Fairfield Church, Evesham. 23 July 2017
Last week, Sean Keane led the children’s worship table from a last moment request and did such a great job that I’m kind of hoping he may be up to help out again this week, as Ruth and Andy are still away. Sean?
We are also really looking forward to welcoming Charlie to play keyboard for us this week, which always provides such great entertainment too! We love having Charlie with us! We may also be joined by the awesome Neil and Julie and of course there is me too.
I will be providing our questions and prayer spot this week, whilst spinning plates (actually, that’s not as strange as it sounds because we really do spin plates at Fairfield Church!)
The Scripture is below the worship songs video posted here on our Church, YouTube channel.
The Reading this week at Fairfield Church, Evesham.
Matthew 13:24-30 and 36-43 The Message
24-26 He told another story. “God’s kingdom is like a farmer who planted good seed in his field. That night, while his hired men were asleep, his enemy sowed thistles all through the wheat and slipped away before dawn. When the first green shoots appeared and the grain began to form, the thistles showed up, too.
27 “The farmhands came to the farmer and said, ‘Master, that was clean seed you planted, wasn’t it? Where did these thistles come from?’
28 “He answered, ‘Some enemy did this.’
“The farmhands asked, ‘Should we weed out the thistles?’
29-30 “He said, ‘No, if you weed the thistles, you’ll pull up the wheat, too. Let them grow together until harvest time. Then I’ll instruct the harvesters to pull up the thistles and tie them in bundles for the fire, then gather the wheat and put it in the barn.’”
36 Jesus dismissed the congregation and went into the house. His disciples came in and said, “Explain to us that story of the thistles in the field.”
37-39 So he explained. “The farmer who sows the pure seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, the pure seeds are subjects of the kingdom, the thistles are subjects of the Devil, and the enemy who sows them is the Devil. The harvest is the end of the age, the curtain of history. The harvest hands are angels.
40-43 “The picture of thistles pulled up and burned is a scene from the final act. The Son of Man will send his angels, weed out the thistles from his kingdom, pitch them in the trash, and be done with them. They are going to complain to high heaven, but nobody is going to listen. At the same time, ripe, holy lives will mature and adorn the kingdom of their Father.
“Are you listening to this? Really listening?
So, here are our questions for this week:
- What does patience teach us?
- Why, in this story, is God patient?
- How can we be patient in the week/s ahead?
Our prayer this week will focus on those who provide our food:
‘Taste and see that the Lord is good’ One of the senses we rarely use in worship is taste. When you eat, be mindful of the people responsible for getting the food to our tables: the growers, producers, financiers, transporters, marketeers and advertisers, shop assistants… and others.
There will be various things to taste as we pray, like strawberries…