Sunday 13 September 2020
Second Sunday in Creationtide
Welcome to this week's celebration of the Light of God!
What does it mean to shine the light of God in the world? What does it mean to follow the Light of the World – and even to be the light of the world ourselves? In our Gospel story today Jesus talks about how we are to be the light of the world, by following Him. So we will be thinking about and praying about that, about how to let our little light shine, a bit like a lighthouse in the sea – and making a lighthouse as we think and pray. We hope that you enjoy our worship and the activities.
Welcome and Notices
So come, because now is the time to worship our God! Let’s begin with this song of praise about letting your light shine. You can sing along – as loud as you like!
Sharing the peace of God
There’s one thing that I am sure the Kingdom of Heaven will be like, it will be like the most peaceful place that you can ever imagine. And by that I don’t mean that there won’t be any noise, because I am sure that the Kingdom of Heaven will be full of noise – there will be loads and loads of music and singing, for one thing. But it will be a peace where God’s peace reigns, and where all are together in peace.
We can help to create the Kingdom here on earth by sharing a blessing of peace with each other. You can do this by giving a hug to people in your family or your ‘bubble’. Or you can wave to someone from across the street and shout out ‘peace be with you!’ Or perhaps you could email your friends with a wish of peace
– or send a text or a Facebook/Whatsapp message. Just share the peace wherever you can!
Peace be with you
You can play this song as your backing track as you send your peace messages to your family, friends, colleagues and all those you love.
Matthew 5:14-16 (Good News Bible)
You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and puts it under a bowl, instead he puts it on the lamp-stand, where it gives light for everyone in the house. In the same way, your light must shine before people, so that they will see the good things you do and praise your Father in heaven.
Teena reads us this week’s Gospel reading:
Teena talks a bit more about being a light on a lamp-stand!
Jesus tells us that God has been generous to us, and that we should be generous back.
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For our prayer time this week we thought it might be fun to create a lighthouse! You can do this using a large paper cup (why not ask Mum and Dad if they can save their paper takeaway coffee cup from one of the coffeeshops, and then you can reuse and recycle it, and look after God’s amazing creation whilst having fun?) All the instructions for this activity are below.
While you are working, pray that God will inspire you with the ways that you can go out and be the light of the world, shining brightly, and not hiding your light under a bushel!!!
Once you have made your lighthouse, we’d love to see it, so why not send us a photo so that we can put it on our website?
Now Rev. Judy offers us all God's blessing, and we look forward to you joining us next time, or to seeing you for the Eucharist in church at 10am on Sundays – do give Shirley a ring on 01522 931076 if you would like to be there. There’s more information about our services in the notices below.
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Closing Worship Song
Here’s a song all about Jesus as our shining light like a lighthouse. We hope you enjoy it!
Worshipping all together from October
You may have seen over the summer whilst we took a break from the online services that we have been placing Bible craft activity packs in the porch every weekend. For the next few weeks in September there will be an activity pack left for ‘Church In The Porch’ every Sunday at 4 o’clock for you to complete. If you would like to join us in worship in church, there are Eucharist services at 8.30 and 10.00 every Sunday (please phone Shirley to book for the 10.00) and on Thursday and Friday mornings at 10.00 as well. There’s a lot happening in All Saints, Nettleham, including Teena’s ordination as Deacon in a special service on 27th September.
From October we hope to establish a new pattern of afternoon worship at 4pm that will look like this:
1st Sunday of the month – activity pack for Church in the Porch
2nd Sunday of the month – family Eucharist, hopefully in Church and online
3rd Sunday of the month – activity pack for Church in the Porch
4th Sunday of the month – interactive AllTogether@4Online
5th Sunday of the month – another family activity, hopefully in Church and online, hopefully with food!!
We hope you will join in with or join us for some of these and we look forward to seeing you all very soon.