Well, it is safe to say that we are definitely crossing the threshold into autumn. We've spent a lot of this year in strange and challenging circumstances and I suspect it is set to continue for a while yet.
It's easy to get discouraged but I just want us all to take a moment now to think about all we have managed to deal with during this time. Many of us have had to work differently, learn differently, socialise differently, worship differently etc. If someone told you on 1st January that you were going to have to face a global pandemic and life was going to change this dramatically, I suspect that many of us would not have believed them and even if we did, we would not have thought that we could adapt or cope.
The truth is:
You have adapted
You have coped
You are amazing
So be proud of yourself today because you are brilliant.
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 6:12-19
Now during those days he went out to the mountain to pray; and he spent the night in prayer to God. And when day came, he called his disciples and chose twelve of them, whom he also named apostles: Simon, whom he named Peter, and his brother Andrew, and James, and John, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James son of Alphaeus, and Simon, who was called the Zealot, and Judas son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.
What part does prayer play in the important decisions that you make in life?
How do you differentiate between God's voice from your own thoughts and feelings?
What is Jesus saying to you today?
Father God, thank you that you speak to us today. Help me to discern your voice as I look to follow you. Amen.
Say a prayer today for those who work in local and national government.
On our church list today we pray for:
Dawn, Reuben and Luke Owen-Harris
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.