During my Ministerial training we were asked to write a modern Psalm. Mine started. "I have never been to Bethlehem..." What follows is based upon that Psalm.
Here is a challenge for us all. Why not try and write one during this lock-down time. If you are brave enough, send it to me and I will put all I get together and then send them to those on our Prayer List!
I have never been to Bethlehem but I have held a new born baby and been filled with joy. Such wonder, such beauty.
Just think about all the new babies born recently. Pray for the parents, the home in which they will live. Sadly not all babies are welcome. What will happen to these children?
I have never seen the workshop in Nazareth where Jesus helped Joseph, but I have been in many workshops where skills are used to make wonderful items.
Give thanks for those who have used their skill and experience to design the Covid 19 Vaccines. Pray that more and more people will be vaccinated. We need to think too of those countries who do not have the finances to purchase any vaccines!
I have never seen the Temple in Jerusalem where Jesus asked questions of the teachers.
Today pray for our Young People who are distance learning, using technology to study. Think of those who find this difficult and those who miss being with others.
I have never seen the Sea of Galilee where Jesus met 4 fishermen and invited them to follow him and He would teach them to become Fishers of Men.
Today remember when God called you to become a Christian, to become involved in one of His projects. Is He calling you today to take on new responsibilities?
I have never been in the upper room and watched Jesus serve bread and wine. But I have stood behind a table and invited people to take their shoes off as they were "on Holy Ground".
Just think for a few moments about when you eat Bread and drink Wine in Memory of Jesus?
I have never been to Calvary and watched the action on that first Good Friday. I have stood in front of a half-life size crucifix.
Had you been there on Good Friday where would you have stood?
"The tomb was empty." they said. Jesus gone. And then He spoke to Mary.
Pray that Jesus will speak to you as you worship Him today. Pray for all those who watch the service on You Tube at home.
Offer your thanks to God for the people in our Church who put the services together each week.
Thank you to George Lea for the prayers this week