Wednesday Word

In Reflection on the message from 2nd January

Extracts from Old Testament Prophesy, Isaiah 42, v1-9: The Servant of the Lord
v1: Here is my servant, my chosen one in whom I delight;
I will put my Spirit on him, and he will bring justice to the nations.

v6f: I, the LORD, have called you...
to make a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles,
to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison.

Extracts from Gospel Reading, Luke 2, v21-40: Jesus Presented in the Temple
v22: When the time came...Joseph and Mary took Jesus to Jerusalem
to present him to the Lord.
There were two witnesses: Simeon and Anna.
v25f: Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon who was righteous...
and possessed by the Holy Spirit, who had revealed to him
that he would not die before he had seen the Lord's Messiah.

v28: Simeon took Jesus in his arms and praised God.
v30f: "My eyes have seen your salvation...A light for revelation to the Gentiles."
v36f: There was also a prophet, Anna (aged 84) who never left the Temple.
She came up to them...gave thanks to God and spoke about the child
to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.

Prayers for week beginning 10th January

The prayers this week are based on Psalm 103

Monday 10th
Verse 1 - Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise His holy name.
Let us today praise our God through prayer like there is no tomorrow! Remember His goodness, His righteousness, His love. It is within His heart to love us as He does, let it be in our heart to praise Him as we aught.

Tuesday 11th
Verse 2 - Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits.
Give thanks today for all the blessings the Lord has bestowed upon you. Be thankful for the small, as well as the large, blessings which are freely poured from our Loving Lord God.

Wednesday 12th
Verse 6 - The Lord works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed.
Pray today for the people of the world who live under an unjust system where the vulnerable are pushed to one side whilst the privileged are raised up. Pray too, for Christians who are persecuted for their faith. Pray for them to be comforted and strengthened.

Thursday 13th
Verse 8 - The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.
Come to our Lord in prayer and ask for forgiveness for our wrong thoughts, actions, feelings. Remember the words of verse 8, never be afraid to come before the Lord as He is slow to anger and abounds in love.

Friday 14th
Verse 10 - He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.
Has someone done you wrong? Has someone made you angry? Are you feeling you need to forgive someone, but finding it difficult? Take it to the Lord in prayer. Pray you may be able to forgive as the Lord forgives us.

Saturday 15th
Verse 22 - Praise the Lord, O my soul.
We end the week as we started by praising the Lord, O my soul. After all we have prayed about this week we still need to praise our God through prayer like there is no tomorrow. He is the one who blesses, comforts, forgives. Pray with thankfulness that our Lord has a heart so "big" and we are an important part of it.

Sunday 16th
Today we pray for all those leading worship, we give thanks for their time of preparation and pray the message will fall on good ground and produce much fruit.

Thank you to Steve W. for the prayers this week.

Wednesday Word

In Reflection on the message from 9th January 2022, Praise the LORD

Call to Worship from Psalm 150
Extracts: Praise the LORD, Praise him...
with the sounding of the trumpet... with the harp and lyre...
with the timbrel and dancing...
with the strings and pipe... with the clash of symbols...
Let everything that has breath... Praise the LORD.

Extracts of Bible Reading from Psalm 103
v1f: Praise the LORD, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the LORD, my soul, and forget not all his benefits - - who forgives all your sins.

v11: For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his love for those who fear him.

v13: As a father has compassion on his children.
v22: Praise the LORD, all his works everywhere in his dominion.
Praise the LORD, my soul.
HYMN 560: Praise my soul, the King of heaven.

In the Address during the service, the words of Psalm 103 and the hymn
were discussed in detail as they express God’s love for us
and emphasise that we should
Praise the LORD like there is no tomorrow.

Prayers for week beginning 17th January 2022

Prayers based on Psalm 122. "I was glad when they said to me, let us go the house of the Lord"
And also Acts of the Apostles. "They devoted themselves to the apostles teaching, to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer"

Sunday 16th
Living God , we come as your people across the years have come, seeking your guidance, to know your will and understand your purpose.
Help us to hear your voice.

Monday 17th
We thank you for the joy of meeting together. Open our hearts to you, to one another, and all around us, that we may meet in heart, mind and soul.
Help us to hear your voice.

Tuesday 18th
We remember those who cannot attend church. Those who are ill at home, or in hospital, and for those in long term nursing.
Lord of your Church hear our prayer.

Wednesday 19th
We pray for those who have lost faith in themselves and in you and who struggle to find meaning in life, give them hope for a new day.
Lord of your church hear our prayer.

Thursday 20th
We thank you for the opportunities that come our way. Time for worship, education and recreation. Time today to sit and break bread with one another.

Friday 21st
Teach us the secret of prayer-when to speak and when to keep silent, when to accept and when to keep on seeking, when to persevere and when to let go. "Teach us how to pray"

Saturday 22nd
Teach us the blessing of prayer, it's ability to teach, comfort and strengthen. "Teach us to pray."

Sunday 23rd
Help us to be your people together, in this place, United in love and in faith.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Thank you to Rev Daniel C. for the prayers this week.