Resources for Sunday 28th June (Trinity 3)
Welcome to Trendlewood Church and to the material for Sunday 28th June.
This week we continue a series on Colossians. Michelle will speak on Colossians 3 12-17.
Opening and welcome video
Click Here to hear Michelle introduce our service today.
Sung Worship lead by David
The first song is actually from the heart of Nigeria, made famous in the west by various mainstream worship leaders. It speaks of God being the way maker and also here in the midst of everything we are going through. It can be hard to see that sometimes in the world at the moment, but this song is a good reminder that the God we love and worship is in control and is making a way for his church. He is also with us, in the confusion and state of things.
Way Maker – Click Here to listen (sorry about the adverts!)
The next song is Spirit of the Living God, fall afresh on me. In line with today’s passage, let’s use this simple song to continue to ask the spirit to fill us afresh and to prepare change and mould us in line with Jesus.
Spirit of the Living God – Click Here to listen.
The last song is one that is a timeless classic that speaks of many different parts of the story of Jesus. This song is about the humility, death, love, peace and victory of Christ. Let this be our song as we go into this next week.
In Christ Alone – Click Here to listen.
Reading and Sermon
Our reading is Colossians 3:12-17. Click Here to hear Jenny Stockwell reading it.
Now Click Here to hear Michelle bring us the talk.
We are led in prayer by Mike. Please follow the prayers in written form this week:
We will start with a prayer based on Psalm 46
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea.:
Though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult.
God is in the midst of the city: it shall not be moved:
God will help it when the morning dawns.
The Lord of hosts is with us: The God of Jacob is our refuge.
Lord be close to us, help us to remember that you care for us and have our lives in your hands. Give us the gift to trust you through the storms of life in these current days.
A prayer for our Government
Lord, we lift to you our government. Whatever our political views may be, we ask for wisdom for the Queen and for the Prime Minister, for the members of the cabinet, and for those in opposition.
We pray for integrity, truth and compassion throughout Government, for the positive influence of God’s people for the good of all throughout all the Government departments.
We pray for the Government as they continue to ease the lockdown rules taken over the last few months, that the measures they take will be right for this time.
We pray that the economy will be able to improve and that new ways can be found to help all sectors of society and that the poor are not going to be neglected or ignored.
A prayer for those working in hospitals and healthcare
we place into your care
all our doctors, nurses and healthcare workers.
Give them courage of heart
and strength of mind and body.
Keep them safe from harm.
May they know our deep gratitude
for all they are doing
to heal and help those affected by
the coronavirus, other illnesses and injuries.
God of all consolation
may they know your protection and peace.
Bless them in these challenging days
and bless their families.
I keep coming back to the opening words of v15 from today’s passage.
‘Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts.’
Lord that is what we pray for at this time, that the light of Christ would rule in our hearts to such an extent that we would be filled with your peace. That those around us would see and wonder. Help us to show your love to those who are struggling with fear and being crushed by anxiety. Help us to shed your light into a dark world.
Now, the prayer that Jesus taught us:-
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your Kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins,
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours,
now and forever.
This week all the notices were on the weekly newssheet.
Contact Pauline Davis on email@example.com if you have not received a copy.
Click Here for the final blessing from Michelle
Children’s Activities: (Ruth)
As we continue with the series about the nature of God we are exploring forgiveness this week.
Not sure what happens in your home, but when our children were small often there were times when one sibling needed to say sorry to another. But they had to be reminded that saying sorry had to have actions as well. It’s no good just muttering sorry and not changing our actions. When we are forgiven by others we have an opportunity to change.
You will need lots of balloons.
Write each of the following verses on a separate piece of paper, roll them up tightly and push them into 3 balloons. Blow up the balloons along with lots of others and spread them all over the floor.
How far has the LORD taken our sins from us?
Farther than the distance from east to west!
1 John 1:9
But if we confess our sins to God, he can always be trusted to forgive us and take our sins away.
When Jesus saw how much faith they had, he said to the crippled man, “My friend, your sins are forgiven.”
Jump and stamp on all the balloons to find the 3 hidden verses. Stop the jumping and stamping each time a verse is found, explain it and then continue jumping and stamping…
Here are the teaching points/discussion starters for each verse – it doesn’t matter which order they are discovered in. At the end of each explanation, ask everyone to come up with one or two words that might sum up what the verse tells us about God forgiving.
What are sins?
How far is the east from the west? (You could use a globe here to show that it’s infinite.)
Bring out the point that we have to ask God to forgive us and then He takes the things far far away.
1 John 3
Are some bad things worse than others?
Is there anything that God wouldn’t forgive you for?
Bring out the point that this verse says God will forgive us for anything if we ask him to.
Tell the story of the paralyzed man being lowered through the roof.
Why did Jesus tell the man he was forgiven before he healed him?
Jesus thinks the most important thing is that we are in a good friendship with Him – and forgiveness means that we can be. He thought it was more important that the paralysed man was friends with God than that he was able to run around. He did help him to run around as well, though!
The Point: To look at what the Bible says about God being forgiving.
Watch the video clips, two versions to show how Jesus’ teaching impacts the way we live if we follow him.
Unforgiving Servant Cartoon Story – Click Here to listen.
Unforgiving Servant – Click Here to listen.
Worship song: You Forgive Me. Click Here to listen.
You will need small pieces of paper, some heart shaped pieces, pens, if you have it a glue stick, either a cross or a cross made from paper.
Put the cross down in front of everyone.
Write ‘Jesus’ on the heart shaped pieces of paper.
Sit quietly and think of things you want to say sorry for and either write it on the paper, draw a picture of it, or just use the paper to represent the sin. Put it on the cross , if the cross is made of paper you could glue it in place.
Use this now to focus your prayers to say sorry.
Then place the heart shaped piece on top.
Give each person a different Bible character to look at. They should think about something that person did wrong and draw a picture of the incident. (You might like to provide Bible references and Bibles so that they can look it up.)
When everyone has finished, put the pictures on the wall in a line. Ask each person to say a bit about what their character did wrong.
Then say that God loves each of these people – he calls them his own and used them to bring glory to himself! Even though they did dreadful things, God forgave them. In the same way, God is willing to forgive us and use us whatever we have done wrong.
- Adam – was tempted and disobeyed God. (Genesis 3)
- Noah – got drunk. (Genesis 9:20-23)
- Abraham – lied by saying Sarah was his sister(Genesis 12:10-20)
- Jacob – was a liar (Genesis 27:1-27)
- Joseph – was a tattle tale (Genesis 37:1,2)
- Moses – murdered and Egyptian (Exodus 2:11,12)
- David – had a man killed (2 Samuel 11:14-17)
- Peter – denied knowing Jesus (Mark 14:66-72)
- Paul – murdered hundreds of Christians (Acts 9:1,2)
The Point:To see examples of the sins that God has forgiven.