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Thought for the Day by Phil Moon (Vicar)
Praying in a global pandemic? Of course we do.
Last Friday we had a good pray for the NHS, and we’ll be praying each Wednesday at 7.00pm for half an hour on Zoom, not just for the NHS but for our country and beyond. When you’re in a pickle the natural response is to cry for help; that’s what we’ll be doing, and I’m sure we’ve all been praying for our country a lot in recent months. Crying for help. And our prayer meetings are a communal call for help.
It’s always particularly struck me how communal the early churches were, and I’ve been reminded of it again just this week. They ate together, they did evangelism together, they met together, they shared possessions together, they suffered together, and when things were good or perhaps particularly when things were bad, they prayed together. Of course they did.
Here’s just one example from Act 12. I love v5 “So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him.” Of course they were. It’s what we expect isn’t it?
And I think if you asked people around here what they’d expect the church to be doing during a global pandemic, some of them at least would be expecting us to be praying. Together. Of course they would.
Praying in a global pandemic? Of course we do.
Thought for the Day by Simon James-Morse (Minister of Goldstone Church)
11 For this is the message which you [believers] have heard from the beginning [of your relationship with Christ], that we should [unselfishly] love and seek the best for one another;
16 By this we know [and have come to understand the depth and essence of His precious] love: that He [willingly] laid down His life for us [because He loved us]. And we ought to lay down our lives for the believers.
1 John 3:11, 16 (AMP)
It is easy to say the words, “I love you.” But putting these words into action is much more difficult because it requires more of us. It means being inconvenienced for someone – even laying down our lives for one another. Hopefully, we won’t ever have to ‘take a bullet’ or jump in front of a speeding train for someone. However, we may be called to put our agenda to one side and place the interests and needs of others before our own. As Christians, we are called to show this love-in-action to our families and our communities.
This calling is costly. It requires that we forgive, speak the truth, carry each other’s burdens, pray for one another, and yes, even lay down our own self-interests. It means living out all those “one another” Bible passages. This is a great calling and one we cannot do on our own. We need the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives to love others.
But when we love with more than just words, we are following Jesus’ example. To see the grandest gesture of love, look to the cross at Calvary. This is complete, pure and unconditional love in action. When we realise what Jesus did for us, we respond by loving Him – and loving others.
Dear Lord, the call to love others more than myself is a hard one. I confess that, deep down, I am selfish and prideful by nature. I need Your help to show true love to those You have placed in my life. Help me to love my family through my actions. Help me to love my friends through my tone of voice and attitude. Help me to love my co-workers by gladly doing things for them that seem hard or uninteresting. Thank You that through the power of the Holy Spirit I can be a light for You by the way I treat others. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Thought for the Day by Matt Jones (Associate Minister for Music)
A real New Years resolution
We are back in the post-exilic period again! (See 08/01 for Ezra thought for the day)
This time we are in the account of Nehemiah. Ezra is involved, you can find him back in chapter 8, and with the other priests and Levites they are teaching and instructing the people. It may be worth you slowly reading through these chapters at another time, but to give you a summary:
Chapter 8 - Ezra and co. teach people what God’s word says
Chapter 9 - The people realise they haven’t lived rightly before God, according to His word, and confess their sins
Chapter 10 - After confessing their sin, the people recommit to God with promises.
This pattern we see in Scripture often. God’s Word leads people to repent and to recommit to God.
I don’t know if you made a New Years Resolution this year. To be honest, I think it’s gone out of fashion. It could be because people don’t really want to commit to change! It’s much easier to attempt to live up to standard you didn’t promise. But when faced with real truth, the truth of God’s Word, it cuts us to the quick (Hebrews 4:12) and we need to change.
So maybe you didn’t make a New Years Resolution this year, but there is always a good moment to turn to God, confess our sins and failings to Him, and to recommit this year and the rest of our live to Him.
Pray for the NHS with Phil and Anna
“Faithful in Prayer”
If you missed the video earlier in the week about praying for the NHS the video is below.
Reminder that there will be a prayer meeting specifically for the the NHS with Phil and Anna on Zoom on this evening, 7.30. The link is on ChurchSuite or click the button below
Let’s be Faithful in Prayer for the NHS.
Thought for the Day by Rich Arnold
Mental Health Awareness 2021
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