We might be distant from each other physically, but we needn't be spiritually - and we certainly need not be distant from God...
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All Age Worship
Led by Revd Bryn Rickards
SUNDAY 21 MARCH
Songs & Hymn
Read by Claire Coster in the International Children's Bible
God, be merciful to me
because you are loving.
Because you are always ready to be merciful,
wipe out all my wrongs.
Wash away all my guilt
and make me clean again.
I know about my wrongs.
I can’t forget my sin.
You are the one I have sinned against.
I have done what you say is wrong.
So you are right when you speak.
You are fair when you judge me.
I was brought into this world in sin.
In sin my mother gave birth to me.
You want me to be completely truthful.
So teach me wisdom.
Take away my sin, and I will be clean.
Wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
Make me hear sounds of joy and gladness.
Let the bones you crushed be happy again.
Turn your face from my sins.
Wipe out all my guilt.
Create in me a pure heart, God.
Make my spirit right again.
Do not send me away from you.
Do not take your Holy Spirit away from me.
Give me back the joy that comes when you save me.
Keep me strong by giving me a willing spirit.
Read by Claire Coster in the Good News Bible
Some Greeks were among those who had gone to Jerusalem to worship during the festival. They went to Philip (he was from Bethsaida in Galilee) and said, “Sir, we want to see Jesus.”
Philip went and told Andrew, and the two of them went and told Jesus. Jesus answered them, “The hour has now come for the Son of Man to receive great glory. I am telling you the truth: a grain of wheat remains no more than a single grain unless it is dropped into the ground and dies. If it does die, then it produces many grains. Those who love their own life will lose it; those who hate their own life in this world will keep it for life eternal. Whoever wants to serve me must follow me, so that my servant will be with me where I am. And my Father will honour anyone who serves me.
“Now my heart is troubled—and what shall I say? Shall I say, ‘Father, do not let this hour come upon me’? But that is why I came—so that I might go through this hour of suffering. Father, bring glory to your name!”
Then a voice spoke from heaven, “I have brought glory to it, and I will do so again.”
The crowd standing there heard the voice, and some of them said it was thunder, while others said, “An angel spoke to him!”
But Jesus said to them, “It was not for my sake that this voice spoke, but for yours. Now is the time for this world to be judged; now the ruler of this world will be overthrown. When I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to me.” (In saying this he indicated the kind of death he was going to suffer.)
Ready for the Cross
Do you have any seeds that you could plant?
Maybe even just an apple pip?
Questions for Personal Reflection & Prayer
As you plant the seed(s), thank God for giving you Jesus. Ask him to help you understand more this Easter about why he died.
When it sprouts (at or after Easter), remember to thank God for the new life we have in Jesus!
You could also plant seeds as you pray for people in difficult situations. When you water the seeds each day you can keep on praying for them.
Are there times when your ‘limited expectations’ have been challenged? Recall those times and give thanks to God for showing you something bigger.
Are there ways in which your expectations of God are limited at present? Talk to God about why. How might today’s word stimulate faith in you?
Is there a ‘daunting and dark furrow’ of sacrifice that God is calling you to? What troubles your heart about it? Can you see beyond it? Ask God to show you the life and abundance that can spring from it. How do the images of the seeds and 'fruit' help you to see and take to heart Jesus' words to you? Listen for God’s voice of approval booming over you.
Song & Hymn
Colouring sheet with verse and space to stick a pip!
Prayers of Intercession
Offered by George Barnes
Song & Hymn
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