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 ancient prayer:
Maranatha. Come, Lord Jesus.
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 10:38-end
Now as they went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying. But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him and asked, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.”
- Who do you identify with most in this story?
- What are the things that are distracting you from focussing on Jesus?
- What is Jesus saying to you today?
Lord Jesus, thank you for inviting me to draw close to you. Help me to free myself from distractions. Amen.
Say a prayer today for those who are struggling with the stress and busyness of life.
On our church list today we pray for:
Briyanna Mvoto, Yinka, Yoanna and Zaza
Elizabeth, Ore, Fifi and Victoria
Let’s finish by praying this blessing:
To our troubled world: peace from Christ.
To our searching world: love from Christ.
To our waiting world: hope from Christ.