SECOND SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST 2ND JUNE 2024

Lord of the Sabbath - Mark 2:23-3:6 - Welbeck Road Evangelical Church

OPENING SENTENCE
Sing with joy to God our strength

HYMN

GREETING

Grace and peace to you from God our Father

and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen

COLLECT FOR PURITY

Almighty God

to whom all hearts be open

all desires known

and from whom no secrets are hidden;

Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts

by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,

that we may perfectly love you

and worthily magnify your holy name

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

SUMMARY OF THE LAW

Our Lord Jesus Christ said: The first commandment is this: “Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is the only Lord. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength.”

The second is this: “Love your neighbour as yourself.” There is no other commandment greater than these.

Amen. Lord, have mercy.

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CONFESSION

God is love and we are God’s children.

There is no room for fear in love.

We love because God loved us first.

Let us confess our sins in penitence and faith.

God our Father, we confess to you

and to our fellow members in the Body of Christ

that we have sinned in thought, word and deed,

and in what we have failed to do.

We are truly sorry.

Forgive us our sins,

and deliver us from the power of evil,

for the sake of your Son who died for us, Jesus Christ, our Lord.

ABSOLUTION

May the God of love and power

forgive you and free you from your sins,

heal and strengthen you by his Spirit

and raise you to new life in Christ our Lord. Amen.

GLORIA
sung by Sue St Joseph

COLLECT

O God, our hope and strength,

the source and end of all our prayers:

because our mortal nature is weak

we can do nothing good without your help;

support us with your grace,

that in keeping your commandments,

we may ever remain in your love;

through Jesus Christ our Lord,

who lives and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, world without end.

Amen

FIRST READING
1 SAMUEL 3: 1-10
read by Peter Boreham

Samuel’s Calling and Prophetic Activity

Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord under Eli. The word of the Lord was rare in those days; visions were not widespread.

At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his room; the lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was. Then the Lord called, “Samuel! Samuel!” and he said, “Here I am!” and ran to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call; lie down again.” So he went and lay down. The Lord called again, “Samuel!” Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call, my son; lie down again.” Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, and the word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him. The Lord called Samuel again, a third time. And he got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” Then Eli perceived that the Lord was calling the boy. Therefore Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down, and if he calls you, you shall say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’ ” So Samuel went and lay down in his place. Now the Lord came and stood there, calling as before, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”

1 Samuel 3:10 Now the LORD came and stood there, calling as before, “Samuel!  Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” | New  Revised Standard Version (NRSV) | Download

SECOND READING
2 Corinthians 4:5-12
read by Simon Lidwell

For we do not proclaim ourselves; we proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus’s sake. For it is the God who said, “Light will shine out of darkness,” who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.

For we do not proclaim ourselves; we proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus’s sake. For it is the God who said, “Light will shine out of darkness,” who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.

But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us. We are afflicted in every way but not crushed, perplexed but not driven to despair, persecuted but not forsaken, struck down but not destroyed, always carrying around in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible in our bodies. For we who are living are always being handed over to death for Jesus’s sake, so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible in our mortal flesh. So, death is at work in us but life in you.

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But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us. We are afflicted in every way but not crushed, perplexed but not driven to despair, persecuted but not forsaken, struck down but not destroyed, always carrying around in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible in our bodies. For we who are living are always being handed over to death for Jesus’s sake, so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible in our mortal flesh. So, death is at work in us but life in you.

HYMN

GOSPEL READING
MARK 2: 23-3:6
read by Rev Chris Wren

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to St Mark chapter 2 beginning at verse 23

Glory to Christ our Saviour.

Pronouncement about the Sabbath

One Sabbath he was going through the grain fields, and as they made their way his disciples began to pluck heads of grain. The Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is not lawful on the Sabbath?” And he said to them, “Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry and in need of food, how he entered the house of God when Abiathar was high priest and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and he gave some to his companions?” Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for humankind and not humankind for the Sabbath, so the Son of Man is lord even of the Sabbath.”

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The Man with a Withered Hand

Again, he entered the synagogue, and a man was there who had a withered hand. They were watching him to see whether he would cure him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse him. And he said to the man who had the withered hand, “Come forward.” Then he said to them, “Is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the Sabbath, to save life or to kill?” But they were silent. He looked around at them with anger; he was grieved at their hardness of heart and said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was restored. The Pharisees went out and immediately conspired with the Herodians against him, how to destroy him.

Give thanks to the Lord for his glorious gospel

Praise to Christ our Lord

SERMON

This Gospel reading talks about two of Jesus’ encounters. At first glance, they do not seem to have much in common. The first is about hungry disciples plucking heads of grain. The second is about a man in the synagogue with a withered hand. But there is a thread that ties them together, and it has to do with when these two stories took place. Both happened on the Sabbath, and therein lies the drama.

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The first story gets to the Sabbath by means of those who were hungry. The disciples were walking through the fields and plucking heads of grain to eat. This was allowed by God in the book of Deuteronomy as a type of social security. To the Pharisees, however, this violated God’s command to keep the Sabbath holy. Now it is important to understand what the Pharisees were upset about here. They were not accusing the disciples of stealing. God had set up the property laws in Israel such that it was okay to eat out of your neighbour’s garden as long as you didn’t put any of it in a basket or put a sickle to the grain. If you were hungry, it was okay to grab a few grapes for the road or to eat some kernels of grain along the way. So, the disciples were not doing anything wrong simply by picking grain from this person’s field.

What the Pharisees were upset about is that the disciples were doing this on the Sabbath day. Observing the Sabbath was extremely important to the Jews of Jesus’ time, and it was especially important to the Pharisees, who prided themselves on keeping the law right down to the last detail. Now keeping the Sabbath was God’s idea, but the Rabbis of Jesus’ time had added all sorts of rules and regulations to those found in the Old Testament. They listed out 39 main types of work that were forbidden on the Sabbath, and they organized those into six sub-categories.

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And number three on their master list was reaping: no reaping allowed on the Sabbath. Now they had some biblical basis for this one. In the Book of Exodus, it says: “Six days you shall labour, but on the seventh day you shall rest; even during the ploughing season and harvest you must rest.” And so, yes, it would have been unlawful for a farmer to go out on the Sabbath day and harvest his crops as if it were any other day of the week. But it was quite a stretch to call what the disciples were doing “reaping” or any other type of work. They were hungry; they were eating. It was that simple.

Yet the Pharisees did not entertain the idea of hunger, they saw it as blatant rule breaking. The Sabbath was meant to be God’s gift to mankind, but the Pharisees turned it into a burden by their rules and regulations. Admittedly as human beings, we need rules for driving, sport, home, school, church and so on but these rules are in place for our best interests and for our protection. Sometimes governmental bodies and ecclesiastical bodies add in extra rules that are just a burden on the people- verging on the pharisaical.

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I was shocked to learn of the defeat of a motion this year at the Church of Ireland General Synod. The motion was highlighting the need to change a Canon. The motion Proposed by Prof Patricia Barker (Dublin & Glendalough) and seconded by Lynn Wright (Kilmore, Elphin & Ardagh) the Motion affirms the sanctity of marriage but called on Synod to acknowledge that it is a reality of modern life that infants are often born to single parents and/or to couples who are not married. The Motion asked Synod to affirm that, in accordance with Canons, Chapter 9 of the Constitution of the Church of Ireland, irrespective of the marital status of the parents of an infant, a minister must not refuse or, save for the purpose of preparing or instructing the parents or godparents, delay to baptise any child within his or her cure who is brought to be baptised, provided that due notice has been given and the provisions relating to Sponsors and godparents are observed. The motion was defeated and so ministers can refuse baptism to a child if parents are not married… I was horrified at this, for the person that matters here is the child. In my opinion, it creates an unnecessary burden on a family.

Here the church like the Pharisees are making rules that are not necessarily serving the interests of the people. Indeed in our passage there is disagreement about who gets to make the rules. The religious leaders believed it was their sacred duty to make rules governing the Sabbath day. Jesus pulls them up on this notion of them being rule makers and reminds them that is not the case at all. He speaks of the Sabbath and how the Sabbath was made for man’s good, and not man for the Sabbath. He highlights how all these rules are becoming a burden to the people which runs contrary to the idea of the Sabbath which was to provide time, space, and rest to worship God and enjoy a day free from work.

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In our modern culture the concept of not working on the Sabbath or not competing like Eric Liddell on the Sabbath is almost an alien concept. To be fair some people want to take time to rest, but with a never-ending to-do list and huge goals they want to achieve, resting feels…unproductive. It’s not that they’d rather work than rest, there’s just so much to do. They often feel that there aren’t enough hours in a day. Perhaps you can identify with that. It is hard to juggle work, relationships, church, social life, and other obligations but for refreshment and for our well- being, it is important that we all stop and rest.

God knew many of us would struggle to rest for we are wired in our society today to be on the go and act. Instead of following the pattern of this world, God calls us to partake in Sabbath-rest. Not only is it necessary for our physical health, but it’s also crucial for our spiritual health. So how do we rest?

I think, we need first to grasp the importance of Sabbath rest. It is a time out from our daily routines creating greater opportunities to be with God; it is time away from the barrage of emails and the feeling you need to immediately respond; it is a time to be still, a time to be… it doesn’t mean we cannot do things. Eugene Peterson talked about the Sabbath as day to pray and play … notice no work

Charles Williams Quote: “Play and pray; but on the whole do not pray when  you are

When we take this Sabbath rest, we are more able to draw close to God and to other people. Admittedly for some Sunday is an impossible day to have as a Sabbath rest, then there is a need to choose another day. My day is normally a Saturday. Taking a Sabbath rest is difficult for even on Saturdays, I am tempted to look at emails and respond…but slowly I am getting better at that, and obviously if it is a pastoral issue that takes priority over any Sabbath rest. I think that was what Jesus was driving at in his confrontation with the Pharisees. The Sabbath is meant to be life- giving for ourselves and for others. The Sabbath rest is all about life. I think what angered Jesus was the Pharisees’ obsession with rules and their lack of understanding of the needs of the people. They failed to see or appreciate that the Sabbath was lifegiving. The Sabbath was about giving life to individuals.

For in the second story, we see Jesus offering life and hope to someone who was hurting on the Sabbath. Mark sets up the scene so well here. It is the Sabbath. Jesus goes into the synagogue. There is a man there with a shrivelled hand who needs healing. The Pharisees are all watching, waiting, looking for a reason to accuse Jesus. Jesus had cast out a demon in the synagogue on a Sabbath before. Would he now heal this man? If so, they could accuse him of breaking the Sabbath.

This is just wrong on so many levels. First of all, when you go to synagogue, you are supposed to be worshiping, but the Pharisees are there trying to trap Jesus instead. Secondly, they want Jesus to heal this man, not because they care about the man and want to see him get healed, but because they are looking for another reason to accuse Jesus. You see, according to their self-made book of rules and regulations, they said you could only help or heal a person on the Sabbath in life-threatening situations. Otherwise, to quote a certain synagogue ruler from the gospel of Luke: “There are six days for work. So come and be healed on those days, not on the Sabbath.” Well, this man’s life wasn’t in danger, so they determined it would be unlawful for Jesus to heal him on the Sabbath. Yet this man had been suffering physically, socially, and economically. As he often did, Jesus saw him and had compassion. But He also saw the Pharisees and their legalistic disregard for those who were in need. Even as He invited the man to come to Him, Jesus spoke to the Pharisees. “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save life or to kill?” Which will it be? Legalism or love? Law or life? Jesus came down on the latter- it is about love and life! Not only did he say He was Lord over the Sabbath, now He was showing He was Lord over all by healing the man’s hand.

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Jesus argues from the lesser to the greater here. The Pharisees already knew that it was lawful to save life on the Sabbath. And of course no one would say you could kill on the Sabbath, or any other day for that matter. Why? Because it is good to save life, and it is evil to take life. The Pharisees were hoping to trap Jesus, but Jesus with his question really trapped the Pharisees. They can’t say it is lawful to do evil on the Sabbath; everyone knows that is wrong. And if they agree that it is lawful to do good, then they can’t accuse Jesus if he heals the man.

So, what do they say? Nothing. There is nothing they can say to justify their position. They know they are wrong, but instead of humbling themselves and confessing their sin, they harden their hearts and say nothing at all.


So, what can we take for ourselves from these passages this morning? Firstly, think good

thoughts of God. So often people think that God made up all these laws and commandments just to weigh us down and make our lives miserable. Nothing could be further from the truth. God’s laws are made for your benefit. When you follow in God’s way, your life will be sweeter, not worse.

Secondly, receive the Sabbath as a gift from God. The Sabbath is an opportunity to rest from your work and to join with others to worship God. We shouldn’t think of the Sabbath as a burden, or an imposition, or some type of interruption to our week, but rather we should look forward to this day that has been set apart for us by God. We should call the Sabbath a delight and the Lord’s holy day a welcome aspect to our weekly life.

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Thirdly, we are to be a people of grace. We are not to be like the Pharisees, looking to criticise and tear down others but rather we are to build one another up. We are to let go of legalism and embrace a spirit of generosity and kindness. We are to share with God’s people in need. We are to be a people who find life in Sabbath rest and who offer life and hope to others. Amen.

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NICENE CREED

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty maker of heaven and earth,

of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,

the only Son of God,

eternally begotten of the Father,

God from God, Light from Light,

true God from true God,

begotten, not made,

of one substance with the Father.

Through him all things were made.

For us and for our salvation

he came down from heaven;

by the power of the Holy Spirit

he became incarnate of the Virgin Mary,

and was made man.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;

he suffered death and was buried.

On the third day he rose again

in accordance with the Scriptures;

he ascended into heaven

and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again in glory

to judge the living and the dead,

and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit,

the Lord, the giver of life,

who proceeds from the Father.

With the Father and the Son,

he is worshipped and glorified.

He has spoken through the Prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.

We acknowledge one baptism

for the forgiveness of sins.

We look for the resurrection of the dead,

and the life of the world to come. Amen.

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PRAYERS

Lord Jesus, crowds flocked to see you.

In you they saw love, kindness and goodness.

Help us as members of your family

to reflect these great qualities,

to delight in your teaching and to do your will.

As members of your church

may we work well together with our neighbours,

share resources, respect each other, and learn from one another.

Lord of all wisdom,

let your will be done.

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Lord Jesus, some questioned your motives and purposes.

You were confident in your God- given purposes and role.

Help us to be confident in our purpose and role

and to be distinctive in our communities

by our love and kindness.

Help us to stand alongside leaders

as they grapple with complex issues

and a difficult social and economic climate.

Keep before us all a vision

of your Kingdom’s values and priorities

and guide us through challenging times

and the midst of uncertainty.

Lord of all wisdom,

let your will be done.

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Lord Jesus, you call servants of your will not just friends

but members of your family.

Look in compassion on all

who are suffering in your family

from illness, stress, depression, injury and weakness.

In the quiet we name to you those who are suffering

in body, mind and spirit, that are known to us.

Draw near to them and touch them at their point of need

with your inner strength, peace, hope and healing.

Lord of all wisdom,

let your will be done.

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Lord Jesus, you said that a house

divided against itself cannot stand.

Unite our churches that we might

work well together

to fulfil your ministry

and mission on earth.

Raise up negotiators,

who can bring peace to divided counties,

and restore stability and peace.

We think today especially of the Middle East

and ask that hostilities might cease

and understanding and respect for one another might increase.

Lord of all wisdom,

let your will be done.

Lord Jesus, you promise to watch over

your family’s coming and going.

We lift to you those, whose lives are ebbing away

and are soon coming home.

Be with them on their journey home

and comfort their family and friends.

Lord of all wisdom,

let your will be done.

Lord Jesus,

we pray for all who are mourning today,

for those who have lost loved ones in the Middle East

for those who have lost loved ones in road accidents,

for those who have lost loved ones through illness or tragedy

may your peace and presence be with them

and may they find in you strength and refuge.

We remember those that have an anniversary

of a death this month,

may great memories

sustain them in this sad time.

Lord of all wisdom,

let your will be done.

Lord of the Sabbath, teach us to draw aside

and rest in you.

Help us to let go of our daily routines

and create time and space

for you to speak with us

and for us to encounter you

in a powerful and rich way.

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Lord Jesus, we marvel at your wisdom and patience

in dealing with people

May we let your wisdom and patience

guide us in our dealings with others.

Thank you for all your friendship and companionship

and for all the gifts you daily give us.

Merciful Father accept these prayers for the sake of your Son,

our Saviour Jesus Christ who taught us to pray together

Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come,

your will be done,

on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins

as we forgive those

who sin against us.

Do not bring us to the time of trial

but deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours, now and for ever. Amen.

HYMN

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BLESSING

God the Holy Trinity

make you strong in faith and love,

defend you on every side,

and guide you in truth and peace;

and the blessing of God almighty,

Father, Son and Holy Spirit,

be among you and remain with you always. Amen

DISMISSAL

Go or stay in peace to love and serve the Lord. In the name of Christ

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