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Dear Church Family,

We hope and pray you are well as you continue to adjust to this new scattered reality of church life. Plan to take time in your house at 10:30am on Sunday to  work through these resources to worship together with your church family scattered across our community. And use the same pattern of Looking Up, Down, In and Out through the week.

Either scroll through this email or use the website here...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)

We can't always find good lyric versions of all the songs in singable keys so get the lyrics and sheet music in the links below.
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

Here's this weeks welcome and intro!

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

Read Psalm 4:6-8

There are many who say, “Who will show us some good?
    Lift up the light of your face upon us, O Lord!”
You have put more joy in my heart
    than they have when their grain and wine abound.
In peace I will both lie down and sleep;
    for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.


Pray (use this prayer or use your own words)

God

We sing to you because you are our loving Father who always shows us good, even when we can't see it.
We worship you because you make your face shine upon us, even in the shadows of life.
We praise you because you have put joy in our hearts, abundant joy, even in a world of scarcity.
We rest in you as the God of peace, who makes us dwell in safety even in a world of danger.


Amen


Sing - Behold Our God/My Lighthouse

If any of the songs are unfamiliar, listen through a verse and chorus and then go back to the start and sing it out. 

Behold Our God
My Lighthouse

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

Read - Romans 14:19

So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.


Confess (use this prayer or use your own words)

Take a moment to come to God and confess the ways you have not pursued peace this week

God,
You call us to be peacemakers
And You tell us that to be a peacemaker is to be blessed
And that blessing is to be your child, your son, your daughter
So we confess the ways in which we haven't pursued peace
We are sorry for how selfishness and greed and self-centredness has caused arguments and division and hostility in our home and neighbourhoods and communities instead of peace.
Forgive us

Jesus,
We praise you because you are the Son of God, the ultimate peace maker,  
We are forever grateful that you have made peace between us and God by the blood of your cross
We thank you that you are our peace

Holy Spirit,
Help us to rest in that peace

Amen


Read - Colossians 1

Read these words of assurance from Colossians 1:19-20

For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
 

Sing - O Come to the Altar

O Come to the Altar

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.
 

And then read - John 14:25-27

“All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
 

Sing - It is well with my soul

It is well with my soul

Listen/Watch

This week it's Dave thinking about the third of the fruits of the Spirit, peace.

THE BIG IDEA: In a world of trouble we are not afraid because we remember that we are rooted in God’s story of recreating peace for us, we can repent because Jesus has made peace between us and we are rebel peacemakers as the Holy Spirit restores peace in us

Here's a good article to explore and the song Dave mentioned

Pray - in response and for others 

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33

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 and for others

Pray for us / Lynda / Niall

 

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33

Jesus

You have overcome the world
What glorious truth to speak and believe
No matter how overcome we might feel we can take heart
Thank you that we can have peace and not fear even in this world of trouble.

God this morning we pray for all those who are facing trouble and will face trouble
We pray for families with sick members
We pray for workers now with no job
We pray for communities fractured by social isolation
We pray for frontline workers who are tired and fearful
We pray for the lonely and cut off
We pray for the vulnerable

And as we pray for you to mend all this trouble
We also pray for your peace on all those in trouble
It is a peace that is humanly unexplainable
But a peace that is given by Jesus

Holy Spirit, help us to live in this world of trouble as your people
Teach us all that we need to know
Help us remember all that Jesus said
Give us hope in the story of peace recreated
Give us joy as we come in repentance and find restoration
Give us boldness as we live as holy troublemakers, rebel peacemakers
And bear fruit in our lives that is good for the eye and the taste
And plant seed that will come to Gospel life

Lead us out in peace today 
So that we might lead others into peace

In Jesus name

Amen 


Sing - Jesus is Better/Oh How Good It Is

Jesus is better
Oh how good it is
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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. SOIL - How can you keep remembering the big story of God's creating and recreating peace in mind? How can that help you day to day in a world of trouble?
2. SEED - In what ways does the image of peacemaking help you understand and enjoy the Gospel in deeper ways. How can you develop the rhythm of confession and repentance
3. FRUIT - In what ways can you walk in the Spirit in order to grow the fruit of peace in your life. In what areas of life can you be a holy troublemaker and rebel peacemaker?

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

REMEMBER
We can know true PEACE by trusting Jesus, through the power of the Holy Spirit

SING - MY LIGHTHOUSE
Sing this together (if you've already done it in the worship material above...feel free to do it again or leave it) and remember that God is always with us . Join in with the actions – you know you want to!

My Lighthouse

LEARN - John 14: 27 - “Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid”.  

Try learning this by getting each person in the house to say a word at a time. When you think you know it, try not speaking certain words and replacing them with actions instead e.g. instead of saying ‘hearts’, that family member places hand on heart. Instead of saying ‘troubled’, make a worried face. Instead of saying ‘afraid’, curl up in a little ball!


READ - Mark 4:35-41
Make a ‘boat’ to sit in while you read this story or watch it. Either use a big box or even some cushions to mark out your boat. How many people can you fit in it? As you read or hear the story, do some acting and sound effects! Maybe you could split the passage up into different parts.
 

THINK

Ask different members of the house to remember a time when they have felt afraid and ask them to describe it. How did knowing Jesus help you at that time?

In the passage from Mark, the disciples were scared because of the storm that was happening around them – it would have been very frightening! Why did they go and wake Jesus up? Why were they surprised that Jesus was asleep? 

Does anything about Jesus’ reaction surprise you? What does it teach us about Jesus? 
(He has power over the weather! He brings peace by simply speaking. He reminds the disciples that about the importance of faith and not fear).
Jesus hadn’t left them. He was right there with them, in the middle of the storm. Can you think how knowing Jesus is with you could help you at times when you are afraid?

Having peace does not mean that there will never be hard times in our lives or in our world. Peace means knowing that Jesus is greater than any trouble we will meet. Jesus has made a way for us to know God and when we follow him, we belong to him, and nothing can change that.

In John 14, Jesus says, “Do not let your hearts be troubled”. This is hard! Jesus reminds us that there will be difficult times, but we know that whatever is happening to us is, it does not come a surprise to Jesus. He is right there with us through it all – this can bring us peace. 

Jesus promises an amazing gift to his followers – the Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit who helps us grow more like Jesus every day and who reminds us of all that Jesus has taught us – he reminds us not to let our hearts be troubled and not to be afraid! 

DO - some activities that you could do

Can you find a stone in your garden? If so, make sure you clean it carefully! Dry it and then using felt tips, paint or chalk (whatever you have in your house!) write the word peace. Place this somewhere you will see it every day to remind yourself that the peace that Jesus brings is steady, strong and sure.

Draw the most peaceful scene you can think of or get your parents/carers to help you find one online and write the verse below.

Make a door hanger. Print, colour then cut out and hang on your bedroom door as a reminder.

Do the "Jesus calms the storm" word search


And why not send pictures of your creations into Nicky

PRAY

Read Philippians 4:4-7, then pray:

Father please fill me with Your perfect peace that passes understanding and which guards my heart and mind. Grow in me the ability to trust Jesus rather than to worry and fret.


Look out for the weekly Lighthouse Link Up videos sent to parents/carers midweek featuring some familiar faces!  – if you have not received this via email please let Nicky know – nbradley@knockpresbyterian.co.uk

SouledOut/Madhouse Link Up


WELCOME                                                                                             
  • How would you define the word peace?
  • Is it a word you think about when thinking about God, if so how?

WATCH
Have a watch at The Bible Project's word study video for Peace

The Bible Project / Peace
  • How does the video define peace? Absences of war and completeness or wholeness
  • Who does the Prophet Isaiah 9: 6-7 talk about being the Prince of Peace?  
  • For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end.
  • What stops us having peace with God and with other people?
WORD                                                                                                     

MEMORY VERSE - JOHN 16:33
I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. 

READ - JOHN 14
Have a read through John 14 and then chat through the questions below

  • Why would the disciples hearts be troubled in v1?
    • In previous chapter Jesus tells the disciple that he is going away. Naturally they are anxious as they want to know here he is going and how to get there.
  • How does Jesus words in v2-3 bring peace to the disciples?
    • Jesus tells them he is going to prepare a place for them and he will come back to bring them to be with his father and Jesus. 
  • Jesus declares in v6 “I am the way the truth and the life and n one comes to father except through me...” How does Jesus restore peace between God the Father and man?
    • Jesus died in our place for our sins to restore peace between God and man. No one else could satisfy God’s wrath fully as no person could be fully God and fully man except Jesus.  Jesus was the perfect advocate because he lived the life we could not live (sinless) and died the death we deserved (taking on all the sins of the world as only fully God could do). Jesus brings wholeness and completeness back between God and humanity and we see this in the temple when the curtain was torn from top to bottom.    
  • Why is our peace with God so important, not just for our own lives but the lives of everyone else as well?
    • True peace in our world must begin with us being restored to the creator of that world - God. To often we see fragile peace between nations or countries which breaks down over disagreements, selfishness, arrogance etc. True and everlasting peace begins with the Prince of Peace, Jesus, who offers forgiveness and mercy instead of war and death. When Jesus forgives us, he gives us power (though the Holy Spirit) to forgive others.     
  • How does Jesus tell his disciples to live that peace out in v12-15?
    • Do the works Jesus has been doing (v12), prayer (v14), obey his word/commands (v15).  
  • How do we have the power to live in peace between God and man v16-20?
    • Jesus sends us the Holy spirit who lives in us and will reveal the truth about Jesus to us. He enables us to live lives that reflect the glory of the Lord to the world around us that does not know him.  
  • There are two ways to live, to love God and obey his teachings or ignore God and his teachings - why should we love God and obey his teachings?
    • Because he first loved us, he sent his son to die for us, God will not just forgive us but he will also live in us and us in him.  Peace with God means unity with him, he is in us and we are in him. That should give us great confidence and peace as our father is the creator of all things and if Jesus went to prepare a place for his disciples that is also true about us.  There is nothing that can separate us from the love of God (Romans 8:38-39)   
LISTEN - YOUR NAME IS POWER
Turn up loud and enjoy this song from Rend Collective as you reflect that God is still in control.
Rend Collective / Your name is power
WELFARE                                                                                               

Now turn to God in prayer giving thanks for what we have learnt in this passage? Take time to pray for your families, your church, the vulnerable people in our community

How can you show that we are peacemakers this week in our community?

Now listen and enjoy this song from The Belonging Company featuring Laura Daigle and reflect that God is still in control.

The Belonging Company / Peace Be still
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