Thank you to all those who took part in our All Age Service today – the Band led by David Parker and featuring Tilly, Jessica Cragg our reader, our actors James Paterson, Hugo Paterson and Paddy Clark and Tim, George and Olive Clapp who led our prayers. Thank you for all those who prepared the posies for all the mothers and Beccy Clark for designing our wonderful publicity and labels for the posies.
We had a great attendance – 58 altogether half of whom were children or teenagers.
Introduction to the Service
How do you know if someone loves you?
Some of you will have had a think about this already this week; what have you written down; what does anyone else think?
How can they show you that they love you?
The Two Sons – a drama based on ‘Stories Jesus Told’ by Nick Butterworth and Mick Inkpen
There was a man who grew apples in an orchard.
The apples are ready to be picked
At home the man has two sons
‘I want you to help me to pick the apples’ says the man to his first son
‘No’ says the first son ‘I’m busy’
[Son 1 on beanbag playing FIFA 16 on his iPad ]
The man finds his second son
[Son 2 also sitting on a beanbag with boots in front of him]
‘I want you to help me pick the apples too’ He says
‘Yes’ says the second son ‘I will come as soon as I have put on my boots’
Meanwhile the first son is sorry for what he said.
He picks up a basket and goes to the orchard
Soon the first son is busy picking apples`: Look, he has already filled one basket!
‘Well done son’ Says the man
‘We’ll have this done in no time’
They work together until all the apples have been picked
But there is no sign of the second son. He has forgotten his promise
Reflection on this story
Which of the two Sons do you think is showing that loves his father?
The first son or the second son?
How can we tell that the First Son loves his father?
You see it isn’t showing you love your Father or Mother if, when they ask you to do something, you do it, just because you have nothing else to do
And it isn’t showing that love your Father or Mother, if, when they ask you to do something, you do it, if the other thing you have to do is something you really don’t want to do…
So , for example, if your father says to you, when you have your homework to do, ‘why don’t you play FIFA 16 on your iPad?’ It’s not showing that you love your Father, if you stop the homework and play FIFA.
Its not showing that you love your Father or your Mother if, when they ask you to do something, you do it, when it’s something which you love doing….
like if you love playing football and your father says ‘why don’t you go and play football’
and you go and play football…
But it is showing that you love your Father or your Mother, if, when they ask you to do something, you do it, even though its something you would rather not do or you have something else that you would prefer to do, but you do what your Father or Mother wants anyway.
The First Son shows that he loves his father, because even though he has something he would prefer to do (playing FIFA 16 on his iPad) he pulls himself away from it and goes
and does what his Father wanted.
And showing that we love God, means putting what He wishes us to do with our lives above what we may feel like doing at any particular time.
Now often these will be the same, what we want to do, will often be the same as what God wants us to do.
But we really show God that we love Him, when we would prefer not to do what God wants,
but we do what God wants us to do anyway.
The Second Son is just pretending to love his Father, by saying that he will do what the Father asks: He is talking the talk, but not walking the walk.
For God to know that we love him, we need to walk the walk: As well as coming to church,
and talking the talk, if we want to show God, that we love him, we need to do what he says
whether we want to or not.