BASH Issue 10 Captured


Issue 10 Captured

 Other BASH stories here

Page 1

Captured by NightHauant our heroes are frozen in ice and put into two clear Plexiglas chambers.

These chambers are hanging from the roof of a room.

Within this room is a steam generator powered by thermal energy from below the volcano.

 

Page 2

NightHaunt sets the controls to overload, giving him an hour to escape. As he goes he sets internet cameras going so he can watch their demise and send a message when they wake.

 

Page 3

NightHaunt takes his hidden Jet-copter to the ship Dark Sky

 

Page 4

The heroes awake

‘Arh you are awake’ comes from the room around. ‘I hope you find your situation amusing? I do.

You are both going to die while I continue with my plans if slightly delayed. I will enjoy watching you die….’

 

Page 5

The dials on the generator can be seen moving slowly into the red.

[they have 9 pages to get free before the island blows]

 

Page 6

Airgirl creates a whirlwind around her to heat the ice and melt it

Stretch makes use of his escapology and his ability to stretch his limbs to try to get free of the ice.

 

Page 7

Stretch gets free of the ice.

Airgirl fires blasts of air at the chamber to fracture it.

 

Page 8

Airgirl shatters her chamber.

Stretch makes use of his micro sized hands and escapology to release the chamber from the chain holding it to the ceiling.

 

Page 9

Stretch continues to work on the chain holding his cylinder

Airgirl flys over to look at the generator whose dial is still rising.

 

Page 10

Airgirl finds the controls to the generator

Page 11

Airgirl creates a cyclone to pull on the control levers of the generator

Stretch at last gets free as his chamber breaks when it hits the floor.

 

Page 12

Airgirl finishes pulling on the levers.

Stretch takes a look and thinks she has got it right.

 

Page 13

Stretch looks at the dials as they start to fall back towards normal. [Just in time]

Airgirl looks for a way out and sees a door.

 

Page 14

Stretch tries to pick the lock door open, while airgirl keeps a over watch

 

Page 15

Stretch gets the door open after a little while

 

Page 16

In the corridor beyond is a door opposite with the corridor going both right and left

Airgirl blasts the opposite door with an airblast

 

Page 17

Airgirl blasts again and the door is blasted off its hinges

Stretch bounces into the room and can see screens on the wall

On one of them he can see guards on the roof working on the helicopter

 

Page 18

Stretch then checks out the corridor and other doors, one to the left which is unlocked and leads to a empty underground heli pad

Airgirl checks the computers in the room

 

Page 19

Stretch heads back up the corridor to the other end and what looks like a sliding door

He presses a button and the door slides open reviling a lift

 

Page 20

Airgirl breaks into the computer system and finds that Nighthaunt has fleed to a ship called the Dark Sky

She then access his secure accounts and empties them by sending the cash to various charities including the RNLI

 

Page 21

She then hacks the Ship Satellite Tracking System to find the Dark Sky.

The ship is about 100 miles away

Dark Sky    a 5000t 20 year old bulk carrier    54 x8 Sq  4sq depth below water 6sq above water      One cargo hold with power operated doors,

B1; A 1; M 1;    Size 5 +25 Brawn and Soak;   Speed 15kn 1sq;  Hull Steel 100 Hits

 

Page 22

Stretch uses this time to mediate on his martial art discipline to boost his mental defence against NightHaunts fear attack.

 

Page 23

Airgirl puts Stretch into a cyclone and fly’s them out towards the ships position.

 

Page 24

After half an hour of flight they reach the rough position of the Dark Sky

 

Page 25

Once the ship is detected by Airgirls Air sense they skim in low over the sea

Heading towards the bow of the ship Airgirl causes a one mile square fog bank to rise up and cover them

 

Page 26

They land on the bow of the Dark Sky, by a helicopter on the forward cargo doors.

Airgirl detects a patrol of two walking and one flying on the deck area.

 

Page 27

the two heroes discus tactics

 

Page 28

Shards of ice hit Stretch.

Airgirl fires off an airblast hitting the flying creature, while Stretch takes cover behind the helicopter

 

Page 29

Airgirl blasts the flyer again knocking it out of the sky and then moves behind the helicopter

the guards turn and run towards the stern of the ship [6sq] they have 34 sq to go.

 

Page 30

Airgirl moves out to fire again knocking a guard out

the remaining guard runs another 6 sq [28 to go]

 

Page 31

Airgirl blasts the last guard, with such a powerful blast that he is knocked into the sea unconscious.

He drowns

 

Page 32

Airgirl picks up Stretch again and flys to the stern of the ship going along its hull.

 

Page 33

Airgirl finds a open port hole in the rear structure on deck 5

 

Page 34

Airgirl uses her Air sense to look in the porthole, she can not sense anything due to the distrubted air around the porthole

 

Page 35

Stretch sticks his head in and sees a crewman with feet on desk watching monitors

He uses a wrestle move, using his long reach, and throttles him.

 

Page 36

Stretch slips in with some trouble while Airgirl has no such issues

They tie up the crewman and look at the monitors

 

Page 37

The monitors say Vulcan 1 and Vulcan 2 and show radar and camera pictures

They soon work out that these are a pair of Vulcan Gatling guns on the bridge wings.

Just as well they came in low

 

Page 38

Airgirl finds the controls and switch them off, Stretch pulls some wires out to make sure they can not be quickly turned back on.

 

Page 39

They listen at the one door in this room, all they can hear is the normal sounds of a ship.

 

Page 40

Stretch opens the door and checks the corridor going left and right

There are other doors along this passage and stairs at each end.

 

Page 41

They go left to the stairs and listen.

 

Page 42

They head up the stairs, towards what they hope will be the bridge.

 

Page 43

at the door marked bridge they listen

they hear two voices taking about the fog which they have entered.

 

Page 44

Stretch opens the door.

‘Whose opened the door and let the fog in’

 

Page 45

Stretch grabs one crewman snapping a arm bone, which causes a scream, as he goes unconscious

he then grabs the other crewman doing the same

 

Page 46

On the bridge rapidly filling with fog, they close the door.

The captain and First officer are on the floor

 

Page 47

Looking at the controls Airgirl works out how to set a course for Iceland.

A plaque tells them that the ship has a crew of  Captain; first officer; 2 seamen; Chief Engineer; Ast Engineer; 2 Engineer’s

 

Page 48

A room check shows a ship plan shows that accommodation is on decks 3 and 4

 

Page 49

With the radio room by the bridge they enter and send a message to their government contact

they are told that if they do not report in an hour the ship will be bombed to make sure that NightHaunt can not regain control. Even if it causes local contamination.

 

Page 50

The two of them head down to decks 3 and 4 and start to check rooms looking for NightHaunt.

 

Page 51

on deck 3 they run into a patrol of 2 men and a flying demon

 

Page 52

Airgirl blasts the demon knocking it back

Stretch ‘Are you ready to rumble?’ then using his long wrestling manoeuvres he bone snaps  the two guards and uses the second one to smash into the demon, which goes boom and falls into dust.

 

Page 53

They shove the guards into one room and pick up the guns to put into another.

They open the door and see a large occupied suite

 

Page 54

The large plush room has NightHaunt and 3 demons in it.

A wave of fear hits Airgirl and Stretch, she is unaffected but even with his mental preperation Stretch is pushed back out the door by his fear.

Airgirl tries to create a whirlwind around NightHaunt but catches a demon. instead [he uses a demon to protect himself]

 

Page 55

Airgirl drops the whirlwind and attempts to hit NightHaunt again and again catches a demon.

Stretch breaks the fear.

NightHaunt causes the area to fall into total darkness moves slightly and fires his laser at Airgirl but misses.

 

Page 56

Airgirl uses her whirlwind again and again catches a demon, she then moves back into the corridor.

Stretch tries to find a minion to attack by using touch but fails.

NightHaunt Hits Stretch with his laser and knocks him into the wall.

 

Page 57

Airgirl  moves back in and throws a whirlwind put again catches a minion

Stretch finds a minon and kocks it out with a boom.

NightHaunt hits Airgirl with fear and she is repelled out the door again.

 

Page 58

Airgirl breaks free of her fear

Stretch grabs Nighthaunt

NightHaunt uses fear on Stretch for no effect, while the demons attack Stretch for no effect.

 

Page 59

Airgirl airblasts a demon knocking it back.

Stretch restrains NightHaunt to stop him using his fear attack

NightHaunt helped by a demon hits Stretch with his Laser

 

 Page 60

Airgirl blasts the last demon out of the air.

Stretch restrains NightHaunt to stop him using his laser

NightHuant summons 3 more demons

 

Page 61

Airgirl blasts NightHaunt hitting his forcefield

Stretch attacks a demon with the grabbled NightHaunt but misses

NightHaunt demons attack Stretch but miss. NightHaunt says ‘Ok I give up’

 

Page 62

They restrain NightHaunt and wait for the navy after letting the government know they have it all under control

 

A successful conclusion to the mission.

 

 

 

Pictures from a walk along the Two Tunnels


BASH Issue 9 Darkness


Issue 9

Darkness

Based on the Adventure ‘Threat of the Nighthaunt’ for Superworld

Other BASH stories here

 

 

Page 1 –  Airgirl and Stretch are patrolling the streets of Greater Bath, keeping an eye out for trouble they are the only members of S.A.G.A around at this time. The city streets seem oddly tense tonight.

 

Page 2 – Local police seem to be searching for something or someone and are ignoring less important crimes.

 

Page 3 – Airgirl and Stretch deal with some small scale crime.

 

Page 4 – They hear that the police are searching for some freaked out bat dude.  Apparently a dangerous criminal who escaped a few days ago. [show escape] Stretch tries to contact DC Fox but he is busy.

 

Page 5 – Sirens blast out and police cars speed down the street. Airgirl and Stretch ignore them and continue their crime busting.

 

Page 6 – Later that evening. Stretch gets hold of Fox and asks about the escapee.

‘Listen to this’ he says it just came in over all channels.

Just then the night sky turns black with no stars, moon or other light.

 

Page 7 – Stretch listens ‘People of the world, hear me now. I am nighthaunt, future ruler and beneficent leader of this planet. I speak to you now of a choice: submit to the power of the One True Faith or live in darkness forever.! To show that I have the might to act, look to the sky and prepare yourselves.’

 

‘This is when the sky went out’ says Fox,  ‘Nighthaunt is the one who escaped, he must have had a plan ready to go’.

 

Page 8 – The streets are full chaos as people panic and the criminal class take advantage by looting.

 

Page 9 – The evening sky comes back and the message continues live this time.

‘The choice confronts you. Submit to the faith of super-naturalism as your sole religion and to me as its one true priest, or suffer the consequences of folly. You have one day to pay me a fitting tribute of good faith. This tribute is to be an offering of ten billion in gold, five pounds of fissionable material, and a division of crack troops, enough for your leader to have the wealth and power befitting him. You have 24 hours before I blot out the sun finally and irrevocably. If you have not submitted to my leadership by that time, the blame rests upon your shoulders. Hear and obey.’

 

Page 10 – Stretch and Airgirl met up and discuss the situation, while they are a call comes in from DC Fox.

‘You are requested to met a government at the cabinet office from where you will be taken to met up with the PM.

 

 

Page 11 – Airgirl fly’s the two of them to London, at 200mph it takes two hours to reach the cabinet offices of government.

 

Page 12 – Meeting up with the government official he takes them to a secret conference room where they are introduced to the PM of the UK. She asks them to sit and plays the message again.

 

Page 13 – ‘My science aid’s believe that Nighthaught has created a giant sized version of his Light Dampening field generator. If he has it seems that it might black out the world. The military have managed to pick up the transmission quickly enough to get a partial location. It came from somewhere in the North Atlantic but we are not sure quick where.’ She continues, ‘it is up to you two to find out where and stop him, the clock is ticking and we have under 22 hours remaining. Unfortunately Captain Britain is busy and no one else is available, I have been told that you are capable heroes who can get this job done. ‘ ‘The military have a high speed long range Helicopter and pilot for your use.

 

Page 14 – ‘We also believe that a bat like creature which was part of a robbery this evening in Bath is linked to this man. The creature  disappeared in a smoke and ash, it was wearing a belt which we have here it held a couple of grenades.’

Airgirl and Stretch take a look at the belt and Airgirl notices a small leaf hooked on the belt.

Stretch knows from his wide knowledge of biology that it comes from only one plant from only one place a small island near Iceland.

 

Page 15 – With the where worked out they head for the helicopter for a 3 hour flight to the island.

 

Page 16 – With time to work Airgirl hacks the satellite control system at NASA. to use a satellite to view the island. With the sensors they can see a volcano to the west and signs of a building to the east, surrounded by forest.

 

Page 17 – Airgirl uses her talent with computers to see if there is any trace of internet communications from this island but fails to break the encryption.

 

Page 18 – 80 miles out Airgirl and Stretch leave the copter. Airgirl fly’s on the winds and uses wind to push Stretch who has taken on a sail shape.

 

Page 19 – Reaching the island they land on the volcano.

Airgirl fly’s off on her own to recon towards the building using her stealth ability as much as possible.

 

Page 20 – Flying east she comes across a road going roughly north south. Then still flying east she comes across a three way junction with one heading the way she want to go. This leads to what she takes to be the HQ.

 

Page 21 – There is a large roughly square one story building with two helicopters on the eastern side of the roof.

Outside the front is a small car park with some buggies.

 

 

Page 22 – Airgirl decides to disable the helicopters. To do this she tries to open a hatch and pull out cables.

However as soon as she touches the hatch she receives an electric shock which throws her back.

She decides to go back to Stretch.

 

 

Page 23 – Stretch has been looking around the volcano, but not found anything except plants and insects to interest him.

 

Page 24 – Airgirl carries Stretch in a whirlwind to the HQ, getting close she uses her air control to whip up a mist to cover them from cameras.

Stretch stretches up to the roof and making his arm micro sized goes through the copter exhaust to reach the fan blades, being careful not to touch the outside surface.

 

 

Page 25 – He touches the fan and receives a shock, however he rides it out and crushes the fan blade.

 

 

Page 26 – He does the same to the second helicopter again receiving a shock as he does so.

 

 

Page 27 – Stretch moves to the roof door and listens.

He uses hi micro size to get into the lock and open the door.

However an alarm goes off when the door opens.

 

Page 28 – The two of them leave the roof and go round to the front door, assuming guards will be heading for the roof.

Stretch reaches the front door and is caught by a area icy blast and caught in a prison of ice.

‘Not those Chill guns again’ thinks Stretch.

 

Page 29 –  Airgirl takes out the guard post hidden in the trees by the car park.

Stretch breaks free of the ice prison.

 

Page 30 – Stretch opens the front door, and pears into the entrance.

A blast of ice shards come towards him and he uses the door as cover.

The door is riddled by small ice shards.

 

 

Page 31 – Airgirl goes to the roof and starts to air blast the big radio dish up there. [Assuming it is the method of transmitting the dark]

 

Stretch reaches out to grab the guard 10′ away and knocks him out.

 

 

Page 32 – Stretch moves in and opens the door on the left.

Airgirl continues to blast the dish

 

 

Page 33 – Stretch sees that the room is a machine shop and sees three people working there.

Airgirl sees two small winged demon like creatures approaching her. She moves away from them to 150′ and hits out at one of them with a air blast knocking it back.

 

Page 34 – The demons fly closer and Airgirl again moves away. [she seems to be faster than them]

Stretch leave the room and moves over to the door on the right and opens it.

 

Page 35 – Airgirl attacks the demon again this time it goes boom and vanishes in a puff of smoke and dust. She then moves back away from the second demon.

Stretch Picks the lock of the door and enters. Instantly he is encased in ice again. [He really does hate these chill guns.

 

Page 36 – Airgirl takes out the second demon.

Stretch escapes from the ice prison and avoids a hail of ice shards from the two guards.

 

Page 37 – Stretch takes out both guards with his long arm reach using his wrestling.

Airgirl gets back to blasting the dish, which is very tough.

 

Page 38 – Stretch having dealt with the guards interrogates the scientist in the tool room.

Airgirl keeps up her air blasts on the dish.

 

Page 39 – Stretch retrains the scientist and makes him talk.

He finds out that Nighthuant is in the next room and that he has no chance.

 

Page 40 – Airgirl comes under attack by two guards who miss with their ice shards.

Her air blast back kills on and knocks out the other.

 

Page 41 – Stretch ties up the scientist with his own coat.

Airgirl goes back to blasting the very tough dish.

 

Page 42 – Airgirl al last finishes off the dish wich is bent out of shape.

She then takes up a air patrol.

Stretch moves back outside

 

Page 43 – Stretch calls to Airgirl who fly’s down to him

 

Page 44 – They go back into the HQ together

Airgirl blasts open the door to the control room.

 

 

Page 45 – They move to the open door and see a control room, with many panels of controls, a computer and five scientists. Naghthaunt, two guards and three demons.

 

Page 46 – Nighthaunt starts his monologue.

‘Why fight the inevitable, just submit and join me’

‘You lackeys of the state why suffer for those weaker than you?’

‘I will black out the world if they do not recognise me as its ruler’

and so on

 

 

Page 47 – Waiting for him to finish Airgirl lets go with her airblast, but he seems to avoid it.

Stretch kills one guard and knocks out the other, he also causes a demon to go boom.

Nighthaunt does two things, one he activates his fear which dazes Stretch. Then he puts the room into darkness.

 

Page 48 – Airgirl blasts another demon which goes boom, using her air sense to target.

Stretch breaks free of his fear.

Nighthaunt fires his laser at Airgirl, using his radar sense for targeting. Airgirl not being built to take hits suffers from this blast.

 

Page 49 – Airgirl fires up her wind wall [force field] to protect herself

Stretch manages to feel out a demon and squash it.

Nighthaunt uses his laser on Airgirl again and knocks her out. [one down]

 

Page 50 -Stretch searches with his limbs for another target.

Highthaunt blasts him with his invisible laser

 

Page 51 – Stretch finds Nighthaunt [hero die]and grabs him. Highthaunts force field protects him from harm for now.

Nighthaunt uses fear on Stretch again.

 

Page 52 – Stretch is dazed and Nighthaunt blasts him with his laser and knocks him out as well.

 

Page 53 – Nighthaunt has his men carry off the heroes.

What will he do to them now that his plan is thwarted by the damaged dish?

 

Notes for my talk today God loves me even when I follow.


Link to recorded version on church website here  for the next 8 weeks.

 

God loves me even when – I Follow 

Theme

Some think that even though they follow God and believe, that God does not love them

They are not quite good enough to count as holy to receive from Him.

However God loves all who follow His Son even when they are not getting it all right.

 

No Matter what God loves those who follow Him.

We can not be separated from His love

He will answer with good things when we ask, especially His Holy Spirit

We might doubt and wonder about how much He can love us but it is total. He knows us and still loves us.

 

Readings

Luke 15:11-32 & Luke 11 9-13

Romans 8 31-39

Psalm 139

 

  • Over the last weeks we have looked at ‘God loves me even when …..’ I am Small and Broken,  Weak and Afraid,  I forgot and get of course.

This week we will be looking at  ‘I Follow’, in many way’s these all tie together, we can be a follower of Jesus and still feel that I am to small, broken, Weak, afraid and lost for God to really love me. However the bible shows the lie in that train of thought.

 

  • Over the years I have found many committed followers of Jesus who do not really believe He loves them.

 

Some think that even though they follow God and believe in Him, that God does not love them

 

I am not good enough

I am not important enough

others are in more need

I am to small

He has more important things to worry about

and many other thoughts

 

However God loves all who follow His Son even when they are not getting it all right.

 

Today we look at why I believe that and I do believe that.

 

 

  • We can be a follower of Jesus and still feel that I am to small, broken, Weak, afraid and lost for God to really love me. However the bible shows the lie in that train of thought. Jesus loves you even if as a follower you fall short of what you think He expects. Nothing can separate us from His love.

 

Our reading from Romans says

And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus.’

 

Paul could not think of anything that could remove us from Gods love

Can you.

What do you think you can do which will mean God no longer loves you?

 

 

Many over the years have held on to these words of Paul.

He may have suffered but he knew God loved Him.

 

  • When Paul arrived, the Jewish leaders from Jerusalem gathered around and made many serious accusations they couldn’t prove. Paul denied the charges. “I am not guilty of any crime against the Jewish laws or the Temple or the Roman government,” he said. Then Festus, wanting to please the Jews, asked him, “Are you willing to go to Jerusalem and stand trial before me there?”
    Acts of the Apostles 25:7-9 NLT

Faith means trusting God. ‘Faith’, as C.S. Lewis wrote, ‘is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted, in spite of your changing moods.’

 

It is hard to trust God when everything seems to be going wrong.

Our emotions and our heart can draw us back into old ways of doing things.

WE forget what our rational decision to follow God when we are disappointed, angry ect.

 

 

Paul did during his life and many others in the bible and since have trusted in Gods love for them during their struggles.

They like me knew deep in themselves that God really did love them.

 

  • Life is a set of challenges, problems and hassles. We sometimes imagine that if we could just deal with the immediate challenge that we are facing, all our problems would be over. But life is not like that. If we resolve one problem, others are just around the corner.

    The temptation is to see these challenges as preventing us from carrying out the ministry God has given us. In actual fact, dealing with the problems is the ministry. As one former Bishop of Kensington put it: ‘These are not the problems associated with the ministry, they are the ministry.’

Nicky Gumball

 

Romans 8

35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 36 (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”) 37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.

 

What difficulties are you struggling with which God might be wanting to use to further your ministry for Him?

 

I spoke before about how God has got me to see how although I am weak and broken He has a use for my small light.

 

 

  • “God’s timing is not always our timing. He sometimes does things little by little. When we become Christians and break down the idols in our lives, we might expect all our weaknesses and vices to be driven out at once, but character transformation is a long process. Little by little, he transforms us into the likeness of Christ as we listen and obey, working out our salvation with fear and trembling” Read in World Live

 

Just because we are struggling as a follower does not mean He does not love us, in fact the opposite is true it shows His love as He stays with us as he brings change in us.

 

Romans 8

31 What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? 32 Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else?

 

If God suffered to show His love how can we doubt He does.

 

 

  • Luke 15

28 “The older brother was angry and wouldn’t go in. His father came out and begged him, 29 but he replied, ‘All these years I’ve slaved for you and never once refused to do a single thing you told me to. And in all that time you never gave me even one young goat for a feast with my friends. 30 Yet when this son of yours comes back after squandering your money on prostitutes, you celebrate by killing the fattened calf!’ 31 “His father said to him, ‘Look, dear son, you have always stayed by me, and everything I have is yours.

 

Do you feel like the older son?

Never given anything by God, working all the time for Him but not loved?

 

Then remember the last few words of this passage.

“His father said to him, ‘Look, dear son, you have always stayed by me, and everything I have is yours.

 

Everything God has is promised to you,

Yes their is great celebration for each new person who turns to God, however that does not mean He loves those who have followed for a long time any less.

For everything is already theirs.

 

  • Luke 11:9-13

9 “And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.

11 “You fathers—if your children ask for a fish, do you give them a snake instead? 12 Or if they ask for an egg, do you give them a scorpion? Of course not! 13 So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him.”

 

As a follower of Jesus you are a child of God, you have access to all He has.

Each of us just has to ask.

 

Often that is the problem, we do not believe we are worthy enough to ask.

 

Like the other son, we just put our head down and work day after day at following.

 

However what is the point of following like that and never accessing the Love the Father has for you?

 

When I came to faith it was with a great revelation of just how much I was loved by God.

I know I can ask my mum for any help I need and she will give it, I know I can ask any of you for help and you will give it.

I know even deeper that I can ask for help from my Lord and He will give it.

He will give just what I need.

 

I know I can because I have experienced His deep love for me

 

God wants to support His followers those who trust and have faith in His love.

 

  • Psalm 139

1 O Lord, you have searched me out and known me;

you know my sitting down and my rising up;

you discern my thoughts from afar.

2 You mark out my journeys and my resting place

and are acquainted with all my ways.

3 For there is not a word on my tongue,

but you, O Lord, know it altogether.

4 You encompass me behind and before

and lay your hand upon me.

5 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,

so high that I cannot attain it.

6 Where can I go then from your spirit?

Or where can I flee from your presence?

 

God knows all you are going through all your thoughts.

He just wants you to bring them to Him and ask for His help.

He can not help if you do not ask.

When you ask He will answer.

 

Can any of you tell us how you have struggled to ask for Gods help and what happen when you did eventually ask?

[Letti]

 

 

  • Know this you are loved even if you do not think yourself worthy.

 

The bible is full of signs of how much God loves his children.

You and I are His children.

 

 

WE ARE LOVED, so much that He gave His LIFE for YOU.

  • Let Us Pray

 

 

I want each of you to feel that you can bring to God your current needs.

So we will have a period of quite for you to do that.

 

Father God we come to you with our needs, our fears, our hopes and to know your love.

 

Send your Spirit to show us Jesus and therefore your love for us.

 

Send your Spirit to show us that you care about our problems know matter how small they might seem.

 

You are after all the God who knows how many hairs we each have.

 

Give us faith enough to trust that we can ask and will recive.

 

All this we ask in the Name of Jesus God who died for us.

Amen

 

 

If you would like prayer for anything and would like to be prayed with, please come to Clare, myself, Robert or one of the other prayer ministry team and we will pray for you to know the deep love Jesus has for you and bring together your needs to Him.

 

God wants us to pray for each other and through that He will show his love as we ask of His blessings.

 

 

 

 

 


Notice sheet piece

Does God love me even when I follow Him?

Over the last weeks we have looked at ‘God loves me even when  …..’ I am Small and Broken,  Weak and Afraid,  I forgot and get of course.  Some of these talks are still available on the website to listen to.

This week we will be looking at  ‘I Follow’, in many way’s these all tie together, we can be a follower of Jesus and still feel that I am to small, broken, Weak, afraid and lost for God to really love me. However the bible shows the lie in that train of thought. Jesus loves you even if as a follower you fall short of what you think He expects.  Nothing can separate us from His love.

‘And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus.’ [1]

You may have suffered from those who said they loved you but you will not from the Father. The story of the prodigal son [2] shows God’s love for those who wander away and the ones who do not. The elder son did not believe he was loved as much as the wandering son, but he was, he had just not asked for anything. [3]  Know this you are loved even if you do not think yourself worthy.

[1] Romans  8:38-39

[2] Luke 15:11-32

[3] Luke 11 9-13

The Stories of Errath the Bard Chapter 2 Part 8


Part 8

Earlier parts here

 

With a decision to now move on we make a travelling hammock from the boar spear and the iron quarter staff and the tent parts. In this Gnoman will travel along with excess equipment carried on the shoulders of James and myself.  while Thorn uses the map and guides us out of the forest. After some hours following the map and the hidden trails it shows we reach the end of the wood. As we reach open country the map disappears, ‘so they are happy to see us go but not to come’. James and I argue on the way to town about many things.  After a few more hours we reach the town gates.

 

The gate guard stop us and want to search for stolen goods, they have been warned about the activities of Gnoman and want to make sure that our group have no stolen goods. I try to convince them that we have been out in the wilds and not robbing locals but they are having nothing of it. Suddenly he changes his tack and becomes very friendly and helpful telling the others that we are all right.  It turns out that James cast Charm Person on him. As we pass under the gate James tells the guard to keep on eye out for Bridgid a half orc wererat.  Having entered the town we head for the Crones Cradle to speak to Yathlanae about Lady Moonsong. Is it a good idea to take the letter, which we show her, to her or just leave it with someone to take for us. Yathlanae says, ‘either way she is not going to be a happy lady, if you want to see if she will still pay you then take it yourself’. We ask a bit more about Lady Moonsong before asking about getting healing for Gnoman’s sight, Yathlanae directs us to the temple of Galendaar and Cleric Stagfoe.

 

We reach the temple and I talk to Stagfoe giving him the back story of Gnoman’s loss of sight. We are told that he can ask Galendaar to heal Gnoman’s sight, however a donation would be required. After a little conversation we decide to give the crown, chalice and sickle to the temple as a local history artefact, in exchange Gnoman’s sight is restored in a service and I am given a wooden shield  the temple has, this shield is magical and grants me more protection against missiles. [+1 +4 Vs missiles]

 

With evening coming on we head for the Red Boar and take two double rooms for the night and I entertain the locals by singing during the evening. It is good to have a comfortable bed under me and the security of civilisation to have a peaceful sleep. We wake to a tasty breakfast and prepare to go and see Lady Moonsong.

 

The guards at Moonsong manor are surly and aggressive but let us in to see her ladyship. Lady Moonsong is not a happy person she talks softly but is very angry. She wants to know where her son is, why they have not brought him back and why they failed to see past the Fey deceptions. Each time we try to explain she talks over us asking where is my son. We do not realise that within her questions she cast a spell to read our thoughts until later when we recall that she stopped us and said so I now see that you where deceived by an illusion of my son rather than meeting my son and bringing him home. ‘Just go you are not the heroes I thought you where or Thedwell lead me to believe you where, in fact where is my aid? Thedwell where are you hiding? what do you have to say for yourself? Go on go I will not forget what you have caused me to suffer this day’.

 

We leave wondering what she will do to us in the future but knowing there is not a lot we can do about it.  As we head back to town storm clouds roll quickly in and a thunder storm starts. A bolt of lightening hits the ground ahead of us and from the smoke steps a very tall figure. A very shadowy Storm Giant, we all assume a illusion and try to disbelieve however it is unaffected by our unbelief. The shock of this massive giant shocks us all giving it time to move to engage us with its great sword.

 

I am fast in reacting one after the shock and throw a javelin at the giant but somehow miss the big target. James starts to cast a spell and Thorn throws a vail of holy water at the giant, which although it hits seems to have no effect. The Giant then swings its sword in a sweeping attack against all 3 of us, Gnoman is behind and therefore out of reach and has gone invisible. The sword hits me and smashes my arm, it then hits James injuring his leg we both are knocked down. The sword then hits Thorn, Thorn blocks with his shield which takes the hit losing a chunk out of it in the possess. [Passive block by a large shield]

James manages to continue to cast his spell while Thorn moves back into range of the giant having been knocked back as does the giant.

Thorn awaits the blow which the giant delivers, this time he parries with his shield.

 

James finishes hi spell and goes invisible [it takes extra time due to him wearing armour]. Thorn moves to a hedge to try to hide and get behind the giant, while the invisible Gnoman casts the sound of a Charging Bull behind the giant.

James drinks a potion of major healing restoring his leg, Thorn crawls along in the hedge. The Storm Giant turns away from us, the only one he can see is me bleeding out on the ground,  heading towards the town.

 

As the giant approaches the town it is hit by many arrows and then disappears. As it does we see Lady Moonsong on her walls.

 

We go back to the temple and have my wound dealt with and then we decide to revisit Gnoman’s family and stay with them for a while.

 

Notes for Talk on God loves me even when – I am small or broken


A recorded talk is here http://www.ascensionbath.org.uk/sermons/  for the next 8 weeks.

Readings                    Isaiah 42 1-4               Matthew 12 9-21; 33-37         Psalm 31

Theme – God loves me even when -I am small or broken

  • v Many of us feel as though we are unimportant, we are broken, weak, our impact for god is small, we feel unloved due to our failings.

Jesus talked about being lights to the world but we hardly feel we are a tea light glowing dimly for a short time.

We feel that we are not the perfect person God wanted and made.

However when you make something and invest it with a lot of your love how do you feel about it when it gets damaged?

 

  • v Which is better.

Large candle or tea light  [have both and light them]

This pot or this one [my superman pot or the one I made]

a big powerful important person of faith or a small shy person of faith?

God doesn’t see it this way, even a flickering light is important, in our readings God says he will not put out a flickering candle.

 

  • v Talk about how god spoke to me about my worth through a tea light.

 

  • v Spend some time thinking about the things you do for God no matter  how small.

 

 

  • v Are they important, do you think God is pleased that you did it?

Do you think he would rather have snuffed it out?

 

Our Psalm 31 talked about people avoiding us about how broken I am

 

To my enemies I’m a monster;
I’m ridiculed by the neighbours.
My friends are horrified;
they cross the street to avoid me.
They want to blot me from memory,
    forget me like a corpse in a grave,
    discard me like a broken dish in the trash.
But you Lord see even the broken and weak as important, you delight in what they do.

From Romans 9

21Doesn’t a potter have the right to make a fancy bowl and a plain bowl out of the same lump of clay?”

This is because you made us and invested us with your image, your love, and time.

Like when we make something it holds a special place for us even when it gets a little cracked and broken we are held in a special place by God who made us.

Genesis 1 26 Then God said, “Let us make human beings[b] in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth,[c] and the small animals that scurry along the ground.”

27 So God created human beings[d] in his own image.
In the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.

Think about that for a while.

You may ask, ‘Why did you make me like this?’. However God made us, it is to serve a purpose in his great plan. Move from resistance to gratitude.   Steve Silvester

 

  • v How does it make you feel that God loves you even as a small light or a cracked pot.

He loves you the way you are because life has crafted what he made into this.

He understands all you have experienced over the years, the things that have influenced you.

You might feel broken weak or unimportant but you are not.

Even a dim light in the darkness can save a life, even a broken pot can bring living water to a person who is thirsty.

 

Jesus loved the man with the deformed hand enough to bring healing to him even when the law said he should not.  Doing good is not limited by law, ability or size, it is what God does and wants.

 

  • v It is by the fruit you bring forth that you are known, not by how much or how big but by some good coming from your life.

A tea light might not seem much but at the right time it can make a big difference.

 

A broken cup might not seem much but can make a difference if that is all that is available.

 

Accept what you are and give of what you are, as a tree ages if gives less fruit but it does still bear fruit even if only one small apple.

 

God loves you because you are His made in His image and made for a purpose which no one else can fill.

Accept that love and flourish as you are.

Small and Broken is just what might be needed.

 

He loves you so much that he died just for you.

 

Time of open prayer and reflection

 

 

Notice Sheet

This week we are starting a summer series called God loves me even when……

Many of us wonder if God loves us in all situations, we will cover many of these over the summer weeks. From this weeks ‘I am Small and Broken’ through ‘I am Weak and Afraid’, ‘I follow’, ‘I am Lost and Sick’, ‘I am Strong’, ‘I lead’ and many others. Each week we will look at the subject and see what the bible says about how God sees it and us.

Many of us feel as though we are unimportant, we are broken, weak, that our impact for god is small, we feel unloved due to our failings. Jesus talked about being lights to the world but we hardly feel we are more than a tea light glowing dimly for a short time rather than the bright light God wants. We feel that we are not the perfect person God wanted and made.

Many of us compare ourselves to others and just see a broken person or a small flickering light compared to the big people and bright lights around us. We then wonder if God can love us at all. The good news is that we are made in His image and He loves us flaws and all. In fact its our weaknesses and strengths that make us the people God made us to be. Our individuality is what makes us valuable to God and his plans.

We hope over the summer to help show that Gods love is massive, much bigger than we often think.

 

 

 

Matthew 12

Then Jesus went over to their synagogue, 10 where he noticed a man with a deformed hand. The Pharisees asked Jesus, “Does the law permit a person to work by healing on the Sabbath?” (They were hoping he would say yes, so they could bring charges against him.)

11 And he answered, “If you had a sheep that fell into a well on the Sabbath, wouldn’t you work to pull it out? Of course you would. 12 And how much more valuable is a person than a sheep! Yes, the law permits a person to do good on the Sabbath.”

13 Then he said to the man, “Hold out your hand.” So the man held out his hand, and it was restored, just like the other one! 14 Then the Pharisees called a meeting to plot how to kill Jesus.

Jesus, God’s Chosen Servant

15 But Jesus knew what they were planning. So he left that area, and many people followed him. He healed all the sick among them, 16 but he warned them not to reveal who he was. 17 This fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah concerning him:

18 “Look at my Servant, whom I have chosen.
He is my Beloved, who pleases me.
I will put my Spirit upon him,
and he will proclaim justice to the nations.
19 He will not fight or shout
or raise his voice in public.
20 He will not crush the weakest reed
or put out a flickering candle.
Finally he will cause justice to be victorious.
21 And his name will be the hope
of all the world.”

 

33 “A tree is identified by its fruit. If a tree is good, its fruit will be good. If a tree is bad, its fruit will be bad. 34 You brood of snakes! How could evil men like you speak what is good and right? For whatever is in your heart determines what you say. 35 A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. 36 And I tell you this, you must give an account on judgment day for every idle word you speak. 37 The words you say will either acquit you or condemn you.”

 

 

 

Isaiah 42 

“Look at my servant, whom I strengthen.
He is my chosen one, who pleases me.
I have put my Spirit upon him.
He will bring justice to the nations.
He will not shout
or raise his voice in public.
He will not crush the weakest reed
or put out a flickering candle.
He will bring justice to all who have been wronged.
He will not falter or lose heart
until justice prevails throughout the earth.
Even distant lands beyond the sea will wait for his instruction


Psalm 31

R Lord, I have come to you for protection;
don’t let me be disgraced.

Save me, for you do what is right.
Turn your ear to listen to me;
rescue me quickly.
Be my rock of protection,
a fortress where I will be safe.
You are my rock and my fortress.
For the honor of your name, lead me out of this danger.
Pull me from the trap my enemies set for me,
for I find protection in you alone.  R
I entrust my spirit into your hand.
Rescue me, Lord, for you are a faithful God.

I hate those who worship worthless idols.
I trust in the Lord.
I will be glad and rejoice in your unfailing love,
for you have seen my troubles,
and you care about the anguish of my soul.
You have not handed me over to my enemies
but have set me in a safe place.

Have mercy on me, Lord, for I am in distress.
Tears blur my eyes.
My body and soul are withering away.
10 I am dying from grief;
my years are shortened by sadness.
Sin has drained my strength;
I am wasting away from within. R
11 I am scorned by all my enemies
and despised by my neighbors—
even my friends are afraid to come near me.
When they see me on the street,
they run the other way.
12 I am ignored as if I were dead,
as if I were a broken pot.  R
13 
I have heard the many rumors about me,
and I am surrounded by terror.
My enemies conspire against me,
plotting to take my life.

14 But I am trusting you, O Lord,
saying, “You are my God!”
15 My future is in your hands.
Rescue me from those who hunt me down relentlessly.
16 Let your favor shine on your servant.
In your unfailing love, rescue me.  R
17 Don’t let me be disgraced, O Lord,
for I call out to you for help.
Let the wicked be disgraced;
let them lie silent in the grave.[a]
18 Silence their lying lips—
those proud and arrogant lips that accuse the godly.

19 How great is the goodness
you have stored up for those who fear you.
You lavish it on those who come to you for protection,
blessing them before the watching world.   R
20 You hide them in the shelter of your presence,
safe from those who conspire against them.
You shelter them in your presence,
far from accusing tongues.

21 Praise the Lord,
for he has shown me the wonders of his unfailing love.
He kept me safe when my city was under attack.
22 In panic I cried out,
“I am cut off from the Lord!”
But you heard my cry for mercy
and answered my call for help.

23 Love the Lord, all you godly ones!
For the Lord protects those who are loyal to him,
but he harshly punishes the arrogant.
24 So be strong and courageous,
all you who put your hope in the Lord!  R

 

 

A few pictures from West Bay


We went to West Bay a few weeks back these are some pictures

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