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God of wheat and weeds, as we gather here today, from this imperfect world, help us to take time to grow in your perfect love. Amen
Today Jesus tells a parable about a field of wheat that is sown with weeds. The parable tells us something about the power of God and God's action in the world. It is a fact of our existence that good exists alongside evil and ongoing temptations. But this reading reminds us that we are not in charge, and that we are called to live together with all the imperfections of the world.
This Sunday's Gospel reading is Matthew 13: 24-30, 36-43 either read it yourself from your own Bible or use www.biblegateway.com . Or why not watch this animated version of the story https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0mUz4w_nWQU
Activity for now:
On a piece of paper use a candle or a white crayon to draw a sheaf of wheat. Now use some watery green paint, to paint some weeds over the top. What can you see appearing through the weeds?
Make a seed bomb. Mix together 1 cup of flower seeds of your choice and 5 cups of compost with 2 cups of flour. (Use a small cup if you don't want loads!) Mix in water until everything sticks together. Roll the mixture into firm balls. Leave the balls to dry in a sunny spot or 24 hours. Now throw the 'bombs' onto a outdoor space where you would like the seeds to grow.
Activity for this week:
Look at the news throughout the week online or in a newspaper. Sort the news stories into two piles - one with 'wheat' (good news) stories and the other with those that are 'weeds' (bad news) stories. We are called to live in the world and we need to recognise that there are weeds all around.
Prayer for today:
Use a Jenga game to help you pray today. On a sticky note write a prayer about the 'weed' situations in your life, fix this to the side of a Jenga block. Use the blocks to build a tower and play the game of Jenga. Remember though that the master did not want the weeds removed by the workers until the harvest. IN the same way, we live in a world where we live among the words. Taking them out is not our responsibility and would make the tower unstable. SO instead we can pray for these situations and people. Pray for them now.
Lord Jesus, thank you for our friends. Today we pray for people we do not get on with very well. Help us to grow together, in you. Amen.