Take heart when surrounded by Chaos

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Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge that we are on land of the Kaurna people, the traditional custodians of the Adelaide Plains.We are awed that they celebrate the religious significance of place, plant and all living creatures; and that care for the earth is implanted in their law. We honour them and also delight in the sacred in our midst. We pray that in the power of the Holy Spirit we might work together for reconciliation and justice in this land

Matthew 14:22-33 NRSV

22 Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. 23And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, 24but by this time the boat, battered by the waves, was far from the land, for the wind was against them. 25And early in the morning he came walking towards them on the lake. 26But when the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified, saying, ‘It is a ghost!’ And they cried out in fear. 27But immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, ‘Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.’

28 Peter answered him, ‘Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.’ 29He said, ‘Come.’ So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came towards Jesus. 30But when he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, ‘Lord, save me!’ 31Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, ‘You of little faith, why did you doubt?’ 32When they got into the boat, the wind ceased. 33And those in the boat worshipped him, saying, ‘Truly you are the Son of God.’

Reflection

Faith is daring to believe that God is with us in the boat as it makes its way through the storm, battered by the waves and winds in the dark. God was never apart from the disciples. God was with them as they were sent and remained with them. The disciples could not see this, as they were overwhelmed with the Chaos that surrounded and engulfed them. Our world is in a time of Chaos. A Pandemic engulfs the whole globe. Yet we are in a bit of a bubble. Even so, the virus keeps trying and breaks into our little bubble and we deal with it. So far we are keeping it at bay. Odds are we can’t keep this up for a year or two. Our bubble may burst. Hopefully not. It is easy to have the Chaos of this time overwhelm us as the disciples were overwhelmed. It is easy to overlook that God is with us in our boat, in our bubble while we are surrounded by Chaos. “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.” Is Jesus’s reassurance to us. Have faith. Our faith is daring to believe that God is with us made real in the community of faith, as we live surrounded with our current Chaos.

Where do you see God, what gives you heart? Lessens your fear?

Prayer of Confession

Jesus, we call to you,
In honesty and humility.

A silence is kept…

We are struggling, and often feel overwhelmed.
At times, when we are hurting most,
we do not have the words or courage to call on you.
When frightened, we often lose our way,
and feel that we are being subsumed
by all the worries we are carrying.
Please call to us today,
for we are afraid, and find it hard to look to you.
In our painful times,
we do not have the courage
to look away from the difficulties,
"to the promises of your love.
Call to us, O gracious friend.

Words of Assurance 

When we are feeling overwhelmed,
Jesus says gently
‘Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.’
We are blessed, supported and loved.
Let us not be afraid to draw on this strength,
For it is Jesus who calls to us, to do so.

Rev Anne Hewitt

Welcome to the Banquet

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Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge that we are on land of the Kaurna people, the traditional custodians of the Adelaide Plains.We are awed that they celebrate the religious significance of place, plant and all living creatures; and that care for the earth is implanted in their law. We honour them and also delight in the sacred in our midst. We pray that in the power of the Holy Spirit we might work together for reconciliation and justice in this land

Matthew 14:13-21 (NRSV)

Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. 14When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick. 15When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, ‘This is a deserted place, and the hour is now late; send the crowds away so that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.’ 16Jesus said to them, ‘They need not go away; you give them something to eat.’ 17They replied, ‘We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish.’ 18And he said, ‘Bring them here to me.’ 19Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. 20And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full. 21And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.

Reflection

This is a story demonstrating Jesus’s compassion where he began healing then feeding the hungry people. They went away filled.

The story as a whole has God’s act in Christ meeting human need. Jesus though, did not do this alone, Jesus’s miraculous power involves the disciples. Jesus charged them with “You give them something to eat”

The source of the feeding is God, the resources human.The work of the disciples, the ‘bread of human effort, is honoured, used and magnified by Jesus. We provide the bread, The work we/you do is honoured, Used And magnified by Jesus.

Thanks be to God.

Prayer

When we are calling, you are there, O listening Friend.
When we are fatigued and drawn,
you are seeing, O seeing Friend.
you are caring, O loving Friend.
When we are sleeping and resting,
you are watching, O compassionate Friend.

Our loving God,
we come as we are.
We call to you, in honesty,
tired from the week, fatigued by demands,
and longing for rest that will bring refreshment.
Come alongside, and let us know your presence,
O Comforter and Friend.
Amen, Amen, Amen

Rev Anne Hewitt

Lots of Kingdom Parables

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Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge that we are on land of the Kaurna people, the traditional custodians of the Adelaide Plains. We are awed that they celebrate the religious significance of place, plant and all living creatures; and that care for the earth is implanted in their law. We honour them and also delight in the sacred in our midst. We pray that in the power of the Holy Spirit we might work together for reconciliation and justice in this land

Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52 NRSV

The Parable of the Mustard Seed

31 He put before them another parable: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; 32it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.’

The Parable of the Yeast

33 He told them another parable: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened.’

Three Parables

44 ‘The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.

45 ‘Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls; 46on finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.

47 ‘Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and caught fish of every kind; 48when it was full, they drew it ashore, sat down, and put the good into baskets but threw out the bad. 49So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous 50and throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Treasures New and Old

51 ‘Have you understood all this?’ They answered, ‘Yes.’ 52And he said to them, ‘Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a household who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.’

Reflection

So from all these parables what have we learnt about the kingdom of God?

  • Not obvious
  • Of miraculous extravagance
  • highly desirable, as its of the greatest value
  • we will be accountable

Often the kingdom is seen as the Church, and that these parables and Jesus teaching about the kingdom, guarantees the success of the Church. That would be a mistake.

The kingdom of God is not the church, there are no guarantees. As the Church we are to be active in the kingdom as it is with us but not obvious. Yet we are to be vigilant as the Kingdom is not here yet.

So what does that mean, living in two states of being. All we can do is live faithfully, be loving, show compassion and seek justice in our dealing with others. To be open to the kingdom around you and be confident that the kingdom will come.

Prayer

Loving God,
we praise you for the opportunity to gather in worship.
Open our hearts as we bring ourselves before you in humble desire to follow your ways and know your wisdom.
Open our eyes and help us see how our lives impact others and this created world.
Open our ears and help us to hear the voices of those who have been silenced for too long.
Open our minds and help us to understand our impact on the world and our more rightful place in it.
Show us your glory, and guide our thoughts and reflections as we worship, we pray. Amen.

Wheat & Weeds

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Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge that we are on land of the Kaurna people, the traditional custodians of the Adelaide Plains. We are awed that they celebrate the religious significance of place, plant and all living creatures; and that care for the earth is implanted in their law. We honour them and also delight in the sacred in our midst. We pray that in the power of the Holy Spirit we might work together for reconciliation and justice in this land

Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 NRSV

The Parable of Weeds among the Wheat

24 He put before them another parable: ‘The kingdom of heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field; 25but while everybody was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and then went away. 26So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared as well. 27And the slaves of the householder came and said to him, “Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where, then, did these weeds come from?” 28He answered, “An enemy has done this.” The slaves said to him, “Then do you want us to go and gather them?” 29But he replied, “No; for in gathering the weeds you would uproot the wheat along with them. 30Let both of them grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Collect the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.” ’

Jesus Explains the Parable of the Weeds

36 Then he left the crowds and went into the house. And his disciples approached him, saying, ‘Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field.’ 37He answered, ‘The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man; 38the field is the world, and the good seed are the children of the kingdom; the weeds are the children of the evil one, 39and the enemy who sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are angels. 40Just as the weeds are collected and burned up with fire, so will it be at the end of the age. 41The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will collect out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all evildoers, 42and they will throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Let anyone with ears listen!

Reflection

This is the first of Matthews parables that begin with “The kingdom of heaven is like …” Jesus is teaching against the building of boundaries and efforts to have and create a pure, exclusive communities. It is also a parable of the coming judgement and about not passing judgement. That Judgement is Gods business and will be settled in the end. Judgement is not for us to spend our time and energy on. The parable is realistic about the world we find ourselves in. It does not paint a rosy picture of the world as both good & evil present. It is one or the other, no sliding scale, it is Good and Evil, no in between, that reflects how Matthew saw things. There is an acceptance of this reality with no attempts to banish evil. That the bad is something that we have to learn to live with. This world with the good and the bad is the field in which we find ourselves. This does not mean we just give in. This is not a call to be passive in the face of evil. To ignore injustice in the world, violence in society or wrong in the church. Rather it’s a realistic reminder that we alone cannot get rid of all the weeds. We and other good people are to remain strong in love, compassion and justice. But it is with God that ultimately the weeds will be destroyed. Remember that evil is temporary only good endures. The parable ends with ‘the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom’. What a beautiful image. Just like winter sunshine breaking through heavy clouds. The parable ends with a place of joy & hope.

Prayer

Almighty God,
from whom all thoughts of truth and peace proceed:
Kindle, we pray you,
in the hearts of all people the true love of peace;
and guide with your pure and peaceable wisdom
those who take counsel for the nations of the earth;
that in tranquillity your kingdom may go forward,
till the earth be filled with knowledge of your love:
In the power of your Spirit.
Amen

Soil & the Sower

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Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge that we are on land of the Kaurna people, the traditional custodians of the Adelaide Plains.We are awed that they celebrate the religious significance of place, plant and all living creatures; and that care for the earth is implanted in their law. We honour them and also delight in the sacred in our midst. We pray that in the power of the Holy Spirit we might work together for reconciliation and justice in this land

Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 NRSV

That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the lake. 2Such great crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat there, while the whole crowd stood on the beach. 3And he told them many things in parables, saying: ‘Listen! A sower went out to sow. 4And as he sowed, some seeds fell on the path, and the birds came and ate them up. 5Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and they sprang up quickly, since they had no depth of soil. 6But when the sun rose, they were scorched; and since they had no root, they withered away. 7Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. 8Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. 9Let anyone with ears listen!’

18 ‘Hear then the parable of the sower. 19When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what is sown in the heart; this is what was sown on the path. 20As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; 21yet such a person has no root, but endures only for a while, and when trouble or persecution arises on account of the word, that person immediately falls away. 22As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the lure of wealth choke the word, and it yields nothing. 23But as for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.’

Reflection

Good farmers and gardeners have known the importance of Soil. As a gardener myself I am spending more time understanding, preparing, building up and caring for the soil. Good soil is balanced, full of nutrients and organic matter. So that it can offer food for plants to grow.
What kind of Soil are you in?
What kind of Soil are you?
Just as farmers and gardeners build up and enrich the soil, you can build up and enrich yourself to be good or better soil. What do we do to be good soil? We need to find balance. To spend time in prayer, Read the bible, Take opportunities to study the scriptures. Share with others, as it is through giving that we receive. Being or being in good soil is evidenced in a combination of hearing plus doing, understanding and producing good, ethical, just, actions.

What do you need for your faith to grow?

Prayers of the people

God of each, God of all:
we pray for our families,
those with whom we are drawn together
by birth or by marriage or by adoption.
May they receive care and love
from you and from us as well.

We pray for our friends and neighbours,
those with whom we are drawn together
by common places of work or learning,
by common aspirations and values.
Strengthen the ties between us,
and may we find in these relationships the freedom
and companionship and community
that nurture us and the world around us.

We pray for our fellow citizens,
those with whom we are drawn together
by birthplace and nation,
by regional ties and societal traditions.
Fashion these bonds so to insure
the relationships and ideals we claim
are paid more than lip-service,
so that who we are and have been
never closes us to who we may yet become.

We pray for those who are part of this community
and in the whole Christian Church,
those with whom we are drawn together
by a common faith and uncommon grace.
May we thrive in ministry,
may we expand in mission,
may we deepen in spirituality,
and may we grow closer to one another and you.

We pray for those who are fashioned in your image,
with whom we are drawn together in one family.
Free us to recognize the stranger as no stranger,
but sister and brother;
and to see the joy and need of any
as the cause for our rejoicing and compassion.
Amen

Seasons of the Spirit

My burdens are light – Pent 5

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Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge that we are on land of the Kaurna people, the traditional custodians of the Adelaide Plains.We are awed that they celebrate the religious significance of place, plant and all living creatures; and that care for the earth is implanted in their law. We honour them and also delight in the sacred in our midst. We pray that in the power of the Holy Spirit we might work together for reconciliation and justice in this land

Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 NRSV

16 ‘But to what will I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the market-places and calling to one another,
17 “We played the flute for you, and you did not dance;
we wailed, and you did not mourn.”
18For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, “He has a demon”; 19the Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, “Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax-collectors and sinners!” Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.’

25 At that time Jesus said, ‘I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; 26yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. 27All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

28 ‘Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.’

Prayer

God of love and kindness, we thank you for your model of courageous love. We pray that you will help us to make the stranger our friend each and every day of our lives, turning our lives outward in an ever-expanding sense of connection and love. Amen.

Seasons of the Spirit

Sharing the Love of God – Plentiful harvest 3

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Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge that we are on land of the Kaurna people, the traditional custodians of the Adelaide Plains.We are awed that they celebrate the religious significance of place, plant and all living creatures; and that care for the earth is implanted in their law. We honour them and also delight in the sacred in our midst. We pray that in the power of the Holy Spirit we might work together for reconciliation and justice in this land

Matthew 10:40-42  NRSV

‘Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. 41Whoever welcomes a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward; and whoever welcomes a righteous person in the name of a righteous person will receive the reward of the righteous; 42and whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple—truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward.’

Reflection

It takes courage to welcome, to be generous and inclusive. Often fear gets in the way of us being welcoming, generous and loving. Take courage, take your strength from the fact that it is with the authority of Jesus that you love. Take heart and be not afraid in the knowledge that God knows you so intimately that the number of hairs on your head are known. Go forth out into the harvest to share God’s love to those you meet, through welcome, generosity and justice.

Prayers of the people

God of courageous love,
we come today prepared to serve our neighbours.
Help us to keep a clear mind and a firm heart.
We pray to hear the promise and calm that lives at the heart of your being.
We pray to recognize how that same voice lives in us.
When we choose the braver path of love, let us know that we live in you.
We pray to turn away form worldly riches and toward inner joy.
You, O God, long for a world in which the last shall be first, in which the lowly are cared for.
We trust in your vision, and long to make it so.
Amen

 Seasons of the Spirit

Plentiful Harvest 2: Do not be Afraid

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Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge that we are on land of the Kaurna people, the traditional custodians of the Adelaide Plains.We are awed that they celebrate the religious significance of place, plant and all living creatures; and that care for the earth is implanted in their law. We honour them and also delight in the sacred in our midst. We pray that in the power of the Holy Spirit we might work together for reconciliation and justice in this land

Matthew 10:24-31. Good News Translation

24 “No pupil is greater than his teacher; no slave is greater than his master. 25 So a pupil should be satisfied to become like his teacher, and a slave like his master. If the head of the family is called Beelzebul, the members of the family will be called even worse names! 26 “So do not be afraid of people. Whatever is now covered up will be uncovered, and every secret will be made known. 27 What I am telling you in the dark you must repeat in broad daylight, and what you have heard in private you must announce from the housetops. 28 Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather be afraid of God, who can destroy both body and soul in hell. 29 For only a penny you can buy two sparrows, yet not one sparrow falls to the ground without your Father's consent. 30 As for you, even the hairs of your head have all been counted. 31 So do not be afraid; you are worth much more than many sparrows!

Message

Jesus is sending the disciples out into the Harvest, doing so in his name. He goes on to tell them not to be afraid.

Do not be afraid. We are usually afraid of things that hurt us. What are you afraid of? …

Snakes are one of the first things that spring to my mind. Slithery, sneeky, hiding away. I am always thankful when cooler weather arrives because they go into hibernation.

But I don’t think Jesus was talking about snakes or spiders or anything like that. Jesus does make reference to our body being hurt but that is not something I have to worry about. Jesus does also mention being called names. That is something I have and do experience. Being called names, not taken seriously, dismissed, seen as irrelevant, deluded, foolish, all because I believe and follow Jesus. Jesus tells the disciples, tells us, to not be afraid of such things. To be afraid is to fear. Fear can imprison us, hold us back, stop us in our tracks. When fear overcomes, we cannot love others. To love others is to go out into the harvest. Do not be afraid of what others might say or think about you or to you. Speak boldly about your faith, take a stand for justice, be a voice for the voiceless, that is the harvest Jesus is talking about.

Prayer

Gracious God, you are with us in times of great joy and in our wilderness moments. Help us to stand fearlessly in solidarity with those who are marginalized, just as you have been present with us. Grant us the courage to seek justice in your name. Amen

Seasons of the Spirit

Plentiful Harvest – Pentecost 2

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Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge that we are on land of the Kaurna people, the traditional custodians of the Adelaide Plains.We are awed that they celebrate the religious significance of place, plant and all living creatures; and that care for the earth is implanted in their law. We honour them and also delight in the sacred in our midst. We pray that in the power of the Holy Spirit we might work together for reconciliation and justice in this land

Matthew 9:35 – 10:8 NRSV

Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness. 36When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; 38therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest.’

10 Then Jesus summoned his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to cure every disease and every sickness. 2These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon, also known as Peter, and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; 3Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax-collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; 4Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, the one who betrayed him.

5 These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: ‘Go nowhere among the Gentiles, and enter no town of the Samaritans, 6but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7As you go, proclaim the good news, “The kingdom of heaven has come near.” 8Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. You received without payment; give without payment.

Message

Jesus mission and ministry was to share the Love of God. He recognized that he could not do it alone, that the disciples were needed to join in and do the same. If there was to be a fulfillment of Jesus’s mission. Jesus gave them, the disciples, the authority to go and do all in his name. Jesus though knew that they were at this point in time still small in numbers so he limited their mission field. Later on the mission field was expanded. We are the disciples, we have been authorized to share the Love of God, as Jesus himself shared the Love of God. Although, we need to recognize we are few in number. There is a lot we can do but we can’t do it all. There needs to be an acceptance of our limits and be strategic with the resources we have. We cannot harvest all the fields but we can harvest the field God has placed before us. That begs the questions,

What is the harvest field before us?

What is your task in the harvest?

How can you share the Love of God?

Prayer

Almighty God,
from whom all thoughts of truth and peace proceed:
Kindle, we pray you,
in the hearts of all people the true love of peace;
and guide with your pure and peaceable wisdom
those who take counsel for the nations of the earth;
that in tranquillity your kingdom may go forward,
till the earth be filled with knowledge of your love:
In the power of your Spirit.
Amen

Trinity

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Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge that we are on land of the Kaurna people, the traditional custodians of the Adelaide Plains.We are awed that they celebrate the religious significance of place, plant and all living creatures; and that care for the earth is implanted in their law. We honour them and also delight in the sacred in our midst. We pray that in the power of the Holy Spirit we might work together for reconciliation and justice in this land

Preparation for Worship

You may wish to set the space before you for worship. There may be symbols you wish to use to prepare for Trinity. There is the postcard, like wind as of fire, living water. Coloured cloth, White is good for today & or a lit candle as a symbol of Christ with us.

I suggest you watch the family worship video first, even if you are home alone. It won’t be the same if you watch it after.

Matthew 28:16-20 NRSV

Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17When they saw him, they worshipped him; but some doubted. 18And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.’

Reflection

Wool is really, really, amazing stuff, Cut from animals – sheep – alpacas, what else ?????
Spun into strands although a single strand is stronger when woven with other strands – say three. A ball of wool is fun but there’s only so much you can do with it. 3 stranded wool (3 ply) really comes into it own when knitted, when bent and twisted, tied into knots. Then all sorts of things can be made. Imagine what? Jumpers, vests, cardigans!!!!

Why am I talking about wool? It’s the three strands woven into one stronger cable that I'm interested in. As a metaphor. Three into one. Where could I go with that? God is soooooo big. How do you get you’re your head around all there is to understand about God, without limiting God to what you do understand?

The Trinity is a unique way Christians understand God. You may have noticed that we are not overwhelmed with references to the Trinity in scripture. The strands are there but they are not woven together yet. We just heard from Matthew as his God talk has a threefold pattern. He names the three strands of people’s experiences of God in one phrase. Father, Son & Spirit. These strands of experience and understanding are right through the Bible. The faithful have gathered these three stands in prayer, thought, discussion & much thinking. These three strands have then been woven together to help in our understanding of God. A unique claim that God is one and yet there are three who are God.

God is so much more than any one part.
Creator/Father/Mother - bringing all to life – big picture
Jesus - making God accessible – God is in all ways Christlike – the details – how we relate to each other and God
Spirit – making the connections
Together with those 3 strands or parts everything is covered.
It does hint that there is so much more to God that what we can ever understand at any given time in history. Trinity is a way of understanding the nature of God. Yet God is not to be contained. God is way beyond any containment we can create. Yet God is not everything – As if God was everything – God becomes inaccessible and God is accessible – Jesus shows us that. Trinity holds that tension together. A very big God, not limited by us yet accessible to us.Back to our metaphor. Metaphors are used to help us understand quite often difficult ideas. With our metaphor of wool. We have Three strands woven together as one 3 ply. Not that God ‘IS’ 3 ply wool but like 3 ply wool God is three strands woven together as one. Creator, Christ & Spirit.

As we are now officially in winter it’s a good time, if you are so inclined, to get out some wool. To Knit, Crochet or weave Tapestry. When active in such a task, reflect on the nature of our God. One in Three – Trinity.

Rev Mark Hewitt

Prayer

Time of personal prayer for others
Use the following words to prompt those prayers

Creator - Author of life

Land
Ocean
Sky

Christ - Companion on the journey

Family
Friends
Humanity

Spirit - Guide on our way

Wisdom
Discernment
Peace