Sunday 7th March (3rd Sunday of Lent)

Humanity

Song: Meekness and majesty

What does Humanity mean?

Some dictionary definitions are:

  • People in general
  • The condition of being human
  • Understanding and kindness toward other people – being humane
  • A word for the qualities that make us human – such as the ability to love and have compassion, be creative and not be a robot or alien
  • Can refer to the feelings humans have for each other

Song: In Christ alone

Fiction or fact?

Reading: Mark 14:32-36

Ghost or real?

Bible verses that show Jesus was real:

  • He was born – Luke 2:7
  • He grew – Luke 2:40,52
  • He got tired – John 4:6
  • He got hungry – Matthew 4:2
  • He got thirsty – John 19:28
  • He got physically weak – Matthew 4:11, Luke 23:26
  • He died – Luke 23:46
  • He was raised to life with a human body – Luke 24:39, John 20:20,27

Robot or human?

A short video clip to start with:

Bible verses to show Jesus felt the same feelings as humans:

  • Marvel – Matthew 8:10
  • Sorrow – Matthew 26:38
  • Weeping – John 11:33-35
  • Troubled soul – John 12:27
  • Troubled spirit – John 13:21
  • Anger – Mark 3:5
  • Crying and tears – Hebrews 5:7
  • Joy – Luke 10:21

Song: Yet not I but through Christ in me

The cross

The symbol this week to place on the cross is the cup, which reminds us of Jesus’ humanity. He was given the choice – He didn’t have to go through all that for us, but He did. As we just read ‘…take this cup from me, yet not my will but what you will…

Thank you that whatever anguish, Lord, we’ve experienced, yours was greater, and you that you will see us through.

Time of reflection

Take a sheet of A4 paper. Make it into a square (by folding one corner down, then cut off the excess).

Before we make it into something, open it up and write on there anything that’s causing you pain, worry, anxiety, stress, fear, etc. Could be anything at all.

Then perhaps write things you’re concerned about friends, family or wider community.

Then perhaps extend that out to this country, and then out to the world.

Whilst writing these things, bring them to God in prayer. Don’t keep them bottled up inside, but share with Him.

Once you’ve done that, we’ll make it into an origami cup. If you don’t know how to do this, there are some instructions in this video:

Song: O to see the dawn