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This week's readings:


Thanksgiving for Israel’s Deliverance 
A Song of Ascents Of David. 


If it had not been the Lord who was on our side 
—let Israel now say— 
If it had not been the Lord who was on our side, 
when our enemies attacked us, 
then they would have swallowed us up alive, 
when their anger was kindled against us; 
then the flood would have swept us away, 
the torrent would have gone over us; 
then over us would have gone the raging waters. 

Blessed be the Lord,
who has not given us 
as prey to their teeth. 
We have escaped like a bird 
from the snare of the fowlers; 
the snare is broken,
and we have escaped. 

Our help is in the name of the Lord,
who made heaven and earth. 


The Parable of the Sower 

That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. Whoever has ears, let them hear.” 

“Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path. The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.” 



Our Help is in the Name of the Lord


In Psalm 124, the writer says 'Our help is in the name of the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.  This week's craft helps us reflect on what it means to trust God to help us.


What you need:

- Card

- Paper

- Colouring pens 

- Glue

- Scissors 


How to make it


1. Cut out a circle shape using blue/white card

2.Cut out some country shapes

3.If you have used white card colour your sea blue and countries green

4. Stick the countries onto the sea

5. Draw round a hand then cut around the shape. You will need 3 hand shapes

6. Stick your hand shapes around the edge of your world

7. Write the verse  ‘Our help is in the name of the Lord, maker of heaven and earth.’

8. Stick the verse onto your picture

St John the Divine, Menston Parish Church,
Burley Lane, Ilkley LS29 6EU
Registered Charity Number 11236532

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