One of the most surprising and precious things about this time has been the outpouring of kindness, of generosity and gratitude. People willing to share what they have to help out a friend or a stranger. Despite the negative media, more often than not, when I encounter others I am blessed and I hope that they are blessed too. Our connection to others matter and it is often in our shared humanity and our shared vulnerability that we connect.
Before I was at Brunswick, I was in a group of churches that used to do foot washing on Maundy Thursday. I never felt comfortable with it. I was really happy to wash the feet of others but the thought of allowing someone to serve me in the same way filled me with horror. How could I allow anyone to kneel before me and serve me? Yet I have found some of the deepest connections have been made with others not when I have helped them but when I have allowed myself to become vulnerable enough to let others help me.
In a time when many of us feel disconnected, perhaps one of the best things we can do is to show kindness to others but also allow others to help us too.
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 Matthew 6:26
Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?
This is said by Jesus as part of the Sermon on the Mount. In this section of the sermon, Jesus is encouraging the crowds not to worry.
- How worried do you feel right now and what sort of things are you worrying about?
- How do you experience God’s care for you?
- What is Jesus saying to you today?
Jesus, you tell us not to worry but I confess that it is difficult. As I acknowledge your presence with me, give me courage to face those things that cause me to worry.
Say a prayer today for all key workers.
On our church list today we pray for:
Georgina and Bronwen Bull
Let’s finish by praying this blessing:
May God give us
his comfort and his peace,
his light and his joy,
now and forever.