7 August 2022
Bible readings for today
God our treasure,
the reign of your love and justice is your gift;
light our lamps against the darkness,
and equip us for your action,
so we are ready
and do not miss your coming;
through Jesus Christ our Liberator,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Treasure in Heaven (Luke 12:32-40)
Thanks to Dunedin Diocese for another Gospel Conversations. We live in anxious times, so what does it mean for Jesus to tell us not to fear? We are aware especially of the anxiety levels in our young people, so it is fortunate that in today's conversation Archdeacon Michael and Bishop Kelvin are joined by two school chaplains: Rev. Mannie Marara joining us for the first time from Hadlow School in Masterton, and Rev. Lucy Flatt returning to our conversations from Craighead School in Timaru.
Luke 12:32-40 Adapted
Once again, Jesus was talking to his disciples to encourage them.
He said: "Don’t be afraid! God wants to give you the Kingdom! Sell everything you have and give the money to people who need it more than you. Make yourselves moneybags that will never wear out. You need to make sure that your treasure is safe in heaven, where thieves cannot steal it and moths cannot destroy it, because your heart will always be where your treasure is.
Be ready like children who wait for their friends to come over for a visit. As soon as they arrive, the children open the door and let their friends in and make their friend feel really welcome.
Be ready always, because you never know when the Son of God will come to visit."
Get a pillowcase and fill it full of ‘treasure’ (paper clips, cellotape, string, etc) You also need a list (that only you can see) of all the things.
What to do
Get each child to put their hands in the pillowcase and without taking anything out, get them to guess what one of the items in the bag is. If they guess right, tick the item off the list. Either see how long it takes them to guess everything. Or let everyone have one turn, and then tip out the contents to find out what they missed out.
On a tray, put lots of different things. Eg pencil, scissors, envelope, feathers, string, paper, etc. Also a piece of paper with ‘Your heart will always be where your treasure is” Cover it with a cloth.
What to Do
Thanks to Rev. Sarah West for this week's gospel illustration, shared with permission.
The most common species of clothes moths in Australia and New Zealand are webbing clothes moths (Tineola bisselliella) and casemaking clothes moths (Tinea pellionella). Adults of both species have golden-coloured wings and are just over half a centimetre long. Clothes moths eat a wide range of animal fabrics, but primarily fabrics containing wool. They will also damage fur, silk, feather and leather.
In this gospel reading, we are reminded to store up our treasures where moths cannot eat them. As a confession, hang up an old woolen coat or jumper and print off some of the moth prints above. Take some time to think through the things that we have accidentally or intentionally stored up that can get in the way of us following Jesus. Perhaps they are items, activities, emotions, stories or relationships. Pin the moth onto the coat/top as a way of asking for forgiveness and receiving God's grace anew.
What you need: Fabric, double sided tape, ribbon or string, treasure bag template, treasure coins template, things to decorate with.
To make the bag:
To make the coins: