24th October - We fight evil with peace.

24 October, 2021 Rev Brian Hoole

READ  

Ephesians 6:10-18

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power. Put on the whole armour of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armour of God, so that you may be able to withstand on that evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand therefore, and fasten the belt of truth around your waist, and put on the breastplate of righteousness. As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace. With all of these, take the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert and always persevere in supplication for all the saints.

Luke 22:47-53

While he was still speaking, suddenly a crowd came, and the one called Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them. He approached Jesus to kiss him; but Jesus said to him, “Judas, is it with a kiss that you are betraying the Son of Man?” When those who were around him saw what was coming, they asked, “Lord, should we strike with the sword?” Then one of them struck the slave of the high priest and cut off his right ear. But Jesus said, “No more of this!” And he touched his ear and healed him. Then Jesus said to the chief priests, the officers of the temple police, and the elders who had come for him, “Have you come out with swords and clubs as if I were a bandit? When I was with you day after day in the temple, you did not lay hands on me. But this is your hour, and the power of darkness!”

DISCUSS

- How has your week been?

- How have you seen God at work in your life this week?

- Read the passages again.

- What do you think it means to proclaim a gospel of peace?

- How do we live this out as a disciple of Jesus?

- Do you think Christians should go to war?

- What is challenging in these passages?

- Is there anything else the passages are saying to me?

- What am I going to do about it?

- Who am I going to share it with?

- Be prepared to share back next week.

PRAY 

Father God, thank You for your Armor which is given to me to fight against the enemy. I know that my war is not against flesh and blood so therefore I stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around my waist thank you for your word. Your word is truth and I pray that every decision that I make today would be based on your word. I put the breastplate of righteousness in place to protect my heart for out of the heart the mouth speaks. May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, Oh Lord my Rock and my Redeemer, and with my feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, I take up the shield of faith, with which I can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. I believe your word and I have faith in it.. Taking the helmet of salvation to protect my mind, my thoughts, my dreams, my vision and what I see. Thank you for saving me. And the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Give me the scriptures that I need to speak against the enemy when he comes to attack me, in Jesus Name Amen.

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17 October - We fight evil with righteousness.

17 October, 2021 Peter James

READ

Ephesians 6:10-17;

Matthew 23

DISCUSS

- How has your week been?

- How have you seen God at work in your life this week?

- Read the passages again.

- Do you believe that we are in a spiritual battle?

- Is there a devil or an evil being?

- What do you think is the role of truth, or the belt of truth?

- What does this say about living a Christian life/

- What is challenging in these passages?

- Is there anything else the passages are saying to me?

- What am I going to do about it?

- Who am I going to share it with?

- Be prepared to share back next week.

PRAY

Father God, thank You for your Armor which is given to me to fight against the enemy. I know that my war is not against flesh and blood so therefore I stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around my waist thank you for your word. Your word is truth and I pray that every decision that I make today would be based on your word. I put the breastplate of righteousness in place to protect my heart for out of the heart the mouth speaks. May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, Oh Lord my Rock and my Redeemer, and with my feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, I take up the shield of faith, with which I can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. I believe your word and I have faith in it.. Taking the helmet of salvation to protect my mind, my thoughts, my dreams, my vision and what I see. Thank you for saving me. And the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Give me the scriptures that I need to speak against the enemy when he comes to attack me, in Jesus Name Amen.

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10 October - We fight evil with faith.

8 October, 2021 Rev Brian Hoole

READ  

Ephesians 6:10-18

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power. Put on the whole armour of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armour of God, so that you may be able to withstand on that evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand therefore, and fasten the belt of truth around your waist, and put on the breastplate of righteousness. As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace. With all of these, take the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert and always persevere in supplication for all the saints.

DISCUSS

- How has your week been?

- How have you seen God at work in your life this week?

- Read the passages again.

- Do you believe that we are in a spiritual battle?

- Is there a devil or an evil being?

- What do you think is the role of truth, or the belt of truth?

- What does this say about living a Christian life/

- What is challenging in these passages?

- Is there anything else the passages are saying to me?

- What am I going to do about it?

- Who am I going to share it with?

- Be prepared to share back next week.

PRAY 

Father God, thank You for your Armor which is given to me to fight against the enemy. I know that my war is not against flesh and blood so therefore I stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around my waist thank you for your word. Your word is truth and I pray that every decision that I make today would be based on your word. I put the breastplate of righteousness in place to protect my heart for out of the heart the mouth speaks. May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, Oh Lord my Rock and my Redeemer, and with my feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, I take up the shield of faith, with which I can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. I believe your word and I have faith in it.. Taking the helmet of salvation to protect my mind, my thoughts, my dreams, my vision and what I see. Thank you for saving me. And the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Give me the scriptures that I need to speak against the enemy when he comes to attack me, in Jesus Name Amen.

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3 October - God’s Word shows us what to do

3 October, 2021 Rev Brian Hoole

3 October 2021

READ

Psalm 119:105-112 Nun

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

I have sworn an oath and confirmed it, to observe your righteous ordinances.

I am severely afflicted; give me life, O Lord, according to your word.

Accept my offerings of praise, O Lord, and teach me your ordinances.

I hold my life in my hand continually, but I do not forget your law.

The wicked have laid a snare for me, but I do not stray from your precepts.

Your decrees are my heritage forever; they are the joy of my heart.

I incline my heart to perform your statutes forever, to the end.

John 1:1-5,

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.

8:12

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.”

DISCUSS

1. How has your week been?

2. How have you seen God at work in your life this week?

3. Read the passages again.

4. What does it mean for the bible to be a light and a lamp?

5. What does it mean for Jesus to be the light of the world?

6. How do we understand the bible to give us guidance for our life?

7. What is challenging in these passages?

8. Is there anything else the passages are saying to me?

9. What am I going to do about it?

10. Who am I going to share it with?

- 11. Be prepared to share back next week.

PRAY

Thank you for your word that is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path. Thank you that we can rely upon your word for guidance and protection. Thank you Lord, that you are the light of the world, for being a light in the dark places of the world and the dark places of our lives. Our hope is in God, for you are the light of the world and you call us to be lights for others. May your light and love blaze in us and in all the world. Amen.

BUSY HANDS – God’s word is a lamp

Start with the lantern template (attached), and some pens, pencils or crayons.

Using Psalm 119, Mark 12:28-34 and other verses or words that you hear during worship, write or draw pictures of what sticks out to you on the lantern. Cut along the solid lines, and fold along the dotted lines then put the lantern together and hang it somewhere to remind you that God’s word is a lamp to your feet and a light to your path.

Also, write your favorite verse on a post-it note and add it to the large lantern in the church foyer.

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26 September - God’s Word is Forever

26 September, 2021 Rev Brian Hoole

26 September 2021

READ

Psalm 119:89-96 Lamedh

The Lord exists forever; your word is firmly fixed in heaven.

Your faithfulness endures to all generations; you have established the earth, and it stands fast.

By your appointment they stand today, for all things are your servants.

If your law had not been my delight, I would have perished in my misery.

I will never forget your precepts, for by them you have given me life.

I am yours; save me, for I have sought your precepts.

The wicked lie in wait to destroy me, but I consider your decrees.

I have seen a limit to all perfection, but your commandment is exceedingly broad.

2 Kings 22:1-2, 8, 11-13, 23:1-4

1-2 Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign; he reigned thirty-one years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Jedidah daughter of Adaiah of Bozkath. He did what was right in the sight of the Lord, and walked in all the way of his father David; he did not turn aside to the right or to the left.

8 The high priest Hilkiah said to Shaphan the secretary, “I have found the book of the law in the house of the Lord.” When Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan, he read it.

11-13 When the king heard the words of the book of the law, he tore his clothes. Then the king commanded the priest Hilkiah, Ahikam son of Shaphan, Achbor son of Micaiah, Shaphan the secretary, and the king’s servant Asaiah, saying, “Go, inquire of the Lord for me, for the people, and for all Judah, concerning the words of this book that has been found; for great is the wrath of the Lord that is kindled against us, because our ancestors did not obey the words of this book, to do according to all that is written concerning us.”

23:1-4 Then the king directed that all the elders of Judah and Jerusalem should be gathered to him. The king went up to the house of the Lord, and with him went all the people of Judah, all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the priests, the prophets, and all the people, both small and great; he read in their hearing all the words of the book of the covenant that had been found in the house of the Lord. The king stood by the pillar and made a covenant before the Lord, to follow the Lord, keeping his commandments, his decrees, and his statutes, with all his heart and all his soul, to perform the words of this covenant that were written in this book. All the people joined in the covenant.

The king commanded the high priest Hilkiah, the priests of the second order, and the guardians of the threshold, to bring out of the temple of the Lord all the vessels made for Baal, for Asherah, and for all the host of heaven; he burned them outside Jerusalem in the fields of the Kidron, and carried their ashes to Bethel.

DISCUSS

1. How has your week been?

2. How have you seen God at work in your life this week?

3. Read the passages again.

4. What do these passages tell us about God?

5. What do the passages tell us about our relationship with God?

6. How do we understand the bible to give us guidance for our life?

7. What is challenging in these passages?

8. Is there anything else the passages are saying to me?

9. What am I going to do about it?

- 10. Who am I going to share it with?

PRAY

You, Lord, are our Counsellor, Comforter and Keeper. Help me to live for you by your word. Help me to keep my way pure. Right at our fingertips, we have access to you through your word. This is amazing and yet so often we turn to everything but you for wisdom and counsel. So, would you help me think of you first, and go to you with all things? Would you bend my ears to your truth and renew my mind by it? Would you fill me with wisdom and truth, guide my decisions, and guard my mind from the enemy. Satan would love nothing more than for me to forget the gospel and fall prey to lies about who I am. But, O Lord, I pray your voice would always be louder and that I will never forget that you call me Beloved. We ask all this in Jesus name

BUSY HANDS – Scroll Acrostic

Using the Scroll Acrostic template (attached) or a blank piece of paper and some pens, pencils or crayons, write down words that you hear during worship or about God and His word – one or more words for every letter of the English alphabet. Add your scroll to the mural in the church foyer.

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19 September - God’s Word helps us live right.

19 September, 2021 Rev Brian Hoole

19 September 2021

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Psalm 119:9-16 How can young people keep their way pure? By guarding it according to your word. With my whole heart I seek you; do not let me stray from your commandments.

I treasure your word in my heart, so that I may not sin against you.

Blessed are you, O Lord; teach me your statutes. With my lips I declare all the ordinances of your mouth. I delight in the way of your decrees as much as in all riches.

I will meditate on your precepts, and fix my eyes on your ways.

I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your word.

2 Tim 3:16-17 All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work.

DISCUSS

- How has your week been?

- How have you seen God at work in your life this week?

- Read the passages again.

- What do these passages tell us about God?

- What do the passages tell us about our relationship with God?

- How do we understand the bible to give us guidance for our life?

- What is challenging in these passages?

- Is there anything else the passages are saying to me?

- What am I going to do about it?

- Who am I going to share it with?

- Be prepared to share back next week.

PRAY

You, Lord, are our Counsellor, Comforter and Keeper. Help me to live for you by your word. Help me to keep my way pure. Right at our fingertips, we have access to you through your word. This is amazing and yet so often we turn to everything but you for wisdom and counsel. So, would you help me think of you first, and go to you with all things? Would you bend my ears to your truth and renew my mind by it? Would you fill me with wisdom and truth, guide my decisions, and guard my mind from the enemy. Satan would love nothing more than for me to forget the gospel and fall prey to lies about who I am. But, O Lord, I pray your voice would always be louder and that I will never forget that you call me Beloved. We ask all this in Jesus name

BUSY HANDS - Footprints

Start with a blank piece of paper or footprint template (attached) and some pens, pencils, crayons and scissors.

1. Trace around your feet on the paper (or use the footprint template) and cut them out.

2. On one, write your favorite verse or verses. Think about how these help your life.

3. On the other, write parts of Psalm 119:9-16 and other verses or words that you hear during worship.

4. Share what you have written and then add the feet to the mural in the church foyer, remembering that God’s word helps us live right.

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12 September - God blesses us

12 September, 2021 Rev Brian Hoole

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Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures;

he leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff—they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord my whole life long.

READ

Ruth 2:8-12

Then Boaz said to Ruth, “Now listen, my daughter, do not go to glean in another field or leave this one, but keep close to my young women. Keep your eyes on the field that is being reaped, and follow behind them. I have ordered the young men not to bother you. If you get thirsty, go to the vessels and drink from what the young men have drawn.” Then she fell prostrate, with her face to the ground, and said to him, “Why have I found favor in your sight, that you should take notice of me, when I am a foreigner?” But Boaz answered her, “All that you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband has been fully told me, and how you left your father and mother and your native land and came to a people that you did not know before. May the Lord reward you for your deeds, and may you have a full reward from the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come for refuge!”

Ruth 4:13-17

So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife. When they came together, the Lord made her conceive, and she bore a son. Then the women said to Naomi, “Blessed be the Lord, who has not left you this day without next-of-kin; and may his name be renowned in Israel! He shall be to you a restorer of life and a nourisher of your old age; for your daughter-in-law who loves you, who is more to you than seven sons, has borne him.” Then Naomi took the child and laid him in her bosom, and became his nurse. The women of the neighbourhood gave him a name, saying, “A son has been born to Naomi.” They named him Obed; he became the father of Jesse, the father of David.

DISCUSS

1. How has your week been?

2. How have you seen God at work in your life this week?

3. Read the passages again.

4. Ruth’s life reflects the green pastures, and the dark valleys and comes to the feast. Which part of this journey do you feel your life is at?

5. What do these passages tell us about God?

6. What do the passages tell us about our relationship with God?

7. What is challenging in these passages?

8. Is there anything else the passages are saying to me?

9. What am I going to do about it?

10. Who am I going to share it with?

11. Be prepared to share back next week.

PRAY

Lord of the 23rd Psalm,

I have known death,

and you have refreshed my soul.

I have known fear,

and you have comforted me.

I have known hunger,

and you have set a feast before me.

In the darkest valley

no calamity of humankind or nature has separated us.

Teach me to walk as you walk

Beside those in mourning

so that they will know joy,

Beside those in fear

that they will know comfort,

Beside those in hunger

that they will feast until their cup overflows.

As your goodness and love follow me,

May mine follow my neighbour

That the threat of the worst terrors

May turn to the knowledge of the comforts of

the house of the Lord,

Where you have invited us to dwell forever.

And so let me strive to help build on earth

What you have promised us in heaven.

In the face of all calamity, present and yet to come,

Let me lead my neighbour beside quiet waters,

The quiet waters of the Good Shepherd.

AMEN

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5th September - God is with us in hard times.

5 September, 2021 Rev Brian Hoole

READ  

Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures;

he leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff—they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord my whole life long.

Exodus 13:17-22

When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them by way of the land of the Philistines, although that was nearer; for God thought, “If the people face war, they may change their minds and return to Egypt.” So, God led the people by the roundabout way of the wilderness toward the Red Sea. The Israelites went up out of the land of Egypt prepared for battle. And Moses took with him the bones of Joseph who had required a solemn oath of the Israelites, saying, “God will surely take notice of you, and then you must carry my bones with you from here.” They set out from Succoth, and camped at Etham, on the edge of the wilderness. The Lord went in front of them in a pillar of cloud by day, to lead them along the way, and in a pillar of fire by night, to give them light, so that they might travel by day and by night. Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people.

DISCUSS

- How has your week been?

- How have you seen God at work in your life this week?

- Read the passages again.

- Where are you at the moment? In green pastures or in dark valleys?

- Does God feel close or far away?

- What would help make it closer?

- What do the passages tell us about our relationship with God?

- What is challenging in these passages?

- Is there anything else the passages are saying to me?

- What am I going to do about it?

- Who am I going to share it with?

- Be prepared to share back next week.

PRAY 

Lord of the 23rd Psalm,

I have known death,

and you have refreshed my soul.

I have known fear,

and you have comforted me.

I have known hunger,

and you have set a feast before me.

In the darkest valley

no calamity of humankind or nature has separated us.

Teach me to walk as you walk

Beside those in mourning

so that they will know joy,

Beside those in fear

that they will know comfort,

Beside those in hunger

that they will feast until their cup overflows.

As your goodness and love follow me,

May mine follow my neighbour

That the threat of the worst terrors

May turn to the knowledge of the comforts of

the house of the Lord,

Where you have invited us to dwell forever.

And so let me strive to help build on earth

What you have promised us in heaven.

In the face of all calamity, present and yet to come,

Let me lead my neighbour beside quiet waters,

The quiet waters of the Good Shepherd.

AMEN

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29 August - God gives us rest

29 August, 2021 Nathan Robertson

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Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures;

he leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff—they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord my whole life long.

Matthew 11:28-30

28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

DISCUSS

- How has your week been?

- How have you seen God at work in your life this week?

- Read the passages again.

- What do the words I am the good shepherd mean to you?

- What does this tell us about God?

- What do the passages tell us about our relationship with God?

- What is challenging in these passages?

- Is there anything else the passages are saying to me?

- What am I going to do about it?

- Who am I going to share it with?

- Be prepared to share back next week.

PRAY

Lord of the 23rd Psalm,

I have known death,

and you have refreshed my soul.

I have known fear,

and you have comforted me.

I have known hunger,

and you have set a feast before me.

In the darkest valley

no calamity of humankind or nature has separated us.

Teach me to walk as you walk

Beside those in mourning

so that they will know joy,

Beside those in fear

that they will know comfort,

Beside those in hunger

that they will feast until their cup overflows.

As your goodness and love follow me,

May mine follow my neighbour

That the threat of the worst terrors

May turn to the knowledge of the comforts of

the house of the Lord,

Where you have invited us to dwell forever.

And so let me strive to help build on earth

What you have promised us in heaven.

In the face of all calamity, present and yet to come,

Let me lead my neighbour beside quiet waters,

The quiet waters of the Good Shepherd.

AMEN

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