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Holy God of strength, we come to you in our weakness. Show us how to care deeply for those around us, and love others as you love us. Amen
Today Paul tells the Thessalonians how much he cares for them all.
This Sunday's reading is 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8 either read it yourself from your own Bible or use www.biblegateway.com . Or use this video to learn about Paul in Thessalonica https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yK7oTsZ7nc4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eWETbZ2Ec6A - Heaven in my heart
Activity for now:
Blow up a balloon, not inflating it too much, and secure the end with a knot. Do you think it is possible to put a skewer through the balloon without popping it? Well, with a gentle approach it is possible. Coat the skewer in washing up liquid. Starting at the top of the balloon, slowly spin the skewer as you gently push into the balloon. Carefully push the skewer to the opposite side next to the knot. The skewer will go through but wont pop the balloon. What would have happened if you had jabbed the skewer into the balloon? Sometimes gentleness is more effective than strength.
On 2 pieces of paper, write across the top of each 'I care for you so much that...' Now think of things you could do to show how much you care, They could be practical things such as helping with jobs at home, or spending time with someone. Write or draw these on the vouchers. Sign your voucher and add a date they are valid until. Give your 2 vouchers to someone to 'cash in' at any time!
Prayer Activity for this week:
Go on a feather hunt and collect some feathers. When you get home touch and feel them to see how gentle they are. Whilst holding your feathers pray this prayer: Lord, help us to be gentle, to know when we need to be gentle, to have the strength to be gentle. Amen
Activity for this week:
Keep a journal during the week and write down any times you experience care.
Prayer for today:
Gentle Jesus, we go out now, to care for those around us with strength: With your help, we will do it. To share out lives, especially with those who need you most: With your help, we will do it. To know when to be strong and when to be gentle: With your help, we will do it. Amen
So deeply do we care for you that we are determined to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you have become very dear to us.
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