Updated: May 9
Thank you for your faith, hope & love, in the ongoing demand and limitations of these times. Whatever Boris our PM may announce, we trust in the Lord God almighty. May the continued peace of God be your experience.
Bishop Simon has written a really helpful pastoral letter about the minor building access adjustments. This has no bearing on public worship as yet. More detail here...
Our ongoing online resources accompanying this weekly blog piece are as follows: Wednesday Worship with Adam at 6pm on our church Facebook page, Sunday word & worship at 1030 on our church facebook page for all, and daily Encouragements from Ephesians at 12noon on Johnny's personal Facebook page, This Sunday we'll continue our 'hospitality at home ' after church via an 1115 Zoom group church conversation; sign-in details are in the church family email sent by Sue. Sunday content, a cuppa, conversation & prayer together is just fab!
If you or others you know are struggling, do be in touch with Pauline Pearson our Pastoral Care Team leader. Direct any queries if you wish to email@example.com
The CofE have instigated, via Justin Welby, a free-phone whereby older, non-techy people can dial-up for a sermon, hymn or prayer. It’s refreshed daily. 0800 804 8044.
Adam's spotify 'Kingdom people' worship list: use it & sing out to it!
Release the pressure - is a new helpline from Kent County Council, particularly seeking to serve well-being at this time. This offers a 24/7 access to a highly trained and experienced team, to provide expert support no matter what a person is going through. People are encouraged not to suffer in silence and to text the word Kent to 85258 or call the number 0800 107 0160, for free confidential support. This has been added to our go-to-location with practical COVID-19 helps.
Revised APCM, Baptism & confirmation dates will follow.
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Today in our scattered 1030 online offering, Johnny will speak on 'weeding', from Matthew 13v24-30, 36-43 in our part four Kingdom people message, input from Harry in an all-age moment, & Helena sharing an everyday faith, prayers & scripture reading from Julie, with Adam & the team leading us in sung worship. The link to this Kingdom people series resources are here. There are youth resources exploring this parable here, and children & family resources exploring peace here!
Weeding – Kingdom people pt-4 Matthew 13v24-30, 36-43
Planting woes: garden disasters!
The parable is relatively straightforward.
The weeds and the seed grow together…
There are consequences Satan is at work - Matthew 13:37-39, Ephesians 6:12, 1 Peter 5:8
Satan’s chief tactic is to counterfeit that which is good - 2 Corinthians 11:14
We must not panic!
Jesus isn’t actually giving us a guide to growing good wheat, of course.
For sure you don't want to be a weed.
Consequences are an important fact of life.
Judgement is about distance, loss and the prohibition of grace…
John 3: 16 and v17 too!
Measure if we must, not judgement
Mercy is a nearer friend to grace, than judgement!
The opposition will not remain forever
The owner had no intention of leaving the weeds in the wheat forever.
Remember to keep our eyes open.
Since God is patient, we should be patient also.
Up ahead we will stand before the Holy God of the universe & give an account of our lives.
How is the gracious gift of God at work in our lives…
Grace in the grain and grit of our lives…
Study notes for personal or online lifegroup use...
Session 4 – Weeding: Matthew 13v24-30, 36-43
The parable of the weeds.
1. Read the passage in at least two different versions of the bible – what immediately strikes you from them?
2. What is the kingdom of heaven like in these verses? What is the good seed (v24) and how and why does it become indistinguishable from the weeds (v29)
3. ‘Whenever God plants a true child of the Kingdom, the devil plants a counterfeit’ Discuss.
4. Who are the ‘sowers of the good seed’ in today’s society?
5. Look at each of the elements of this parable – the good seed, the enemy, the field, the harvest? What are the examples of these that we can see in our own families, workplaces, church?
6. v25 ‘But, while everyone was sleeping’ … how do we protect ‘good seed’? It is interesting that Jesus doesn’t blame the servants for sleeping compare this with Matthew 26 v40, I Thess 5 v 6, Mark 13 v 35, Mark 13 v 36. What is the difference?
7. v 26The enemy of the farmer seeks to disrupt the growth of good wheat by sowing ‘zizanion’ a weedy rye grass with poisonous seeds but which looks the same as the wheat during its early stages of growth. How, therefore do we easily distinguish between the wheat and the weeds whilst they are growing? Is there a clear difference between those in the kingdom and those outside?
8. In Philippians 1:15-18, Paul suggests that even if the gospel is preached out of selfish ambition, it doesn’t matter because the gospel is still being preached. How does this actually work out in practice?
9. At what point do the wheat and the weeds become distinguishably different and why?
10. How does Hextable and Swanley Village know that we are good wheat? See Galatians 5 v 22-23.
Point to ponder: If the Kingdom of God is in you, you should leave a little bit of heaven wherever you go.