Song – Explaining Jesus (Jordy Searcy)
Question for Sharing (David & Nettes)
“Can you think of an example of something that you share with one or more people, without any of you ‘owning’ that thing in an individualised way?”
“Introduce yourself. Today is Remembrance Sunday and we’d like to mark that with the words of this prayer. If you’d like to, you can join in with us. It’s also fine to just let the words wash over you.“
Let us pray for peace.
We pray for the leaders of the nations, that they will find an alternative to war, and preparations for war, in the name of peace.
We pray that wealth invested in armaments will instead be channelled into the stomachs of the hungry, into schools and hospitals where now is degradation and destruction.
We pray for those who cry out for bread, not bombs, for economic justice in the midst of desolation.
May your Holy Spirit lead the peoples of the world into the way of brotherhood and peace, and co-operation in bringing down the barriers that divide us.
Create in us a hunger for peace, and the courage to speak out against all that makes for war, all that destroys our shared life as people made in your image.
A Prayer by Revd John Stephenson (of Anglican Peace Makers)
Reading – Luke 15:11-32 (Danielle)
11 To illustrate the point further, Jesus told them this story: “A man had two sons. 12 The younger son told his father, ‘I want my share of your estate now before you die.’ So his father agreed to divide his wealth between his sons.
13 “A few days later this younger son packed all his belongings and moved to a distant land, and there he wasted all his money in wild living. 14 About the time his money ran out, a great famine swept over the land, and he began to starve. 15 He persuaded a local farmer to hire him, and the man sent him into his fields to feed the pigs. 16 The young man became so hungry that even the pods he was feeding the pigs looked good to him. But no one gave him anything.
17 “When he finally came to his senses, he said to himself, ‘At home even the hired servants have food enough to spare, and here I am dying of hunger! 18 I will go home to my father and say, “Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, 19 and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. Please take me on as a hired servant.”’
20 “So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him. 21 His son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son.[a]’
22 “But his father said to the servants, ‘Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. Get a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet. 23 And kill the calf we have been fattening. We must celebrate with a feast, 24 for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found.’ So the party began.
25 “Meanwhile, the older son was in the fields working. When he returned home, he heard music and dancing in the house, 26 and he asked one of the servants what was going on. 27 ‘Your brother is back,’ he was told, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf. We are celebrating because of his safe return.’
28 “The older brother was angry and wouldn’t go in. His father came out and begged him, 29 but he replied, ‘All these years I’ve slaved for you and never once refused to do a single thing you told me to. And in all that time you never gave me even one young goat for a feast with my friends. 30 Yet when this son of yours comes back after squandering your money on prostitutes, you celebrate by killing the fattened calf!’
31 “His father said to him, ‘Look, dear son, you have always stayed by me, and everything I have is yours. 32 We had to celebrate this happy day. For your brother was dead and has come back to life! He was lost, but now he is found!’”
Reflection– The Two Sons & Kingdom Economics (GUEST: Matt Wilson, Common Change UK)
Song – Psalm 40 (David)
Love Feast (Danielle)
Song –Lord I Need You (IGB Band)
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.”
After our Worship Gathering, you are invited to join us at 5:15 on Zoom for a special Q&A with our speaker today, Matt Wilson from Common Change. Join us via this link (Meeting ID: 853 6699 5635, Passcode: 123674)
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