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Dear Church Family,

Here's our worship resources for this Sunday for you to use at home. We're encouraging folks to try and use them at 10:30am on Sundays, but whatever time you use them, we pray you'd be encouraged and built uo in your faith as you hear from God and sing and speak to him. Here's a helpful explanation on how to use them whether you're single, married or have children (ignore the date at the start)Either scroll through this email or use the church website...read the readings, pray the prayers, sing your heart out and learn from God's word.

There's kids and youth resources at the bottom of the email to use after or at another point during the week. They can also be accessed on the website (Lighthouse Link Up and Madhouse/SouledOut Link Up).

You can click the videos in the email as you come to each song or link to a YouTube or Spotify playlist for this weeks songs via your phone, laptop or smart TV

Use these verses and prayer to focus your minds and hearts on God

Read Psalm 145:10-13

All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord,
    and all your saints shall bless you!
They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom
    and tell of your power,
to make known to the children of man your mighty deeds,
    and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
    and your dominion endures throughout all generations.
(The Lord is faithful in all his words
    and kind in all his works.)


Before you pray, take a moment to say how God has been kind to you this week


Pray (use this prayer or use your own words)


Lord God,

We are the works of your hands.
And not only have you made us,
but you provide for us and care for us.
How great is your kindness to us.

And we are your saints, 
not because of anything we've done
but because of all that Jesus has done.
So we bless you for your kindness to us

So Holy Spirit help us speak and sing of the glory of the kingdom of God,
the kingdom of kindness.
Allow us to experience and then tell of the power of God's kindness

Assure us and comfort us with the knowledge
that this kingdom will never end
that God's words are always true
and his works are always kind

We pray this in Jesus name


Amen


Sing - He is Our God/You Alone Can Rescue

Use these verses and prayer to confess and be assured of God's grace

Read - Ephesians 4:32

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you 


Confess (use this prayer or use your own words)

Take a moment to confess the ways in which you have been unkind this week

Gracious Father

You are kind in all your works,
yet as your children we have been less than kind in ours.
In our words and actions and thoughts
we have rejected kindness and embraced selfishness and anger.
If we haven't ignored those who have wronged us,
we have moved towards them to do them harm.
And we are sorry and ask for you forgiveness.

Jesus, you didn't ignore us even thought we wronged you.
You came into this world and endured our worst unkindness
So that you could show us your best, your loving kindness
So that we could be forgiven in you

Holy Spirit,
We thank you for the richness of your presence and impact on our lives.
You brought us to life and repentance, you helped us believe in this kindness
And now you're at work to renew us, to be kind,
like our Father,
like our brother.
So renew us we pray

Amen


Read - Titus 3

Read these words of assurance from Titus 3:4-7

But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.


Sing - Here is Love

Read - Galatians 5:22-25

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.


Read - 2 Samuel 9

David asked, “Is there anyone still left of the house of Saul to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan’s sake?” Now there was a servant of Saul’s household named Ziba. They summoned him to appear before David, and the king said to him, “Are you Ziba?” “At your service,” he replied.

The king asked, “Is there no one still alive from the house of Saul to whom I can show God’s kindness?” Ziba answered the king, “There is still a son of Jonathan; he is lame in both feet.”

“Where is he?” the king asked. Ziba answered, “He is at the house of Makir son of Ammiel in Lo Debar.” So King David had him brought from Lo Debar, from the house of Makir son of Ammiel.

When Mephibosheth son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, came to David, he bowed down to pay him honour. David said, “Mephibosheth!” “At your service,” he replied. “Don’t be afraid,” David said to him, “for I will surely show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan. I will restore to you all the land that belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will always eat at my table.” Mephibosheth bowed down and said, “What is your servant, that you should notice a dead dog like me?”

Then the king summoned Ziba, Saul’s steward, and said to him, “I have given your master’s grandson everything that belonged to Saul and his family. You and your sons and your servants are to farm the land for him and bring in the crops, so that your master’s grandson may be provided for. And Mephibosheth, grandson of your master, will always eat at my table.” (Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants.)

Then Ziba said to the king, “Your servant will do whatever my lord the king commands his servant to do.” So Mephibosheth ate at David’s table like one of the king’s sons.

Mephibosheth had a young son named Mika, and all the members of Ziba’s household were servants of Mephibosheth. And Mephibosheth lived in Jerusalem, because he always ate at the king’s table; he was lame in both feet.

Sing - Living Hope

Listen/Watch

This week it's Dave thinking about kindness...

Pray - in response and for others 

Rejoice 

Watch the video below of some prayer points form our church family and then pray for them

You can also use the prayer below as you pray in response to our teaching today

 

This is a prayer adapted from Scotty Smith

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Colossians 3:12 

Dear heavenly Father,

We praise you for being so kind, gentle, and patient with us. When we consider the difference between how much we know and how well we love, we are compelled to worship you for the truth and riches of the gospel. You don’t love us to the degree we love others; you love us to the degree you have hidden our lives in Christ, which is completely. This good news is our peace, hope, and our joy.

It’s also the basis, and rocket fuel, of our repentance. Even as your kindness continues to lead us to repentance, and to more of Jesus, so we repent, Father. we repent of nourishing lingering resentments. we repent of holding onto to a few hurts a little tighter than others. We repent of not being as quick to forgive, heal, and move on as you intend.

We acknowledge what you already know to be true; We’ve enjoyed the role of victim a little more than we’ve relished the thought being a peacemaker. Avoidance has been easier than hoping. But Father, we now crave freedom more than we “need” justice. The only justice we need has been meted out on at the cross, where Jesus died for our sin, and you reconciled us to yourself.

So, Father, as we reach for the garments of grace—compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience, we trust you for strength to extend to others the same loving-kindness you have poured on us richly in Jesus. Bring glory to yourself, and we bring our convicted and grateful hearts to you.

So very Amen we pray, in Jesus tender and loving name.
 

Sing - I am a child of God / This is amazing grace

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Benediction

Take a moment and say the benediction as you finish (2 Corinthians 13:14)

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ,
and the love of God,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit
be with you all.

Discuss

Take a break, grab a cuppa and a snack and then take some time to discuss today's teaching with those around you...it might be with someone else in your house or it might mean that you use some form of video chat (Zoom or WhatsApp) to do it with others in different houses.

If you've kids or young people scroll down for out Lighthouse and Madhouse/Souled Out link up sections. Use these now or during the week to go over today's teaching.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

1. What has God's kindness exposed in you this week? And what does it look like to repent of it?
2. In what ways has God's kindness embraced you this week?
3. As you have been shown kindness and known kindness, how might you then show kindness this week, and to whom?

Singing through the week...

We've put together a longer list of of songs around our theme to soundtrack your week for you. You can listen to them via Spotify or Youtube

Lighthouse Link Up - Kindness


REMEMBER - God shows his kindness to us – he invites us to be part of his family! We can show kindness to others. 

SING - I'M GONNA JUMP UP AND DOWN
We also have a Spotify playlist of songs that will be familiar to you from church, Lighthouse and King’s Cross Club.

GAME 
(Requires a bit of preparation) Play pass the parcel and in between each layer have ‘kindness challenges’ e.g. thanking another member of the house for something they have done, helping to tidy up, writing a note for a neighbour etc.

CHALLENGE 
Write out the letters of the name MEPHIBOSHETH on pieces of paper or sticky notes and try and put in the right order!

LEARN - TITUS 3:4

But when the kindness and love of God our Saviour appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.

Can you make up a song or a rap for this verse? If so, get an adult to film it and send it to us!


LOOK UP  - 2 SAMUEL 9  

You can read it or use this version. Here's some images that could help tell the story

THINK  
How had God shown his kindness to David by making him King?

How did David show his thankfulness to God for this and for his friendship with Jonathan, Mephibosheth's father?

How does God show his kindness to us when we say sorry for the wrong things we have done? There may be things we have done or said that have been unkind. Think of these and say sorry. Remember God’s kindness to us that he forgives us!

How might Mephibosheth have felt when he was invited to eat with King David? Remember that God invites us to be part of his family! How does that make you feel? 

How can you show thankfulness to God by being kind to others and sharing with people what God has done for you? Think of specific ways you could do that this week.


DO
Make a kindness heart to give to someone else - write or draw a message on the back.

Cut out a heart for each child and two strips of paper.  Fold these like a fan and stick on to the heart like arms!  Stick eyes on to the heart and draw a smile.

OR

Make placemats using this template. Decorate and talk about who you can show kindness to this week? You may not be able to invite anyone over for dinner for a while, but who could you invite when you are able to? Use the placemats to remind you of David’s kindness and God’s great kindness.

OR

Use this colouring sheet


PRAY 

Father God, thank you for the kindness you have shown to us, through sending Jesus so that we may be forgiven and become part of your family. We pray your Holy Spirit will be at work in us, growing kindness! Bring to our minds people we can show kindness to this week, for your glory. Amen


CHECK OUT
If you missed last weeks video here it is...

SouledOut/Madhouse Link Up


WELCOME                                                                                             

DISCUSS

  • How do small acts of kindness help other people in the video?
  • Where have you seen kindness or the lack of kindness in media, school or your community?
  • “In a world where you can be anything. Be Kind” Caroline Flack posted this on 5th Dec 2019 -  why do you think people are unkind to famous people like Caroline Flack?
  • How has God been kind towards us?
WORD                                                                                                     

Kindness, like all the fruits of Spirit, is rooted in God’s character

READ 
Read the following verses to see what learn about kindness and how we can display it to others.

LAMENTATIONS 3:22-23
The Lord’s kindness never fails! If he had not been merciful, we would have been destroyed. The Lord can always be trusted to show mercy each morning.  

  • It seems strange to say that Gods kindness never fails and if he had not been merciful, we would have been destroyed. Why does the writer of Lamentations say this?
    • God is holy and so anything or anyone that is unholy cannot be in his presence. The writer recognises his own sinfulness and the need for God to show him kindness. Here we see God’s kindness is rooted in his character and the fruit of that kindness is shown to us each morning as we give thanks for a new day. 

1 SAMUEL 8:14-15
Background: David and Jonathan become best friends, Jonathan's father (Saul) wants to kill David, but Jonathan warns him to protect him and both ask that they show kindness to each other. Jonathan says: 

"But show me unfailing kindness like the Lord’s kindness as long as I live, so that I may not be killed,  and do not ever cut off your kindness from my family—not even when the Lord has cut off every one of David’s enemies from the face of the earth.”

  • Why does Jonathan ask for kindness from David in v14?
    • So that he will not be killed, if his father tries to kill David. Jonathan could be seen as a threat to David becoming King but he loves the Lord and asks David to show him the Lord’s kindness. This kindness is unfailing, unchanging and is not based on the other person deserving kindness but is initiated by God
  • Why does Jonathan ask for kindness for his family v15
    • The promise (covenant) David and Jonathan made was like the covenant God made with Abraham, it was a promise not just for himself but his families. David and Jonathan’s families would look put for one another and show kindness even after he was gone. We see that it is an everlasting promise is based on David’s enemies being defeated which never happened.

2 SAMUEL 9:1-7
David asked, “Is there anyone still left of the house of Saul to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan’s sake?” Now there was a servant of Saul’s household named Ziba. They summoned him to appear before David, and the king said to him, “Are you Ziba?” 
“At your service,” he replied.
The king asked, “Is there no one still alive from the house of Saul to whom I can show God’s kindness?”Ziba answered the king, “There is still a son of Jonathan; he is lame in both feet.”  
“Where is he?” the king asked. Ziba answered, “He is at the house of Makir son of Ammiel in Lo Debar.”
So King David had him brought from Lo Debar, from the house of Makir son of Ammiel.
When Mephibosheth son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, came to David, he bowed down to pay him honour. David said, “Mephibosheth!”
“At your service,” he replied. "Don’t be afraid,” David said to him, “for I will surely show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan. I will restore to you all the land that belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will always eat at my table.”

 

  • When you were in primary school did you have a friendship you thought would last forever?
  • What part of Dave’s talk struck you the most? 
  • Why does Jonathans friendship matter to David?
    • David, as King, probably had very few friends, and his friendship with Jonathan was a true friendship, where his kindness really meant a lot to him.  
  • Why does David remember the house of Saul  (v1) and enquire if anyone of still alive? What do we learn about their relationship?
    • Jonathan had asked him in 1 Samuel 8:14-15 to show kindness to him and his family. He wants to fulfil that promise as the Lord has shown him kindness. 
  • How does David show kindness to Mephibosheth (v7)?
    • He offers him a seat at his table (always), he restores his families land. Land was important sign of wealth and good fortune. His father lands may have been taken off him due to war or poverty, but it is in no longer in his family.    

TITUS 3:4-7
But when the kindness and love of God our Saviour appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously. through Jesus Christ our Saviour, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. 

  • How do we see the kindness of God displayed in Jesus? 
    • In sending Jesus to live the perfect life for us and die the death we deserve, God shows us the ultimate act of kindness. God continues to show his kindness to us throughout our lives, not holding our sin against us and giving us the Holy Spirit to transform us into the likeness of his son.
WELFARE                                                                                               

ACT
Think of:

  • three ways that you have seen Gods kindness displayed.
  • two people who you could be kind to in your neighbourhood.
  • one act of kindness you could do for them this week 


LISTEN
Listen to Zac Williams sing No Longer Slaves to prisoners in Harding Prison.

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