It's Wednesday, 13th July 2020.
Hello everyone, it’s Mr Keep here.
May the Lord be with you.
We are Bishop Ridley, we are One Community, Learning & Growing Together, Sharing the Love of God.
Today, we will be thinking about generosity.
Our Bible story for today is is from Luke 21: 1-4 (The Widow’s Offering)
We will think about this alongside the verse 2 Corinthians 9:7
“God loves a cheerful giver.”
Our song for today is Deep Cries Out
Our thought for the day
Look carefully at this picture.
I wonder how it makes you feel or what it makes you think about? Is here anything you notice about the picture. Share your ideas with someone in your bubble group, or someone with you at home.
I wonder what you think generosity means? If you are with someone, have a chat with them about what they think it means. Do you both agree?
The dictionary defines generosity as,
“the quality of being kind and generous”
Do you agree with this?
In the Bible, Jesus explains to his disciples the importance, not just of what we do and are seen to do, but the reason why we do something – what is in our mind and our heart when we choose to do something is as important as what we do.
He compares the acts of the “teachers of the law” (the Scribes or Jewish Leaders) with the act of a poor widow. A widow is a lady whose husband has died. In Jesus’ time, widows were often poor because they did not have their husbands to protect them anymore and bring money home to live on. You can watch the story here::
Time for reflection
I wonder who you think was the most generous person in the story? Why do you think that?
A prayer for today
Thank you that we can rely on your love like deep wells of water.
We ask for forgiveness for things we have done which we know have made others sad and which haven't shown your love to others.
Please help us to remember the story of generosity in our collective worship today and help us to show generosity to others.
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come, your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
now and for ever.