Welcome to ROOTS at home for 21 June
Worship at home resources for everyone linked to Matthew 10.24-39
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What a wonderful repeated reminder Jesus gives us in this Gospel passage. We may not have the same difficulties as the disciples are facing and the challenges Jesus talks about. However, we could re-write this with our own worries and concerns and see Jesus’ response remaining the same, ‘Do not fear’. Why not try this as part of your worship together?
Use this prayer as you begin your time of worship together. Nominate a leader or all join in together.
being a Christian can be hard.
Thank you for a safe space
to enjoy your presence
here and now. Amen.
Share the Bible story using the idea below to help you explore it together.
Open the Bible at Matthew 10.24-39: Jesus tells his disciples that being a disciple may involve suffering, but that everyone is known and valued by God.
Do not fear!
Ask everyone to think of an action that describes the words, ‘Do not fear’, e.g. shaking their heads, wagging a finger. Ask them to listen out for ‘Do not fear’ as you tell the story, and every time they hear the phrase to repeat the action they came up with.
One day, Jesus was talking with his disciples. ‘Students are not better than their teacher,’ he said to them. ‘A slave is not better than his master. Instead they need to be like each other.’ He continued, ‘So do not fear. Everything that is hidden will be found and everything that is secret will be discovered. Anything I say to you in the dark, I want you to tell in the light. Anything that is whispered, I want you to shout from the rooftops!’
Jesus reassured them. ‘Do not fear those who try to kill you, as they cannot kill your soul. The only one you should be worried about is the one who can destroy both the body and the soul in hell. Two sparrows are sold for only a penny. But if one of them falls to the ground, God knows this. Even the hairs on your head are counted and known by God. Do not fear, you are much more valuable than the sparrows.’
Jesus said to his disciples, ‘If you tell others that you are my follower, I will tell God in heaven that you are my follower. But if you say you are not my follower, I will tell God in heaven that you don’t belong to me. I didn’t come to bring peace; I came to bring a sword. Families will turn against each other because of what I say. Anyone who loves their family more than me is not good enough to be my follower. Anyone who is not willing to take up their cross is not good enough to be my follower. If you try to hold onto your life, you will give up true life. But do not fear. If you give up your life for me, you will hold onto true life.’
You may wish to use these additional resources to worship together and/or the activity sheets for children.
God knows my head
Play some quiet music e.g. O God You Search Me And You Know Me (CJM on Psalm Songs) as everyone spends some time feeling the shape and texture of their eyes, ears, noses, mouth and hair. Invite them to reflect that God counts every hair on their heads, and to thank him that he knows each person so intimately and values them.
Remind others that they are valued by God
You will need: a selection of used postcards with different messages on the front, A5 card, pencils, pens, felt tips.
Remind everyone that each one of us is valuable to God, but sometimes we forget this. Can they think of someone who needs to know that they are valuable to God?
Look together at the different postcard designs. Invite everyone to design their own postcard with an encouraging message on the front for the person they have thought of.
They can give their postcard directly to the person, push it through their letter box, or post it to them.
Activity and colouring sheets
(Links to the PDFs for these can also be found at the end of the page.)
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