Sunday worship 4th August 2019

Led by Rev Suzanne Nockels

Readings: Ecclesiastes 2: 1-11

Suzanne suggested a number of reasons peas are grown in pods, amongst them: – protection, growth and security.

She continued by considering how nuts, pregnancy and letters in an envelope all contain hidden content.

Colossians: 3:2-5

Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.  For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

We are joined to Christ in an intimate way and we join him in his crucifixion and Resurrection.

Do we like to be hidden? Surely we;d rather be noticed, to be seen and not to lose our identity.  In Christ we may be hidden but can find ourselves.

Luke 12: 13-21

Does the Parable of the rich fool relate to a greedy farmer? No, but if not about greed what is it about?

Jesus is not embarrassed by wealth and at this time the crowd would have Deuteronomy 30 in their minds = to be abundantly fruitful (children, land and property)

This article is about I, I, I a monologue about himself to himself, answering his own questions. He cannot see beyond his own fields and appears immune to the joys of others. The man has no neighbour and has no need for God. Jesus called him a fool because of his inward views.

Where the heart lies is where the treasure is. Doing as I want is not a road to satisfaction. Ultimate satisfaction in God cannot be forced.

Suzanne set two challenges:

When making decisions we should talk to other people and not only like minded people, widen our conversations.

In financial matters pray to God. Set us free and bring joy in the things of God.

 

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