No doubt lots of us will have seen the news about the changes to the Covid-19 restrictions in Manchester and some other areas of the North West. I know that lots of us are worried, disappointed or frustrated by the news. We aren't promised an easy life but we are promised peace. That's my prayer for each of us today that we would know that peace that passes all understanding.
For those who are wondering what this specifically means for church, let me reassure you that nothing has changed for the time being. We have put lots of work into making everything safe so 9am Communion in the building is still going ahead on Sunday for those who wish to attend and of course we'll still be on Zoom at 10:45am.
We look forward to seeing you however you wish to join us but for now, lets all 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 pray together:
Give us the joy of your saving help
and sustain us with your life-giving Spirit.
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 John 15:11
I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.
This is part of the talk that Jesus is giving to his disciples where he refers to himself as the vine.
- What aspects of your faith bring you a particular sense of joy?
- How important do you think joy is in your faith?
- What is Jesus saying to you today?
Father God, thank you for the joy that you bring into our lives. Help us to enjoy you as we follow you. Amen
Say a prayer today for those who do not experience joy in life.
On our church list today we pray for:
Let’s finish by praying this blessing:
May the almighty and merciful Lord,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
bless us and keep us.