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10:30 Virtual RNLI Lifeboat Service Service at St James with Emmanuel Online

Sunday 18th October, 2020

 

 

 

Presiding
Rev Heather Atkinson
Preaching
Rev Heather Atkinson
Intercessions
Sarah Maxwell
Readings
2 samuel 22:5-7,17-20 - read by Guest
Acts 27:13-20,33-36 - read by Guest

 

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Reading: 2 samuel 22:5-7,17-20

2 samuel 22:5-7,17-20

read by Guest

The waves of death swirled about me; the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me.
The cords of the grave coiled around me; the snares of death confronted me.
"In my distress I called to the LORD; I called out to my God. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came to his ears.
"He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters.
He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me.
They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the LORD was my support.
He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.

 

 

Reading: Acts 27:13-20,33-36

Acts 27:13-20,33-36

read by Guest

When a gentle south wind began to blow, they saw their opportunity; so they weighed anchor and sailed along the shore of Crete.
Before very long, a wind of hurricane force, called the Northeaster, swept down from the island.
The ship was caught by the storm and could not head into the wind; so we gave way to it and were driven along.
As we passed to the lee of a small island called Cauda, we were hardly able to make the lifeboat secure,
so the men hoisted it aboard. Then they passed ropes under the ship itself to hold it together. Because they were afraid they would run aground on the sandbars of Syrtis, they lowered the sea anchor and let the ship be driven along.
We took such a violent battering from the storm that the next day they began to throw the cargo overboard.
On the third day, they threw the ship's tackle overboard with their own hands.
When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days and the storm continued raging, we finally gave up all hope of being saved.
Just before dawn Paul urged them all to eat. "For the last fourteen days," he said, "you have been in constant suspense and have gone without food—you haven't eaten anything.
Now I urge you to take some food. You need it to survive. Not one of you will lose a single hair from his head."
After he said this, he took some bread and gave thanks to God in front of them all. Then he broke it and began to eat.
They were all encouraged and ate some food themselves.

 

 

 

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