Service Notes 18th April

MISSION EASTER 3

Good evening everyone and welcome to our evening service. Welcome and blessings also to all those who will be receiving these notes. 

After the Resurrection Jesus was mistaken for the gardener: ironical really because, during His lifetime, Jesus spoke of three things that all nature needs in order to survive. Jesus said “I am The Light of The World”: “I am the water of life”: and, finally, “He breathed on The Disciples and said “Receive The Holy Spirit.” Light, water and air: (air, which actually is carbon dioxide which we breathe out) and which all plant life needs for growth and survival. It’s no wonder that people are encouraged to talk to their plants because that’s what you’re breathing over them. Nature needs all three things for its growth, and, in turn, we need nature for our survival. It’s an inter relationship, an inter dependency, on which the future of our planet depends. And, just like plants, we too have a dependency on the light, water and air that God alone can bring us and, without which, we shrivel and die. 

JESUS IS INDEED OUR GARDENER & HE ALONE CAN GIVE US WHAT WE NEED FOR OUR LIFE AND, ULTIMATELY, OUR SURVIVAL.

Let’s now begin by saying The Lord’s Prayer together and then listen to a song that gives thanks to God for nature and for ourselves as part of it. HOW GREAT THOU ART.

THE LORD’S PRAYER

SONG: HOW GREAT THOU ART

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdE_NKyY_o0

BIBLE READING: LUKE 24 THE ROAD TO EMMAUS

It’s incredible, isn’t it, that the two disciples walked all the way to Emmaus, around 7 miles from Jerusalem, with Jesus as their companion, and yet they failed to recognise Him. They’d known Jesus for years, and so why didn’t they know that it was Him? The answer lies in the fact that, as they trudged along the dusty road, their heads were bowed down and, it wasn’t just their heads, it was also their hearts. They were confused: they didn’t know who or what to believe: and they were also disillusioned and dismayed. They could only think and speak negatively. Does that ring any bells with you? It certainly does with me! It’s not that I don’t believe the truth about Jesus: It’s simply that other things get in the way: negative thoughts and painful, depressing, feelings: that prevent me from raising my head up and living in the truth of His resurrection and The Good News that He brings.

Well, I’ve already shared with you a simple gardening lesson and encouraged you to talk to your plants: I’m now going to give you a quick art lesson! How many of you can draw? (Please put your hand up) How many of you drew pictures as young children? (Again, show of hands) What happened between then and now to convince you that you can’t draw? 

I remember when our girls were little they loved to draw and paint, and our kitchen resembled an art gallery with all their works of art. But it doesn’t happen now. How many of your paintings have you got hanging on your walls? Well, for all those who are convinced you can’t draw, taken a blank sheet of paper, and, with a pencil or pen, make a mark on that sheet. Of course, you can draw! You have just made a mark that no one else could have made. That mark is unique to you. So, when you say that you can’t draw, what you’re really saying, is that you can’t draw like, let’s say, Leonardo Da Vinci, or even the person sitting next to you. At some point you were either told, or told yourself, that you can’t draw because you listened to what others said and then to what that negative voice inside you said.

Isn’t that what those disciples on the Emmaus Road did? They were sad and weary and disappointed because they listen to what everyone else said instead of listening to that small inner voice that would reveal the truth. And that’s why they didn’t recognise Jesus: and that’s why, we too, fail to recognise Him especially when we’re experiencing or going through a tough time. It’s at those times that we particularly need to remind ourselves of the fact that we can draw, and that Jesus is alive: that He is with you and that you’ll never walk alone. 

LISTEN TO JERRY AND THE PACEMAKERS SINGING “YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE”

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=OV5_LQArLa0

Don’t let any person or any situation convince you that there’s no grounds for hope or that God is not with you because He’s with you every step of the way. It’s all about having faith and living in hope. Faith and Hope is what we need and what we need to hold on to. I know it’s not easy: it’s not easy for me: and, if you’re not careful, that can lead to you thinking that I’m not a very good Christian (another negative thought). But again, there’s an answer, and it’s found in the last verse of 1 Corinthians 13. “There are three things that last forever: faith, hope and love: but the greatest of them all is love.”

PRAYERS

FINAL SONG: TO GOD BE THE GLORY GREAT THINGS HE HATH DONE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2CeBoSQsBR0

Blessing


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