Romans 15:13
‘May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. ‘

Gracious God, as a new week begins and we continue to journey through Lent, we bring You before decisions that will be made today by those in authority, decisions that will effect our plans for the future. Give wisdom, Lord, to all those tasked with mapping out the next stages of dealing with the pandemic. As we prepare to potentially move into a new phase of restrictions, we thank You for Your assurance that You are always there to support us when life is difficult, to encourage us in times of doubt and uncertainty, and to strengthen us when we are weak or vulnerable. Lord God, teach us to have the faith to place our trust in You with the confidence that You will continue to journey with us, whatever the next stage of this current health crisis. May we be assured of Your love and your comfort surrounding us this day, through the power of Your Holy Spirit. In the name of Jesus we pray, Amen.

2021-02-22T10:43:06+01:00

Psalm 119:105 (NIV)
‘Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path’.

Gracious God, as International Book Giving Day was celebrated yesterday, we give thanks for the gift of literature and reading. We appreciate that words have the power to inspire us, to cheer us, to thrill us and to engage and inform our enquiring minds and so we thank you for all the different genres of writing and for the creativity of all authors, poets and publishers. So too, we thank you for the artistic skills of illustrators and photographers who bring the books to life. Lord God, we know that the ability to read is empowering and so we pray that all peoples across the world will have access to books and the opportunity to learn to read.
Living God, as we celebrate the gift of books, we give thanks for the gift of Your Word as found in scripture. Help us to share this gift with others and use it to guide, inform, enable and equip us to be Your people. Help us to be living witnesses to Your truths, in our world. In the name of Jesus we pray, Amen.

2021-02-15T15:22:06+01:00

Light a Candle

Tonight, on Holocaust Memorial Day, we light a candle and pray for all those trying to “be a light in the darkness”.
If you would like to hold someone in the light, you might want to add their name to the comments or a praying hands or candle emoji.
Or you might like to light your own candle at home.
“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”
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1 Peter 1:3 (NIV)
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead”.

Gracious God, as the first full week of the new year draws to a close, we reflect upon its highs and its lows, its challenges and its achievements. We have witnessed covid cases rise, civil unrest overseas, amidst vaccines given, new treatments discovered and great acts of kindness in the community. There may have been times when we have felt very alone and other times when someone has reached into our solitude. There may have been times when we have felt anxious and times when we have felt reassured. But amidst all the emotions and events of the week Lord, we know that You have been present with us, at all times and in all places. We have witnessed Your love in the world in the compassion shown to others in their hour of need. We have witnessed the beauty of Your creation as the sun has shone through to shine upon the ice and snow, a symbol of warmth amidst the cold. We may have put the Christmas lights away this week Lord, but the message of Your Son Jesus, the baby who brought hope into our world through His death and resurrection remains ever present. Through His life we are given the hope that continues to affirm Your everlasting love for us, whatever the tribulations and challenges of daily living. And so, we take a moment once more to pause and give thanks for the gift of Jesus. May He be a living presence in our lives and may our hearts be filled with the hope and peace that He gifted to us, as we continue to walk with Him, this day and in the days to come, Amen.

2021-01-08T10:12:55+01:00

Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)
“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”

Gracious God, today we lift before You all those working tirelessly to care for others within our NHS, remembering especially those dealing on the frontline with Covid 19 patients. We acknowledge their exhaustion, their concerns and the challenges they face on a daily basis. We give thanks and acknowledge their skills, their self-giving and the compassion they carry with them each day into the workplace. God of healing, we ask that Your presence be felt with all those in need of energy and assurance this day. May the power of Your love infiltrate every corner of our hospitals today.
So too, we pray for all patients in our hospitals and lift them into Your loving care. May they feel the assurance of Your healing power and Your presence with them. And finally Lord God, we pray for the families of loved ones, unable to visit, waiting anxiously at home for news. Give them courage and strength Lord, as You sit alongside them in their waiting. In the name of Jesus we pray, Amen.

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We three kings of Orient are, bearing gifts we traverse afar
Field and fountain, moor and mountain following yonder star

O Star of wonder, star of night, star with royal beauty bright
Westward leading, still proceeding, guide us to thy Perfect Light

Glorious now behold Him arise, King and God and Sacrifice
Alleluia, Alleluia, Earth to heav’n replies

(John Henry Hopkins Jr 1857)

Matthew 2: 10-12
“When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped Him. Then they opened their treasures and presented Him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh.”

Gracious God, as we celebrate the feast of the Epiphany and remember the precious gifts brought by the Magi; gold, frankincense and myrrh, gifts fit for a King, we reflect upon the majesty of Jesus, our Saviour King. Through the gift of Your son Jesus Christ, through His living, His teaching, His words and His acts of love, you have assured us of a world where peace and hope may become a present reality for all people, where love can bring light into our lives. And so, as we put away our Christmas lights on this most difficult of Januarys, help us to remember that the light of Your Son, Jesus, continues to shine, and that His light and the gift of His love cannot be extinguished. On this 12th night of Christmas, as we gaze upon the star that shone over the place where Jesus was born, may we feel the assurance of Your presence with us this day. May we feel the assurance of Your light shining brightly to guide us and to shine light into the dark places of our world. Lord God, this Epiphany may you reveal to us Jesus, Emmanuel, God with us. Amen.

2021-01-06T17:13:08+01:00

Romans 8:38-39
‘For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come… will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.’

Gracious God of heaven and earth, as we enter a further period of lockdown we pray for ourselves and our communities today. We remember especially those whose isolation is compounded by the restrictions, those who are vulnerable and must return to shielding in their homes. We remember too our children who will return to home educating, and staff who will be working hard to resource this provision. Lord, in these times of separation from loved ones, friends, work colleagues and neighbours, we remember the promise You have given us that there is nothing in all of creation, not even Covid 19, that can separate us from Your love. You offer us a love that never fails. And so, in our time of vulnerability, please help us to trust in Your promise, to be assured of Your presence and please help us to continue to reach out and care for one another. This day, may the Lord bless us and keep us. May the Lord make His face to shine upon us, and be gracious to us. May the Lord lift up His countenance upon us and give us His peace. Amen.

2021-01-05T10:06:34+01:00

Prayer – fun family prayer time

Here’s a simple way of worshipping at home on your own or with your family. This one explores the holy habit of prayer.

  1. Say you’re going to be a little part of (name your church) church at home today.
  2. Light a candle and pray:

With the light of this candle, we remember the light of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

God, you are here with us now and also with our friends and family in their homes today.

Especially we remember that you are also with… (invite everyone to remember people from church, school, extended family, neighbourhood)

Thank you, Jesus, light for the world. Amen

  1. Say: Today we’re thinking about prayer: not wish-lists we read out to God, but prayer as the holy habit that connects us with God and with God’s kingdom, like air connects us with life.

Invite everyone to have two minutes to go round your home and bring back to the table one object that says something about prayer. Talk about what everyone brings back. If they fit into any of the sections below, refer back to them.

Examples include

a teaspoon – in a recipe book, a teaspoon measure is written as TSP – the first letters of Thank you, Sorry and Please.

a heart shaped object reminding us of God’s love

a favourite cuddly toy to represent that God is always with us

  1. Play some or all of Aretha Franklin’s ‘I say a little prayer for you‘ and talk about what everyone thinks of the way she prays in this song.
  2. Ask someone to read Luke 11:1-4.

Jesus Teaches About Prayer

11 One time Jesus was praying in a place. When he finished, one of his followers said to him, “John taught his followers how to pray. Lord, please teach us how to pray, too.”

2 Jesus said to them, “When you pray, say:

‘Father, we pray that your name will always be kept holy.

We pray that your kingdom will come.

3 Give us the food we need for each day.

4 Forgive us the sins we have done,

because we forgive every person who has done wrong to us.

And do not cause us to be tested.’”

Ask: Why do you think Jesus’ disciples asked him to teach them how to pray?

  1. Say: God’s people have prayed in many different ways. Here are a few.

Draw the shape from the photo – on to a piece of paper, give everyone coloured pens and fill it in as you go along, getting everyone’s suggestions of words or pictures to put in each section.  If everyone thinks of other ways of praying, such as praying for other people, add more pieces of paper.

  • They pray to praise God, just enjoying who God is
  • They pray with silence and listen to God
  • They pray with words – sometimes prayers created by other people and sometimes prayers straight from their heart
  • They pray to say sorry
  • They pray to say thank you
  • They pray in anger, sadness or frustration
  1. Say the Lord’s Prayer together, with or without action
  2. Blow out the candle, changing the light from visible to invisible light
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Rest & Reflection

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