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 22 November)
SUNDAY 29 NOVEMBER
Led by Revd Bryn Rickards
All Age Advent Worship
Grab some instruments to join in the praise with!
This is perhaps an odd one coming from a 'Technosaurus' but I would like to thank God for technology and the ability to share in work, study, rest or play even when we cannot be together.
And a special thanks for my beautiful book team who have enabled
me to publish my first ever children's book!
After hearing the announcement this week we feel very blessed that we can spend a family Christmas together. My daughter Anna moved house this year and is very excited about hosting Christmas in her new home.
Please include in your thanksgivings my grandson James Atkins. He is 17, severely disabled by Spina Bifida. And he has just passed his driving test and started an apprenticeship!
Please may Gill and I give thanks to all the Elders and members of the congregation who have found time to phone, email and visit us at a distance and kept us in their prayers during my current and continuing treatment at Ipswich Hospital. My Consultant and NHS nurses in oncology are all wonderful!
Mervyn & Gill
I felt this lockdown has been in a way a blessing for me, because I have been able to paint a fence which was very long, gates and the shed. There is still some left to do so I am taking advantage of this opportunity!
We also give thanks that Jean Ward was able to celebrate her 90th birthday, that Jan and Brian Dicks have had a new granddaughter and that many of us had the privilege and joy of knowing Phyllis Smith.
If you'd like to add your own thanks, please write a comment in the box...
Prayer & Activity
Reading: Isaiah 64:1-9
Read by George Barnes in the Good News Version
Why don't you tear the sky open and come down? The mountains would see you and shake with fear. They would tremble like water boiling over a hot fire. Come and reveal your power to your enemies, and make the nations tremble at your presence! There was a time when you came and did terrifying things that we did not expect; the mountains saw you and shook with fear. No one has ever seen or heard of a God like you, who does such deeds for those who put their hope in him. You welcome those who find joy in doing what is right, those who remember how you want them to live. You were angry with us, but we went on sinning; in spite of your great anger we have continued to do wrong since ancient times. All of us have been sinful; even our best actions are filthy through and through. Because of our sins we are like leaves that wither and are blown away by the wind. No one turns to you in prayer; no one goes to you for help. You have hidden yourself from us and have abandoned us because of our sins.
But you are our father, Lord. We are like clay, and you are like the potter. You created us, so do not be too angry with us or hold our sins against us forever. We are your people; be merciful to us.
Reflection (Part 1)
A song 'the kids' might enjoy...
Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:3-9
Read by George Barnes in the Good News Version
May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.
I always give thanks to my God for you because of the grace he has given you through Christ Jesus. For in union with Christ you have become rich in all things, including all speech and all knowledge. The message about Christ has become so firmly established in you that you have not failed to receive a single blessing, as you wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed. He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be faultless on the Day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is to be trusted, the God who called you to have fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Questions to Talk About
According to these words, what hope does Jesus bring?
How does it connect with what Isaiah was hoping for?
Activity Idea: What a Mess!
Take a piece of paper and make a cross on it from masking tape (or if you've only got sellotape, put it on lightly!). Then, see how much mess you can make on the paper: scribble with pencils, pens or markers, smudge some mud on, spill some ketchup - make it as messy as possible!! When it's dried off, peel away the tape. What does it show?
That even though we make such a mess in life by not doing what God wants (sin), Jesus can make us clean.
Why not write in the white, clean cross, the verse from 1 John 1 as a reminder?
If we confess our sins, God will forgive us.
He will make us clean from all the wrong things we have done.