SONG – SOS – ABBA
Beetle drive using the shape of a ship instead of a Beetle
Throwing the dice in turn you must start with a number 6. when you have thrown a 6 then you can draw the HULL of your ship as in the diagram below.
then you must throw a number 5 to draw the MAST, a number 4 to draw a SAIL, a number 3 to draw the other SAIL, a number 2 to draw the FLAG, and finally a number 1 to draw the CROW’S NEST.
The first person to complete their drawing of a ship is the winner.
Now we are going to have our Bible reading.
That is the account Luke wrote about part of Paul’s journey to Rome, i would like to just share some thoughts about how we can put this into context with our own walk with God
The sinking of the RMS Titanic occurred on the night of 14 April through to the morning of 15 April 1912 in the north Atlantic Ocean, four days into her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City. The largest passenger liner in service at the time, Titanic had an estimated 2,224 people on board when she struck an iceberg at 23:40 (ship’s time)[a] on Sunday, 14 April 1912. Her sinking two hours and forty minutes later at 02:20 (05:18 GMT) on Monday, 15 April resulted in the deaths of more than 1,500 people, which made it one of the deadliest peacetime maritime disasters in history.
The Titanic was supposed to be unsinkable, but when it struck the iceberg, the ship was penetrated and sunk. Despite the warnings that were sent to the ship, disaster still happened.
Earlier we heard the story of Paul on his way to Rome, on board the ship with many others, the weather hadn’t been good, their course had to change, we read, ” the weather was becoming dangerous for sea travel”
Paul warned the captain if they continued there may be loss of cargo, in fact, it could result in loosing the ship and all who were on it. The Captain wouldn’t listen to Paul, he wanted to get to a better place before the winter set in. Life can be like that can’t it, sometime we have warnings that we don’t listen to …. it could be to do with our health, sometimes it can be to do with the people we are friends with, maybe we have some sort of warning about our job. If we had listened to, and taken notice life may have been better, the captain didn’t take notice of Paul, he thought he knew best.
Paul must have been an incredible chap really, his faith was so strong, and he was willing to speak out regardless. His fist bit of advice to the captain had been ignored, but when an angel appeared to him in a dream, again Paul stood firm and told those on the boat, if they did what God said then they would all be safe, even though there was going to be challenges.
The captain did listen to Paul in the end and although the cargo and the ship were totally lost, all the people on board the ship got to shore safely all 276 of them.
Playing games like we did earlier can be fun, but can we learn anything from it.
That’s like the foundation of or faith, it needs to be strong and in good condition, if it’s not, then leaks start to happen, similarly, if we are wavering in the time we spend with God, so we start to do things that may not be what God wants us to do, they aren’t a good example of our Christian faith.
That’s like the backbone of our faith, the thing that holds everything together, the sails and the flag and the crows nest are all attached to that, and so in our walk with God, we need to make sure we talk to God in prayer, we listen to Him, take notice of those warnings when they come. Ships have a compass, they need that to know where they are going, what is our compass? ……. yes the bible, if we follow what God tells us in the Bible then we will reach our destination safely.
The sails are driven by the wind, no wind and the boat won’t move forward, so it is in our faith, unless we have the wind of the Holy Spirit, our walk with God will stand still, we don’t move forward, we can’t see the wind, but we see it’s effects, that is like the Holy Spirit, we should be able to see the effects of the Holy Spirit in peoples lives.
THE CROWS NEST
That’s the Lookout, when we are walking closely with God, He helps us to see how we can put our faith into action, we become aware of times when we can help and support others in many different ways, may be something very practical like helping with shopping, inviting them for a meal or perhaps helping with the garden. It may be they need someone who can just listen, and pray with them or for them.
The flag tells others at sea who the ship is, our country, or even pirates.
Our flag tells others that we belong to Jesus, that we hold firm to his teachings, we love Him and we want to be like him, live as He lived with God’s help.