It's Wednesday, 8th 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 finish our topic on the Christian Value of Patience.
Our Bible Story for today is the story of Noah and the Ark (Genesis 6:14-22)
Our song for today is “Do It Again”. This song helps Christians to wait and trust in God’s promises and might help you to think some more about patience if you listen to it.
Our thought for the day
Which city is this?
It’s Rome! Well done if you got that!
There’s a bonus point if you can name the first landmark (see the answer at the bottom).
'Rome wasn't built in a day' is a popular saying which means that doing something worthwhile can take time in the long run.
Sometimes it can be tempting to want everything instantly, but this isn't the answer to every problem. I wonder if you can think of a time when you had to be patient?
As a child, I remember really wanting to be able to juggle, so spent the whole of my summer holiday learning. It took weeks of trying, but I was so proud when I could keep three juggling balls in the air. If you don't believe that I can juggle - ask me next time you see me!!
Sometimes things that look simple have taken lots of patience to create, complete and perfect. Have a look at this video about the making of Wallace and Gromit - it took 6 weeks to make for 1 minute of film.
In the Bible, Noah finds that he has to be patient. God had told Noah to build a great big Ark. He had to take all his family and two of every kind of animal to save them from the coming flood. Noah had carefully followed God’s plan, Noah had to show patience with the animals and people he was locked in with and with the timing of God’s plan. He had confidence that God was with him, but he couldn’t see how the plan would work out.
I wonder how patient Noah had to be? I wonder if you could say a simple prayer for more patience in any situation where you feel that you are losing or lacking in patience?
A prayer for today
In our world of high speed fibre optic broadband and instant take away delivered to our door, help us to remember the value of patience.
I pray that you will help us to take our time and put in the effort to create relationships and things which are valuable to You and to our community.
In Jesus' name
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.
(The name of the landmark is The Colosseum)