Service Notes 30th August

´╗┐MISSION: AUGUST BANK HOLIDAY 30th August

Good evening everyone, both here at The Mission and all those at home who will be reading these words. Let’s all remember that, wherever we are, we are all part of the same family of God, wanted, loved and held in God’s loving hand.

A verse from Psalm 16: “ I have set The Lord always before me: because He is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.”

And so we say The Lord’s Prayer together……

THE LORD’S PRAYER

OPENING PRAYER: Heavenly Father, be with us as we hear or read these words: let them speak of Your Truth and Love for every one of us: draw us now closer to You and bless our time together be it near or far: and this we ask in the precious name of Jesus, our Lord and our Saviour: Amen.

And now we listen to the hymn “HOW DEEP THE FATHER’S LOVE.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzQj7XvKFmA

I’m sure that most of us have, at some time, climbed up The Malvern Hills and seen the vast expanse of countryside stretching out for miles below us. I’m now going to read a meditation entitled “ALL MY DAYS” and I want you to imagine that you’re looking down on your life and see it stretching out before you.

MEDITATION: “ALL MY DAYS” ( as this is read there will be some quiet music playing in the background)

And now, we remind ourselves that God is always with us whether on the highest mountain or the deepest valley, in times of sorrow or joy for He is the One who gives us the security to rest with Him and the strength to walk or climb with Him and the comfort of knowing that He is always by our side.

We listen to the hymn “GREAT IS THY FAITHFULNESS”

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

It may surprise you but this evening I want to talk briefly about tattoos! As you know, in recent years tattoos have become a fashion accessory and an almost “must have” for the younger generations. I personally don’t care for them very much and I wouldn’t want one myself although I fully respect people’s right to choose. The only time they’re mentioned in the Bible is in Leviticus 19:28 where making marks on your skin is prohibited. It seems pretty clear but the words were given in the context of preventing people from worshipping other Gods and not specifically about decoration.

Tattoos are not a modern phenomenon and almost from the time that man set foot on the earth people have decorated their bodies for all sorts of reasons. And it’s surprising how many people have had or have got tattoos and some of them are quite surprising including: President Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, King Edward VII and King George V, Kate Middleton and Camilla Parker Bowles: I wouldn’t be surprised if Queen Victoria didn’t have one! But, on thinking about it, I guess not! 

But, the most surprising one of all, is that God Himself has one, as revealed in Isaiah 49: well, it’s not exactly a tattoo but it’s really the same thing….

READ ISAIAH 49:1-4 & 13-16 (The clue is in the last verse!)

“God has engraved each one of us on the palms of His hands.” You and I are indelibly printed on God’s hands and, more importantly, engraved on His heart of Love. 

And your name can never be erased. A lot of people who get tattooed have the name of their partner printed on their body but what happens if the love between them comes to an end? And if they re-marry or get a new partner, how does their new partner feel every time they see the name? And this is where God is so different because He’ll never stop loving you and He will never look more favourably on anyone else but you. God has every one of us imprinted on His heart and for all time.

The other thing about tattoos is that their colours fade over the years and all you’re left with is a coloured mark on your skin which is often unattractive. Again God’s engraving of your name will never fade for He loves you just as much now as He did even before you were born and He’ll love you equally until after your days on earth are complete.

God’s love is infinitely yours: never fading and never changing.

And so, for me, I won’t be having a tattoo because whether you have a tattoo or not, it’s more than enough to know that your name is imprinted on God’s palms and your life lives in His heart forever: Amen.

And so now, let us pray….

PRAYERS

Listen to the song.. “HE’S GOT THE WHOLE WORLD IN HIS HANDS”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3r0CFKzILo

We’ll finish by listening to a lovely meditation entitled “PEOPLE ARE GIFTS”

(as I give this short meditation some quiet music will play in the background)

And so we finish by saying The Grace together: “And now may the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of The Holy Spirit, be with us all, now and for ever more: Amen.”

 

 

 

 


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