01 Aug It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood Aug. 2 @ 10 am with Pastor Cherie
“IT’S A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD”
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 12:4-14
There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.
Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.
Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.
Scripture: Exodus 16:4-12
Then the Lord said to Moses, “I will rain down bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day. In this way I will test them and see whether they will follow my instructions. On the sixth day they are to prepare what they bring in, and that is to be twice as much as they gather on the other days.”
So Moses and Aaron said to all the Israelites, “In the evening you will know that it was the Lord who brought you out of Egypt, and in the morning you will see the glory of the Lord, because he has heard your grumbling against him. Who are we, that you should grumble against us?” Moses also said, “You will know that it was the Lord when he gives you meat to eat in the evening and all the bread you want in the morning, because he has heard your grumbling against him. Who are we? You are not grumbling against us, but against the Lord.”
Then Moses told Aaron, “Say to the entire Israelite community, ‘Come before the Lord, for he has heard your grumbling.’” While Aaron was speaking to the whole Israelite community, they looked toward the desert, and there was the glory of the Lord appearing in the cloud. The Lord said to Moses, “I have heard the grumbling of the Israelites. Tell them, ‘At twilight you will eat meat, and in the morning you will be filled with bread. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God.’”
Heavenly Father, thank You that we are part of the body of Christ, and for the gifts and graces that You have given to us. We pray that we may live our lives according to Your perfect plans and purposes. Use us to compliment the work carried out by our brothers and sisters in Christ, and we pray that we may be a beautiful testimony, of the goodness and grace of Jesus Christ our Lord, to a lost and dying world. Unite the whole body of Christ, with a dependant mutuality, so that as individuals… we may be truly united as one Body, to serve You in the place where You have planted us – this we ask in Jesus name, and with his words, “Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory. Amen.
What do you think of your neighbors? We all have neighbors and we live in neighborhood communities. Sometimes we have good neighbors and sometimes we have neighbors that get on our nerves. There have been neighbors featured on television and in the theater. What about Mr. Rogers’s neighborhood? He was always introducing us to his neighborhood characters and scenery.
There is an interesting scripture about a new neighbor. John 1:14 in the Message Bible says, “The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood. We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory, like Father, like Son, Generous inside and out, true from start to finish.” That verse says, that Jesus moved into our neighborhood. Jesus left heaven and came to our neighborhood earth for 33 years. He was introduced to our neighborhood in Bethlehem. He lived among us for those years as a perfect example of how to live life. What did Jesus bring to our neighborhood?
He brought His love – No person ever loved us like Jesus. In John 15:13 Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.” Jesus brought His love and demonstrated that love in the ultimate way. He laid down His life for you and me on the cross of Calvary.
He brought His grace – The word, “grace” means the undeserved, unmerited favor of someone.” Jesus gives you and me grace for our failures and messed up lives. His grace is undeserved by you and me. We sing of the, “Amazing Grace” and another hymn calls it, “Grace Greater than All our Sin.” Jesus brought His grace to the neighborhood.
He brought His truth – Jesus not only said true statements, but he lived a life of integrity in front of us. Just think of all the true statements in His teaching. The Golden Rule, the Lord’s Prayer, the parable of the Prodigal Son. We can spend a lifetime trying to understand His teaching and still not comprehend it all.
He brought His salvation – Jesus said in John 14:6, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” When Jesus came to our world, our neighborhood, He came to bring salvation. When Jesus died on the cross one of His last statements was, “It is finished.” He was not finished, but the plan of salvation was finished. Three days later He would rise from the grave in victory.
Questions to consider:
How has this time of pandemic caused you to hear God’s voice differently?
Like the people of Israel, God waits for us to cry out to Him. How has your prayer life changed during these last months?
As we walk in our neighbourhoods, in the everyday, can we see God in the wind, the flowers, the trees, the people?
You are invited to take a walk in your neighbourhood this week and look at everything!! Look at the flowers, look at the grass, look at the people…and see how they are all different, unique and beautiful. Each are created by God to be special.
As you walk along with your family, perhaps you can find some leaves that have fallen to the ground that are lovely. Why don’t you gather them up and bring them home? And once you have them home, how about keeping them for a time?
Here’s a fun activity to try with your family…adults required!!
What You Need:
Leaves, Wax paper, Thin towel or paper, Iron and Ironing board
What You Do:
Place a leaf between two pieces of wax paper.
Put a towel or a piece of thick paper over the wax paper.
Press on the towel or paper with a warm iron to seal the wax sheets together. This takes about 2-5 minutes on each side, depending on how moist the leaf is. Once you have finished one side, flip the leaf over and do the other side.
Cut around the leaf, leaving a small margin of wax paper to ensure that it will stay sealed.
Rather than cutting out the leaves, you may want to try to peel the wax paper off the leaves, leaving a coat of wax behind to protect the leaves. Try this on one leaf first to see if this method works for you.