The house is pretty quiet here once again as the younger members of our household have left for their first day of school. It's a day mixed with anxiety and excitement for them because it is new.
New starts are always a little scary, I suspect when we go back into the building for our main service in a couple of weeks time there will be that same sense of nervousness and excitement but I also suspect that new starts are also good for us (it al part of that glorious gospel that we proclaim).
Fear can hold us back from doing so much but it is in embracing fear that we are stretched and we grow. It is going to be different when our main service is back in the building (13th September technology allowing), it won't be a case of "getting back to normal" but there is something special about meeting together (safely). As I found this week, when I met my parents for the first time physically since last Christmas, meeting online is good but it can never replace seeing each other in person.
I look to seeing you all face to face very soon.
p.s. I am sending out PPP on behalf of Simon this week who will be back with us on Sunday.
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.
Tychicus will tell you all the news about me; he is a beloved brother, a faithful minister, and a fellow-servant in the Lord. I have sent him to you for this very purpose, so that you may know how we are and that he may encourage your hearts; he is coming with Onesimus, the faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you. They will tell you about everything here. Aristarchus my fellow-prisoner greets you, as does Mark the cousin of Barnabas, concerning whom you have received instructions—if he comes to you, welcome him. And Jesus who is called Justus greets you. Colossians 4:7-11a
How do other brothers & sisters in the faith encourage you?
How might you be an encouragement to others?
"Our prayers may be awkward. Our attempts may be feeble. But since the power of prayer is in the one who hears it and not in the one who says it, our prayers do make a difference." - Max Lucado
Church family: Matthew Wilson Sharon Finn
Pray for those who are alone too much at present, and for those who can never be alone.
Pray for opportunities to be an encourager of others today, (& a willingness to then do it!)
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.