On the first day of the week
From the earliest days, the church formed a tradition of gathering to worship on the day after the Jewish sabbath, the day we now call Sunday or “first day of the week”.
The church has gathered to worship in every conceivable place. From caves to cathedrals this ancient weekly pattern has been observed. We now have the opportunity, with recent government guidelines, to gather in ways we haven’t before, getting together outdoors in groups of 6 or indoors with two households worshipping together. We trust you take fully advantage of what we can do and encounter God in new ways.
Sunday Service Guidelines
We would love you to be able to get the most out of the Sunday service package each week. Here is Keath explaining how.
Sunday 20 September 2020
You may be fortunate to have someone in your household who plays an instrument. If not, our talented sister and brother team, Louise and David Campion, have been recording a new Sunday worship set every week since the end of March. This means we now have a large catalogue of worship sets to use. With lockdown restrictions easing David needs to give his time to work that pays, but we are massively grateful for the work he and Lou have put in over the last few months.
Don’t worry about the dates on the videos, each week we’ll pick one of the back catalogue to use. We’re really looking forward to seeing how Holy Spirit speaks in different ways through the worship sets at different times….. a new opportunity for Him to display his genius!
Click on the link below to find this weeks worship lyrics.
Today, Keath continues our series on the book of Ruth. Enjoy!
One of our goals with these Sunday service packages is that you will be encouraged to engage with scripture yourself and to wrestle through the things that have been shared. In light of that take time this week to read through the following text:
- The Book of Ruth
This is going to be our text over the next while so it would be good to get familiar with it. As part of that process it might be helpful to write out in a journal what aspects of the story particularly get your attention.
In addition to the passages mentioned above, here are a few questions you may want to reflect on today or during the week. Even better still, phone a friend and have a “virtual coffee” as you reflect on one of these questions together!
- Are there any characters in the Book of Ruth that you particularly identify with?
- What does it mean to live under the promise of God?
- All of us have things in our lives that we regret and we may carry around with us a sense of failure, how do you think the story of Ruth could help you with this?
- Is there a failure or regret that has been plaguing you and you are finding it hard to let go? Although this can obviously be a journey it starts with recognising it and handing it over to Jesus. It can be as simple as saying “Jesus please take xxx”. You might even want to enact something as part of the prayer e.g. write the regret or failure on a piece of paper and then burn as a symbol of you giving it to Jesus.
- Pray for those in need in the church. In particular pray for those whose jobs are under threat OR those looking for work.
- Pray for our country in the middle of this crisis. Pray for our leaders, for the economy as well as for a reversal in the trend of virus infections.
COME TO THE TABLE
During this time of unprecedented ‘lockdowns’ and ‘distancing’, there’s much that we can’t do. Yet, in a certain sense, we can join with followers of Jesus in homes around the world (and indeed in homes over the last twenty centuries) as we take communion together.
The simple symbols of communion – bread and wine – are rich with meaning orienting us within the Biblical story. Communion is grounded in the gospel story in which we encounter and ‘feast on’ God’s self-giving love, that we might have kindled in us a self-giving love for God, for others, and for God’s good creation.
Here is a simple liturgy to guide you through taking communion together as a household. If there are at least 3 of you, you might choose to have a different person read each numbered section below.
Set out the bread and the wine (or whatever alternatives you might be using at home).
1: Lord of Creation,
from your loving hands you have made us all.
Every person, young and old, every creature, great and small.
All nature sings with vibrant diversity
Emerged from your bounty of grace and generosity.
Yet your good world is stained, stretched and swollen.
Your beloved creation distorted by our sin
In silence we sit, hearing earth’s groan
Your contorted cosmos, our hurting home.
Allow a minute of silence as you reflect
2: Lord of Liberation,
A crown formed of thorns you wore
as the crowd declared their angry scorn
Water and blood from your pierced side poured
As the temple’s curtains wide open were torn
The Prince of Peace lay crushed by human violence
As the skies dimmed and darkened and the indignant mob was silenced
Behold the The Son of Man who came from above
Behold the Son of God, gave up his life for love.
Pass around and take of the bread and the wine, symbolic of Jesus’ body, broken for you, and his blood shed for you. When everyone has done so, read the final prayer stanza below.
3: Lord of Resurrection Life,
On your broken body we sip and we chew
We feast on your fallen frame raised anew
Your life now our life, sustained and restored
Breath to our bones, death-defeating Lord.
Let us see from your eyes, heal our blindness
Form in us true Christlikeness
Though now this world groans, strains and strives
Jesus, creator, liberator, he’s alive!
**Thanks to Clark Buys for putting this communion liturgy together.
The Book of Ruth
Ruth – a Moabite Woman
Hi again to all our Parents and Children,
I hope you enjoyed looking at the book of Ruth last week – children do you think you can tell your Mum or Dad what happened in the story.
Once you’ve done that we’re going to dive into looking at one part of the story about Ruth today, which is that Ruth was a Moabite woman.
Bible Reading: Ruth 1:1-5
Elimelech and His Family Move to Moab
1 1-2 Long ago, in the days before Israel had a king, there was a famine in the land. So a man named Elimelech, who belonged to the clan of Ephrath and who lived in Bethlehem in Judah, went with his wife Naomi and their two sons Mahlon and Chilion to live for a while in the country of Moab. While they were living there, 3 Elimelech died, and Naomi was left alone with her two sons, 4 who married Moabite women, Orpah and Ruth. About ten years later 5 Mahlon and Chilion also died, and Naomi was left all alone, without husband or sons.
Key verse: 4
The sons of Elimelech and Naomi married Moabite women, one was called Orpah and one was called Ruth.
This tells us that Ruth was a Moabite woman.
What did that mean at this time in Israel’s history? Well at this time God had told his people that they shouldn’t marry people from surrounding nations. Why do you think he gave his people these instructions? Well it was because the surrounding nations didn’t believe in Him, and God didn’t want his people following other gods. Moab were also an enemy of Israel at different times in their history.
So does this now mean that Ruth was really bad because she was a Moabite? What do you think?
Let’s work this out together: Ruth was a Moabite BUT she was a faithful, very special lady who didn’t leave Naomi, her Mother in Law, even though her husband had died and she had no reason to go with Naomi back to Israel. In fact Ruth made a decision to believe in God. She decided to leave all the gods that her people believed in and follow Yahweh, the one true God.
And let’s think about God for a minute – his plan was that all people would believe in Him, that everybody in the whole world, no matter where they come from would come together again, that we would celebrate each others differences, no matter where we are from, that each of us would see the value in the other person. So this Book called Ruth is written to tell us the story so that we’d realise that each of us valued, and loved.
Do you think God valued Ruth? Yes He did, and he wants us to remember that after we’ve finished this book… he wants us to be reminded in our lives when we meet people, in school, and at other times that they are precious and they are valued, no matter how different they may be to us.
In this time women were often treated differently to men – God shows us in this story that women are important to Him, we see this in the way that God shows Ruth and Naomi how much he loves and cares for them.
He wants you to know you are loved and cared for by Him, no matter who you are.
Activity 1: Ruth Word Search
Activity 2: Ruth ‘Colour in and Draw’ page
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“…All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need..”
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