Sunday 11th October


Call to Worship

This morning’s service is based on Matthew 22 v 1-14
Call to worship
God is our rock; He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. We can always depend on his constant, consistent and unwavering love. Let us immerse ourselves in his goodness and love.

Song: Our God is a great big God


Prayers and Thanksgiving

Prayer of Gratitude
You have given me family and friends who bless me every day, with kind words and actions. They lift me up in ways that keep my eyes focused on you and make my spirit soar.
Thank you Lord for keeping me safe. You protect me from harm.

Song: What a faithful God have I

Reading:  Matthew 22 v 1-14
The Parable of the Wedding Banquet

Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come.
“Then he sent some more servants and said, ‘Tell those who have been invited that I have prepared my dinner: My oxen and fattened cattle have been butchered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.’
“But they paid no attention and went off—one to his field, another to his business. The rest seized his servants, mistreated them and killed them. The king was enraged. He sent his army and destroyed those murderers and burned their city.
“Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come. So go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’ So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, the bad as well as the good, and the wedding hall was filled with guests.
“But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. He asked, ‘How did you get in here without wedding clothes, friend?’ The man was speechless.
“Then the king told the attendants, ‘Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
“For many are invited, but few are chosen.”

Digging Deeper
Steven Purton

Children’s Activities

Ready to party!
Have you ever been to a party? I’m sure you have. Today in Matthew 22.1-14
Jesus tells a story in which invitations are sent out for a wedding banquet.
The invited guests find excuses not to come, so others are invited in their place, and a man is thrown out because he is not dressed appropriately!
This week's study explores: invitation; response; readiness.    
Could you make a party invitation, Who would you invite?
How would you like them to respond to your invitation?
What if they were to make excuses not to come?
Are you ready to party?


You Could:                                       idea                 
  • Put on your best party clothes.
  • Play some party music and dance, or play musical statues.
  • Make a party hat.
  • bake some party cakes to share with your family.

Song: God is good all the time

We thank you Lord for always being near us and giving us love, guidance, support and correction when we need it. Thank you for your invitation, help us to respond, listen to and accept the purpose you have for our lives. 
Send us out with confidence in your word, to tell the world of your saving acts and bring glory to your name,