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(Sunday 16 August)
SUNDAY 23 AUGUST
Led by Revd Bryn Rickards
All Age Worship
Choose one of these four options: Reggae, Rock, 90s original or congregational...
‘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.
What do you notice about these pictures? Take a look, then hit play!
EXODUS 1:8 - 2:10
Then, a new king, who knew nothing about Joseph, came to power in Egypt. He said to his people, “These Israelites are so numerous and strong that they are a threat to us. In case of war they might join our enemies in order to fight against us, and might escape from the country. We must find some way to keep them from becoming even more numerous.” So the Egyptians put slave drivers over them to crush their spirits with hard labour. The Israelites built the cities of Pithom and Rameses to serve as supply centres for the king. But the more the Egyptians oppressed the Israelites, the more they increased in number and the farther they spread through the land. The Egyptians came to fear the Israelites and made their lives miserable by forcing them into cruel slavery. They made them work on their building projects and in their fields, and they had no pity on them.
Then the king of Egypt spoke to Shiphrah and Puah, the two midwives who helped the Hebrew women. “When you help the Hebrew women give birth,” he said to them, “kill the baby if it is a boy; but if it is a girl, let it live.” But the midwives were God-fearing and so did not obey the king; instead, they let the boys live. So the king sent for the midwives and asked them, “Why are you doing this? Why are you letting the boys live?”
They answered, “The Hebrew women are not like Egyptian women; they give birth easily, and their babies are born before either of us gets there.” Because the midwives were God-fearing, God was good to them and gave them families of their own. And the Israelites continued to increase and become strong. Finally the king issued a command to all his people: “Take every newborn Hebrew boy and throw him into the Nile, but let all the girls live.”
During this time a man from the tribe of Levi married a woman of his own tribe, and she bore him a son. When she saw what a fine baby he was, she hid him for three months. But when she could not hide him any longer, she took a basket made of reeds and covered it with tar to make it watertight. She put the baby in it and then placed it in the tall grass at the edge of the river. The baby's sister stood some distance away to see what would happen to him.
The king's daughter came down to the river to bathe, while her servants walked along the bank. Suddenly she noticed the basket in the tall grass and sent a slave woman to get it. The princess opened it and saw a baby boy. He was crying, and she felt sorry for him. “This is one of the Hebrew babies,” she said.
Then his sister asked her, “Shall I go and call a Hebrew woman to nurse the baby for you?”
“Please do,” she answered. So the girl went and brought the baby's own mother. The princess told the woman, “Take this baby and nurse him for me, and I will pay you.” So she took the baby and nursed him. Later, when the child was old enough, she took him to the king's daughter, who adopted him as her own son. She said to herself, “I pulled him out of the water, and so I name him Moses.”
Discussion Questions and Reflection
Some questions you might like to discuss together:
What does Pharaoh say must happen to the Israelite boys?
What does Pharaoh’s daughter do? Why?
Why is what she did surprising?
What does this tell us about who God uses in his plans?
(If you're interested in finding out more about whether Shiphrah and Puah were Hebrew or Egyptian, watch the video here)
Our next story is not very well known. Before we hear it, have a look at the pictures and see if you can guess what might happen in it. If you’re on a PC or laptop then you can actually move the pictures around inside the frame to put them into the order you think is right. Then, listen carefully and see if you can work out what order the pictures actually come in…
(Acts 27 tells the story of how Paul was being taken across the Mediterranean sea by ship to Rome when they got caught in a big storm and were shipwrecked)
When we were safely ashore, we learned that the island was called Malta. The natives there were very friendly to us. It had started to rain and was cold, so they built a fire and made us all welcome. Paul gathered up a bundle of sticks and was putting them on the fire when a snake came out on account of the heat and fastened itself to his hand. The natives saw the snake hanging on Paul's hand and said to one another, “This man must be a murderer, but Fate will not let him live, even though he escaped from the sea.” But Paul shook the snake off into the fire without being harmed at all. They were waiting for him to swell up or suddenly fall down dead. But after waiting for a long time and not seeing anything unusual happening to him, they changed their minds and said, “He is a god!”
Not far from that place were some fields that belonged to Publius, the chief of the island. He welcomed us kindly and for three days we were his guests. Publius' father was in bed, sick with fever and dysentery. Paul went into his room, prayed, placed his hands on him, and healed him. When this happened, all the other sick people on the island came and were healed. They gave us many gifts, and when we sailed, they put on board what we needed for the voyage.
Read by Elaine Goh
(Good News Version)
Reflection & Activity
Before you listen, you could make your own people paper chain (if you're not sure how, there's a video here). Then, once you've cut them out, listen to the reflection and colour them in. See how different you can make each one. Different, but united!
Hymn, Song or Rap
Prayers of Intercession
Offered by Nigel Crisp
Why not use these headings from Nigel's prayers to pray together for unity in the world...
Education - Coronavirus - World leaders - people we know who need prayers
Hymn or Song
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