10 May - Peter

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10 May, 2020Rev Brian HoolePeople on a Journey

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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17 May 2020 - Lydia

17 May, 2020 Rev Brian Hoole

People on a Journey – Lydia

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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.

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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.

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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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26 April - Saul (Paul)

26 April, 2020 Rev Brian Hoole

People on a Journey – Saul (Paul)

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00:00 - Welcome

1:00 - Prayers of the People

3:00 - Bible Reading

5:56 - Sermon

20:01 - Prayer of Reflection

READ

Acts 9: 1 - 20

Saul was a Jew, born in Tarsus and brought up in Jerusalem. As a Pharisee, he had been taught strict laws and hated followers of Jesus. He tried to destroy the new movement of Jesus followers on behalf of the Jewish authorities and went from house to house searching for believers to throw in jail. Many of these followers were executed and Saul was happy that they were killed. He even travelled abroad to hunt down the followers of Jesus. Saul was a fanatic, a fundamentalist who believed that there was no room for change or other points of view. That all changed on the road to Damascus...

In this passage, we read about Saul’s experience of meeting Jesus on the road to Damascus which leaves him blinded needing care from his friends and healing from Ananias. After his experience he joins the disciples preaching Jesus was the Son of God, amazing everyone who knew him and leading many Gentiles to Christ. Later he was known as Paul and authored many of the letters in the New Testament.

SHARE

About how you are feeling. What is the best/worst thing about last week? When have you felt God close/far away? Where have you seen God at work in your or someone else’s life?

TALK

- How do you think Saul felt when Jesus spoke to him? Scared? Confused? How do you think you would feel if God spoke directly to you in this way?

- Saul seemed to know that it was the voice of Jesus immediately. Is that a surprise?

- Can you describe a time when you think that God might have been speaking to you?

- Do you think the three-day time is significant? If so, why?

- In verse 10-14 God speaks to Ananias. He tells him to go to Straight Street and find Saul.

- How would you feel if you were Ananias?

- Do you think both Saul and Ananias were ‘blind’ to what God could do?

- Saul was not a Jesus believer, was actively persecuting people and having them killed, yet God chose him to do his work. How do you feel about that?

- Do you think it’s possible for people to radically change like this today?

- Do you think there are some people who will never change? If so, why?

- What do you think God might be telling you through this passage?

- What are you going to do about it?

PRAY

Pray about the things that God has spoken to you about today, and how you might do what he calls you to do. Also pray for each other’s sharing points.

You might also like to say this reflective prayer together as a group, or by yourself.

Reflective Prayer

Journeys were never straightforward in your company, Lord.

A bumpy road to Bethlehem, a swift exit to Egypt,

a hard road to a hill of death.

Those journeys your companions would rather not repeat.

But the stumble to a tomb, the long trek to Emmaus, the mountain climb to an eternal promise.

Those we would walk again and again and again.

And this journey, today, Lord, though it is often uneven, often hasty, often tough,

we choose to do it again and again and again.

For we remember how you sent us out with next to nothing for the sake of everything.

We remember how you bid us go with only our faith to win the world for you.

We remember how you promised always to travel with us.

And this journey ahead, Lord, though it will challenge how we act,

change how we serve, transform how we live,

we choose to do it again and again and again.

In your company, Lord,

we go forward.

Amen.

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April 19 - John 20:19-31

19 April, 2020 Rev Brian Hoole

Thomas

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Youtube Sermon only: https://youtu.be/Bv_ZA0VGLIY

READ

John 20:19-31

In this passage we read about Jesus appearing to his disciples, and Thomas not believing them until he saw Jesus himself. He tells them “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were… I will not believe”. Jesus then appears to Thomas, and he gets the opportunity to see with his own eyes and touch with his own hands. Jesus responds saying “because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed”.

TALK

- What is something that you have had to see or experience to believe?

- Why were the disciples hiding?

- Are there times you feel like that?

- When the disciples met Jesus they rejoiced. Why?

- What are things you rejoice about ?

- What did Jesus offer his disciples?

- Is doubt the opposite of belief or a part of belief?

- Why does John say that he wrote down these signs?

- What do you believe about Jesus?

- What do you have doubts about?

- What do you think the Lord is telling you today? What are you going to do about it?

PRAY

Pray with and for each other

BLESS

Use the below prayer of blessing as a communal prayer of blessing for and with each other

Prayer of Blessing

When we are closed door people passive and inert.

When we are doubting people full of ‘mights’ and ‘maybes’.

When we are dubious people suspicious of change.

Bless us, Lord, and believe in us.

When we dismiss the bleeding of those we do not recognise.

When we seek a quick fix for the world while covering up our own wounds.

When we exclude others through our own ignorance.

Bless us, Lord, and believe in us.

When we demand hard evidence and concrete signs.

When we can’t see the ‘would’ for a tree of death.

When it takes all our effort to suspend belief.

Bless us, Lord, and believe in us.

And when the penny drops and realisation dawns

and seeing and touching and hearing and knowing

and accepting and declaring becomes believing.

Bless us, Lord, and believe in us.

Amen.

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