It's been a busy old Monday morning so far. Somehow, Monday morning always seems to take us all be surprise and we're never quite ready for it.
It's an exciting week of planning ahead as we prepare to merge our Zoom and in building services into one 10:45 service from Sunday (13th September). There are lots of things to think about but it's an exciting challenge and we're looking forward to the prospect of as many as possible gathering together again (safely) to worship.
However you are feeling today and whatever you have planned, why not take a moment to offer it to God as we stop 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 say together:
The Lord is here, his Spirit is with us.
Let’s share together in the 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 6:6-11
On another sabbath he entered the synagogue and taught, and there was a man there whose right hand was withered. The scribes and the Pharisees watched him to see whether he would cure on the sabbath, so that they might find an accusation against him. Even though he knew what they were thinking, he said to the man who had the withered hand, “Come and stand here.” He got up and stood there. Then Jesus said to them, “I ask you, is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the sabbath, to save life or to destroy it?” After looking around at all of them, he said to him, “Stretch out your hand.” He did so, and his hand was restored. But they were filled with fury and discussed with one another what they might do to Jesus.
The Jewish leaders of Jesus’ time equated godly character with obedience to the law. How important is it to you to follow the rules?
How might following the rules help us to live a Christ centred life?
How might following the rules get in the way of us living a Christ centred life?
What is Jesus saying to you today?
Father God, thank you for your law of love, justice and mercy. Help me to be obedient and to follow the spirit of your law without becoming trapped by the letter of your law. Amen.
Today we pray for those who work in law enforcement and the justice system.
On our church list today we pray for:
Shirley, Kathy and Jenny Anderson
Agnes, Duke, Jayden and Jason Ablakwa
Let’s finish by praying the grace:
May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
and the love of God,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit
be with us all, now and evermore. Amen.