Sunday 26th July: Online Worship – God in the everyday

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Friends greetings!

Grace and peace be with you.

A particular greeting to you this week if you are watching at home but not at all well or watching from a nursing home … perhaps with tight restrictions limiting who can visit you in person.

In this week’s worship we will explore a key aspect of Jesus’ teaching about the way God works in the world; and hear the radically hopeful words of Paul that nothing can separate us from the love of God.

Big thanks to Beth for recording the reading for us this week!

As we look for God in these days COVID-19 let us remember the simple and powerful teaching of Jesus’ parable of the yeast … and so look for God in in the apparently small things. The small things that change the whole …

Expressions of love, care and respect …

Moments of grace, undeserved favour …

The wonder and beauty of a flower …

A smile or a prayer …

A song that stills anxieties …

People who put their own wants and needs aside for the sake of others …

Where is God?  Right there in the everyday things of life that reflect the love of God poured out in Jesus … those things which while apparently small can change the world …

[Jesus] told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened.”

Having listened to Paul’s sermon, you might be inspired as I was, to remember our favourite Messy Church Song “I see God in You” by Heather Price.  You can pop over to her website and have a listen to track 5 in the music player:

I am Loved album

And you can find out a bit more about Heather and her connection to Messy Church here:

And a Blessing to carry with you into the week:

Go forth into the world in peace;

be of good courage;

hold fast that which is good;

render to no one evil for evil;

strengthen the faint-hearted;

support the weak;

help the afflicted;

honour all people;

love and serve the Lord,

rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit.