Welcome to the ‘Church at Home’ Pack for Sunday 24th May.
- Service Material
- Rainbow Activity Material – See download file at bottom of page.
- Zoom Meeting is at 10:15 for 10:30am on Sunday
I guess we’re all facing challenges in different ways at the moment. Many of us are desperately missing being with friends and family. Some of us are running out of things to do at home and facing boredom, while others are exhausted from juggling work, home schooling and other demands. Some of us are anxious about health concerns or fearful of being expected to go back to work, while others are frustrated by the restrictions or struggling to make ends meet without being able to work.
The church Peter was writing to in today’s reading faced different challenges to ours, but they knew all about going through difficult times. Peter encourages them – and us – to focus on the hope they have in Christ, and always be ready to share this hope with others.
Wherever each of us is “at” today, my hope is that Peter’s words, these songs, activities and prayers will shine fresh hope into our lives, and give us courage to share that hope with others.
With love and continued prayers in Christ, Caroline
The playlist below is includes all the songs (with lyrics), the sermon, “Faith and Danger” and a Bible Project video on 1 Peter, which will play through in a suggested order – but feel free to skip/pick & mix! (It is recommended that you keep this playlist open as you go through the service so that you can refer to it.)
Background to 1 Peter:
Peter’s “back story”: a short introduction to Peter’s story so far for the young at heart https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0nHrpQc9G6k
Digging Deeper: if you have time, watch the introduction to the overall structure and context of the book of 1 Peter from the Bible Project (in the YouTube playlist)
Reading: 1 Peter 3:13-18
Have you ever been completely caught off-guard by a question? Caroline tells the embarrassing story of when she was utterly unprepared for a question she got asked…
Rainbow of hope: Reflect on a beautiful symbol of hope from the Bible: the rainbow.
There’s a rainbow pattern in the church at home pack (in the email or on the website)
As we think about the reason for the hope we have, print out the rainbow and fill it with hope. Write or draw in the stripes in different colours, starting from the middle and working outwards:
- Violet: The name of someone who told you about Jesus
- Indigo: A special time when you felt really close to Jesus
- Blue: Something Jesus has changed in your life
- Green: A difficult time you went through when Jesus was with you
- Yellow: The name of someone you are praying for to get to know Jesus
- Orange: Something you’re worried about
- Red: Now around the outside, like a shield over your rainbow, write a Bible promise which helps you have hope.
If you’re not sure, check out some of these:
Chew it Over: Have a really good chew over 1 Peter 3:18, the verse which neatly sums up our hope in Christ.
It can be helpful with a really meaty verse like this to re-write it in our own words. Use the link to 1 Peter 3:18 and look at a few different Bible translations, then have a go at writing your own version of v18, and make it personally addressed to you.
Try memorising the verse, or making a song out of it to help it really sink into your heart.
(playlist) Cornerstone: Hillsong; No Longer Slaves: Bethel
Watch the “Faith and Danger” film about the top 5 countries on Open Doors’ World Watch List 2020:
Spend some time praying for the persecuted church:
- Give thanks for the faith of the persecuted church
- Ask God to give them courage
- Pray that they will remain determined in their faith
- Ask that the Holy Spirit will help them to forgive their enemies
- Give thanks for the hope we all have in Jesus.
For further resources and videos, go to the Open Doors website: https://www.opendoorsuk.org/resources/prayer/prayer-ministry/
There’s a Sound on the Wind (Battle Hymn): Graham Kendrick
Coffee & Chat
A ‘Coffee and Chat’ Zoom Meeting will start at 10:30am on Sunday. More details are available on the St John’s Facebook page and in the note sent to church members.