28 June- Patience (Growing disciples who Engage)

28 June, 2020 Rev Brian Hoole

28 June 2020 - 

Fruit of the Spirit: Patience

Congregational purpose : Growing disciples who Engage

LISTEN & WATCH (songs, sermon & video) 

Sermon - [https://youtu.be/RansSQNKUpg](https://youtu.be/RansSQNKUpg/)

Worship Playlist - [https://tinyurl.com/ybd78fkm](https://tinyurl.com/ybd78fkm/)

READ

Galatians 5:22 - 23;

Genesis 29:14b-30

James 5:7-11

This week we continue the series on the Fruits of the Spirit. The fruits of the Spirit are described in Galatians 5:22-23 as being love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. These are fruit or outward signs that people are filled with the Holy Spirit. Alongside this we will be exploring the congregation’s purpose of growing Disciples who Exalt, Explore, Embody, Engage. This week we will be looking at patience and how we seek to share faith by engaging intentionally with another person . We say patience is a virtue. We will explore when should we be patient and when should we not be patient. We will talk about the Old Testament prophets with their impatient patience and look at Jacob who was patient and worked for his father-in-law for 14 years to win his wives Leah and Rachel

DISCUSS

· Are you a patient person?

· Would you like to be more patient?

· How do you develop patience?

· When are you impatient?

· When is it ok to be impatient and when is it not ok?

·

PRAY

Prayer of praise and adoration

Heavenly Father, we pray for the virtue of patience, in our hearts, homes and our lives. We want to wait patiently for Your will to enfold in our lives. May we learn to wait patiently for You to bring Your answers to our prayers. We want to co-operate and wait on Your plans for us. Help us to know when to be impatient and to act and when to wait upon your will. Lord, teach us to be patient – with life, with people, and with ourselves. We sometimes try to hurry things along too much, and we push for answers before the time is right. Help me be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer. You set all things in accordance to your time. We pray this in Jesus name.

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21 June - Peace (Growing disciples who Embody)

21 June, 2020 Rev Brian Hoole

21 June 2020 - 

Fruit of the Spirit: Peace  

Congregational purpose : Growing disciples who Embody

LISTEN & WATCH (songs, sermon & video) 

Sermon - [https://youtu.be/Y4bXV0LY41M](https://youtu.be/Y4bXV0LY41M/)

Worship Playlist - [https://tinyurl.com/ybjtjyqn](https://tinyurl.com/ybjtjyqn/)

READ  

Galatians 5:22 - 23;

Genesis 26: 12-33

Philippians 4:4-9

This week we continue the series on the Fruits of the Spirit. The fruits of the Spirit are described in Galatians 5:22-23 as being love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. These are fruit or outward signs that people are filled with the Holy Spirit. Alongside this we will be exploring the congregation’s purpose of growing Disciples who Exalt, Explore, Embody, Engage. This week we will be looking at peace and embody. How can we find peace in this time of worry and anxiety. What does peace look like and how can we experience it In Genesis we find the Israelites under Isaac can only make peace with Abimelech and the Philistines when they hand things over to God. In Philippians we see the intertwining of joy and peace and Paul’s admonishment to rejoice always. For us to be at peace we need to live it, to embody it everyday regardless of our circumstances.

TALK 

- How would you describe peace? 

- When have you felt peace?

- What takes your peace away or blocks you from having peace?

- Can you name some people who you think are peaceful?

- How can you have peace in all circumstances?

- How would you relate peace to being a Fruit of the Spirit?

- What can you explore to help your peace to grow?

PRAY 

Prayer of praise and adoration (using our bible reading for today)

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. Amen

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14th June 2020 - Joy (Explore)

14 June, 2020 Rev Brian Hoole

14 June 2020 - 

Fruit of the Spirit: Joy  

Congregational purpose : Growing disciples who Explore

LISTEN & WATCH (songs, sermon & video) 

Sermon - [https://youtu.be/0-c_5E8emos](https://youtu.be/0-c_5E8emos/)

Worship Playlist - [https://tinyurl.com/y9b6qs4c](https://tinyurl.com/y9b6qs4c/)

Please note: due to technical difficulties the prayers and bible readings are audio only with a graphic this week

READ  

Galatians 5:22 - 23;

Nehemiah 8:1-3, 10-12

Romans 5:1-11

This week we continue the series on the Fruits of the Spirit. The fruits of the Spirit are described in Galatians 5:22-23 as being love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. These are fruit or outward signs that people are filled with the Holy Spirit. Alongside this we will be exploring the congregation’s purpose of growing Disciples who Exalt, Explore, Embody, Engage. This week we will be looking at joy and explore. Joy is a fruit of the Spirit. Joy is different to being happy or glad. It flows from being and doing who God made us to be. In Nehemiah the Israelites re-discover God’s word and rejoice (re-joy) as a result. In Romans we discover joy is important and unique and flows from our relationship with God. For us to discover joy we need to know God and his word and so qwe explore his word.

TALK 

- How would you describe joy? 

- When have you felt joyful?

- What takes your joy away or blocks you from having joy?

- Can you name some people who you think are joyful?

- Is joy about how you feel or is it different to that?

- How would you relate joy to being a Fruit of the Spirit?

- What can you explore to help your joy to grow?

PRAY 

Prayer of praise and adoration

Lord we come to you knowing bthe truth of the psalmist as we share Psalm 100 together

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.

Worship the Lord with gladness;

come before him with joyful songs.

Know that the Lord is God.

It is he who made us, and we are his;

we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving

and his courts with praise;

give thanks to him and praise his name.

For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;

his faithfulness continues through all generations.

Prayer of Confession 

Dear God,

We confess our need for you, for your Spirit to fill our lives afresh with great joy and strength. The hard times can often leave us feeling dry and defeated. We’ve been weary and burdened. We’ve struggled through for so long, it’s hard to see light at the end of the tunnel anymore. Would you please give us a glimpse of your goodness again, reminding us that you have never left us and that you have promised to see us through. Thank you for your faithfulness Lord. Forgive us for not trusting you, for buying into the lies of the enemy, and not focusing on what we know to be true from your word. Breathe your joy and peace into our lives again, cover us in the shadow of your wings, shine the light of your truth over us.

A short silence to reflect on these words

ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS:

The good news is that all who trust in Jesus will have their sins forgiven and receive the gift of eternal life. May you experience the joy and hope of these words that in and through Jesus Christ our sins are forgiven.

Thanks be to God!

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7th June 2020 - Fruit of the Spirit: Love(Exalt)

7 June, 2020 Rev Brian Hoole

7 June 2020 - 

Fruit of the Spirit: Love  

Congregational purpose : Growing disciples who Exalt

LISTEN & WATCH (songs, sermon & video) 

Sermon - https://youtu.be/lCs_FX_FXT8[https://youtu.be/lCs_FX_FXT8](https://youtu.be/lCs_FX_FXT8/)

Worship Playlist - https://tinyurl.com/ycxyx42d/

The Communion service is at the end of the sermon video.

READ  

Galatians 5:22-23

Luke 15:11-32

Mark 12:28-31

This week we begin series on the Fruits of the Spirit. The fruits of the Spirit are described in Galatians 5:22-23 as being love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. These are fruit or outward signs that people are filled with the Holy Spirit. Alongside this we will be exploring the congregation’s purpose of growing Disciples who Exalt, Explore, Embody, Engage. This week we will be looking at love and exalt. Love is a fruit of the Spirit. Our ability to love flows from God’s love of us. Jesus tells about a father whose son leaves to live wildly. When the son returns home, the father welcomes him with open arms. God loves us so much, and his love flows out of us! We express our love for God by exalting him.

TALK 

- How would you describe love? 

- What are some of the things that you love?

- Why do you think Jesus says that loving God and loving others is the greatest commandment?

- What do you think it means to love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’

- Should you love yourself?

- How do you love your neighbour as yourself?

- How does exalt connect to loving God for you?

PRAY 

Prayer of praise and adoration

We praise you, O God, for being not only the God of history but the God of our story. You have gathered us here today to remind us that although you are the one to whom all power belongs, yet you care for the weak and powerless. You care for us. We praise you for joining your story to ours in such a special way through Jesus, our Lord. He proved his great love for you and for each person in the way he lived - releasing what was captive, lifting up the burdened, empowering the powerless.

God, source of loving kindness and strength, we worship you.

Jesus, foundation of our faith, we worship you.

Holy Spirit, ground of our very being, we worship you. Amen

Prayer of Confession 

Jesus said that the first commandment was this: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart all your soul, all your mind and all your strength, and the second commandment is this “You shall love your neighbour as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these”

We hear what you are saying to us, Lord, but it is not easy in today’s society. Worshipping position and status, power and wealth seem to be the first commandments of life these days, and when we are so busy achieving these it doesn’t leave much time to care for, let alone love, our neighbour.

Help us to re-order our priorities, Lord, so that they are more in tune with yours.

A short silence to reflect on these words

Jesus: Saviour and Lord, we confess that there are times when the pattern of our daily lives is modelled on other than worshipping God and caring for neighbour. All we seem to be creating is a feel-good, self-serving approach to life rather than your costly, self-emptying, servanthood lifestyle;

Lord, reconnect us to the desire to live out your commandments of love.

A short silence to reflect on these words

Jesus: Redeemer and Friend, your acts of caring and love, mercy and justice delivered people from lives dominated by injustice and corruption. We confess that when ‘economic rationalism’ rules the lives of people today, competition replaces compassion, ruthlessness replaces forgiveness, and wounding replaces healing. Yet, in the midst of all this you command us not only to love God wholeheartedly, and to love our neighbour likewise, you command us also to love one another as you love us.

Lord, stir us into action so that the signs of your powerful love are visible in and through us.

A short silence to reflect on these words

ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS:

Jesus truly demonstrated his love for all as he rescued us from lives dominated by evil and sin by his acts of mercy and justice, his suffering and death. Hear then the good Thanks be to God!

© Rev Dr Moira Laidlaw. Used with permission

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Pentecost - 31 May 2020

31 May, 2020 Rev David Baker

Pentecost

It’s Happening!

An upbeat rhythmic chorus, most

effective if everyone in the congregation

has a copy of the words and read as

two alternating groups, the words

bouncing quickly from one side to the

other, like a crowd chanting back and

forth, raising the sense of bewilderment

and excitement that comes with the

Pentecost experience.

Group A: It’s happening! Group B: It’s here today!

Group A: This must be it! Group B: Just like he said!

Group A: It sounds like the wind! Group B: It looks like fire!

Group A: It’s in the air! Group B: It’s round your head!

Group A: It comes from where? Group B: It comes from God!

Group A: How did it start? Group B: Nobody knows!

Group A: What will it do? Group B: It breathes new life!

Group A: The spirit comes! Group B: The spirit blows!

Group A: It feels like power! Group B: It feels like love!

Group A: It feels like hope! Group B: It feels like grace!

Group A: It’s in my heart! Group B: It’s in my soul!

Group A: It’s in this hour! Group B: It’s in this place!

Group A: What does it mean? Group B: What do you hear?

Group A: I’ve found my tongue! Group B: I’m bold to speak!

Group A: Are you from Rome? Group B: No, I’m a Jew!

Group A: What gibberish! Group B: That’s perfect Greek!

Group A: What’s going on? Group B: How can this be?

Group A: They’re full of fire! Group B: They’re full of wine!

Group A: We will dream dreams! Group B: See visions clear!

Group A: The prophet’s right! Group B: This is a sign!

Group A: Like wind and fire! Group B: Like kiss of life!

Group A: The promised power! Group B: From heaven above!

Group A: The spirit’s here! Group B: She’s come to stay!

Group A: A seal of grace! Group B: A sign of love!

LISTEN & WATCH (songs, sermon & video)

Sermon - https://youtube.com/watch?v=sfW2q0FNmsc/

Adults video – the Holy Spirit - [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNNZO9i1Gjc](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNNZO9i1Gjc/)

Playlist - [https://tinyurl.com/yc64qcw4](https://tinyurl.com/yc64qcw4/)

Kids Video - God Sends the Holy Spirit [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMQKy1Mx49M](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMQKy1Mx49M/)

READ

Acts 2:1-21

Today we celebrate Pentecost – the time when we remember and celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit on the disciples in Acts 2. Before Jesus ascended into heaven, he promised that this would happen, and there was much celebrating when it finally did. With the gift of the Holy Spirit, all of Jesus’ disciples then and now, are equipped to live and preach the gospel.

TALK

- Pentecost is seen as the church’s birthday. Why do you think that is?

- How do you understand the ‘miracle’ that everyone could understand what was said in their own language

- Pentecost is the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Do you believe the Holy Spirit still operates today?

- Do you think you have you experienced the Holy Spirit. What does that look like?

PRAY

Pentecost Prayer

God of the Spirit,

when we are feeling fragile and frightened,

bewildered and confused,

in places that are unfamiliar to us,

send your Spirit into our hearts,

so that we may know

peace and hope today.

God of the Spirit,

when we are overwhelmed with joy,

and carried away with our enthusiasm,

when we believe that

all things are possible,

send your Spirit into our hearts

so that we might make wise choices

for your kingdom.

God of the Spirit,

when we begin to recognise

that our church is bigger

than our congregation,

that your kingdom expands beyond

the limits of our town and city,

send your Spirit into our hearts

that we might work in unity

with all God’s people.

God of the Spirit,

when the world sees the church in action,

and is astounded by our ability

to serve with a smile,

or when those doubters and confounders

of God’s holy truth

are confronted with our holy joy,

send your Spirit into all our hearts

and make all things new.

Material adapted from Spill the Beans, Issue 7 © 2013 Spill the Beans Resource Team [www.spillbeans.org.uk](http://www.spillbeans.org.uk/)

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24 May 2020 - Paul, Silas and the Jailer

24 May, 2020 Rev Brian Hoole

People on a Journey – Paul, Silas and the Jailer

LISTEN & WATCH (songs, sermon & video)

00:00 - Intro

00:47 - Thanksgiving and Confession

03:10 - Bible Reading

6:26 - Sermon

Sermon - [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6kCId0ho_g](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6kCId0ho_g/)

Worship Playlist (link doesn't work on android app) - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkvRvo473R5iDyvg0rs4y0QmWp_ViSoK_

Kids video - Paul and Silas in Jail (Acts 16:16-36) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtV2PV9n3cY

READ

Acts 16:16-34

Today we learn about a time when Paul and Silas were placed in Jail, and a jailer was saved. Paul and Silas had been preaching, teaching, and healing and were thrown into Jail by some people who did not like it. In Jail, they prayed and sang hymns, and when an earthquake hit and released them from their chains, they didn’t escape, but stayed. The Jailer was afraid he would get into trouble, but when he saw them still there, he asked “how can I be saved?” Paul and Silas told him to believe in Jesus, and when he did, his whole family believed and were baptised.

TALK

- What do you do when people annoy you?

- Can you think of a situation where you have been rescued or saved from something? What did it feel like

- What do you think salvation means?

- Does being a Christian make life easier or harder?

- Do you believe that the kingdom of God is here on earth now?

- Where do you see signs of God’s kingdom here on earth?

- What do you think heaven looks like?

PRAY

Prayer of Thanksgiving and Confession

Powerful God,

when your words rock the foundations of our world,

and joyful hymns of praise spill forth from our mouths,

and the Good News of Jesus is heard in our streets,

homes and churches where we live, then your will is done.

When we stop hiding behind our church walls,

and are seen living out our faith each day,

when we make the Gospel known by our lives of prayers,

and acts of Christ-like service, then your will is done.

When we offer thanks and praise for all that you do in our lives,

and recognise what kind of things we might be able to do together,

then your will is done.

When we are willing and able to confess that we have done wrong,

the broken promises to you and others, then we know that your will is done.

When we are able to admit the times that we are wrong,

and to look at new ways of living and doing.

When we can confront our own prejudice and hatred,

then we know that your will is done.

When we rely on your strength alone, and trust in your promises in our life,

when we can see you in the midst of adversity

and experience your hope in our sadness, then we know that your will is done.

When we see all people as other members of your family,

recognise the diversity of the world in which we live,

and drop the judgmental attitude of pharisaic holiness,

then we know that your will is done.

When our lives are marked by more hopefulness than despair,

and our willingness to display love outshines our selfishness,

then we know that your will is done,

and the world will also know that you are a powerful God.

Material adapted from Spill the Beans, Issue 7 © 2013 Spill the Beans Resource Team [www.spillbeans.org.uk](http://www.spillbeans.org.uk/)

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17 May 2020 - Lydia

17 May, 2020 Rev Brian Hoole

People on a Journey – Lydia

LISTEN & WATCH (songs, sermon & video)

Sermon: [www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dCetB1qkms](http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dCetB1qkms/)

Playlist (Won't work on Android App): www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkvRvo473R5hVAzPEoAyxnfHWgl4KcPzr

Kids: [www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_kSpELCiCs](http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_kSpELCiCs/)

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Acts 16: 9-15

In today’s reading we learn about the next part of Paul’s missionary journey. Next to the river in Philippi while looking for a place of prayer, they find a group of women with Lydia, a dealer of expensive purple cloth. They talk, and when the Lord opened her heart, Lydia responded to Paul’s message. Her and her household are baptised and then they invite Paul back to their home.

TALK

- Why did Paul go to Philippi?

- Have you ever had a sense that God was telling you to do something?

- How do you experience God?

- What do we know about Lydia?

- Do you believe in co-incidences?

- Share a recent co-incidence that has happened to you.

- Some people believe that God is behind co-incidences. What do you think?

- Is there anything new you have started this year?

- What changes have you had to make to fit it in?

- Where does Jesus fit in to your life right now?

PRAY

Prayer of Praise

God of great adventures, you have called us to service,

to go to places we have never heard of and to do things for you

we could not believe were possible.

You, O God, chose ordinary men and women to be your disciples.

You chose children as examples of trust and openness.

You chose people with different personalities,

skills and outlooks on life.

We praise and thank you God, for making us what we are.

We praise and thank you, for the godly potential that is in us,

to do your will and to transform our world.

We praise and thank you for the journeys and the places

where we are called to serve you.

We praise and thank you for the doors that you open

and the doors that you close behind us.

We praise and thank you for the people who help to

take us on these journeys, our worship leaders,

inspirational Christians, pilots, bus or train drivers,

taking us to our destinations.

We praise and thank you for meeting our needs each day,

for food, drink and shelter, for our friends, fellow disciples

and people whom we serve.

Bless us all today in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord

Amen.

Prayer of Confession

Loving God,

we come before you now and we confess our sins and our failures.

We confess that we missed opportunities to serve,

because we did not like the look of the people that needed us.

We confess that we have judged others by the clothes that they wear,

their skin colour, or the language that they have used.

We confess there have been times when we have hidden away from you,

and remained in our own comfort zone.

We confess that we have contributed to the mess our world is in,

by choosing to do nothing, say nothing, try nothing,

and we plead that you will make us more practical,

more vocal, more active, in your Kingdom ways.

Forgive us our sins. Have mercy upon us.

May your Holy Spirit open up our mind, heart and soul,

and renew in us a clarity of vision and a hope, that will make us

worthy to be called your people.

We ask all these things

in the name of Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Material adapted from Spill the Beans, Issue 7 © 2013 Spill the Beans Resource Team [www.spillbeans.org.uk](http://www.spillbeans.org.uk/)

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10 May - Peter

10 May, 2020 Rev Brian Hoole

LISTEN & WATCH (songs, sermon & video)

Sermon:https://youtu.be/XTB5ln19X9Q

00:00 - Intro

00:41 - Prayer of Adoration and Confession

03:30 - Mother's Day Prayer

05:27 - Bible Reading

08:07 - Sermon

Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkvRvo473R5gRRqLnFkt8unZqRd1jvMTq

Peter’s Crazy Vision https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1tpzUG6ofE

READ

Acts 11:1-18

Today’s reading from Acts 11 recounts a pivotal moment in the life of the post-resurrection Christian community when a group known as ‘them’ start becoming ‘us’. Gentiles were long kept at a distance by Jewish rules but are clearly now welcomed as members of the new and growing Christian community.

Peter’s vision is part of his powerful testimony and is recounted three times in the book of Acts. This repetition stresses to readers just how important this message is. And even in Peter’s experience, there was repetition too – he was given evidence of the message in three different forms which proved enough for him to turn his back on the laws saying ‘who was I that I could hinder God?’

TALK

1. What did God ask Peter to do? Why was it hard?

2. Have you ever had a similar experience?

3. Are there people you do not like to mix with at school?

4. What would be the cost of mixing with them?

5. What’s a story that tells something about yourself that you like to tell.

Can you share something of your faith story.

6. Actually do this with someone this week.

PRAY

Prayer of Adoration and Confession

You bring us in, Lord, to the warmth of this place.

You gather us up in the welcome of your house.

You hold us together in the fellowship of your love.

For yours is the grace that reaches beyond the limits of our understanding;

that goes further than borders of our tolerance;

that waits in uncharted territory for our minds and hearts to catch up and catch on.

Lord, in Christ Jesus there were no boundaries and no place where love feared to tread:

not into controversy, not towards a cross, not down to a tomb of death.

In Christ Jesus there were no edges over which love would not pour itself:

not among the lost, not among the shunned, not among the doubters.

In Christ Jesus there was no going too far and no going back:

not in the service, not for the sake, not for the saving of the world.

Forgive us, then, when we fail to be as hasty and as careless in our care for one another.

Forgive us when we lay down the rules and rule out the needs of others.

Forgive us when we claim to be right at the expense of the rights of others.

Forgive us and set us free from all that binds and blinds us.

Lord, when we reach our limit give us the courage to see a little further,

to edge a little closer, to move a little nearer, to know a little better your limitless love.

BLESS

May God show us a world rich in love’s diversity.

May God stretch the door that fits the breadth of grace.

May God cross each barrier that corrupts the variety of humanity.

May God place us in the midst of it all.

May God Bless us, as we go into the world, sharing and showing his love to all.

Material adapted from Spill the Beans, Issue 7 © 2013 Spill the Beans Resource Team [www.spillbeans.org.uk](http://www.spillbeans.org.uk/)

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3rd May - Tabitha

3 May, 2020 Rev Brian Hoole

People on a Journey – Tabitha

Playlist Link: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkvRvo473R5hYpUr-nj_v-yUSFCf1it2V

Sermon: https://youtu.be/kE5wvMus0uY

Kids video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhlRTne06es

Please note: Communion prompts are at the bottom for those who would like to join in

Sermon Questions

- What do you think of this story?

- Do you think it really happened? Did Dorcas really get brought back to life?

- Can that still happen today? Why or Why not?

- Can you trust the internet ?

- Can you trust the bible?

- How do you decide what to believe and not to believe?

- Is belief about what we think or what we feel or both?

READ

Acts 9:36-43

In today’s passage we learn about Tabitha, a disciple in Joppa, and how Peter brought her back to life. Tabitha was well-known and loved in her town, especially for the work that she did looking after others. Luke’s account of her story here is very similar to the one where Jesus raises Jairus’s daughter (Luke 8:40-56). This isn’t the first time that someone has been raised from the dead in this way. We also know that Jesus raised a widow’s son at Nain (Luke 7:11-17) and in the Old Testament the prophet Elijah raises the son of the widow of Zaraphath (1 Kings 17:17-27) and Elisha restores the son of the Shunammite woman to life (2 Kings 4:18-37).

TALK

- What do these stories mean for us today?

- How does this pattern of death leading to new life make a difference for us?

- How can these stories relate to the way people can change their lives?

- What are the things that we might need to let go of so new things can take their place?

- Who are the people or what are the situations you know where people need to know new life and believe that it is possible for them today?

- What do you think this means for you today?

- What are you going to do about it?

PRAY

Pray for and with each other.

You could say this prayer for others and as you do, think about each what it would mean for you to do and pray like Peter did…

Prayer for Others

Peter went without question, without delay, without protest.

Peter prayed without witnesses, without hesitation, without fuss.

Peter spoke with authority, with simplicity, with certainty.

Lord, when we are called to difficult situations where loss is grieved,

where hope is abandoned, where life’s last breath has slipped away,

may we be like Peter: ready to go,

willing to try with nothing but faith and a helping hand.

And when we are alone, when expectation knocks at the door, while we sit nursing our loss,

when the cries of the world, slip through the cracks and invade our helplessness,

may we be like Peter: open to possibility, ready to trust, prepared to move on.

Help us, Lord, to live with the sorrows of others in the service of others

so we may bring your life to others.

Amen.

Material adapted from Spill the Beans, Issue 7 © 2013 Spill the Beans Resource Team www.spillbeans.org.uk

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Communion

Leader: "...We are here together as the people of God."

Response: Thanks be to God.

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Leader: The Lord be with you.

Response: And also with you.

Leader: Lift up your hearts.

Response: We lift them to the Lord.

Leader: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

Response: It is right to give our thanks and praise.

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Leader: "... joining with choirs of angels and the whole creationin the eternal hymn:"

Response:

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,

heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed, is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.

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Leader: ..." We ask this through your Son, Jesus Christ, as we join with him in praying the Lord’s Prayer "

Response:

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come, your will be done,

on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us.

Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours

now and for ever. Amen.

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Leader: The bread we break is a sharing in the body of Christ.

The cup we take is a sharing in the blood of Christ.

Together: The gifts of God for the people of God.

Leader: We receive what we become,

we become what we receive,

Together: the body of Christ

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Leader: Jesus, Lamb of God,

Response: have mercy on us.

Leader: Jesus, bearer of our sins,

Response: have mercy on us.

Leader: Jesus, redeemer of the world,

Response: grant us peace.

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