Wednesday Word

A Reflection on the message from Sunday 5th September

Our ministry one to another

Call to Worship from Psalm 125 which starts

Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Sion.

Extracts from a Bible Reading from James 5, v 13-18

"The Prayer of Faith"
v 13: Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray.
Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise.

v15: And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well...
v16: ...pray for each other...
The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

Prayers for week beginning 13th September

Monday 13th
Pray for revival in our town and villages around us, that we may experience the move of God as Church. Pray that God may pour our His Spirit on the Church once again. Psalm 85:6 "Will you not revive us again that your people may rejoice in you".

Tuesday 14th
Pray for the church to engage the community with the Good news of the Gospel. Jesus commanded us to make disciples of all nations. Mathew 28:18-20. Pray that we may preach the Gospel all the time.

Wednesday 15th
Pray for the Christians who are being persecuted through our world. Pray that they may remain grounded in the Lord and assured in God's love and grace.

Thursday 16th
Let us pray for those in positions of authority in the Church to be able to discern what God is saying to the Church trough His word and the people of God.

Friday 17th
Pray for those who are called to work alongside young people and children. Pray that God will reveal to them the way forward in their callings as they serve. Pray that more doors will be opened for them in colleges and schools.

Saturday 18th
Pray for those who are mourning in our world because they have lost people close to them. Pray that God may grant the peace that surpasses all understand and fill their hearts with hope.

Sunday 19th
Pray for all the workers in our town and villages around. Thank God for their efforts and pray that God may renew their strength as labour to support our economy.

Thank you to Rev Andrew for the prayers this week

Wednesday Word

A Reflection on the message from Sunday 12th September

Peter's Miraculous Escape From Prison

Extracts from a Bible Reading from Acts 12, v 1-11.

v 7: Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell.
He struck him on the side and woke him up. "Quick get up!" he said,
And the chains fell off Peter's wrists.

v8: Then the angel said to him, "Put on your clothes ... and follow me."
v9: Peter followed him out of the prison.
v11: ...Peter said, "Now I know without a doubt that the Lord has sent his angel and rescued me."

This scripture mirrors the text in Charles Wesley's hymn we sang (33 in Mission Praise)
where he declares that he "woke (in) the dungeon flamed with light"
rescuing Wesley from his sin-bound spirit to follow Christ.

Prayers for week beginning 20th September

Monday 20th
At the start of this week we come to God in prayer with an open mind, appreciative of all of the positive aspects of our lives. We thank God for all He does for us, even though more may be needed by each and everyone of us within our individual and family circumstances.

Tuesday 21st
We pray for unity of purpose as a nation as we currently battle Covid 19. We thank God for our ability to solve problems and especially so with regard to this awful pandemic. We acknowledge the importance of the old adage 'together we stand, but divided we fall' within this context. Help us to be understanding of others' circumstances and points of view and focus on ensuring the safety of all, but especially the most vulnerable within our community.

Wednesday 22nd
We thank God for all children whom we recognise to be one of His most magnificent gifts. We are only too aware of the stressful lives they have led during the last 18 months. We ask for God's help in reducing their burden and enabling them to enjoy life as intended. The latest announcement of vaccinations for 12 -15 year olds is an added factor within this context. We pray for guidance and support for all of those in this group, and their parents, who will shortly have to decide whether to access this vaccine.

Thursday 23rd
We recognise our God to be omnipotent ( all powerful ), omniscient ( all knowing ) and omnipresent ( everywhere ). He is a God of LOVE ( agape ) for all of humanity. We realise our obligations to replicate His love for all of our brothers and sisters across our planet. We ask for God's strength and support to enable us to achieve this goal in a divided world where the philosophy of 'I' unfortunately all too often dominates and excludes the philosophy of 'WE'. We think especially at this time, within this context, of the sharing of the Covid vaccines with all humankind.

Friday 24th
We think at this time of the many people still on the furlough scheme. They are all too aware that this great scheme will finish at the end of this month. We recognise the anxiety they may now be experiencing and hope and pray they will be able to return to their previous employment. We also think, at this time, of the many others who have sadly lost their jobs as a direct result of the pandemic. We pray that they will be able find new employment in the near future. Please help sustain all of them, both physically and mentally, until their working lives return to normal.

Saturday 25th
Sadly, in seemingly every national news bulletin, we see and hear the horrors of conflict throughout our world. North Korea's latest 'cruise missile' test is indicative of a militaristic approach to life with a pitiful disdain for people. We see a similar attitude ascendant now in Afghanistan with the return of the Taliban. We pray for all of the people in these nations and the many other nations of our world where such attitudes are commonplace.

Sunday 26th
O God, we know that we may often fall short of your expectations for us as our hectic lives seem to leave too little time to focus on your teaching. Please give us the strength we need in order to re-order our lives and so prioritise our faith.

Thank you to Crawford and Marilyn P. for the prayers this week