Think about the very smallest things in your house.
You can find them now if you want.
What did you find? In our house we found tiny SD cards in our mobile phones and
some tiny stick-on gems for crafts. Smallest of all are the grains of salt and spices in the kitchen.
Although very small in size some of these have a big effect,
for example too many grains of chilli powder can make a dish very hard to eat!
Maybe you’ve planted some small seeds in the past that have grown into large plants,
like a massive sunflower? Today we’re thinking about faith and Jesus said a tiny amount
of faith can make a huge difference if we put it into action.
We don’t need to know everything about the Bible or be extremely holy
but if we have a small but sincere trust in God we can make a big difference.
Our praying and showing God’s love can change people’s lives for the better and
move mountains of fear or doubt. We’re going to sing about that now –
do you remember the actions for this song?
Song: Faith as small as a mustard seed.
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See especially the information regarding what BMS is doing to alleviate problems
and suffering related to the coronavirus outbreak across the world
and the items for prayer. You may wish to return to these inspiring resources later.
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Song: Everyone needs compassion/Mighty to save.
First Reading: 1 Corinthians 3 vs10-15
By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care.
For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.
If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw,
their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work.
If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward.
If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames.
Song: When the music fades.
Second Reading: James 2 vs 14-26 (Cheree)
Please also read over the very helpful Message Version of the above passage:
Faith in Action
Dear friends, do you think you’ll get anywhere in this if you learn all the right words but never do anything?
Does merely talking about faith indicate that a person really has it?
For instance, you come upon an old friend dressed in rags and half-starved and say,
“Good morning, friend! Be clothed in Christ! Be filled with the Holy Spirit!”
and walk off without providing so much as a coat or a cup of soup
where does that get you? Isn’t it obvious that God-talk without God-acts is outrageous nonsense?
I can already hear one of you agreeing by saying, “Sounds good. You take care of the faith department;
I’ll handle the works department.” Not so fast. You can no more show me your works apart from your faith
than I can show you my faith apart from my works. Faith and works,
works and faith, fit together hand in glove.
Do I hear you professing to believe in the one and only God,
but then observe you complacently sitting back as if you had done something wonderful? That’s just great. Demons do that, but what good does it do them?
Use your heads! Do you suppose for a minute that you can cut faith and works
in two and not end up with a corpse on your hands?
Wasn’t our ancestor Abraham “made right with God by works” when he placed his son Isaac on the sacrificial altar?
Isn’t it obvious that faith and works are yoked partners,
that faith expresses itself in works? That the works are “works of faith”?
The full meaning of “believe” in the Scripture sentence, “Abraham believed God
and was set right with God,” includes his action. It’s that mesh of believing and
acting that got Abraham named “God’s friend.”
Is it not evident that a person is made right with God
not by a barren faith but by faith fruitful in works?
The same with Rahab, the Jericho harlot. Wasn’t her action in hiding God’s spies and helping them escape
that seamless unity of believing and doing what counted with God?
The very moment you separate body and spirit, you end up with a corpse.
Separate faith and works and you get the same thing: a corpse.
Song: A New Commandment.
Address (Rev Paul Wilson):
Let’s reflect as we listen to this piece of music - Be Thou my vision
1 Thessalonians 3: 12-13.
May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else …..
May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones.