Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Welcome to our “Church at Home Pack” for Sunday 28th June.
This Sunday we’re looking at Matthew 10:40-42, and the theme is “who do you think you are?”
Before you start, get out a Bible and look up the passage. Read it and pray, asking God to speak to you this morning through these 3 verses.
God sees into our hearts, rather than judging us from the outside like the rest of the world. In the Bible passage Jesus talks about different groups of people. He tells us to treat everyone with love, and he says that how we treat other people can be a good indicator of how full our hearts are with God’s love. I pray that this material blesses and challenges us.
I’ve made a playlist on YouTube of the sermon and songs. This means if you follow this link, the songs and sermon will automatically play one after another – you can skip any you don’t want to listen to, and you may need to skip some ads at the beginning of the songs. Here’s the playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1l5B5tS5AgaOZMA8mQlm1_Xza5aB8eS1
If you’d prefer to just listen to the sermon without any songs, it’s here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6tAmviOKLo&list=PL1l5B5tS5AgaOZMA8mQlm1_Xza5aB8eS1&index=3&t=0s and there’s a copy of the script attached too.
Use the “Fruits and Roots” reflection attached to give yourself a “spiritual health check”.
Then pray for the people you’ve written in the leaves/fruit of the tree.
Pray this prayer from Psalm 139:23-24:
God, I invite your searching gaze into my heart.
Examine me through and through;
find out everything that may be hidden within me.
Put me to the test and sift through all my anxious cares.
See if there is any path of pain I’m walking on,
and lead me back to your glorious, everlasting ways—
the path that brings me back to you. Amen
Questions to ponder on:
- What have you learnt about yourself during lockdown?
- What are the signs that you are getting spiritually “hangry”?
- Which of your relationships need more of God’s love and grace?
For children and young people:
- Talk together about how God made each of us specially the way we are, so God’s the only one who really knows us, inside out. This story about Samuel meeting David for the first time might be a good one to watch together: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8ouGpo8iP4
- You could try memorising 1 Samuel 16:7: “God does not see the same way people see. People look at the outside of a person, but the Lord looks at the heart”. There’s a song with actions to help you learn the verse here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yv-W2LtKJCU
- In the Bible we learn that God knows us inside out, and God loves us completely, from the tips of our toes to the tops of our heads! When our hearts are full of God’s love it overflows: Jesus says that how we treat other people shows how full our hearts are with God’s love. Use the attached activity sheet “Jesus Loves Us All” to think about how we treat other people when our hearts are full of God’s love.
Daily Bible Study:
Challenged by the sermon to get into a habit of daily Bible reading? Try one of these:
- Lectio 365: An app from the 24-7 Prayer movement – used by our vicar, helps you pray the Bible everyday. Inspired by Lectio Divina, a way of meditating on the Bible that’s been used by Christians for centuries: https://www.24-7prayer.com/dailydevotional
- Bible in One Year: The Bible read aloud by David Suchet with reflections by Nicky Gumbell – I listen to this when I’m running! Available as an app or free email subscription: https://www.bibleinoneyear.org/
- Every Day With Jesus: daily Bible readings with reflections by Selwyn Hughes – one of the most popular daily Bible reading tools in the world, available as paper copies or e-books: https://www.cwr.org.uk/store/c-177-every-day-with-jesus-products.aspx
- Explore: published by the Good Book Company – these are the ones I use. I like the way it takes you through a book of the Bible at a time to get into the context, and has questions to reflect on. Available on paper or as an app: https://www.thegoodbook.co.uk/daily-bible-reading/explore/
Zoom Coffee and Chat:
A ‘Coffee and Chat’ Zoom Meeting will start at 10:15 for 10:30am on Sunday. More details are available on the St John’s Facebook page and in the note sent to church members.
With love in Christ,