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 19 July)
SUNDAY 26 JULY
Led by Revd Bryn Rickards
All Age Worship
Welcome - with a Reading and Prayer
‘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: Joy to the World??
Reading: Matthew 13:31-33, 44-50
As you listen to the reading, watch the videos below (they are muted and on autoplay). When you've done that, you might like to carry on (re)watching and thinking about that passage as you listen to the Taizé song (press play). What is God saying to you today through these?
(Good News Version)
THE BIBLE TEXT:
Jesus told them another parable: “The Kingdom of heaven is like this. A man takes a mustard seed and sows it in his field. It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it grows up, it is the biggest of all plants. It becomes a tree, so that birds come and make their nests in its branches.”
Jesus told them still another parable: “The Kingdom of heaven is like this. A woman takes some yeast and mixes it with a bushel of flour until the whole batch of dough rises.”
“The Kingdom of heaven is like this. A man happens to find a treasure hidden in a field. He covers it up again, and is so happy that he goes and sells everything he has, and then goes back and buys that field.
“Also, the Kingdom of heaven is like this. A man is looking for fine pearls, and when he finds one that is unusually fine, he goes and sells everything he has, and buys that pearl.
“Also, the Kingdom of heaven is like this. Some fishermen throw their net out in the lake and catch all kinds of fish. When the net is full, they pull it to shore and sit down to divide the fish: the good ones go into the buckets, the worthless ones are thrown away. It will be like this at the end of the age: the angels will go out and gather up the evil people from among the good and will throw them into the fiery furnace, where they will cry and gnash their teeth.
A Reflection: Tiny Seeds, Fine Pearls and Bad Fish
Grab your Bible and let's discuss the passage together. What does this all mean for us today? Click or touch the laptop icon to connect to Zoom (password is HURCdisc). Live at 11am.
Seed Card with Pop-up Tree
Fold a square of card in half and cut on the fold and cut 1cm in about 2cm apart and fold the other way (see picture). Make a tree to fit inside the card and glue it to the fold out in the card. Decorate your tree (and the inside of the card?) with birds.
Write the first half of the Bible verse on the front: "The Kingdom of heaven is like this: A man takes a mustard seed and sows it in his field. It is the smallest of seeds..." and stick a tiny seed or grain on the front. Inside, write the rest of the verse: "...but when it grows, it is the biggest of all the plants. It becomes a tree, so that the birds come and make their nests in its branches"
(Thanks to Nicola Grieves, the Synod Children's and Youth Development Officer, for this craft idea!)
Sculpt with Lego or Play-dough
Get the Lego or Play-dough out and see what you can make: A tree with birds? A treasure chest? Or a clam with a pearl? How did the story about what you've made make you feel?
Prayers of Intercession
Offered by Claire Coster
Song and Hymn
Show and Tell - 11:45am
Let's get together via Zoom to share what we've discovered and created as we reflected on what God's kingdom is like. Click or touch the speech bubbles to join (password: GreatMtg).
The August Newsletter is available online today and in print from next weekend.
Bryn is on annual leave for two weeks; he'll be back at his desk from Monday 10 August.
If you haven't yet joined a fellowship group and would like to, then speak to Claire or Nigel.
Post Service Chat
If you weren't able to join us on Zoom, share with us what spoke to you today...