28 April, 2020

St John's Worship@Home for Sunday 26 April

“Stay with us. It is nearly evening. The day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them. Jesus joined them at the table. Then he took bread and gave thanks. He broke it and began to give it to them. Their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. But then he disappeared from their sight. They said to each other, “He talked with us on the road. He opened the Scriptures to us. Weren’t our hearts burning inside us during that time?” Luke 23:29-32

This weekend we recall how on the day Jesus was raised to life two followers of Jesus welcomed a ‘knowledgeable friendly looking stranger’ as a guest in their home for the evening meal. It was only when this guest gave thanks and began to share the bread that these two follower of Jesus recognised that this person with them was Jesus!

At this time when we live with many social restrictions we look forward to the day we can safely invite people into our homes to share a meal with us. As we wait for such an occasion let’s remember the one guest who is with us at our kitchen tables.

We may not see him like these two followers saw him but he has promised to be present with us always. He promises to be present with us. In our traditional meal time prayers we say: Come Lord Jesus be our guest and let this food to us be blessed. Amen.

Jesus is one guest who is exempt from all social distancing guidelines! This weekend, let’s celebrate the presence of the Risen Lord Jesus as the special guest at our kitchen tables and allow his presence to influence our lives. His presence is experienced at our kitchen tables through the caring conversations and encouragement we share, through our service to one another and in our reading of the scriptures together.

God bless your St John's Worship@Home this week.

Pastor Andrew Brook & Pastor Nigel Rosenzweig

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17 April, 2020

St John's Worship@Home for Sunday 19 April

Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you." John 20:21

It’s been a couple of weeks now since we’ve been largely restricted to our homes. It’s certainly been a strange time. Many of us are finding this physical, if not social isolation difficult. We wonder how long this is going to go on for. Others of us may harbour fears about our own health, or those we love.

It was such a strange experience to celebrate Easter apart from one another. Isolation is difficult. We human beings are created for community, first with our families, but then much more broadly, with others.

However, being apart from one another doesn’t change the reality of the what the resurrection of Jesus means. It is, as Peter reminds us, a “new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” Believing in our resurrected Lord fills us with “an indescribable and glorious joy.” And, as we will hear this week in John’s gospel it also fills us with peace, the same peace Jesus shared with his locked down disciples in the upper room, peace that was the antidote for all their fears.

As you watch this week’s worship, pray these words from Robin Mann’s song:

Jesus, come and stand among us,

show yourself to us again.

We will speak what you tell us,

we will go where you send.

God bless your St John's Worship@Home this week. Click here to open the [Worship Video](https://bit.ly/2wOdI3l) (available on Sunday 19 April)

Resources included are: Pastor Andrew's sermon, Bible Readings, Growing Faith at Home, Hands of Prayer activity, and Peace Arms activity. Click on the buttons to open each helpful resources.

Pastor Andrew Brook & Pastor Nigel Rosenzweig

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