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. Despite changing circumstances and government guidelines due to coronavirus, we are doing our best to provide a number of different ways for people to engage, to meet with God and to have communion with each other. We trust you take full advantage of what we can do and encounter God in new ways.
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Sunday 28 February 2021
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We are streaming our morning gathering live at 10am every Sunday.
Pre-recorded Sunday package
No extra scriptures or question this week.
- Pray for those who are struggling with their mental health that Holy Spirit would fill them with his peace.
- Pray for young people struggling with hopelessness and anxiety.
- Pray for anyone who is isolated and lonely that Father God would be their comfort.
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.
What to do as we wait for our Groom
Hi Parents and Children,
Firstly a note to Parents – the verses we are working from today can be a bit scary and make us feel scared about the end of this age and the coming of God’s Kingdom – for kids they can often take things in their stride and not be too bothered about it, or they can really get bothered – depends on so many factors, but while it is there as a warning for us I don’t believe that God would desire our children to be fearful about this. But keep this in mind and get them to engage and chat with you about what they’re scared about – I encourage you to really listen to them and then pray with them and help them to understand what it is Jesus is wanting us to learn. Pray for the Holy Spirit to come alongside them, to know his peace and his comfort.
Kids as we begin looking at this question today let’s begin by asking the Holy Spirit to come and be with us as we read the bible and as we try and see what it is you’re guiding us to do as we wait for you to come back to us.
Holy Spirit I invite you to come right now and be with me, would you increase your presence with me and fill me up. I know that you can bring me peace and comfort and you can also lead and guide me in God’s ways – would you do that today. Thank you Holy Spirit… take a moment now and while your eyes are closed ask Holy Spirit to give you a picture. Think about that picture and let him colour it in for you – if you want to share this with your parent. Amen
Matthew 25:1-13 – get out your bible and read this passage.
As we’ve spoken about in previous weeks, the Church (who is all of us – those who believe in Jesus), are waiting for the day when the bridegroom will return to take his Bride to the special home he has prepared for us, where we will live with him forever.
When we read this story from the bible it is telling us some very important information – that is that we (The Bride/The Church) must make ourselves ready for the day when the bridegroom (Jesus) is going to come back. The crazy thing is that we don’t know exactly when that will be. Let’s think about a few things…
What do we know about our Groom that’s coming to get us:
- He loves us so so so much – enough that he died on the cross for us to make a way for us to be able to be with him. John 3:16 For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not die but have eternal life.
- He wants us to be ready for him.
How can we make ourselves ready for the Bridegroom?
- Make sure we are ready by having oil in our lamps and enough extra so that when the oil is finished we have more to add to it so our lamps won’t go out. If you had a torch with batteries in it then your batteries would be charged and brand ew, and you’d have some extra in case the charge went down so your torch would still shine.
So what does this mean? And what is the oil, and the lamps all about?
- The oil and the lamps are about the Holy Spirit – we can all have the Holy Spirit with us, we just need to ask him to fill us and he will. You can ask your parent to pray that you will be filled with the Holy Spirit. When we have the Holy Spirit inside us he will guide us, and lead us, we will learn to hear his voice – when we read the bible the Holy Spirit can talk to us through the bible. He can use our imaginations to help us too, like when we prayed earlier and asked the Holy Spirit to give you a picture, he helps to speak to us through our imaginations. If you keep asking the Holy Spirit to talk to you, and you keep reading the bible he will speak – you can tell your Mum or your Dad, and they can help you to understand too.
Galatians 5:16 So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. And Galatians 5 v 22-23 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. V25 Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.
- We need the Holy Spirit to guide us to live in the right ways, and to keep us full of God – if we are full of God then we won’t want to do bad things, and we won’t have bad thoughts, and when we do he will help make us aware of them, and help us to change them.
- We need to keep meeting and being with other people who also believe in Jesus – this helps us as we need each other, and we can also encourage each other, and learn from each other. Hebrews 6:11-12 Our great desire is that you will keep on loving others as long as life lasts, in order to make certain that what you hope for will come true. Then you will not become spiritually dull and indifferent. Instead, you will follow the example of those who are going to inherit God’s promises because of their faith and endurance.
- As we encourage each other, as we love each other in our community, as we challenge each other we change as well as other people around us, and this is what adds oil to our lamp, or battery charge to our torch battery.
These are some of the things we can do to be ready for the day when Jesus comes back. Follow God with all our hearts, all our minds and all our souls, do this alongside other believers and don’t get tired of waiting for that very very very special day that is coming.
Activity: Do you remember the song about having oil in your lamp – have a sing along and do the actions: Here is a Youtube link
Activity 2: Colouring in Page
If you have a torch at home see ask your Mum or Dad if you can play a game of being ready with your torch – how long will your batteries last, and how soon will they need to be replaced.
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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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