I hope you are well. Last night the church building was a hive of activity. a huge thank you to all those who were involved in the deep clean of the kitchen. People being willing to offer their time really does make a difference to what we are able to do and the types of ministry we are able to offer in our community. To be able to continue to offer food in these challenging times is very important so thank you to all who continue to make that a possibility.
We were also in the church building last night doing some more measuring and a few sums to see what might be possible to offer in the coming weeks and months in terms of events and activities while ensuring that we can all maintain a safe distance and stay safe. In a time when there are lots of restricitions it is also exciting to continue to plan for the future and to be creative with what we are able to do.
In a time of challenge it is important to remember that God is the same yesterday, today and forever. His good purposes towards his creation have not changed. Even in the darkest times, there is still so much to be hopeful about and to celebrate.
May God our Father fill you with hope, joy and expectation and we stop together to Pause, Ponder and Pray.
Take a moment now to recognise that you are in the presence of God. It might help to slow your breathing. Take a few deep breaths in and out.
Let’s pray together:
Draw us into your love Christ Jesus and deliver us from fear.
We say together our family prayer:
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.
Today’s reading is Luke 21:1-4
He looked up and saw rich people putting their gifts into the treasury; he also saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. He said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them; for all of them have contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in all she had to live on.”
- Reflect on this story as being about giving everything in worship. What does this story say to you?
- Reflect on this story as being about the religious authorities oif the time oppressing the poor? What does this story say to you?
- What is Jesus saying to you today?
Father God, thank you for the gift of your word and that you speak to us today. Help me to worship you with all that I am andive me eyes to see and act upton injustice in the world. Amen
Say a prayer today for those who are treated unjustly in our world.
On our church list today we pray for:
Kelly and Callum Moore
Pete, Alex and Bella Chadwick
Let’s finish by praying this blessing:
May God give us
his comfort and his peace,
his light and his joy,
now and forever.