Messy Church October 2020

Harvest

 

Opening prayer:

“Lord, thank you for this opportunity to come together and worship you at this Harvest Celebration. We welcome your presence amongst us. Come and meet with us as we worship you, hear your Word and pray. For the glory of your name. Amen.”

 

Opening Song: Thank you for all who have taken part in this video and opening song, we remember we are all Gods Children.

Remember to make sure your sound is on and touch the note on the video screen.

Warm up: The warm up is a Blind fold tasting challenge. One adult to have a selection of varying foods for others in the family to taste blindfolded. Can they guess precisely what the food is? You can be as imaginative as you wish.

Why not go one step further and let the children choose some foods for the adults to taste blindfolded. Good luck.

 

Talk : Most of the food we eat originates from either a seed created by God or an animal/fish also created by God. As its Harvest lets think of the seed.

Isn’t it amazing that the flour needed to make bread comes from a very simple seed. A simple seed that is sown into the ground, watered by the rain and nurtured by the sun that God sends, until it grows and produces a crop. From these small seeds comes the food that our bodies need for life. Today we are celebrating Harvest and Harvest is an opportunity for us to remember that all of our food is provided by the Lord……

· God is the one who gives us the seeds, the soil, the rain and the sun……

· God is the one who gives strength to those who work on the land to plant the seeds, and then harvest the crops.

· God is the one who fills the oceans with fish and the land with animals that we enjoy.

         Part of our response is to thank God for what we have been given.

· But how many of us are really thankful for what we have?

· How many of us remember to thank God for the food we eat each day?

· We may pray, “Give us this daily our daily bread”…..but do we thank Him when He does?

· So often we take everything we have for granted, including our food, and we can end up feeling pretty discontent,

 

Watch this Video by clicking on this link https://youtu.be/Tb7bvF5Ucrk

Bible reading.

Acts 14:17 - Yet he has not left himself without testimony: He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; he provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy.”

 

Forgive us Lord where we have failed to be thankful for all of your blessings.

Forgive us Lord where we have put our hope in our wealth rather than in you.

Forgive us Lord where we haven’t shared what you have given us with others.

   

 

Craft challenge: we know many of you have grown fruits, flowers, vegatables etc so why not take a Photo of Gods creation and send it to us, Facebook or Whatsapp. We will post the photos on our website

 

 

 

 

 

Final Song: https://youtu.be/NTdIrlTlXks

Extra bit for adults,

 

Watch this video by clicking on this link https://youtu.be/0llCZypNQG4

The Holy Spirit actually comes to live inside us, making life with God an exciting reality. That is the seed that Jesus was talking about in the parable of the sower……and it is a seed that is given to everyone. But we have a choice with what we do with our seed.

As we saw in the parable in the video:

 

We can immediately forget about the good news we have heard,

 

or We can respond to God’s invitation to know Him but then fall away because of trouble in our life,

 

or We can respond to God’s invitation to know Him but then fall away because of worry or riches,

 

or We can respond to God’s invitation to know Him and enjoy a fruitful life.

 

We are all offered the same seed. The seed of an invitation into relationship with God. We know we need food to keep our bodies alive. This invitation into relationship with God is the spiritual food we need to bring our souls to life. I wonder how you will respond to God this morning. I wonder which person you identify with most in the video.

 

 Help us to become grateful and generous people as we put our hope in you. In Jesus’ name we pray.

Lord Jesus, Thank you for your love that invites me to know you. I believe that Jesus died on the cross and rose again so that I could be forgiven and receive your gift of life.

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