seeks them out to restore them. Here the authority is given to the Christian community. We are given the authority to arbitrate on matters of God's will. We can condemn or forgiveness. Whatever you loose, abolish upon the earth, will have been loosed. 


The second saying is on the authority of the church.  The saying can be understood in a number of ways. So, for example, the saying may give the idea that when two or more Christians believe in something in prayer, it will happen. But what about unanswered prayers? The saying probably means that when two or three meet in Jesus' name, God will be present, revealing God's will to them. 


Jesus promises that he will be with his people, even when there are just two or three present, to the very end of the age, for ever!


Forgiveness depends on the theology that we all fail! I think it is probably the supreme mark of a Christian that we believe in forgiveness. There but for the grace of God go you or I. Unfortunately, our society does not believe in forgiveness.

But as Christians we cant refuse to forgive someone if they are sorry because they have failed!

The Forgiveness Project shows in a remarkable way how forgiveness changes lives.


Song “Who am I”


We pray for people and situations we are concerned about including people having to go back to work, school and those still in lockdown, the desperate people crossing the sea in dinghies, continuing deaths from Covid 19, the ongoing unrest in Belarus, Hong Kong and Syria and other places, the rise of fascism, the government, the Rohinga Muslims, Muslims being persecuted in China, protection for key workers and adequate PPE, protection for Black and Asian people, for people on low or no incomes, for those with underlying health conditions and those over 60, care for those who are alone and those suffering with depression, protection for asylum seekers and refugees and ensuring that food is reaching the vulnerable and global warming. 

May we not fail you. Amen


Song “Every Praise”


The blessing of God be upon you 

On those you love and those you meet

This day and forevermore. Amen


With thanks to the ©Iona Community adapted

五旬節14 2020




歌曲“ Just be hold”


歌曲“ Bow down”




























15“如果你的兄弟姐妹犯了罪,就去指出他們的錯,就在你們兩個之間。如果他們聽您的話,您就贏得了他們。16但是,如果他們不聽,那就帶上一兩個人,以便每件事都可以由兩個或三個證人的證詞來確定。” 17如果他們仍然拒聽,那就告訴教會;如果他們甚至拒聽教堂的話,請像對待異教徒或收員一樣對待他們。


19“再一次,我真的告訴你,如果你們中的兩個人同意他們所要求的一切,那將由我的天父為他們完成。 20在我名下聚集的兩三個人,就是我與他們同在。

















如果教會的一個成員對你犯了罪”-罪的定義是不確定的,但是在指示下,它必須是嚴肅的。在上下文中,這是skandalizw的結果,即在人前放置絆石。 skandalwn是絆或被夾住的原因。對於那些絆石的人來,結果是可怕的。在我們這個世界上,絆石是不可避免的,但這並不意味著一個人必須提拔或創造它們。給做事的人帶來災難。















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