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9. SUNDAY – Celebrate with us
We give thanks to God for the way He has brought light into the darkest situations in people’s lives.

 

Stories like Kyle’s, from our Tumbelin Program, give us much cause to celebrate and hope. We pray your richest blessing on all our program participants

 

Play our VIDEO here to hear Kyle’s story in his own words…

 

 

 

 

WEEK TWO – Sunday 9 August 2020

This week’s video is around the story of Kyle – a participant in the Tumbelin program. The video reflects that while all people were made in the image of God, for many, life’s circumstances have distorted their capacity to recognise that image and that helping people to see the goodness of God in themselves, others and the world is part of the work of redemption.

 

Prayer:

Jesus,

We come to you in worship and thanksgiving. Thank you for the safe havens you provide for us when we are hurting, struggling, confused and lost.

Thank you that you are a God of second, third, fourth… countless chances.

Remind us that you revealed yourself in your parables as the Father God who picks up the lengths of your tunic and runs towards your prodigal sons and daughters to embrace us, to welcome us, to offer us life and belonging with you.

May we be those who celebrate the homecomings of others,

May we be communities who encourage those only considering turning home, and make smooth the path before them.

And may we be people on the look-out for those far from home, yet unsure they want to try returning.

May we search with your perseverance for the one, when 99 are safe and sound,

May our kindness and grace be a light that shines the way home for each other.

Amen

 

 

Suggested Bible reading:

Luke 14:12-14: “12 Then Jesus said to his host, “When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or sisters, your relatives, or your rich neighbours; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. 13 But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, 14 and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”

 

Questions for reflection:
  • Where do we see the Kingdom of God at work in the story?
  • What inspired you in the story?
  • What challenges us?
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