Ever since Easter Sunday (remember that?) our church candle has burned brightly throughout each service. Ferried across weekly from Jess’ house to mine and back again), it’s been a constant presence amongst the many changes we have encountered. The light shining in the dark of course is a picture of Christian hope, taken from the beginning of John’s gospel, which helps make the wait of the Advent season more bearable, where we anticipate the coming (1st & 2nd) of Jesus.
In our service today, Andy helped us reflect on the nature of God who always keeps his promise. Whilst we continue to wait, anticipate and long for change, may we bask in the light of Christ, who illuminates our darkness.
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Sunday 28th June
Mark this time as one set aside for God by focusing on your breathing.
Count to 5 as you breathe in, hold your breath for another 5, and then exhale slowly again counting to 5.
You might want to think about the things you want to receive from God: holding a word in your mind as you breathe in, and equally share with Him a word concerning something particular that you want to hand over and leave with Him (perhaps a worry, care, concern or failing) when you breathe out.
We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check.
When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. But no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness.
James 3:2-5 & 8-9
- Can you think of times where your tongue has let you and God down?
- Use it now to praise God instead
"In prayer it is better to have a heart without words, than words without a heart” John Bunyan
Pray this evening, reflecting on the good things of God that you have received from him today.
Pray for our leadership team as they discern how best to respond to the possibilities of re-opening Positive Steps, and Sunday services in the near future.
Church members: Alex, Lee and Nicky Ellis; Angelina, Didi and Alicia.
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.
Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy.
Sustain and support the anxious,
be with those who care for the sick,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may find comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.
And a final blessing
May the peace of the Lord Christ go with us,
wherever He may send us.
May He guide us through the wilderness,
protect us through the storm.
May He bring us home rejoicing
at the wonders He has shown us.
May He bring us home rejoicing
Once again into our doors.