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Advanced Notice - Family Service - Sunday 16th August 10am
Join us for a fun filled family service outside in the church yard as we explore the story of the feeding of the 5000. Bring a picnic blanket and some snacks. To help with preparation please sign up by 14th August at the very latest. If wet weather we will meet in the church. All welcome. Matt Williamson
Sunday 2nd August - 8th Sunday after Trinity
Well done! You made it through home schooling and now it is time to relax!
For the next five weeks we will be looking at some superheroes of the faith. As we learn more about each person we will have different challenges for your children and young people to do. This week we will be exploring Abraham.
Once again, please do get in touch if I can help you in any way during this time or if you have ideas which we can share with other parents. Please feel free to pass this email on to friends and family.
Week 1 - Superheroes - Abraham
Click on the image below to enlarge. Thanks to "Together At Home"
How obedient are you? When your parents ask you to do something is your answer; 'Yes, certainly Mother, I will do that straight away for you' or do you make an excuse as to why you can't do it straight away; 'I'm busy watching Netflix, or playing a game.'?
This week's superhero is Abraham. Here is a quick whistle stop tour of Abraham's story; he was picked by God to be the father of many descendants. God told him to leave his hometown and go to a land He has promised to him. On two occasions (Gen 12 & 15) we read that Abraham is promised by God that his descendants would be as numerous as the stars in the sky; the problem was he didn't have any children and he was 75 years old! God kept his promise though and gave Abraham a son, Isaac.
After many years of waiting Abraham was a Dad! You could imagine his joy and happiness as he watched Isaac grow up. Until one day when God says to Abraham, "Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about" (Gen. 22:2). Abraham's world comes crashing down! At this point we would be making excuses as to why we can't go and kill our only son. "Oh, I would love to God, but unfortunately I am washing my hair that day, or, my auntie's, friend's, sister's, mother's pet goldfish has died and I am doing the eulogy."!
But in his obedience, Abraham gets up early the next morning and heads to Moriah, father, son and donkey. Hundred of years later we find that this region of Moriah is where Jerusalem was built. God is already laying down hints in the Old Testament of the plans he has for his only Son.
When Abraham and Isaac arrive, we read that the father placed the wood for the sacrifice on the back of Isaac as he carries it up the hill for his own sacrifice. As they reach the top of the hill, Isaac asks his father where the lamb is for the sacrifice, Abraham answers, 'God himself will provide for us a lamb for the burnt offering, my son' (Gen 23:8). Abraham ties Isaac down and is about to kill him, when God cries for him to stop. God tells Abraham to sacrifice a ram which he sees caught up in a hedge. Abraham called that place 'The Lord Will Provide'.
Thousands of years later the Lord did provide a lamb in Jesus. He travelled on a donkey, carried the wood he would die on, and died to take away our sins.
Could we be obedient like Abraham?
Can we trust God even when things get tough?
Can we trust even when there are storms in our lives?
Can we trust God even when it means sacrificing things we love?
It's easy to make excuses when we don't like the sound of something, or when what we are being asked to do involves personal sacrifice. Abraham was able to trust God because of the deep relationship that they had. Investing time in deepening our own relationship with God will only help us to trust Him, especially during difficult times in our lives (think back to the Wise and Foolish builders last week) and when God may be asking us to step out in faith.
What steps could you take to get closer to God?
On St Mary's website we have our 'Church at Home' section which has more resources for families at the bottom of the page. www.stmaryssaffronwalden.org/churchathome
There is also our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/saintmaryschurchsaffronwalden/
Some Useful Links
Online Resources Pack for Young People, Children and Families
from Essex County Council. Lots of useful links to explore - download here