Puzzling Puzzles – Edition 5

This is week 5 of Puzzling Puzzles! Today, you have a Directional Cryptogrid, Quick Quiz, Quotedrop and a Rokudoku to complete. Each week the first person to submit the correct answers to all that weeks’ puzzles will win a box of chocolates or something equally exciting. There are 2 categories; Adults and Under 18’s.

Please submit answers to puzzles@bloginthelight.com – scans/photos of sheets or typed answers permitted – or return to Alex at Church on a Sunday.

Good luck! 🙂 The answers will be provided in 2 weeks’ time. (24th September 2017)


Here is a Rokudoku (Mini-Sudoku). Find the verses below in your Bibles then fill the grid with the respective number of that verse using the coordinates for each answer. This gives you your starting Rokudoku grid, which you then complete as normal. Each 3×2 box must contain the numbers 1-6. Additionally, each number may only appear once in any horizontal or vertical line.

For:  EH
Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. (Colossians 3:__)

For: BJ, DH
I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.” (Ezekiel 37:__)

For: AL, BI
He refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. (Psalm 23:__)

For: DK, EJ
‘After this I heard what sounded like the roar of a great multitude in heaven shouting: ‘Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God’ (Revelation 19:__)

For: EI
If your grain offering is prepared on a griddle, it is to be made of the finest flour mixed with oil, and without yeast. (Leviticus 2:__)

For: CK, FG
God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. (Genesis 1:__)

Quick Quiz

  1. What was the title of this morning’s talk?
  2. List 3 of the good deeds that were shown in the video.
  3. What was the Bible verse that was mentioned from the Book of Proverbs?
  4. Which major Prophet book from the Old Testament is the Valley of Dry Bones vision found in?


Directional Cryptogrid


Below is an empty grid (except for punctuation), and above it a line of letters for each column of the grid. The letters in each column are not in the order they drop down into the grid. Drop the letters into their correct grid positions in their respective lines to spell out the Bible verse.

TIP: Start by placing the letters in columns that only have 1-2 letters and then work on words that are short in length.

WHO or WHAT inspires you, and WHY? – Children’s Talk

This Children’s Talk was written for the 5th Sunday After Trinity – Year A; 2017 – Note this talk does not correspond to the Lectionary readings for this Sunday.

I will link to additional resources in due course.

Readings utilized:
Deuteronomy 31:8
Proverbs 1:2-6
Mark 4: 30-34

Part 1

May I speak in the name of the Living God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.

I would like you all to have a quick think about this question and tell the person next to you: WHO or WHAT inspires you and WHY?

Does anyone want to share with everyone?

Here are a couple of examples of who inspired me to be who I am today and why.

• The Vicar
 They is always there for you, whenever you may need them.
 They helps when I have questions
 They are a FRIEND

• A Youth Worker
 A friend
 A guide
 Someone who helps us to realize, and achieve your aspirations

I love the first few verses in the Book of Proverbs which explain exactly what an inspiring person could be. Let’s take a look at the verses.

Their purpose is to teach people wisdom and discipline, to help them understand the insights of the wise.
Their purpose is to teach people to live disciplined and successful lives, to help them do what is right, just, and fair.
These proverbs will give insight to the simple, knowledge and discernment to the young.
Let the wise listen to these proverbs and become even wiser. Let those with understanding receive guidance,
by exploring the meaning in these proverbs and parables, the words of the wise and their riddles.

Proverbs 1:2-6

But there is someone else too who inspires me and I hope many of you.

• God!
 The one person that knows me! He knows me even better than I know myself.
 He never leaves you alone, even in times of weakness and when you are struggling.

There is a verse from Deuteronomy which really sums this up.

“The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

Deuteronomy 31:8

The next part takes a look at the words of two songs, so let’s stand and worship by singing these two very meaningful songs; Amazing Grace and The Ink is Black, The Page is White.

Part 2

So we have looked and talked about who might inspire you, and have sung two songs. But let’s now take a quick look at the meanings of those songs.

Amazing Grace – Origins

  • Written by John Newton, based on his personal experiences.
  • This was in the Atlantic Slave trade.
  • 1748 a HUGE storm hit and everyone was fearing for their lives. He prayed and felt God’s presence and that marked his spiritual conversion.
  • Left slave trade in 1754 and started writing hymns.
  • Most well known is ‘Amazing Grace’ and was written to illustrate a talk on New Year’s day in 1773. `
  • Amazing Grace is essentially John Newton’s autobiography of his life story. How he was involved with the slave trade, met God and became a freer of slaves and campaigned for their freedom.

The Ink is Black, the Page is White – Origins

  • The song was inspired by the United States Supreme Court decision of Brown v. Board of Education Topeka, in the US State of Kansas in 1954 which that outlawed racial segregation of public schools.
  • The original lyrics of the song opened with this verse, in reference to the court: “Their robes were black, Their heads were white, The schoolhouse doors were closed so tight, Nine judges all set down their names, To end the years and years of shame.”

So how do these songs feed into our story and question for today?

The Parable of the Mustard Seed that we read earlier told us how the mustard seed grew into a big tree when it started out as the tiniest of seeds.

It is a big change to go from something so tiny to something as large as a big tree that you can shelter under and see from a long way off.

When Jesus used the mustard seed to explain to his disciples what the Kingdom would be like, he knew that they would be inspired by the changes that could happen in the world.

That is exactly like what happened with John Newton and the slave trade, and with the US Supreme Court decision in 1954.

Both were the starts of processes that changed generations of people to come. They were the INSPIRATION for their generations in starting to get equality for everyone.

Jesus was the inspiration for his generation. He inspired his disciples to grow like mustard seeds in their faith to go and tell the good news that He brought.

Those people that inspire us, whether that be God, your Parents, our Priest, Youth Worker, or our favourite athletes, they are our inspiration to grow like a mustard seed does.

So let’s all go out today, and leave here with the ambition to grow, inspired by whoever and whatever you have thought about today. And remember that God is with us all the time. Jesus could be our ultimate inspiration as to how we would like to grow.


Originally posted 2017-07-15 23:45:17.

Closing Prayer / Blessing – 2017-07-16

Sunday 16th July 2017
The 5th Sunday After Trinity – Year A


May Almighty God, who has redeemed us and made us his children through the resurrection of your Son our Lord, bestow upon you the riches of his blessing.

And the Blessing of God Almighty, The Father, Son and Holy Spirit, be upon you and remain with you and all whom you love, today, and always.


Originally posted 2017-07-15 23:25:40.

Opening Prayer – 2017-07-16

Sunday 16th July 2017
The 5th Sunday After Trinity – Year A

Opening Prayer

Heavenly Father. We give you thanks for the past week, and for everything we have done. We ask that that You will fill us with your Holy Spirit, as we gather here this morning in Your presence to pray, worship and bring before you our doubts and questions.


Originally posted 2017-07-15 23:19:18.

Amazing Grace (Traditional) – Song Lyrics

Amazing Grace

1. Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found;
Was blind, but now I see.

2. ’Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears relieved;
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed.

3. Through many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
’Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.

4. The Lord has promised good to me,
His Word my hope secures;
He will my Shield and Portion be,
As long as life endures.

5. Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease,
I shall possess, within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.

6. The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;
But God, who called me here below,
Will be forever mine.

*7. When we’ve been there ten thousand years,
Bright shining as the sun,
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we’d first begun.

(Omit * verse)

©1779; John Newton
Verse 7; Author Unknown

Originally posted 2017-07-15 23:14:12.

Black and White / The Ink is Black, The Page is White – Song Lyrics

Black and White

1. The ink is black, the page is white
Together we learn to read and write
Read and write
And now a child can understand
This is the law in all the land
All the land
The ink is black, the page is white
Together we learn to read and write
Read and write

2. The slate is black, the chalk is white
The words stand out so clear and bright
Clear and bright
And now at last we plainly see
The alphabet of liberty
The slate is black, the chalk is white
The words stand out so clear and bright
Clear and bright

3. A child is black, a child is white
The whole world looks upon the sight
A beautiful sight
And very well the whole world knows
This is the way that freedom grows
Freedom grows
A child is black, a child is white
The whole world looks upon the sight
A beautiful sight

4. The world is black, the world is white
It turns by day and it turns by night
It turns by night
It turns so each and everyone
Can take his station in the sun
In the sun
The world is black, the world is white
It turns by day and it turns by night
It turns by night

© 1969; Alan Roberts and Earl Robinson

Original Words

Their robes were black, their heads were white
The schoolhouse doors were closed so tight
Were closed up tight
Nine judges all set down their names
To end the years and years of shame
Years of shame
The robes were white, the heads were white

© 1956; Pete Seeger

Originally posted 2017-07-15 22:28:10.

Winning the Prize – Children’s Talk

Over the last few years I have had the privilege of leading services within my Benefice of 3 churches. On this blog, I hope over time to be able to share these talks/order of services with you, so that my teachings can be a help to you too, should you be struggling for inspiration in your services.

This first talk is from a children’s service called Lighten Up! which I led on Sunday 21st October 2012. It is called ‘Winning the Prize’ Additionally I have an opening and closing prayer that I wrote which can be used too.

Winning the Prize

When there is a contest the winners get a trophy or at the Olympics a Gold, Silver or Bronze medal.

I am sure you all enjoy the praise and congratulations you receive when getting your trophy or awards and afterwards when you are being cheered.

But also it is a sign for others to see that you have done something very special.

James and John asked Jesus for something very, very special because they thought they were special themselves, but they also knew that Jesus didn’t hand out awards to people.

What they wanted was to sit on his left and right in his Kingdom.

But Jesus said that it wasn’t for him to decide who could sit next to him in heaven. For the ones who will get that honour are the ones that are servants and helpers to everyone else. For those people, getting up in the morning they are full of life, and a bundle of energy, ready to do God’s will.

The Hebrew word for this is Nephesh, which literally means the breath of life, ambition or living creature.

Two weeks ago at Harvest we looked at the story of creation in Genesis, the first book of the Bible, but a couple of verses later in, it says:

Then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.
Genesis 2:7

God had planned all along for those that are full of life, or with ambition to be his servants and it is those of us that will get to sit at his side in his Kingdom. Remember he created us:

in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
Genesis 1:27

He created us all to be like him, servants to others, just like he sent Jesus to be a servant and not to be served.

God’s kingdom is not about winning prizes or honour. It is about service to others. Look at the life of Jesus! What better example of a servant is there? He came not to be served but to serve, dying on the cross so that we might have eternal life!

That is the greatest prize anyone could ever have!

Opening Prayer

Lord God, we thank you for bringing us here together today. Make us all humble and unite us through your word and prayer. We pray, Lord Jesus that you open our hearts and our ears and make us quiet and attentive to your Holy Word. May your Holy Spirit and your Word guide us and light our way.

Closing Prayer

Heavenly Father as we come to the end of our time together we thank you for what has been accomplished here in your church today. May the matters raised help us to move forward and cause us to advance and see growth in all areas of our lives. May we leave here recognizing that you are the God of all wisdom and you are willing to lead us forward.

Originally posted 2017-07-14 19:25:35.

Hi Everyone!

Hi all,

Welcome to my blog! My name is Alex, and this is going to be my area where I can blog about what happens in my daily life and at the same time making it interesting to read and be full of helpful advice for all of you.

Something I care greatly about is my faith, and how my faith affects my daily life and also those around me. I am a Christian and nothing pleases me more than sharing Jesus with others. Hopefully by leading a Christian life I can lead them to Jesus so that they too will realize the price He paid for us by dying on the cross and rising again in glory.

Much of my blog will be about my Christian faith, my ministry and youth work within our local churches and how all of these effect my daily life. I aim to post my thoughts on the scriptures that I am currently reflecting on, talks and activities for use with services and lots of other things too.

Away from my Christian faith, I am an avid Motorsport fan, so I will also be talking about that a fair bit too.

Anyway enough from me for now. I look forward to sharing my life with you in the future.

Many blessings,


Originally posted 2016-09-20 15:42:55.

Philippians 4:13

‘I can do all things through him who strengthens me’
Philippians 4:13 

By now you are most probably wanting to know why I have chosen this piece of scripture for the tag line of this blog.

I should at this point stress that it does not mean what the average person would think. Most people would read that and think that God would bless whatever I choose to do in life and I will therefore be successful at it. However, the true meaning is this: God gives believers the strength to do whatever he asks them to do.

To truly understand you need to put this into context with the previous verse:

 ‘I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.’
Philippians 4:12-13 

Paul learnt that doing everything through Christ Jesus, he could be content in everything no matter what the outcome. It is not what you achieve in life that is important, it is about how you do things.

Being content with everything in life no matter what the outcome is going to be, would be wonderful and something that I should always strive to achieve. That is the promise of the scriptures and the reason why for this blog Philippians 4:13 is so true. I need to be content with however successful or not this blog is and also it should echo my day to day life.

There are many other examples in the scripture where this understanding can be further strengthened. Isaiah 40:29-31, Ephesians 3:16, 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 to name but a few. I will endeavour to look at these scriptures in greater depth in the future.


Originally posted 2017-05-17 12:20:54.

Puzzling Puzzles – Edition 4

Week 4 of Puzzling Puzzles contains a wordsearch, crossword and a quick quiz. The first to submit the correct answers to all of the weeks’ puzzles will win a box of chocolates or something equally exciting (Adult and Child).

Please submit answers to puzzles@bloginthelight.com or return to Alex at Church on Sunday.

The answers will be provided in 2 weeks’ time. (17th September 2017) – Good luck!


Today, the 3rd September, marks the feast day of Saint Gregory the Great (Pope Saint Gregory I) in the Church of England calendar. Gregory was Pope of the Catholic Church between 3rd September 590 to his death on the 12th March 604. Gregory is the patron saint of students, and teachers – very apt given the new school year is just about to begin – as well as musicians and singers.

Can you find the 21 words relating to Gregory, his life and ministries in the below wordsearch?

Quick Quiz

  1. What has been the name of our current sermon series?
  2. What is today’s sermon title?
  3. Can you name each of the other individual sermon titles? (1 point per answer)
  4. We didn’t look at this one but what does Jehovah El Roi translate to?
  5. What about Jehovah Yireh?
  6. What is the Hebrew for ‘the Lord our righteousness’?


Here is a crossword grid.
Answer the clues to get the word for the corresponding position in the grid. The numbers in red brackets tell you how many letters the answer is split into as 1 answer might have two words, for example an 8-letter answer might be split 4,4. To get you started, the first answer has been provided as an example. Just place it in the grid in the correct position and off you go! 🙂