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‘God’s grace is sufficient for you’

 

Welcome everyone. This great line in the song Amazing Grace contains such a humbling lesson for us ‘tis grace has brought me safe thus far and grace will lead me home'. We forget how undeserving we are yet all we have comes from God’s generous hand. God’s grace includes what is known as his ‘common grace’ to all living creatures. From the start to the finish of our lives all of us are dependent upon God’s grace and kindness. Psalm 104 puts it this way…

 

All creatures look to you
    to give them their food at the proper time.
When you give it to them,
    they gather it up;
when you open your hand,
    they are satisfied with good things.
When you hide your face,
    they are terrified;
when you take away their breath,
    they die and return to the dust.
When you send your Spirit,
    they are created,
    and you renew the face of the ground.

 

Yet God has an even greater ‘grace’ he wishes us all to receive. His ‘special’ grace given to us in his Son the Lord Jesus Christ. This is the grace celebrated in the song Amazing Grace. The grace that saves ‘sinful wretches’ like us. Jesus death on the cross for our sin (so wonderfully confirmed and vindicated by his resurrection from the dead) is able to save us completely! The grace of God which began this good work in us is the same grace which ensures God will safely bring us home. We often forget our need of God’s grace. We forget too that God’s grace is sufficient for the new life God has for us to live. So let’s praise God for his glorious grace in these words from the bible and then in song!

 

Thanks be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

for he has blessed us in our union with Christ 

by giving us every spiritual gift in the heavenly world. 

Before the world was made:

God had already chosen us to be his in Christ,

so that we should be holy

and without fault before him. 

Because of his love,

God had already decided that through Christ Jesus

he would bring us to himself as sons.

This was his pleasure and his purpose.

Let us praise God for his glorious grace,

for the free gift he gave us in his dear Son!  

SONG

RESOURCES FOR OUR CHILDREN

Here are some great resources provided by Quiz Worx Puppets. They teach that JESUS MISSION IS FOR EVERYONE. The following resources are available for our use. 

●      Activity Sheets (for ages 2-4, 5-8, 9-12);
●      Discussion Questions & Family Devotions;
●      Craft/Game Ideas;
●      Videos for the Kids' Talk, Memory Verse & Bonus material

BIBLE READING 1

A prayer as we come to hear God’s word read and taught

 

Lord God,

by your Holy Spirit 

you enlighten the darkness of ignorance and sin.

Cause the Holy Spirit’s light to shine now in our hearts

and bind us wholly to your service.

Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

 

Ephesians 5:1-20 (ESV)

1 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. 2 And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. 3 But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. 4 Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. 5 For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. 6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. 7 Therefore do not become partners with them; 8 for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light 9 (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), 10 and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. 11 Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. 12 For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. 13 But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, 14 for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says,

“Awake, O sleeper,
    and arise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.”

15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, 19 addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, 20 giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

GAFCON SUNDAY

What is GAFCON and why would we want to be involved in it and supporting it and praying for it? Here is a brief video explaining why. 

The Gafcon Collect

 

Eternal God and gracious Father, 

whose blessed Son Jesus Christ died for our redemption; 

commissioned His disciples to preach the good news; 

and sent the indwelling Holy Spirit in every generation 

to embrace and proclaim salvation in Christ alone: 

Arise and defend your Church, the pillar and bulwark of the truth.  

Shine the light of your Holy Word upon hearts darkened by error 

and strengthen the work of Gafcon 

so that the Anglican Communion throughout the world 

proclaims Christ faithfully to the nations, 

that captives may be set free, 

the straying rescued, and the confused restored.

Bind your children together in truth, love, unity and courage, 

that we, with all your saints, may inherit your eternal kingdom, 

through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,

Amen.

BIBLE READING 2

Psalm 30 (ESV)

 

A Psalm of David. A song at the dedication of the temple.

 

1 I will extol you, O Lord, for you have drawn me up
    and have not let my foes rejoice over me.
2 O Lord my God, I cried to you for help,
    and you have healed me.
3 O Lord, you have brought up my soul from Sheol;
    you restored me to life from among those who go down to the pit. 

4 Sing praises to the Lord, O you his saints,
    and give thanks to his holy name
5 For his anger is but for a moment,
    and his favour is for a lifetime.
Weeping may tarry for the night,
    but joy comes with the morning.

6 As for me, I said in my prosperity,
    “I shall never be moved.”
7 By your favour, O Lord,
    you made my mountain stand strong;
you hid your face;
    I was dismayed.

8 To you, O Lord, I cry,
    and to the Lord I plead for mercy:
9 “What profit is there in my death,
    if I go down to the pit?
Will the dust praise you?
    Will it tell of your faithfulness?
10 Hear, O Lord, and be merciful to me!
    O Lord, be my helper!”

11 You have turned for me my mourning into dancing;
    you have loosed my sackcloth
    and clothed me with gladness,
12 that my glory may sing your praise and not be silent.
    O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever!

TALK

Discussion/Reflection Questions

1. How do you show your thanks to people around you?

2. What are you thankful for in life?

 

3. Has God ever answered your prayers? Can you recall one to encourage your brothers and sisters?

 

4. Why is it important that we remember the time of struggle when we give thanks?

 

5. What would you like to put into practise today in response to God’s word?

As God’s people we have all experienced the grace and the rescue of God. Like David in Psalm 30 when we cried out to God to save us he did. God has raised us up out of the pit of hell. He has healed us of our ‘sin’ sickness and one day our sick and dying earthly bodies will be exchanged for Resurrection bodies. What should our response be? Psalm 30 is clear… 

 

4 Sing praises to the Lord, O you his saints,
    and give thanks to his holy name

 

11 You have turned for me my mourning into dancing;
    you have loosed my sackcloth
    and clothed me with gladness,
12 that my glory may sing your praise and not be silent.
    O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever!


To finish here are two songs to help us do just this.  

The Lord be with you

And also with you

Let us praise the Lord

Thanks be to God!

 

May the God of peace equip us with everything good so that we may do his will; and may he work in us that which is pleasing in his sight; through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever. Amen.

Hebrews 13:20-21

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