Jeremiah – being the people God wants us to be

This is one of a series of short reflections that can be used by individuals or small groups. It may be worth considering keeping a journal to make notes as you use each reflection.

Settling in.
Spend a few moments to prepare to be open to receive from God during this reflection.
You may consider putting your phone on silent for a while. Light a candle. Get comfortable.

Gathering worship
listen to this song:

I have heard My people cry;
All who dwell in dark and sin
My hand will save.
I, who made the stars of night,
I will make their darkness bright.
I will speak My word to them.
Whom shall I send?

Here I am, Lord.
Is it I, Lord?
I have heard You calling in the night.
I will go, Lord,
If You lead me;
I will hold Your people in my heart.

I, the Lord of snow and rain,
I have borne my people’s pain;
I have wept for love of them –
They turn away.
I will break their hearts of stone,
Give them hearts for love alone;
I will speak My word to them.
Whom shall I send?

I, the Lord of wind and flame,
I will tend the poor and lame,
I will set a feast for them –
My hand will save.
Finest bread I will provide
Till their hearts are satisfied;
I will give My life to them.
Whom shall I send?

“The Message of Jeremiah son of Hilkiah of the family of priests who lived in Anathoth in the country of Benjamin. God’s Message began to come to him during the thirteenth year that Josiah son of Amos reigned over Judah. It continued to come to him during the time Jehoiakim son of Josiah reigned over Judah. And it continued to come to him clear down to the fifth month of the eleventh year of the reign of Zedekiah son of Josiah over Judah, the year that Jerusalem was taken into exile. This is what God said:
“Before I shaped you in the womb, I knew all about you.
Before you saw the light of day, I had holy plans for you:
A prophet to the nations—
that’s what I had in mind for you.”
But I said, “Hold it, Master God! Look at me. I don’t know anything. I’m only a boy!”
God told me, “Don’t say, ‘I’m only a boy.’
I’ll tell you where to go and you’ll go there.
I’ll tell you what to say and you’ll say it.
Don’t be afraid of a soul.
I’ll be right there, looking after you.”
(Jeremiah 1:1-8 The Message)

Have a time of silent prayer reflecting on God’s call to you.

Let us prepare ourselves for the Word of God, as it comes to us in the reading of Holy Scripture.
Our hearts and minds are open.

At the heart of Jeremiah’s prophecy is his call. This has spoken to Christians as well as they reflect on their own calling.

Read Jeremiah 1:4-8.

Reflect on what you notice about Jeremiah’s response to God’s call, and God’s response to Jeremiah.

Are there any areas in your life where you have a sense that God has ‘called you from birth’? (see verse 5)

Do you have experience like Jeremiah of making excuses when God calls you? (see verse 6)

How easy is it to trust that God will be with you even in the face of the things you find difficult? (see verse 7 and 8)

Watch the film Dust – from Rob Bell.

Follow the film with a minute of quiet – giving yourself time to reflect on the film.

The Bible study on Jeremiah and the film have themes about God calling us to be the kind of people we were meant to be.

Jesus has faith that you can follow him and that you can be like him

Do you believe that God believes in you?

What does it mean to be like Jesus?

Closing Worship

Light a candle and be quiet

End the silence with this prayer:

May I believe in God.
But may I come to see that God believes in me.
May I have faith in Jesus.
But may I come to see that Jesus has faith that I can be like him.

This is part of a series originally compiled by Bob Callaghan and Alison Spreadbridge for St Edmund’s Church, Dartford.

Still figuring out what being a disciple might mean. Anglican priest and cyclist. One of the founders and editors of New Roots - partly as a way of hanging on in there!

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