Apologies for the slight delay today. I have been travelling across the country to celebrate with my very nearly 5 year old niece. Over the other side of the Pennines it is beautifully sunny and warm. It's a real joy to be able to meet together again in a way we have not been able to for a very long time.
Whatever you are doing today, why not take a moment 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
The Lord is with us. Let us praise his name together.
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 Philippians 2:1-4
If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others.
- What do you think Paul means when he says that we should regard others better than ourselves?
- How might that play out in our day to day living?
- What is Jesus saying to you today?
Father God, thank you that my worth is found in my identity in you. From that place of security, help me to treat others as you would have me treat them. Amen
Say a prayer today for those who feel insecure and struggle with low self-esteem.
On our church list today we pray for:
Alex, Lee and Nicky Ellis
Angelina, Didi and Alicia
Let’s finish by praying this prayer:
In darkness and in light,
In trouble and in joy,
Help us, heavenly Father,
to trust your love,
to serve your purpose,
and to praise your name
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen