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Sunday 5th July 2020

Matthew 11: 25-30 At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do. “All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Reflection It must have been so daunting for the followers of Jesus to realise that the true God could be known only through Jesus. But when its Jesus that tells you that is how it is - then suddenly everything seems different. As he knew the Father from whom he had come, it gave him the platform to issue what is still the most welcome and encouraging invitation ever offered. “Come to me, he said, and I will give you rest”. How can following Jesus be that easy you may ask. Didn’t Jesus himself say that people had to be prepared to leave behind family, possessions, even their own life? Yes he did. But the ease and refreshment that Jesus offers, all spring from his own character, his gentleness and warmth. When weighed down by burdens of anxiety or emotional or financial concerns, He is offering us what He has in himself, as our source of comfort and rest.

Romans 7 : 15-25 I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it. So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.

Psalm 45 : 10-17 Listen, daughter, and pay careful attention: Forget your people and your father’s house. Let the king be enthralled by your beauty, honour him, for he is your lord.The city of Tyre will come with a gift, people of wealth will seek your favour. All glorious is the princess within her chamber; her gown is interwoven with gold. In embroidered garments she is led to the king; her virgin companions follow her— those brought to be with her. Led in with joy and gladness, they enter the palace of the king.

Your sons will take the place of your fathers; you will make them princes throughout the land. I will perpetuate your memory through all generations; therefore the nations will praise you for ever and ever.

Prayers We pray for all governments across our world struggling with decisions about easing lockdown restrictions but keeping the nation’s health as its priority. Give our leaders wisdom and decisiveness. We pray for the witness of the church especially amongst those in poverty, in sickness and those subjected to discrimination. Teach each one of us your compassionate ways and give us the courage to come to you in prayer with our own personal needs. Bless, keep and protect each one of us, in Jesus name, Amen