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

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7 June, 2020Rev Brian HooleFruits of The Spirit

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

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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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

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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?

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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

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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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