St Barnabas Church

Is there a God? Is he here?


       9th September 2018


God, who in generous mercy sent the Holy Spirit


upon your Church in the burning fire of your love:


grant that your people may be fervent


in the fellowship of the gospel


that, always abiding in you,


they may be found steadfast in faith and active in service;


through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,


who is alive and reigns with you,


in the unity of the Holy Spirit,


one God, now and for ever


Amen


 


 


Post Communion


Keep, O Lord, your Church, with your perpetual mercy;


and, because without you our human frailty cannot but fall,


keep us ever by your help from all things hurtful,


and lead us to all things profitable to our salvation;


through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Amen


                           

                  

Proverbs 22 


A good name is more desirable than great riches;
    to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.


Rich and poor have this in common:
    The Lord is the Maker of them all.


 


Whoever sows injustice reaps calamity,
    and the rod they wield in fury will be broken.


The generous will themselves be blessed,
    for they share their food with the poor.


 


22 Do not exploit the poor because they are poor
    and do not crush the needy in court,
23 for the Lord will take up their case
    and will exact life for life.


 


Mark 7 


Jesus Honours a Syrophoenician Woman’s Faith


24 Jesus left that place and went to the vicinity of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know it; yet he could not keep his presence secret. 25 In fact, as soon as she heard about him, a woman whose little daughter was possessed by an impure spirit came and fell at his feet. 26 The woman was a Greek, born in Syrian Phoenicia. She begged Jesus to drive the demon out of her daughter.


27 “First let the children eat all they want,” he told her, “for it is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.”


27 “First let the children eat all they want,” he told her, “for it is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.”


28 “Lord,” she replied, “even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.”


29 Then he told her, “For such a reply, you may go; the demon has left your daughter.”


30 She went home and found her child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.


Jesus Heals a Deaf and Mute Man


31 Then Jesus left the vicinity of Tyre and went through Sidon, down to the Sea of Galilee and into the region of the Decapolis. 32 There some people brought to him a man who was deaf and could hardly talk, and they begged Jesus to place his hand on him.


 


 


33 After he took him aside, away from the crowd, Jesus put his fingers into the man’s ears. Then he spit and touched the man’s tongue. 34 He looked up to heaven and with a deep sigh said to him, “Ephphatha!”(which means “Be opened!”). 35 At this, the man’s ears were opened, his tongue was loosened and he began to speak plainly.


36 Jesus commanded them not to tell anyone. But the more he did so, the more they kept talking about it. 37 People were overwhelmed with amazement. “He has done everything well,” they said. “He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”


 


Verse for the week


This is what the Lord says – your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel:


‘I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go.


Isaiah 48:17


 


 


Thought for the week


Knowing the answer does not mean you are right.