W/C 26th September
Our reading this week is 1 Timothy 6: 6 - 19
6 Devotion to God is, in fact, a way for people to be very rich, but only if it makes them satisfied with what they have. 7 When we came into the world, we brought nothing. And when we die, we can take nothing out. 8 So, if we have food and clothes, we will be satisfied with that. 9 People who want to be rich bring temptations to themselves. They are caught in a trap. They begin to want many foolish things that will hurt them. These things ruin and destroy people. 10 The love of money causes all kinds of evil. Some people have turned away from what we believe because they want to get more and more money. But they have caused themselves a lot of pain and sorrow.
Some Things to Remember
11 But you belong to God. So you should stay away from all those things. Always try to do what is right, to be devoted to God, and to have faith, love, patience, and gentleness. 12 We have to fight to keep our faith. Try as hard as you can to win that fight. Take hold of eternal life. It is the life you were chosen to have when you confessed your faith in Jesus—that wonderful truth that you spoke so openly and that so many people heard. 13 Before God and Christ Jesus I give you a command. Jesus is the one who confessed that same wonderful truth when he stood before Pontius Pilate. And God is the one who gives life to everything. Now I tell you this: 14 Do what you were commanded to do without fault or blame until the time when our Lord Jesus Christ comes again. 15 God will make that happen at the right time. God is the blessed and only Ruler. He is the King of all kings and the Lord of all lords. 16 God is the only one who never dies. He lives in light so bright that people cannot go near it. No one has ever seen him; no one is able to see him. All honor and power belong to him forever. Amen.
17 Give this command to those who are rich with the things of this world. Tell them not to be proud. Tell them to hope in God, not their money. Money cannot be trusted, but God takes care of us richly. He gives us everything to enjoy. 18 Tell those who are rich to do good—to be rich in good works. And tell them they should be happy to give and ready to share. 19 By doing this, they will be saving up a treasure for themselves. And that treasure will be a strong foundation on which their future life will be built. They will be able to have the life that is true life.
We thought about sharing. Mrs Newland had not eaten breakfast so she had a banana during she worship. She offered to share it with Fia and gave her the peel. Fia wasn't very impressed - but Mrs Newland did giver her a whole banana at the end! We were thinking about how it is really easy to share something when we are giving away the bits we don't want - it is a lot harder to share the good.
We reflected on this poem:
'You've got to share,' the little girl said
as she grabbed her brother's ice cream.
What she meant was, 'I want it
and if I don't get it I'll scream!'
'Share my sweets,' the generous boy said
to his mates one day.
But when they looked there were only two.
'I don't like them anyway,'
the boy was heard to say.
The whole of the planet is for everyone,
for everyone to share.
So why do some countries have so much,
and others have nothing - is it fair?
Prayer for the week:
We're sorry for the times we've been selfish.
Teach us to be generous to others.
Help us to share.