Even though we can't meet together,
we can still be together!
On the Socially Distant Sunday Worship page, we were remembering some of the things Peter has been saying in his letter to the church. Let's see what he's got to say today...
All of you should live together in peace. Try to understand each other. Love each other like a family. Be kind and humble. Do not do wrong to a person to pay them back for doing wrong to you. Or do not insult someone to pay them back for insulting you. But ask God to bless that person…
If you are always trying to do good, no one can really hurt you. But you may suffer for doing right. And even if that happens, you are blessed. Don’t be afraid of the things they fear. But respect Christ as the holy Lord in your hearts. Always be ready to answer everyone who asks you to explain about the hope you have. But answer in a gentle way and with respect...
It is better to suffer for doing good than for doing wrong… Christ was not guilty, but he died for those who are guilty. He did this to bring you all to God. His body was killed, but he was made alive… Jesus Christ was raised from death. Now Jesus has gone into heaven and is at God’s right side. He rules over angels, authorities, and powers.
Questions to Think and Talk About
How does Peter expect followers of Jesus to act and react?
How do you feel about that?
What does it mean that you are "blessed” even if you “suffer for doing right”?
How do our actions and reactions show that we have “hope”?
What is “the hope you have” (in Jesus)? Try to “explain” it in your own words.
MAKE A JAR OF BLESSING
Each person: think of 5 very practical ways that you can show love, kindness or humility to the others in your house.
E.g. Share sweets I was given... Give a hug to my little sister/brother... Don't insist I'm right (even if I think I am!)...
Write each of your ideas down on a small square of paper and fold all 5 of them up.
Peter says we should do these things always - even if we think others aren't being nice to us! So, grab an empty jar and put all your ideas into the jar and give it a good shake. This is now your JAR OF BLESSING! You might like to decorate it together.
THE JAR OF BLESSING CHALLENGE
Every morning this week (at breakfast?), each person in your family should take out a slip of paper and read it quietly for themselves (you can then fold it back up and put it back in). At some point during the day, you need to try and bless someone in your family by doing what was written on the slip of paper!
Later in the day (at dinner time?), you might like to talk together about what blessings your gave or received.
Thank you, Jesus, that there is hope...
Because you died on a cross of wood - because you died to make us good;
Because you rose and reign on high - because you live to help us try...
So, help me, Lord, to bless and love - even when the others shove;
Help me, Lord, to bless and share - even when they don't care.
May the things I do and the things I say show that there is hope today.