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

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3 October, 2021Rev Brian HoolePsalm 119

3 October 2021 

 

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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?

  1. 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

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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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