Paula Gooder

On Sunday 31st January we’ll be joined on Facebook Live & YouTube by our guest: writer, lecturer and New Testament theologian Paula Gooder.
Paula has recently published her book ‘The Parables‘ (the stories Jesus told) and will be focussing in to help us think specifically about the story of the Two Sons in Matthew 21:28-32.  Paula will also be joining us for a live Q& A afterwards on Zoom at 5:15 (you must be logged into Zoom to access the discussion). Please note that this session will be recorded – if you would rather not appear on video, please turn off your camera.
Welcome – Danielle
Song – Nothing seems to work (John Napier)
Question for Sharing (Josie)

Is there something that you are able to do in Lockdown that is life-giving, hopeful or that helps you on tough days?

Prayer (Mark)

Restoring and healing God,

thank you for medical workers everywhere,

embodying sacrificial love in these challenging times

putting the welfare of others before their own

staying away from their family and loved ones

comforting the concerned and bereaved

reassuring the anxious and vulnerable

working to heal and restore people who are ill.

Be their guide, strength, wisdom and hope.


Key Worker Stories – NHS (Rachel)

Scripture Reading: Matthew 21:28-32 (Danielle)

28 “But what do you think about this? A man with two sons told the older boy, ‘Son, go out and work in the vineyard today.’ 29 The son answered, ‘No, I won’t go,’ but later he changed his mind and went anyway. 30 Then the father told the other son, ‘You go,’ and he said, ‘Yes, sir, I will.’ But he didn’t go.

31 “Which of the two obeyed his father?”

They replied, “The first.”[a]

Then Jesus explained his meaning: “I tell you the truth, corrupt tax collectors and prostitutes will get into the Kingdom of God before you do. 32 For John the Baptist came and showed you the right way to live, but you didn’t believe him, while tax collectors and prostitutes did. And even when you saw this happening, you refused to believe him and repent of your sins.

Reflection (10-15 minutes) – The Two Sons (Paula Gooder)

Song – Not in a Hurry (Ellie & Ali)

Love Feast (Eunice & John)

Song – You Never Let Go (Ali)

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 Live Q&A with Paula Gooder. Alternatively, there will be breakout rooms for those who just want a natter or would like to pray.

*If you are part of our community and would like to make a gift toward Inclusive Gathering Birmingham, you can do that here. Anything you give helps to support the costs of making church happen and allows us to be generous as a community. There’s no pressure to give!

If you’ve got any questions about Inclusive Gathering Birmingham or would like to have a chat with someone from our community, please email and we’ll be in touch.



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