Moses and the Burning Bush

Two characters, Moses (M) and a telephone operator on the emergency services (O).
This sketch shows that what God was asking Moses to do would seem crazy to most people, yet Moses trusted God and had the faith to do it.

O: Hello 999 emergency, which service do you require?
M: I want to report a fire.
O: If you can just remain calm and give me the details, first what is your name?
M: Moses
O: Right Mr Moses, and where is the house that is on fire?
M: Its not a house that’s on fire, it’s a bush fire.
O: So can you tell me how large an area of bushland is on fire.
M: No, its just one bush on fire.
O: Mmm, just one bush, is it a large bush?
M: No, its quite small actually.
O; So you have this tiny bush that’s on fire, have you thought of just waiting until it burnt out?
M: That’s the trouble, its not going out.
O: Very strange, have you tried putting it out?
M: I was going to, but it told me not to.
O: Who told you not to?
M: The bush told me not to put it out. It also told me I was on holy ground.
O: So we have a talking bush that stubbornly refuses to go out and then tells you to beware of potholes?
M: No, not holy as in pot holes, holy as in sacred.
O: So this bush not only talks to you, it a religious nutcase as well. And you expect me to take this call seriously.
M: Well you would take it seriously if you saw how it turned my staff into a snake.
O: Ah, this is making more sense, you’re actually delirious from a snake bite and what you really want an ambulance, not a fire engine.
M: No actually thinking about it, it’s the police I want, could you ask them to let my wife know I’m going to be late home, I just have to go to Egypt for a while.
O: Don’t tell me, let me guess, the bush told you to take the pretty route home via Egypt.
M: Not quite, it did tell me to go to Egypt, but to go and ask the Pharaoh to free some Jewish slaves.
O: Ah so you don’t want the police, you want the army, so that they can help you free some prisoners. Or how about the navy as well to get you across the Red Sea.
M: No I asked about the Red Sea and that’s all taken care of. The bush said all I need to take is my brother.
O: And has he’s got a big S stamped on his chest?
M: I don’t think you’re taking this call seriously. If you can just let my wife know what’s happening.
O: Don’t worry Mr Moses, we’ll get this sorted out for you.
M: Thanks, bye.
O: (calling police patrol unit on radio) Hello police unit 162, we have a delirious pyromaniac that needs picking up. He’s heading for the Egyptian border, claims he’s going to ask Pharaoh to free lot of Jewish slaves. … Yes I know that would take a miracle, in fact I doubt he could do it with ten miracles.

© Graham Wilson 2020 All rights reserved.
Community of Christ Leeds House Church Website. 

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The Good Samaritan

This sketch is an adaptation of the Good Samaritan. There are only two speaking parts, the Levite (L) and the Priest (P). The sketch can be performed with just these two characters or with the other characters also acting out the story.

L:  Hello Mr Priest.
P:  Hello Mr Levite.
L:  Its a lovely day for a walk from Jerusalem to Jericho.
P:  Yes the birds are singing.
L:  The sun is shining.
P:  The flowers blooming.
L:  The robbers attacking a traveller.
P:  Oh!
L:  Somebody should do something about this violence.
P:  Yes, I really feel sorry for him and his pain.
L.  I really care about his situation.
P:  He will be upmost in my thoughts tonight.
L:  I feel my soul is full of empathy.
P:  Let’s pray that he will get help soon.
L:  Er…
P:  Yes?
L:  You don’t think WE should help him?
P:  Oh no!….people don’t like you interfering in their business.
L:  That’s true!
P:  And besides, its against my religion.
L:  Why?
P:  I’m a devout coward.
L:  You’re sure we shouldn’t do something?
P:  But we would be late for church and you’re preaching.
L:  True…what about tomorrow then?
P:  Monday is night school….Tuesday baby sitting – the wife is at a Women’s meetings…Wednesday is prayer service, how about on Thursday
L:  Hold on…I’ll ask him if we can help him on Thursday.
P:  Well?
L:  He says they stole his diary.
P:  Typical! You try and help someone and they don’t want it.
L:  There must be something we can do.
P:  Of course!
L:  What?
P:  We’ll tell him we will pray for him at church tonight.
L:  It really makes you feel good to meet another’s need.
P:  Hello….what’s this?
L:  Some Samaritan is helping that man.
P:  Typical!
L:  What is?
P:  These non-believers trying to show us up! 

© Graham Wilson 2020 All rights reserved.
Community of Christ Leeds House Church Website.

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God Is There

This sketch is about how God is always there for us, but do we take this for granted and only pray when we have problems? It has God and Jesus chatting in heaven.

G:      Good morning Jesus my son.
J:       Good morning Father, I must say you are looking very omnipotent this morning.
G:      That may be the case, but its hard work being omnipotent. People expect you to be there all the time, day and night, to sort out all their problems. Sometimes I feel as though I could do with a holiday.
J:       But isn’t that part of your job description, to be there 24 x 7.
G:      Yes, but I thought perhaps just for once I could get a locum for a couple of weeks.
J:       And where are you going to get a locum? You’re the one and only true God remember. And even if you could get a locum, don’t you think people would notice the lower quality service.
G:      Well what about the other idea I’ve had. I’ll open a prayer call centre and employ angels to take the calls. And if there were too many prayers for them to cope with, there would be a recorded message – ‘your prayers are held in a queue and will be answered when one of our angelic operatives becomes available’.
J:       But you’ve always answered prayers personally, and as you’re supposed to be unchanging, isn’t that what you ought to keep doing?
G:      Yes, you’re right, but I do feel as though I’m taken for granted sometimes. They just want me when they have a problem and forget about me the rest of the time. What about if I went on strike for a few days, I thought that might make them appreciate me more.
J:       But isn’t there a no strike clause in your job contract.
G:      Well yes there is, but that was an EU directive, I’ve had a referendum and I’ve voted to leave the EU.
J:       But there must be a better way of reminding them that it’s all about a close daily relationship with you and not just about you fixing their problems. Couldn’t you get someone to remind them? Just hold on while I make a quick telephone call.
(Makes call on mobile).
There. It’s all fixed up, there’s someone called xxxxx (name of someone who is due to speak in the service) who’s agreed to remind them today about your love and how you want a closer relationship with them.
G:      Great, how many thousands of people are they telling?
J:       Err, no, only about a twenty (or how many are at the service).
G       Twenty thousand, that’s not too bad.
J:       Err no, just approximately twenty people.
G:      Is that all they can get to turn up? Isn’t he/she very popular then?
J:       But he/she says everybody there will go out and share that message, that’s how you have always done it.
G:      You’re right, I have to trust them to pass on my message about how I want a closer relationship with everybody, but do you think I need a plan B?
J:       Well I have suggested it before.
G:      You mean ..
J:       Yes, it may have to be Facebook.

© Graham Wilson 2020 All rights reserved.
Community of Christ Leeds House Church Website.

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Father Forgive Them

Jesus said
Father forgive them.

But what about you?
Do you want his forgiveness?
Is that what you need?

Are you ready?
To feel His forgiveness
To know His forgiveness
To accept His forgiveness.

Are you ready?
Not if you think you don’t need it
Not if you think it doesn’t apply to you
Not if you don’t care
Not if you are too proud.

Are you ready?
He offers forgiveness to you.
See His arms outstretched to accept you
He offers forgiveness to you
See His arms taking the weight of your pain
He offers forgiveness to you
See His arms embracing all your hurt
He offers forgiveness to you
To you.

Are you ready?

© Graham Wilson 2020 All rights reserved.
Community of Christ Leeds House Church Website.

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Jesus Turned And Looked At Peter

A reading based on Luke 22:61

Jesus turned and looked straight at Peter
Straight at him
Eye to eye
Heart to heart
Soul to soul.

How did Jesus look at you Peter?
Was it just because you failed?
Or because you had been so cock sure?
So brave
So confident
So sure of yourself
So sure you didn’t need anyone else
So sure you forgot you needed God
So cock sure
It needed a cockerel
To get through to you.

How did Jesus look at you Peter?
You will soon find out on the beach
How did Jesus look at you Peter?
You will know when He asks if you love Him
How did Jesus look at you Peter?
You will know when he says feed my sheep
How will you respond Peter?
You will soon find out at Pentecost.

How does Jesus look at me when I fail?
How does Jesus look at you when you fail?
Remember Peter
Remember
Remember.

© Graham Wilson 2020 All rights reserved.
Community of Christ Leeds House Church Website.

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The Photograph Album

A sketch for Christmas with Peter (P) and Jesus (J).

J: Peter
P: Yes Jesus?
J: Did I hear you giggling just then?
P: No Jesus, perhaps I had hiccups.
J: And what’s that behind your back?
P: My hands Jesus.
J: Peter, I can work that out, I had noticed your arms ended with hands. I meant what is in your hands behind your back.
P: Oh that, how did that get there? it looks like a photograph album.
J: Not just a photograph album, but my mother’s photograph album with me as a baby.
P: Oh yes.
J: And you were giggling at my photographs.
P: Well you have to admit you do look funny.
J: Not as funny as you look in this photograph. (brings out photo)
P: Where did you get that?
J: From your mother. She said if you ever get out of hand, bring this out and it will shut you up. Anyway, what’s all this interest in my birth?
P: Well it’s nearly your birthday, and everybody is talking about what happened at your birth.
J: Do you mean what really happened, or the idyllic version with jolly shepherds, cuddly lambs and a cosy manger.
P: You mean it wasn’t really like that.
J: Have you ever tried sleeping in a draughty shed with a sheep bleating in your ear? And don’t tell the wise men my mother tried using myrrh to cure my nappy rash.
P: But they enjoy remembering you like that.
J: I know, they don’t feel threatened by a little baby meek and mild, but they do feel threatened by a grown man asking difficult questions about their values and commitment.
P: Do you feel threatened by my difficult questions.
J: No Peter, I love you for your difficult questions. I need people who don’t keep me in a cosy manger, but really take me into their lives so that we can work on the difficult questions together. That’s what my life has been all about. Are you going to leave me in this manger.
P: No Jesus, I can’t sleep with bleating sheep either.
J: Thank you Peter, because I can’t work with you if you keep me out. And just for the record, I wasn’t meek and mild, I was a pain in the neck. 
P: I can believe that Jesus.

© Graham Wilson 2020 All rights reserved.
Community of Christ Leeds House Church Website.

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Bread and Wine

Thoughts on bread and wine at communion.

Jesus said, eat this in remembrance of me.
How does bread remind us of Him?
Bread is food, and without food we starve and die.
Bread gives us strength and energy,
It feeds our body gives us the means to live.
Jesus said, He is the bread of life.
This piece of bread reminds us that
Without Him, we will spiritually starve and die.
This piece of bread reminds us that
With Him, we receive spiritual strength and energy
And become spiritually alive.
As we eat this bread, we remember
We are not to nibble at His teachings,
We are to take Him completely into our life.
May we be willing to do this as we eat in remembrance of Him

Jesus said, drink this in remembrance of me.
How does wine remind us of Him?
If we don’t drink, our mouths become parched and dry, and we die.
Drinking refreshes and revives us, and is essential for us to live.
Jesus said, He is the everlasting water
This glass of wine reminds us that
Without Him, we become spiritually parched and dry
And eventually we spiritually die.
This glass of wine reminds us that
With Him, we are spiritually revived and refreshed
And we become spiritually alive.
As we drink this wine, we remember
We are not to sip at His teachings,
We are to drink Him in completely into out life.
May we be willing to do this as we drink in remembrance of Him.

© Graham Wilson 2020 All rights reserved.
Community of Christ Leeds House Church Website.

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Feeding 5000

This sketch is about the miracle of feeding the five thousand. However it does try to make the point that just as Jesus worked a miracle in the life of one boy, so he can still work a miracle with each one of us. The sketch requires only two people.

1:  Long ago
2:  2000 years B.F.
1:  B. F?
2:  Before Facebook.
1:  They just had sermons.
2:  Sermons?
1:  Yes, sermons on mounts,
2:  And parables,
1:  Parables on lost sheep.
2:  Very uncomfortable!
1:  There were talks for tax gatherers
2:  And chats for children.
1:  Who did?
2:  He did!
1:  Who did he did?
2:  A carpenter.
1:  A what?
2:  From Nazareth.
1:  Where?
2:  And once he had 5000.
1:  Sheep?
2:  No! people come to listen.
1:  It was a great sermon.
2:  Marvellous parables.
1:  Wonderful spirit.
2:  No food.
1:  Pardon?
2:  Sorry, forgot about the caterers!
1:  You mean no chip butties!
2:  Not one.
1:  No MacDonald’s!
2:  Sorry.
1:  Not even a cup of tea!
2:  Fraid not!
1:  UGH! (holds stomach)
2:  Perhaps we could ask them to share.
1:  Share what?
2:  Any packed lunches they’ve brought.
1:  You mean,
2:  Appeal to their better nature,
1:  Awaken their sense of charity,
2:  Ask if they are willing to share,
1:  And be trampled in the stampede.
2:  ….(looks for stampede)
1:  ….(looks for stampede)
2:  He’s a bit small for a stampede!
1:  Five lumpy loaves,
2:  And two clapped out kippers.
1:  If we feed that lot,
2:  With this lot,
1:  It’ll be a miracle!
2:  That’s a good idea says Jesus.
1:  So he miracled,
2:  And miracled,
1:  And,
2:  Yum! Yum!
1:  I’m full!
2:  My compliments to the chef.
1:  How about a tip?
2:  Our tip is,
1:  Don’t think your gifts are too small,
2:  And no use to Jesus.
1:  Bring your gifts to him,
2:  And see how he’ll use them,
1:  In fact to sum up,
2:  They’ll multiply! 

© Graham Wilson 2020 All rights reserved.
Community of Christ Leeds House Church Website.

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Heath and Safety

A sketch with two people. One is a Christian (C) going to communion, the other is a Health and Safety Inspector (I) who has come to inspect the communion service. The health and safety inspector decides communion is very dangerous. So is communion dangerous, is there a danger that it may change our lives?

C: Well I’m just off to communion.
I: I’m afraid you can’t go just yet. Under new regulations, I must first carry out a heath and safety review on any activity that could possibly be dangerous.
C: But I’ve been to communion hundreds of times, how can it be dangerous?
I: Just because you’ve been reckless in the past is no excuse to continue being reckless. Now what do you do at this communion?
C: Well we eat bread.
I: There you go, bread can be very dangerous for people with gluten allergies. I must insist that you issue a warning about gluten at each service, and have you checked the bread for peanut content?
C: How do I know, but I do know the wine doesn’t contain peanuts, that’s home made.
I: Home made !!! Another minefield. I hope it has been produced at a property that has a Food Hygiene certificate, otherwise I will have to close you down, who knows what you could be drinking. So how is this eating and drinking organised?
C:  Well we kneel in prayer first.
I: Another dangerous exercise, anyone could injure their back keep kneeling and getting up again. You must implement procedures to demonstrate the correct way to kneel to avoid injury. And then what?
C: We are served the bread and wine by a priest.
I: I assume to do this they wear an apron and suitable headgear and they are provided with antiseptic hand wash?
C: Next you’ll want them to wear a lifejacket in case the church is shipwrecked!
I: I don’t think you are taking me seriously, but now you mention it, you should have evacuation procedures in case of fire. When was the last time you had a fire practice at communion?
C: Not since the last time we had a preacher who could set us alight!
I: And what is the purpose of this communion?
C: We remember Jesus and promise to keep his commandments.
I: And are these commandments written down.
C: In the Bible, that’s a book with over a thousand pages.
I: You agree to the terms and conditions of an executed criminal that exceed 1000 pages. This is far more dangerous than I imagined, I must advise you not to take part in this dangerous activity, be very afraid.

© Graham Wilson 2020 All rights reserved.
Community of Christ Leeds House Church Website.

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God So Loved

God So Loved The World

For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son.
What’s that again?
God, the creator of the universe, the great I AM, the almighty one
Loved us so much,
That he would risk all and give his only precious son,
Just for us?
I need to stop, think and try and get my brain round this.
He loves us so much
Each and every one of us,
Yes, you in the blue jumper,
Yes, you who are crying inside,
Yes you who are going grey at the edges,
Yes, you who are day dreaming about that girl down the road,
Yes, you the fidgeting inquisitive child
Yes you who are wondering what God is calling you to,
Yes YOU
He loves you so much He gave you his only precious son.
Can we really take this in?
Can this astounding, mind bending, world changing news
Eventually, really, dawn on us?
Can it slowly seep down our legs and make our toes tingle?
Can it ripple down our arms and make our hands wave?
Can it rise upwards and make our lips crinkle into a smile?
Can it get to our brain and turn thoughts rainbow colours?
God so loved the world that he gave his only son
Keep saying it to yourself until you burst with joy
God so loved the world that he gave his only son.
Just for You.

© Graham Wilson 2020 All rights reserved.
Community of Christ Leeds House Church Website.

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Yes or No

Think if you want to say Yes to Jesus
Yes he lets you choose.
No threats, no pressure, just an invitation in love
It’s up to you
You can say yes or no

Think of his disciples when they said yes.
They could have made excuses
Their lack of education, their status, their common speech.
Jesus didn’t take excuses, just gave a choice, say yes or carry on fishing.
When he asks you yes or no
Do you make excuses, do you want to carry on as you are?
You can say yes or no.

When the disciples said yes, Jesus led them.
He didn’t just talk about God, he didn’t organise seminars,
He lived God’s will, He did God’s will. He led by actions.
Saying yes means living, doing, acting.
Is this for you?
You can say yes or no.

Then he had to leave his disciples,
But they were not left alone and helpless.
He left them his spirit, he left them each other, he left his promises.
Saying yes doesn’t mean struggling on your own
You have his spirit, his church, his promises.
You can say yes or no

How will he ask you?
A burning bush, a voice from the clouds – doubtful.
A text, an email – probably not.
A gentle prompting, a word of scripture, a thought in a service – more likely.
He will ask you, but will you be listening?
What will you answer?
You can say yes or no.

© Graham Wilson 2020 All rights reserved.
Community of Christ Leeds House Church Website.

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Without Love

This reading is based on extracts from the 12th and 13th chapter of Corinthians and best read with two people reading alternate lines.

Now to each one, the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.

To some there is given through the Spirit, the message of wisdom.

But without love, the greatest wisdom makes no sense.

While another by the same Spirit can put the deepest knowledge into words.

But without love, this knowledge is just academic and empty.

The Spirit gives to another a special faith which may move mountains,

But without love, faith will not move hearts.

And to someone else the power to heal the sick.

But without love, no power can heal the soul.

By the same Spirit, power is given to some to do great miracles.

But without love, it brings no miracle of joy.

And to others power to prophesy and preach.

But without love, there is no ministry.

The Spirit gives others the ability to distinguish true spirits from false.

But without love, it has no purpose.

And still to others to speak in all kinds of tongues or to interpret them.

But without love, all words have no meaning.

But it is the one and same Holy Spirit which does all this.

But without love, the power of that spirit suffocates and dies.

The greatest gift of the Spirit is love.

© Graham Wilson 2020 All rights reserved.
Community of Christ Leeds House Church Website.

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Prayer Is

Prayer Is

Prayer is
A free unlimited minutes contract with God.

Prayer is
Kneeling, talking, standing, crying, laughing, sitting, chatting, walking, sharing, giggling, arguing, whispering, questioning, stopping, listening, listening, listening.

Prayer is
A free unlimited minutes contract with God.

Prayer is
Hope, hesitance, quiet, honesty, panic, sorry, faith, strength, simplicity, love, peace, peace, peace

Prayer is
A free unlimited minutes contract with God.

Prayer is
Seeking, faltering, opening, reaching, calming, deepening, receiving, responding, committing, enabling, freeing, being, being, being.

Prayer is
A free unlimited minutes contract with God.

Prayer is
Being, being, being
With God

© Graham Wilson 2020 All rights reserved.
Community of Christ Leeds House Church Website.

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Peter

This sketch is about the meeting of Peter (P) and Jesus (J) after the resurrection.

P: Hello I’m Peter. I’ve really done some things in my time, but I think this one takes some beating. Denying him three times in one night, that must be a candidate for the Guinness Book of Botch-ups. I think when he called me Peter the Rock, he was talking about my brain. How can He ever forgive me?
J: Peter, do you love me?
P: (not listening)..I mean to say, I don’t think I’ve sunk so low since I tried walking on water. I’d shoot myself, but I’d probably forget about the bullets. He’ll never forgive me, I guess its down to the Job Centre, though I don’t suppose there’s a great call for failed disciples. 
J: Peter, do you love me?
P: (still not listening)….oh excuse me sir, which way to the Job Cent..er..er…er hello Lord…. what did you say?
J: Peter, do you love me?
P: But Lord, how can you ask that, after what I’ve done, I’ve been hopeless with a capital O, a nit with a capital K, I just don’t know what to say, I’m lost for words, I’m speechless, I’m..
J: Peter, shut up, put your brain in gear, think, and answer in just one word, DO YOU LOVE ME?
P: (pauses then answers seriously)… YES.
J: Thank You.
P: But I’ll quite understand if you don’t want me as a disciple, I mean you can’t have your top reps going round denying you, I’ll quite understand, but if there is anything I can do just let me know..
J: Feed my sheep.
P: Of course, anything Lord, just leave the bags of food with all the instructions, I should be able to do that, only too happy to help….WHAT SHEEP?
J: (Pointing to congregation).. Feed MY sheep.
P: You mean despite everything, despite the failures, despite me, you still call me to serve you.
J: If you love me, feed my sheep.

© Graham Wilson 2020 All rights reserved.
Community of Christ Leeds House Church Website.

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Truth and Mercy

Lord Jesus you are mercy
But
You didn’t come with books of law
You didn’t come with lists of rules
Instead
You asked who dare cast the first stone
You said Father forgive them for they don’t know what they do
You told the thief you’d see him in paradise

Lord Jesus you are truth
But
You didn’t come with set answers
You didn’t come with rules of logic
Instead
You said you must lose your life to gain it
You said the poor widow gave more that the rich
You said the king must wash his disciples’ feet

Oh Lord
Let your truth and mercy
Surprise our preconceptions
Uncomfort our comfortableness
Break through the prejudices that blind us
So that
We see you
With nothing between us
Except our openness
And your acceptance

© Graham Wilson 2020 All rights reserved.
Community of Christ Leeds House Church Website.

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Living Bible

This sketch is based on the idea that many people do not read the bible so their only exposure to the Christian message is as Christians live out their beliefs in their lives. In this way we become living bibles. The two readers stand between two chairs that act as book-ends.

1. Excuse me
2. Granted
1. But why are we standing between two chairs.
2. They’re not chairs.
1. Er they’re not?
2. They’re book-ends
1. Of course, silly me, its was obvious really, just testing. Now seriously, why are we standing between two chairs.
2. They are book-ends – you see it’s like this.
1. Matthew, Mark Luke and John
2. Wrote some books and made a bomb.
1. That was two thousand years ago,
2. Alas the sales today are slow.
1. Everyone today prefers the tele
2. Reading bibles, not on your nellie.
1. So the only bible that they see
2. Is the Christian witness of you and
1. Me
2. And me…so..fah  (sing this)
1. So good.
2. So you see we’re all really like bibles that others read.
1. And that’s why we’re stood between bookends.
2. To emphasise the point…
1. To enhance the postulation through visual imagery…
2. That as well.
1. So you could say you’re a ‘Revelations’
2. Well its better than being a ‘Lamentations’
1. There are ‘Numbers’ of ways we are living bibles
2. Because people see our ‘Acts’
1. Like if you are ‘Titus’ anything with your money.
2. ‘Luke’ these puns are getting ‘Chronicles’.
1. Yes, be ‘Ruth’-less and ‘Exodus’ this conversation.
2. So here we are
1. Living bibles
2. So remember
1. Our lives are books
2. That others heed
1. If they look at you
2. What will they read? 

© Graham Wilson 2020 All rights reserved.
Community of Christ Leeds House Church Website.

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Vision

I have a vision
Of a people
Who are a real Community of Christ
Not just in name,
But by reputation and by deeds.
A community where people can come,
No matter who they are,
When they are hurting and lonely
And will know from experience that they can find
Real love, hope, peace and joy.
A people who are a real Community of Christ.

I have a vision
Of a people
Who believe in the power of prayer.
But more, a people who act on that belief.
A people who actively seek God’s guidance
Who believe prayer can make a difference.
And who back up their prayers with actions.
A people who believe in the power of prayer.

I have a vision
Of a people
Who do not limit the power of the Holy Spirit
Who believe it can work in all situations
In church, in the community, at work, at home, in cyberspace.
Who believe that the power that divided and restored the Red Sea
Can also restore divided lives.
Who believe in a power that can take them by surprise
And use them to minister in ways they did not think possible
A people who are willing to let that spirit
Take them and use them
And amaze them with what ministry they can bring
A people who do not limit the power of the Holy Spirit.

I have a vision
Of a people
Who believe God is real
Who believe He can become real to 21st century society
Whose lives are motivated and enthused by this testimony
A people who believe God is real and relevant
A people who are a Community of Christ.

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Community of Christ Leeds House Church Website.

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Take Hold of my Hand

Take hold of my hand
I am here reaching out to you
As I have always been
Just as I reached out to many others when they needed me
I’m reaching out to you.

Remember Peter
When he reached out to me when he was drowning
When he thought he had failed
I reached out to him and lifted him.

I’m here reaching out to you
When you feel you are drowning,
When you feel you are failing
Take my hand, I’m here reaching out to you
To draw you back to me.

Remember Thomas
Who was full of doubts
But I reached out to him
To show him I was real.

I’m here reaching out to you
When you are full of doubts
Touch me and know that I am no figment of your imagination
Touch me and let me remind you
Of how I have been real to you in the past
Take my hand and know I am here.

Remember the man who could not walk
I reached out to him to show him he could walk
That he could do it.

I’m reaching out to you
When you feel you can’t do something
Reach out and let me show you
That you can not only walk
But can run and leap to new heights, new dreams
Take my hand and let me take you to new places.

Remember the woman who touched the hem of my cloak
She didn’t want to bother me
I reached out to her to show I was bothered about her
That I loved her.

I’m reaching out to you
To show you I’m bothered about you
To show you I love you
And want you to reach out to me
Take my hand and come with me.

© Graham Wilson 2020 All rights reserved.
Community of Christ Leeds House Church Website.

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The Source of Love

This sketch is based on a set of awful puns on the words source/sauce. It uses them to highlight some aspects of God’s Love. Just two people are used.

    1.  What’s the theme of this sketch?

    2.  Good question…..what is the theme?

    1.  God the source of all love!

    2.  Oh yes!

    1.  So you are going to talk about love.

    2.  No….SAUCE  (shows sauce bottle)

    1.  Silly, source in the theme is spelt S-O-U-R-C-E.

    2.  Yes..(points to label) S-Oh…. They’ve spelt it wrong on the bottle.

    1.  (Shakes head)

    2.  They shouldn’t give themes like this to people who can’t spell.

        Can’t I talk about sauce then?

    1.  No!

    2.  You mean all these notes are no good?

    1.  Sorry!

    2.  What’s the closing hymn!!!!

        I just wanted to tell them things like not keeping your love bottled up.

    1.  What else?

    2.  That love should be patient,

    1.  Not Cross and Black-

    2.  Well, what else, it’s not like H.P.

    1.  Only giving love on condition you get it back with interest.

    2.  You should love unconditionally,

    1.  Not just to curry favour.

    2.  How about God loves everyone,

    1.  You mean sauce for the goose and sauce for the gander!

    2.  Then you’ve brown sauce and white sauce,

    1.  But colour makes no difference to God’s love.

    2.  Then I was going to say that to truly love is not always easy.

    1.  You mean it can be sweet and sour.

    2.  Then there’s my favourite

    1.  You mean chocolate sauce on ice-cream.

    2.  Mmmm!

    1.  Love is all about wanting something special for others.

    2.  I think I’ve said enough about what I can’t say because I spelt the theme wrong.

    1.  So remember,

    2.  Don’t bottle your love up,

    1.  Open it up

    2.  Put something special

    1.  On someone’s life.

© Graham Wilson 2020 All rights reserved.
Community of Christ Leeds House Church Website.

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Washing Feet

Be still and let me wash your feet.

You come with the dust and toil of your daily life
Your feet are tired because of problems and worries you carry
Your feet are bruised because you have stumbled or failed.
They are scarred with past hurts
Sometimes they are heavy because you need to walk in difficult situations

Be still and let me wash your feet.

Don’t be embarrassed because I am your God, your Creator, your Saviour
Don’t resist because you think I shouldn’t do this
I do this because I love you
I do this because I love you

Be still and let me wash your feet.

Let me wash away the tiredness, the weariness, the worries
Let me ease away the pain of past hurts, past failures
Let my living water renew, refresh revive your spirit

Be still and let me wash your feet.
Be still and know you are cleansed, refreshed, renewed.
Be still and know that you are loved
Be still and be with me.

© Graham Wilson 2020 All rights reserved.
Community of Christ Leeds House Church Website.

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