CHURCH OF MARY IMMACULATE, REFUGE OF SINNERS

18th February 2018


Theme: Temptation – the road to Nowhere



Entrance: Come as you are


Come out of sadness from wherever you’ve been
Come broken hearted, let rescue begin
Come find your mercy, oh brother come kneel
Earth has no sorrow that heaven can’t heal
Earth has no sorrow that heaven can’t heal

So lay down your burdens, lay down your pain
All who are broken, lift up your face
Oh wanderer come home, you’re not too far
So lay down your hurt, lay down your heart
Come as you are

There’s hope for the hopeless and all those who’ve strayed
Come sit at the table, come taste the grace
There’s rest for the weary, rest that endures
Earth has no sorrow that heaven can’t cure

So lay down your burdens, lay down your pain
All who are broken, lift up your face
Oh wanderer come home, you’re not too far
So lay down your hurt, lay down your heart
Come as you are, come as you are
Fall in his arms, come as you are


There’s joy for the morning, oh sister be still
Earth has no sorrow that heaven can’t heal
Earth has no sorrow that heaven can’t heal

So lay down your burdens lay down your pain
All who are broken, lift up your face
Oh wanderer come home, you’re not too far
So lay down your hurt, lay down your heart
Come as you are, come as you are, come as you are



Psalm: Nowhere Man


He's a real nowhere man, sitting in his nowhere land

Making all his nowhere plans for nobody


Doesn't have a point of view, knows not where he's going to

Isn't he a bit like you and me

Nowhere man, please listen, you don't know what you're missing

Nowhere man, the world is at your command


He's as blind as he can be, just sees what he wants to see

Nowhere man, can you see me at all

Nowhere man, don't worry, take your time, don't hurry

Leave it all till somebody else lends you a hand




Doesn't have a point of view, knows not where he's going to

Isn't he a bit like you and me

Nowhere man, please listen, you don't know what you're missing

Nowhere man, the world is at your command


He's a real nowhere man, sitting in his nowhere land

Making all his nowhere plans for nobody [x3]



Offertory: Palm of your Hand


If I could have the world and all it owns

A thousand kingdoms, a thousand thrones

If all the earth were mine to hold,

With wealth my only goal

I'd spend my gold on selfish things

Without the love that your life brings

Just a little bit more is all I need

til life was torn from me


Ch: I'd rather be in the palm of your hand

Though rich or poor I may be

Faith can see right through the circumstance,

Sees the forest in spite of the trees

Your Grace provides for me


If I should walk the streets no place to sleep

No faith in promises you keep

I'd have no way to buy my bread

With a bottle for my bed

But if I trust the One who died for me

Who shed His Blood to set me free

If I live my life to trust in You

Your Grace will see me through


Chorus

If I could have the world

If I could have the world and all it owns





Consecration Acclamation: God So Loved the World


God so loved the world that he gave His only Son (x 2)



Amen:


And all the people said Amen

And all the people said Amen

Give thanks to the Lord for His love never ends

And all the people said Amen



Communion: I want to go Home to my Father


Just a poor man

Made poorer still

By the knowledge of the riches I have squandered

Oh I've wandered, I stand convicted

Even knowing that the deepest of my wounds

Were mostly self-inflicted

Where did my heart go? Where have I been?

You opened my eyes to the darkness and lies

And I shut them again


And I want to go home to my father

I want to be part of where my heart says I belong

I want to wash my weary soul in living water

I've been away, away too long

I want to go home


Out on the boundary of my freedom

I was looking for fences that could keep me in

And I found there were none

Only your sweet love, Lord, fool that I've been

You broke the chains of my heartache and pain

And I forged them again


Chorus


Oh Jesus, Lord, please help me, I'm so full of regret

So hard to forgive myself, harder to forget

I need you to hold me and heal me, mould me and steel me

By the power of your word to be the son that you called me to be


Chorus

I've been away, away too long, I want to go home



Communion Reflection:


Temptation wants us to think of only ourselves, Nobody Else


Temptation wants us to ignore injustices in our country and in the whole world, Why should I care?


Temptation wants us to ignore the plight of the poor and the homeless. I’m ok, I have a home and I have enough money to enjoy myself



Temptation wants us to look with distain on the sick and the elderly. I hope I’ll never be like them.


Temptation wants us to go nowhere, except to our own self destruction.



Recessional: Beautiful City



Come sing me sweet rejoicing, come sing me love

We're not afraid of voicing, all the things we're dreaming of

Oh, high and low and everywhere we go


Ch: We can build a beautiful city, yes we can, yes we can

We can build a beautiful city, and call it ours

Call it the city of man


We don't need alabaster, we don't need chrome

We've got a special plaster

Take my hand, I'll take you home

We see nations rise in each other's eyes


Chorus


Come sing me sweet rejoicing, come sing me love

We're not afraid of voicing, all the things we're dreaming of

Oh, high and low and everywhere we go


Chorus