Today, we’ll FINALLY finish our series on The Sermon on the Mount (Jesus’ first big public speech) that we started way back in January, pre-lockdown!
This will be our LAST Sunday on FacebookLive and YouTube until September… but never fear, on the 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th August we’ll be meeting for Relaxed Inclusive Worship Gatherings on Zoom. All are welcome – read more about it here.
Song – In the River (IGB Band)
Ever present God, you called us to be in relationship with one another and promised to dwell wherever two or three are gathered. In our community, we are many different people; we come from many different places, have many different cultures. Open our hearts that we may be bold in finding the riches of inclusion and the treasures of diversity among us. We pray in faith. Amen. (Martin Luther King Jr)
Question for Sharing (Julia & Neil)
Is there someone in your life who you think of as ‘wise’? Do you have someone you go to for advice or an honest take on things?
Story of Covid & Disability – Sam
Matthew 7:24- 29:
“Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.”
When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, for he taught with real authority—quite unlike their teachers of religious law.
“A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit. A tree is identified by its fruit. Figs are never gathered from thornbushes, and grapes are not picked from bramble bushes. A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart.
“So why do you keep calling me ‘Lord, Lord!’ when you don’t do what I say? I will show you what it’s like when someone comes to me, listens to my teaching, and then follows it. It is like a person building a house who digs deep and lays the foundation on solid rock. When the floodwaters rise and break against that house, it stands firm because it is well built. But anyone who hears and doesn’t obey is like a person who builds a house right on the ground, without a foundation. When the floods sweep down against that house, it will collapse into a heap of ruins.”
Reflection– (Joel) – The Wise Man & The Foolish Man: Reflecting on the Sermon on the Mount
Song – Beautiful Things (Ali & Ellie)
Love Feast (IGB West Brum Community Group)
Song – Oceans (Ali & Ellie
What’s Coming up (Danielle) *
Blessing: “May we live fully, love wastefully and have the courage to be all that God has created us to be.”
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** After our Worship Gathering, at 5:15 anyone who would like to continue to discuss these themes can join our discussion via THIS ZOOM link (Meeting ID: 893 1232 8252 Passcode: 001629).
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