4 July - God's Commandments

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4 July, 2021Rev Brian Hoole

A direct link to our online service for this week can be found at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkvRvo473R5j6jiJpMxQV4Pq44puwf76V

This is a Youtube playlist containing the different elements of worship planned for this Sunday.

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Deut 6:4-9

Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.

 

Matthew 22:34-40   

Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” 

 

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. Why do you think Jesus said these are the greatest commandments?? 
  5. Which do you think is the hardest; to love God; to love yourself; or to love your neighbour? 
  6. What do the passages tell us about our relationship with God? 
  7. What is challenging in this passage? 
  8. Is there anything else the passage is 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   

Let us pray that our love of God 

may become real and tangible 

in our love of our neighbour. 

(pause) 

God, you display your almighty power 

in loving us without regret. 

In the human heart of Jesus your Son 

you have shown us how far love can go. 

 

Give us a love that is forgiving, 

generous and gentle like his, 

that we may recognize and welcome him 

in our brothers and sisters. 

And may our hearts reach out first 

to the poorest and the least lovable, 

with the gratuitous love you have given us 

in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

—from Liturgies Alive, Models of Celebration. 



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