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Forest Church: reflective walk
Sunday October 25 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Forest Church is a chance to discover God in the beauty of the world around us!
There will be a morning (11am) and an afternoon (2pm) Forest Church to help keep the numbers small.
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
Yours is the power that reaches every human heart.
You understand our ways,
You speak to us in both our sorrow and our joy,
You match your step to ours, and lead us on
We thank you for this new day,
For the friends and family around us,
For the freedom to gather and worship you,
For the gift of life itself
Then, a new king, who knew nothing about Joseph, came to power in Egypt. He said to his people, “These Israelites are so numerous and strong that they are a threat to us. In case of war they might join our enemies in order to fight against us, and might escape from the country. We must find some way to keep them from becoming even more numerous.” So the Egyptians put slave drivers over them to crush their spirits with hard labour.
During this time a man from the tribe of Levi married a woman of his own tribe, and she bore him a son. When she saw what a fine baby he was, she hid him for three months. But when she could not hide him any longer, she took a basket made of reeds and covered it with tar to make it watertight. She put the baby in it and then placed it in the tall grass at the edge of the river. The baby’s sister stood some distance away to see what would happen to him.
Exodus 2: 11-12
When Moses had grown up, he went out to visit his people, the Hebrews, and he saw how they were forced to do hard labour. He even saw an Egyptian kill a Hebrew, one of Moses’ own people. Moses looked all around, and when he saw that no one was watching, he killed the Egyptian and hid his body in the sand.
Prayers of Confession
God of grace, as we are loved by you,
So teach us how to love;
As we are forgiven by you,
So help us to forgive;
As we are trusted by you,
So lead us to a greater trust in you.
Help us to reflect the living Christ and become channels of hope to a broken world.
God forgives you, forgive others, forgive yourself. Amen
One day while Moses was taking care of the sheep and goats of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian, he led the flock across the desert and came to Sinai, the holy mountain. There the angel of the Lord appeared to him as a flame coming from the middle of a bush. Moses saw that the bush was on fire but that it was not burning up. “This is strange,” he thought. “Why isn’t the bush burning up? I will go closer and see.”
When the Lord saw that Moses was coming closer, he called to him from the middle of the bush and said, “Moses! Moses!”
He answered, “Yes, here I am.”
God said, “Do not come any closer. Take off your sandals, because you are standing on holy ground. I am the God of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.” So Moses covered his face, because he was afraid to look at God.
I have seen the sun break through
to illuminate a small field
for a while, and gone my way
and forgotten it. But that was the
pearl of great price, the one field that had
treasure in it. I realise now
that I must give all that I have
to possess it. Life is not hurrying
on to a receding future, nor hankering after
an imagined past. It is the turning
aside like Moses to the miracle
of the lit bush, to a brightness
that seemed as transitory as your youth
once, but is the eternity that awaits you.
‘The cry of the Israelites has now come to me; I have also seen how the Egyptians oppress them. So come, I will send you to Pharaoh to bring my people, the Israelites, out of Egypt.’
Lord, we do not pray for easy lives,
We pray to be stronger people.
We do not pray for tasks equal to our powers,
But for powers equal to our tasks.
Go forth into the world in peace;
Be of good courage;
Hold fast that which is good;
Render to no one evil for evil;
Strengthen the fainthearted;
Support the weak;
Help the afflicted;
Honour all people;
Love and serve the Lord,
Rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Sisters and brothers arise.
Arise and lift your hearts, arise and lift your eyes, arise and lift your voices.
The living God, the living, moving Spirit of God sends us out together in witness,
Reach out towards each other,
Our God reaches out towards us.
May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you,
wherever He may send you.
May He guide you through the wilderness,
protect you through the storm.
May He bring you home rejoicing
at the wonders He has shown you.
May He bring you home rejoicing
once again into our doors.