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A reading from Luke chapter 12: verses 33-34 – Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

 

Family Service Talk for the children…

I am sure that most of you know what a credit card is?

You probably don’t have a credit card, but I am sure you know a grown up who does?

Do they get used rather a lot like mine??

Most of us don’t like to carry a lot of cash around, so we either put our money in the bank or use a credit card which borrows some money, then you have to pay it back at a later date.

When we need to pay for something, we just punch in a pin number or magically just touch the machine…. and the money is spent for us!

Then about a month later a statement drops on the door mat or in your email inbox…

You know, you can tell a lot about a person by looking at their bank account or credit card statement.

AND you can tell what is really important to a person by how they spend their money.

Let’s take a look …

In one brief look at my statement, you have learned some things about me. I love to eat, I love to travel and I love shopping from my sofa?

No surprises there then!

Jesus once said, “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

So what Jesus was saying is that you can tell what a person really loves by what he treasures the most.

But how do you know what a person treasures the most?

Do you ask them what the most important thing in their life is?

No, there are two ways you can tell what is most important to a person.

The first is how they spend their money and the second is how they spend their time.

If we say that we love God, but spend every penny we have on ourselves,

do we love God or ourselves?

If we say that we love God, but we never spend any time with Him, do we really love Him?

Jesus said that we should love our neighbour as we love ourselves.

What does that mean?

If we say that we love our neighbour but we never share what God has given us with them, do we really love our neighbour?

You don’t learn what a person’s treasure is by asking them.

You learn by watching how they spend their time and their money.

Look at the things you spend your time and money on and then ask yourself,

“What do I treasure? Where is my heart?”

How can we be better at spending our money? And talking to God?

How can we be better neighbours and show the love of Christ to our friends and enemies?

Now we are going to spend some time…. Raising money to give to our neighbours our Harvest Charity – Water Aid

Dear Jesus, help us to make sure that our heart is in the right place. Help us to show our love for you and for one another in the way we spend our time and our money. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

 

1.Dear Heavenly Father, we give you thanks you have given us hearts to show love. Father please guide us to fill them with the treasures of heaven.

 

Lord in Your mercy …. Hear our prayer.

 

  1. Dear Heavenly Father, we pray for our neighbours, whether they live next door or across the world. Help us to love them as we love ourselves, help us to show fellowship, thoughtfulness love and caring

 

Lord in Your mercy …. Hear our prayer.

 

  1. Dear Heavenly Father, we pray for our village community, which includes all who have anything to do with the network of companionship, friendships, school, businesses, visitors and colleagues.

 

Lord in Your mercy …. Hear our prayer.

 

  1. Dear Heavenly Father, we pray for our churches, for Mary and all who work in your name. We pray we hear Your voice, do your will and want to have a better and trusting relationship with you.

 

Lord in Your mercy …. Hear our prayer.

 

  1. Dear Heavenly Father, we pray for all who are lonely, sad, in pain, poorly and the dying. We pray we can support them and help them as we continue to keep them in our prayers.

 

Lord in Your mercy …. Hear our prayer.

 

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