Welcome to ROOTS at home for 17-23 May
Worship at home resources for everyone linked to John 14.15-21
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In today’s worship together the connection between loving Jesus and keeping his commandments is explored. We also have another message of comfort from Jesus as he promises he will not leave us alone but that he will send his Spirit.
Use this prayer as you begin your time of worship together. Nominate a leader or all join in together.
Jesus, we love you,
and know that you love us.
Help us to understand
how you want us to behave:
towards you and towards others.
Share the Bible story using the idea below to help you explore it together.
John 14.15-21: Jesus promises to send the Holy Spirit to be with us and help us for ever.
Re-order and read
Print the passage out and cut it into eight strips corresponding with the numbered points below. Give these out and ask everyone to work as a group to put the passage in the right order and make sense of it. Help to ensure the order is correct and then read it together.
One day, Jesus said to his disciples, ‘If you love  me, you will keep my commandments. Although I am going away  in a little while, I will not leave you on your own. I am going to ask God the Father to send an Advocate, his Holy Spirit . It is the Spirit of truth and it will stay with you for ever.’ He continued, ‘The world is not ready for the Holy Spirit, because it does not see or know God’s Spirit. But you will know the Holy Spirit  because it will live in you.’
Jesus said, ‘The world will not see me  once I have gone away. But you will see me. On that day you will know that I have returned to my Father. And you will know that I live through you  and you live through me.
‘There are other people,’  he added, ‘who also love me and keep my commandments. They are loved  by both me and my Father and I will show myself to them.’
commandments rules to follow in life, given by God
Advocate the Holy Spirit who speaks for God.
Activity and colouring sheets
(Links to the PDFs for these can also be found at the end of the page.)
| Easily adapted ideas for use at home
Live your faith
This week's Live your faith sheet for adults with Bible notes, prayers, a picture and questions for reflection, a live your faith action