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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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(Sunday 15 November)


Led by Revd Bryn Rickards

All Age Worship


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Hymn and Songs

Traditional, congregational:

Modern rendering:

Grab some instruments to join in the praise with!


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Image by Geran de Klerk
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Image by Ryan Stone
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Can you match up something SMALL with something BIG?

Move them around to make a column of SMALL things and a column of BIG things.

‘Our Father in heaven:
    May your holy name be honoured;
may your Kingdom come;
    may your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today the food we need.
Forgive us the wrongs we have done,
    as we forgive the wrongs

       that others have done to us.
Do not bring us to hard testing,
    but keep us safe from the Evil One.

For yours is the kingdom,

    and the power, and the glory forever.


Introduction: Waiting...

Reading: Amos 5:18-20, 23-24

Read by Lilly Rickards in the Good News Version

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How terrible it will be for you who long for the day of the Lord! What good will that day do you? For you it will be a day of darkness and not of light. It will be like someone who runs from a lion and meets a bear! Or like someone who comes home and puts his hand on the wall—only to be bitten by a snake! The day of the Lord will bring darkness and not light; it will be a day of gloom, without any brightness.

Stop your noisy songs; I do not want to listen to your harps. Instead, let justice flow like a stream, and righteousness like a river that never goes dry.


Reading: Matthew 24:1-8, 26-27, 36, 44 & 25:1-13

Read by Lilly Rickards in the Good News Version

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Jesus left and was going away from the Temple when his disciples came to him to call his attention to its buildings. “Yes,” he said, “you may well look at all these. I tell you this: not a single stone here will be left in its place; every one of them will be thrown down.”

As Jesus sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him in private. “Tell us when all this will be,” they asked, “and what will happen to show that it is the time for your coming and the end of the age.”

Jesus answered, “Watch out, and do not let anyone fool you. Many men, claiming to speak for me, will come and say, ‘I am the Messiah!’ and they will fool many people. You are going to hear the noise of battles close by and the news of battles far away; but do not be troubled. Such things must happen, but they do not mean that the end has come. Countries will fight each other; kingdoms will attack one another. There will be famines and earthquakes everywhere. All these things are like the first pains of childbirth...

“So, if people should tell you, ‘Look, he is out in the desert!’—don't go there; or if they say, ‘Look, he is hiding here!’—don't believe it. For the Son of Man will come like the lightning which flashes across the whole sky from the east to the west... No one knows, however, when that day and hour will come—neither the angels in heaven nor the Son; the Father alone knows… So then, you also must always be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you are not expecting him."

“At that time the Kingdom of heaven will be like this. Once there were ten young women who took their oil lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and the other five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any extra oil with them, while the wise ones took containers full of oil for their lamps. The bridegroom was late in coming, so they began to nod and fall asleep.

“It was already midnight when the cry rang out, ‘Here is the bridegroom! Come and meet him!’ The ten young women woke up and trimmed their lamps. Then the foolish ones said to the wise ones, ‘Let us have some of your oil, because our lamps are going out.’ ‘No, indeed,’ the wise ones answered, ‘there is not enough for you and for us. Go to the store and buy some for yourselves.’ So the foolish ones went off to buy some oil; and while they were gone, the bridegroom arrived. The five who were ready went in with him to the wedding feast, and the door was closed.

“Later the others arrived. ‘Sir, sir! Let us in!’ they cried out. ‘Certainly not! I don't know you,’ the bridegroom answered.”

And Jesus concluded, “Watch out, then, because you do not know the day or the hour.

Questions for Families to Talk About

What does Jesus tell us about how we should wait for him to come?

What do you think the point of the parable is? 

Why not make a lego lamp to help you remember to 'be prepared'?

An Activity

Here's a modern version of the parable that Jesus tells next...

(Matthew 25:14-30)

And here's a couple of activity sheets that can help you think about the parable that comes after that one...

(Matthew 25:31-46)

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Bringing it All Together

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Message: Great Speech #6 - 'The End?'


Offertory Prayer

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Prayers of Intercession

Offered by Nigel Crisp

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 ...or 'Lamp' Prayers

00:00 / 01:41


We end with a song that speaks of our hope of a world made new - and the reason for that hope...

Sending & Blessing

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Post Service Chat

Let's share with each other what spoke to us today...

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MINISTER: Revd Bryn Rickards

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WEB: Tom Gordon


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