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Psalm 139

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Psalm 139
Family Communion
(28-7-13)

Use the ‘Amazing body’ quiz from Phil Green’s X=life. How amazing our bodies are! Yet how many of us think we’re rubbish and don’t realise the wonderful potential in ourselves.

Show Ugly duckling clip with Gorecki’s ‘Sorrowful Songs’

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David knew that God knew him inside out because of the way he was chosen (God looks at the heart). David writes this psalm because he knows that God knows him inside and out. That God made him. That God had amazing plans for him.

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Good Samaritan

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Luke 10:25-37
(14-7-13)

The story starts with a religious expert asking Jesus, “What must I do to inherit eternal life.” This man knew all about God’s law so he didn’t really need to ask the question but he wanted to trap Jesus.

Jesus had been mixing with the sort of people not normally associated with Godly things. The man wants Jesus to give a correct answer in the hopes that it will then show Jesus in a bad light. If Jesus knew how to live in a Godly way then He shouldn’t be mixing with ‘unGodly’ people as it looked as if He was approving of their ways of life. i.e. Jesus had lost the plot and had lowered His standards.

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Jesus Sends Out the Seventy-Two

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Luke 10:1-11,16-20
10.30am Service
(7-7-13)

“Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves.” Not the most attractive of propositions! If I’m honest, there are times when I don’t feel like ‘going’ anywhere! Life is hard enough as it is without having to go out and try to convert people, to convince them that they ought to become Christians and come to Church every Sunday. And anyway, isn’t that what vicars get paid to do!? I don’t want people to think that I am some kind of religious fanatic that thinks that you have to be a Christian to be a good person and get to heaven.

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Hearing God

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A modified extract of a Seminar “Hearing God” given at 2013 Girl talk Conference, “Hope Wins” on Saturday 6th July 2013 - presented at SMAS on Sunday 2 July 2013

As Christians we believe that God speaks to the heart of each individual. But we will probably find it difficult to hear God's 'still small voice' if we fill our days with the noise of TVs, computers, phones, work and busyness of all kinds. Many people in today’s society are feeling an emptiness within and perhaps too many of us try to fill this emptiness within with busyness without. So, Is hearing God more of an issue today than in the past, with so much more background noise and clamour, busyness ..... ? I think the answer is probably, yes, and I believe that there is also a growing reaction against this as people seek to find an antidote to the ‘emptiness’ they feel.

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Fruits of the Spirit

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Psalm 1:1-3 & Galatians 5:1,13, 16, 22-25
Family Communion
(30-6-13)

Here we have a tree – just in case it isn’t immediately recognizable as such! You can see it has green leaves and it is meant to bear some similarity to the tree in this reading: Psalm 1:1-3. In many parts of Israel where the psalm was written it would have been unusual to see a tree because of the hot sun and dry winds. Can you remember what made the difference to this tree, according to the psalm? It was planted near a river. Some translations say near streams of living water. No matter how much sun there was this tree could still get refreshment and strength. You couldn’t see the water – but it was there.

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