Even though we can't meet together,
we can still be together!
Thanks to Sophia and Inga for sending a picture of the fish they made last week!
I hope you've been able to join with us for the first part of our service today on the Socially Distant Sunday Worship page. Did you draw some pictures of temples and churches and priests?
(Make sure you join back with everyone else for communion at 11:30am!)
Let's read now what Peter had to say about the church in his letter...
The Lord Jesus is the “stone” that lives. The people of the world did not want this stone. But he was the stone God chose. To God he was worth much. So come to him. You also are like living stones. Let yourselves be used to build a spiritual temple—to be holy priests who offer spiritual sacrifices to God. He will accept those sacrifices through Jesus Christ...
You are chosen people. You are the King’s priests. You are a holy nation. You are a nation that belongs to God alone. God chose you to tell about the wonderful things he has done. He called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. At one time you were not God’s people. But now you are his people. In the past you had never received mercy. But now you have received God’s mercy.
Dear friends, you are like visitors and strangers in this world. So I beg you to stay away from the evil things your bodies want to do. These things fight against your soul. People who do not believe are living all around you. They might say that you are doing wrong. So live good lives. Then they will see the good things you do, and they will give glory to God on the day when Christ comes again.
Questions to Think about
What are all the words that Peter uses to describe followers of Jesus - the church?
Why does he choose those words? What is he saying?
So, what is Church??
What you'll need: some lego bricks or building blocks and as many torches as you have!
Try to remember names of people in our church family. Start with your friends in Junior Church and then think of the names of others. For every name, take a building block and start sticking them together to make a 'temple'. Make sure you leave some gaps between the pieces!
When you've finished, put the torches in the middle. Close your curtains and switch the torches on. Then, say this prayer together:
Lord Jesus, thank you that your church is made of people.
Thank you for these people in our church family.
Please shine you light in us and through us today.
Help us to live in a way that shows your love and kindness - even when people don't deserve it.
(Send Bryn a picture if you can!)
And here's a very surreal take on Shine Jesus Shine...
And for the parents: a version that sounds very 80's pop (who'd have thought??)...
Don't forget that next week we'll be having Messy Church at Home!
See you at 3pm - via website, YouTube and Zoom - for all the usual family fun.