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Giving Ourselves to God

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Matthew 5:13-16 and 1 Peter 2:1-9
SMAS - 10.30am Service
(20.11.11)
Given by Janette Mullett

Laity - what is it? Last week I heard someone jest that laity is Church of England word for people, but most understand it to mean the non-ordained - so that’s most of us. This definition can lead to ‘us and them’ type thinking but if we look at the derivation of the word this should be dispelled. The word derives from the Greek, laos, meaning the people at large or everyone, including priests.  It is just that we are each called to our own special ‘job for God’, in other words we each have a mission.

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Sheep and Goats

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Matthew 25:31-46
SMAS -  9am Service Last Sunday before Advent
(20.11.11)
Given by Reverend Linda Liversidge

This passage begins by telling that Jesus when comes again He’ll come as a king, surrounded by angels and sitting on His royal throne. The people of all the nations will gather before Him. The phrase ‘all the nations’ refers to us - its meaning here is to the Gentiles. And as we gather before Him He is going to divide us up.

It may seem funny to us that He described people in this way - but Jesus never said things without a good reason. In those days people were surrounded by sheep and goats so they were a very good visual aid. The only thing is that for us today it may not at first seem so clear to us. We tend to think of sheep and goats as looking very different because that is how they look to us here in England. But then in Palestine in actual fact they didn't look so very different because their sheep then were dark and had longer hair so they looked a bit like goats anyway. So what Jesus was really saying then was that just as you might see a group of sheep and goats together and not really be able to see immediately what was what - so too with people.

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Remembrance 2011

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Given by Reverend Linda Liversidge and using the Bible Reading Fellowship's All-Age material for Remembrance Sunday 2011

This Remembrance Day Service is about two things:

1) Remembering those who died and gave their lives in the service of this country and others in order to set them free from oppressions and attack.

2) It is also a service of worship to the God who also came and died in order to set us free from sin and death and to give us life in all its fullness, both for the present and into eternity.

In bringing those two things together we can hopefully make sense of the former, the horror of war and suffering, in the light of the latter, a good God.

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Be Prepared!

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Matthew 25:1-13
SMAS - 3rd Sunday before Advent
(06.11.2011)

A mad-keen DIY enthusiast from Italy decided to install a toilet with a difference in his house. As well as enjoying DIY, 35-year-old Marcelos Cuban from Genoa was an avid collector of Roman antiquities, and his new loo was to be a combination of his two great hobbies. He designed the toilet himself, and converted a Roman sarcophagus (stone coffin) to use as a cistern. It had a Latin inscription on the side and, as it was made of stone, was very heavy.
Mr Cuban attached the cistern to the wall above his toilet before sitting down to tryout his new loo. When he had finished, he reached up to pull the chain, only for the sarcophagus to rip from its mountings and fall onto his head, killing him instantly. His shocked and mournful wife told reporters that she'd had the Latin inscription translated. It read: 'Good things always come from above.'

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Giving Our Hearts

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Philippians 2:5-8 and Matthew 22:34-40
SMAS Family Holy Communion
(30.10.2011)

This is last of the series on giving. We’ve looked at giving Him our worship, our talents, our money. Last week we dipped out of the series for the Baptisms and Confirmation and we learnt through Ephesians chapter 2 that our salvation is not about what we do but is totally dependent upon the grace of God. We cannot save ourselves. Today as we think about giving our love to God it should reflect our gratitude for what He has done for us.

A Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) once had so many injured people they had to colour code them. Yellow tag meant your injury wasn’t serious; pain-relief was given, while you waited for treatment. Blue meant your injuries were serious, but if they operated quickly they could save you. Red tags meant there nothing could be done other than put you to sleep with morphine. It was tough business.

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