''LORD, TEACH US TO PRAY''
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I wonder what kind of week you have had. Have you sailed through or has it been a week that seemed to never end? I think we all have those at times.Today’s reading, the end of a psalm of David, revealed so much of his character. He was a man under threat of his very life but whose trust in God showed through. Of course, he didn’t have to actually explain his situation to the Almighty but like many of us he did in detail! I don’t know how long he was under siege from those who wanted to kill him but somewhere deep within him he knew where he could put his trust. He sang out his praise to God who was his safe fortress. Did he use praise as an antidote for fear? If it was, it certainly seemed to work.
It has seemed an age since we have been able to sing out our praises but that time will come again. Until then we can praise him in our hearts whatever the circumstance, whether we feel surrounded by hard times and strife or plain sailing on quiet waters.
I prefer to get up early if I can as I like the peacefulness of a day not yet begun. When I open the curtains and look to the heavens I'm amazed at their beauty and awesomeness.
How do we get to know the God of creation who made the heavens and the earth who also cares for and loves us?
How do we get to know his mind? Our scripture tells us that his thoughts and ways are higher than ours. That of course is true and it might seem impossible to ever really know the God who creates infinity. There are many things that get in the way of really being in real fellowship with him and getting to know him. If we want that closeness, we have to be prepared to let go of living a life not pleasing to him. Life can get very busy and so often the pursuit of being intimate with God gets lost in it all. For me I have to make a real commitment to being still in his presence, reading his Word and being honest with him and myself. The most wonderful thing is this; He knows us and loves us absolutely and waits patiently for us to seek his presence. He forgives us for all we do that is not worthy of being called a Christian.
Lent is a time for allowing him to come into our brokenness and restore us. The moment of that brokenness before him is not easy and for a time we may feel at a loss from being tethered to that which gave us security; confidence that our thinking and ways are correct. Our God is in the restoration, the making new business and he is good at it. Let's put our trust in Him and see where it leads.
Please continue to pray for Margaret, Petrina and Carol
For this Lenten season I have decided to follow the morning prayer Church of England readings. I was surprised to find today there is the telling of Peter's betrayal of Jesus. I always think of it much closer to Easter. My heart goes out to Peter; how much he must have suffered for saying those words of denial. Maybe we believe we would never do such a thing. I hope that moment won't ever come to us...... but in so many ways it is with us daily; the times we judge harshly, speak unwisely and love less than we ought. The good news is this; Jesus forgave Peter and in the same way he forgives us too. We grow as Christians when we start to recognise our failings and lapses and bring them to the feet of Jesus. Whilst we hold on to our 'rightness' we are stuck and fail to grow into all that He wants us to be. Jesus knows our hearts, he feels for us in our weakness, he wants us to know his forgiveness and he is there ready and waiting for us to be healed and set right again. It only takes a 'I am sorry Lord, forgive me'.
he other day I received little cartoon picture of Jonah coming home to his wife. She stands at the door accusingly ...'and where have you been for the last three days and coming home all slimy and smelling of fish' she says. Well, the story of Jonah and the whale might be called a fishy story but the moral behind it is one I expect many of us would be familiar with.The Lord had spoken to Jonah quite directly but it wasn't something that he had wanted to hear. There are many times when God speaks to us and really, we just don't fancy going down that road, it all looks a bit too hard or even alarming. Poor Jonah had to learn his lesson in a very traumatic way, I for one do not to go down that road!God never forces us to do anything but he does compel us. Sometimes he wants us to act on his behalf as he did with Jonah but at other times, he is wanting to deal with our own heart. Whilst we may run away from problems and difficulties in life none of us can run away from ourselves and God who now resides with us. At some point we have to squarely face ourselves. I know God wants and desires our complete wholeness and healing and he is patiently and gently waiting for us to come to him for it. For all the times we just couldn't face things, all past mistakes, all unforgiveness and hurt that we have suffered or inflicted He is there. He says 'Come to me all who are weary and heavy burdened and I will give you rest'.
I hope you have enjoyed the weekend. I am not sure where everyone is at regarding being able to attend church physically but I hope in some way you have been able to find spiritual nourishment.Today's scripture from the psalms is about spiritual nourishment and how the Lord has given us wonderful guidelines for life.There is much reading matter in the world today trying to show us how to get healthy, wealthy and possibly wise as well.I have read some of those books myself but there is something strangely lacking in them.The most sold copy of any book ever published is the bible. Why is that one might ask?We know that the bible was penned over generations by many different people who had encountered God in their life. I believe their words were inspired by Him who is the Word. They have been given to us as a way to getting to knowing the Lord, teaching us and enlarging our understanding of God's purpose for us.All the books in the world will never compare with the Bible, the book of life, because of who the author is.
I hope you are well and have had time to begin John’s Lent study. I know many people ‘give up things for Lent’ and that is good. It is also very beneficial to ‘do something more’.
Our scripture today is very black and white. God will judge our actions or our inactions. That is a very sobering thought. How easy to think I will do it tomorrow... maybe or what good can I alone do. We can find a myriad of excuses for not being Christ’s hands in the world. Sometimes it maybe just our own prejudices that need to be addressed first. We all hold them at times. The times I have walked past a beggar and just wondered, is he really without or is it a con? I am reminded of the scripture about entertaining angels unwarily.
If we can miss angels in our midst, we might well be missing our Lord in those on the pavement. Just a thought.
When I first read today's scripture it struck me that we have a decision to make, we have a choice.
The choice on offer is between living and dying. Now that is quite a choice to make and I guess most would choose life. There is a condition to that though. The life on offer comes into its fullness as we are obedient to God and his commandments. That also involves a choice.
Do we blindly go through life, hoping for the best, just moseying along? or do we make a firm commitment to living to please God, obeying his word and having the abundant life that God promises.
So often it seems we get stuck in a half-life. We live in dissatisfaction, not completely happy, sometimes even fearfully but our Father calls us out of that, he is giving us the promised land. If you do anything this Lent why not decide to enjoy every last minute, every opportunity, every bit of life he gives us. Choose to live as he wants us to.
Thoughtfully checkout what is good and right in your life and what is not and then asking him to help make the necessary changes.
Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. For those of you who are able, we have a service at San Eugenio at 10.15am.
Today's reading is interesting and one that resonates with me.
I think it was in 1970 that I began to do patchwork. I actually knew very little about it; none of the rules or techniques but naively I thought how hard can it be and began. Out came some of my old dresses which I cut up only to find I didn't have enough material (first mistake), off to the fabric shop to get additional material. I can't even tell you how many mistakes I made on that first quilt but the main one was trying to mix old material with new. You see they handled very differently and after the first wash it was obvious that they would not hold together well. You see the old, previously used, almost worn-out material and the new firm and resilient material were at odds with each other. One had strength and kept its shape and the other just did its own thing and pulled every which way. It was a disaster but a good lesson learned.
I believe it is the same principle which operates when we become Christians. What was once serviceable and useful can become a problem for us when we embark on our new life following the Lord. The old and the new do not mix well. Our old way of being and thinking no longer fits the bill for our new life. Now my first quilt survived for a while but inevitably in time it fell to pieces. Although we are completely made new as Christians the out working of that newness takes time. Gradually we must let our old lives fade away and take on board the new life we have been given, allowing the Holy Spirit to mould us, change our hearts, minds and attitudes. It is an exciting journey of discovery we are on with lessons to be learned just as it was for me with my first quilt.
We are now fast approaching the beginning of Lent, a time of reflection, a time of looking within, to go deeper with God and a preparation for Easter.
We start this season on Ash Wednesday with our service at San Eugenio Church (10.15)
Of course, it would be foolish to wait until any particular time or date to either get right with God, turn to his ways or allow God to move in our lives. Scripture says Today is the day of Salvation... or you might say... No time like the present.
When you look around, especially on the internet you see that there are an awful lot of clever, intelligent and knowledgeable people about. They are often the ones who are the influencers in the world. That is not to be despised but it has to be set against what God wants and requires of us which may not be the same at all. The scripture today quite clearly says His thoughts are not our thoughts nor His ways our ways. When we rely entirely on our own limited thinking, we are bound to fall short of what God thinks. Lenten time can also be a time for seeking forgiveness, a time of restoration, a humble coming back to the God who loves us.
I hope you all were blessed in some way yesterday. How quickly we sometime forget the good in our lives.
Yesterday one of the hymns we used was Lead, kindly Light by John Henry Newman.
It was one that I didn't really knew but I was very struck by the words especially of the first verse:
Lead, kindly Light,
amid the encircling gloom,
lead thou me on;
the night is dark,
and I am far from home;
lead thou me on.
Keep Thou my feet;
I do not ask to see the distant scene,
One step enough for me.
How often we can find ourselves worrying about tomorrow; all that does is rob us of today's joy. Our scripture today tells us that our Father knows our every need and he has got it in hand. Forget about tomorrow's cares just get on with what today brings. I know that some of us are worry warts and it is easy to fall into that frame of mind but when it does happen... repeat after me 'today I will be thankful for today and I will let God look after tomorrow'
Yesterday was a bit of a day you might say. I won't bore you with a litany of the problems that came up but anyway. I survived! and I certainly hadn't had any of the trials that were set before Job of our scripture reading today, whatever I was facing paled into insignificance in comparison. If any of you feel a bit weighed down or that life is tough going, I recommend reading the story of Job.
Today in the world many Christians are facing real persecution, many nations and their people are under threat and certainly in these days, life can seem a little scary. It is during these times when we all need to look to God for our help and security.
We have not been promised a life without problems but are promised that the Lord will be with us through it.
Today's scripture is about God's provision to us and seeking after His righteousness. That word is rarely used these days except in a spiritual context; maybe we need to relook at it. In my understanding it is getting right with God and sticking to it. There is nothing from our own efforts that gives us righteousness, that is a gift from God through his Son.
Jesus himself said in the garden of Gethsemane 'not my will but yours' Perhaps that must be the call for us all, or in other words... not what I want but what you want Lord. That of course begs the question 'what is His will for us?'
Each of us must find the answer for themselves. I know it will always entail living to please God; that might mean it won't be exactly how we want life to go but following God's will always results in our peace and ultimate happiness.
What do you think?
Yes, it is a good morning as every morning is although I, am along many others are starting to feel the pinch of not seeing family, friends and the places I love.
Sometimes we have to wait and learn to wait patiently. All things pass in time. The prophet Habakkuk became frustrated with what was happening around him and made his complaint to God, he had become impatient. So often we cannot see how or why God is working as He is. It is then we have to rely on his promises, that all will be well and worked out in his time not ours.
It is nothing new to mankind to have to wait; we wait for Winter to turn to Spring, we wait to recover from illness, for wars to end, we wait for children to be born, and now we wait for the end of the pandemic and all the restrictions it has brought with it.
Now is the time for us to dig deep into our faith, praise God in all things, pray without ceasing and continue to Live as he intended, full of hope and joy.
This morning we have a lovely bright start to the day. Recently I have had two conversations with different people about talents. The first one went along the lines of 'I haven't got much to offer God now' and the second well......To the first conversation, I wondered if that were true and decided it was not. Undoubtably life situations change and with it what the Lord requires of us. Maybe we once were actively going out into the world proclaiming the Gospel or physically working hard for the Lord and now not.That doesn't mean that the new situation you find yourself in any less valuable than the old one. Perhaps it is time to be more reflective, prayerful or encouraging to others . All are important and valuable to God.The second conversation went along the lines of ' look what more you will be able to do, see how many more strings you will have to your bow'At this point I almost fell off my chair in hysterics! Was it that I actually didn't want any more strings, thank you very much or was it more a case of is that the right string for me? We all are given different gifts or talents; each are important in God's work and to which we must be faithful servants. For us all we need to discern what the Lord requires of us. It might well be an entirely new thing, a change of direction or perhaps just carrying on with what you are called to now.Let us all be obedient to whatever our individual calling is and be known by God as 'A good and faithful servant
How fortunate we are to live in a safe part of the world. Over the last few days, we have heard of the unrest in Burma and the threat that Christians are coming under. That is not by any means the only place in the world where there is a very real danger. I hope you will remember those fellow Christians in your prayers.
There is an Easter hymn that says ‘he sees the meanest sparrow fall unnumbered in the street’ I have always from a young child been touched by those words. It is comforting when we hear as in today’s scripture that our Father loves us more than sparrows which he cares for too. We need have no fear of what might come to pass in the future, our God is with us. Actually, however much anxiety we have it will make no difference to what comes to pass. So, let’s be anxious for nothing and bring our prayers and supplications to Him who casts out all fear.
Please pray too for our charity shop and the volunteers and not forgetting Margaret
Have you read the story of Gideon? It is always worth a reread.
I was thinking how much we learn over a life time and the challenges we have.
We are all born helpless and with no knowledge of how the world works and yet we survive.
Speaking for myself and the challenges I have faced I can’t really remember a time when I have felt fully equipped and capable to go forward and complete a task.
Same with Gideon... he was young and in his own words the least of his family and certainly did not believe he could deliver Israel. God’s response... but I will be with you. Enough said, the fact that Gideon was the least of his clan mattered not. His own capabilities did not come into the equation. God was with him and would be to him all that he needed to win the battle.
It is the same for us. Whatever we lack God can supply, we just need to put our hand in the hand of Him who can do all things. When faced with a mountain of challenge do not be dismayed, if the Lord requires it of you he will be with you and will supply all that is needful.
Today I am feeling grateful. Yesterday and last night it was unseasonably cold but fortunately I had clothes to wear, a home and warm bed to sleep in.
Even though many of us are aliens in a foreign land we are privileged and do not suffer the hard realities of most aliens in the world. We, by and large are treated equally and fairly by our host country and its people. If the problem of refugees and immigration seem too large for us to think about and deal with, that is understandable. The problem is complex.
It would indicate from our scripture reading from Leviticus this morning, that the problem has been around a long time, certainly people have been moving around for a long time. Whilst we might hold various views about what is now a world problem, we are given a reminder what our attitude must be. Treating others whatever their circumstances and from wherever they come from must stem from the second commandment, to love thy neighbour as thyself.
It is reiterated again in today's verses... to love them, be even handed, fair and treat them as equal citizens. Although it isn't always easy calling, we have the Lord to help us, to give us compassion and eyes to see as He sees and to love as He does.
Here I am being surprised that it is Friday again.
Yesterday I had a little message from one of you about being able to stand and stare. I think we all need that in our lives; a time to look at the beauty of the world but also a time to look within and see where we are in our spiritual lives. Rev. Jeffery John led the bible study at our zoom synod this year; he advocated having a spiritual M0T, a time to look honestly at our lives, see where we are really at. When I went to New Zealand, we visited Lake Matheson in the South Island. The surface of the lake is so still that it allows the surrounding mountains to be reflected so beautifully and clearly. I wonder how well our lives reflect Jesus in the way we live and act. Does God's Word go in one ear and out the other, never settling and transforming us? We are short changing ourselves and God when we allow that to happen.
Whilst we are sometimes able to kid ourselves about our spiritual life, we can't really fool others. They see. As we read God's Word and it is allowed to reside there, we will become a more accurate reflection of God's love.
Carry the Word of God in your heart and see what happens, you won't be disappointed.
Last night I saw the weather forecast for today, it wasn't good. A yellow warning for rain, high winds, cold and even snow in the mountains. I got up this morning and yes, a little chilly but so far none of the other predictions. I took a photo of the lovely skies. There were dark clouds with blue behind with the sun coming through. It made me think that our lives can be a bit like that. We have a background of blue skies because we have the Lord, there are clouds which we have to deal with and we have the sun always shining through lighting the way. Our scripture today from the story Hannah reminds us that of our own selves we have nothing to boast about. God sees our hearts and knows our motives. The world applauds self-achievement and determination so it seems to go against the grain not to be proud of our work and efforts but for us as Christians when we examine ourselves, we know that it is God, not us who brings about good. Our reliance must be on him, all else will eventually crumble, I think.
A message from Margaret.
Margaret sends her grateful thanks for all of your prayers and good wishes. She is still at home and awaiting admission into hospital for explorative surgery. Please continue you to pray for her.
The world is a wonderful place and is a never-ending source of delight and yet so often I get too busy to contemplate and appreciate it enough. What amazes me is that it changes every day. From sunrise to night fall each day the view is different. The clouds move, the seas rise and fall. The stars move in the sky and the plants grow.
In the land next to our home is a little finca which has been developed over the last year. The owner has worked very hard, clearing the land, digging the soil and planting the seeds. You might say it is her work and creation but actually the seeds weren't made by her, nor the sun and rain which caused the plants to grow, they were all part of the creative work of God. The owner has joined forces, so to speak with our creator God and caused the land to grow and produce crops. Each day that little patch of land changes. It is such a little part of the work of God yet there is so much to see and take notice of.
Our scripture today tells of the heavens being made and us too and how much God loves us....more than all the wonderful things he made for our enjoyment and that are to be cared for by us. He loves us that much; that is quite a lot to take in isn't it?
It is an early start for those who will be attending by Zoom our Archdeaconry Synod. Do please pray for those attending and of course our own Gwen, who as treasurer will be making a presentation.
Life is a strange thing don't you think?So often just when you believe all is going smoothly there is an unexpected problem or mishap. It is just at that moment when we are weak and confused that the Lord can and will help us. It is said that there is nothing uncommon to mankind... or it can happen to anyone and that is so. It was not uncommon for Jesus; he walked the hard road that led to a cross but in all things trusted his Father. So as life sends us a challenge let us hold fast ; even as we are weak, He who loves us is strong.
Have a good day and do remember Margaret in your prayers.
Good morning everyone, A new month began for me this morning looking at the beautiful pinky blue skies over La Gomera and I realised how blessed I am to be able to do that... to just sit, watch and give thanks to God.
Last night at Los Gigantes service directly in my eyeline is a statue of Jesus, actually his feet. I took a photo afterwards. Overnight I have thought quite a bit about sitting at the feet of Jesus.
How wonderful for those like Mary and the Samaritan Leper who actually, physically sat at His feet. That privilege is not lost to us though. We can become aware of his presence in the blink of an eye. Often our lives become busy and there seems no time to quietly read his word, pray or just be with him.
I have come to know that those quiet times are precious but actually in all we do and are Jesus is with us... in all our strivings, our busyness, our thoughts He is there. As we go about our day, perhaps not sitting let us be aware of his loving presence with us, guiding our every step.
Please continue in your prayers for those who are sick and also for Archdeaconry Synod this week
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I will sing of your might;
I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning.
For you have been a fortress for me and a refuge in the day of my distress.
O my strength, I will sing praises to you,
for you, O God, are my fortress,
the God who shows me steadfast love
Father God, we give thanks for your everlasting love and protection. Whether in times of trouble or peace, in you alone can we trust. May we know your guiding presence as we walk through life and always give you our praises. Let our lives be a shining light to those in darkness and a testament to your saving power for all people. Amen
Seek the Lord while he may be found, call upon him while he is near; let the wicked forsake their way, and the unrighteous their thoughts; let them return to the Lord, that he may have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Gracious Father, your ways are wonderful and your mercy sure. Shed your light upon us and transform our limited understanding, so that we may learn of you and walk in the paths of righteousness all the days of our life. We submit ourselves to you knowing that your plans for our lives are greater and more blessed than anything we could wish for ourselves. Forgive and take from us, any arrogance within us that keeps us from being in complete harmony with your ways. Amen
Jesus said to them, “You will all become deserters because of me this night; for it is written,‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’ But after I am raised up, I will go ahead of you to Galilee.” Peter said to him, “Though all become deserters because of you, I will never desert you.” Jesus said to him, “Truly I tell you, this very night, before the cock crows, you will deny me three times.”Peter said to him, “Even though I must die with you, I will not deny you.” And so said all the disciples.
Lord God, with our minds we learn of you, with our hearts we love you and our desire is to follow you always. Forgive us for the many times we have let you down, for not being all that you have created us to be, by not speaking up in your name and for not listening for your voice to guide us.Fill us anew with your Holy and life giving Spirit that we may walk worthily in your footsteps, to the end of our days. Amen
Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai, saying, “Go at once to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness has come up before me.” But Jonah set out to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. He went down to Joppa and found a ship going to Tarshish; so he paid his fare and went on board, to go with them to Tarshish, away from the presence of the Lord.
Father God, your hand stretches to every corner of the world and from you no secrets or actions are hidden. Forgive us Lord for the times we have run away from your direction and will for our lives. Give us courage to face the challenges ahead, help us to remember that your Grace is sufficient for us and your power is made perfect in our weakness. Safe is your hand that directs and holds us, for we cannot flee from you. May we know your presence this day and always. Amen
The instructions of the Lord are perfect, reviving the soul.
The decrees of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple.
The commandments of the Lord are right, bringing joy to the heart.
The commands of the Lord are clear, giving insight for living.
Reverence for the Lord is pure, lasting forever.
The laws of the Lord are true; each one is fair. They are more desirable than gold,even the finest gold. They are sweeter than honey, even honey dripping from the comb.
They are a warning to your servant, a great reward for those who obey them.
Father Almighty, we thank you for your all encompassing love and care for us. Through your precious Word to us we have the guidelines to live life in all it's fullness. Open our eyes and minds to receive all that which is beneficial for our health and well being. May your words of life be imprinted on our hearts that we may not stray from the safe and sure path you have set before us. Blessed be your name forever. Amen
“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left. Then the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’ And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.
Father God, you have known and loved us from the foundation of the world, you have been our Shepherd who has protected us from harm. Our thanks and offerings we give to you in gratitude. May we be to others all that we would want for ourselves, to be treated with kindness, mercy and to be loved. Pour into our hearts a spirit of generosity, self sacrifice and love for our neighbours in the world. Take away all prejudice and judgement that would put divisions between us, and forgive us Lord for all we failed to do when we had a choice to do good. Amen
I call heaven and earth to witness against you today that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Choose life so that you and your descendants may live, loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and holding fast to him; for that means life to you and length of days, so that you may live in the land that the Lord swore to give to your ancestors, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.
Father God, today we choose life. We choose the life that you have called us to; a life of loving you and being obedient to your precious Word. Strengthen us for the tasks and challenges that lay before us, give us willing hearts and hands to work for your Kingdom on earth, that in the fullness of time we will receive the crown of glory and sit in your presence in heaven. Amen
The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast on that day. “No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old cloak; otherwise, the patch pulls away from it, the new from the old, and a worse tear is made. And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and the wine is lost, and so are the skins; but one puts new wine into fresh wineskins.”
Father God, we give you thanks for the new life in Christ you have given us and that we are now counted as part of your household. May we take hold of your precious gift to us and live our lives honouring you. May our past and old way of being never be part of our future, for we are now a new creation and in you we have our hope and salvation. Amen
Seek the Lord while he may be found, call upon him while he is near;
let the wicked forsake their way, and the unrighteous their thoughts;
let them return to the Lord, that he may have mercy on them,
and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Father of all, we need you everyday; we need your counsel and your wisdom to keep us from straying from your ways of truth and righteousness. Forgive us for the times we have pursued that which is not of you, believed and trusted in our own thinking, and have not inclined our ears to your voice. May we become more like our Saviour each day, willing to tread the path of obedience and faith forsaking all else but you and your ways O Lord. Amen
Do not worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. “So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.
Father God, each day you give us blessings to enjoy and each day challenges to face. We give thanks for all your blessings and needs met and that you help us face the challenges; for your word says 'we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us'. May we appreciate and live each day fully for its own sake; for yesterday cannot come back and tomorrow is yet to come. Keep us on the path of righteousness, trusting you and doing your will. Amen
“How happy is the one whom God reproves; therefore do not despise the discipline of the Almighty. For he wounds, but he binds up; he strikes, but his hands heal. He will deliver you from six troubles; in seven no harm shall touch you. In famine he will redeem you from death, and in war from the power of the sword. You shall be hidden from the scourge of the tongue, and shall not fear destruction when it comes. At destruction and famine you shall laugh, and shall not fear the wild animals of the earth. For you shall be in league with the stones of the field, and the wild animals shall be at peace with you.
Almighty God, whatever perils, tragedies, problems and hardships come our way we declare our trust in your loving kindness, your infinite goodness and saving power. Help us to stand firm in our hope, fearless as we face trouble and joyful in every circumstance. When we waver or are weak; make us strong again in your mighty power, that all about us will see that we have a God who is worthy to be eternally praised. Amen
If God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
Almighty God who is our Father and cares about our every need. We give you thanks that we lack for nothing in life which is for our health and happiness. Our desire is to be right with you, to walk according to your will for us and to seek a deeper understanding of your kingdom. May all our striving cease until we walk in peace with you our God. Amen
I will stand at my watch post, and station myself on the rampart; I will keep watch to see what he will say to me, and what he will answer concerning my complaint. Then the Lord answered me and said: Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so that a runner may read it. For there is still a vision for the appointed time; it speaks of the end, and does not lie. If it seems to tarry, wait for it; it will surely come, it will not delay.
Lord God, Almighty Father, though we are weary in waiting we trust in your timing and plan for our lives. Give us strength for the day, hope for the future, and joy in the moment. Forgive our lack of faith and restlessness. May we once again know your peace, for your plans are for us to prosper and not be harmed. Great is your faithfulness, now and always. Amen
After a long time the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them. Then the one who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five more talents, saying, ‘Master, you handed over to me five talents; see, I have made five more talents.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.
Lord God, for all the gifts you have bestowed upon us we give you thanks. Whether they are large or small, give to each of us discernment on how we use them in our lives. May they be a blessing both to others and you. In every way, we wish to please you, be known and called your faithful servant. Let our hearts be obedient to your call to the end of our earthly life. Amen.
“So have no fear of them; for nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered, and nothing secret that will not become known. What I say to you in the dark, tell in the light; and what you hear whispered, proclaim from the housetops. Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. And even the hairs of your head are all counted. So do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows. “Everyone therefore who acknowledges me before others, I also will acknowledge before my Father in heaven.
Lord God, we know we are precious in your sight and that under your protection we are safe. Give us boldness of spirit, and eloquence of tongue to proclaim your love which embraces all of humanity. May our lives, whether in comfort or under threat be a testament to your saving Grace and power at work within us. Amen
Now the angel of the Lord came and sat under the oak at Ophrah, which belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, as his son Gideon was beating out wheat in the wine press, to hide it from the Midianites.
The angel of the Lord appeared to him and said to him, “The Lord is with you, you mighty warrior.” Gideon answered him, “But sir, if the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us?
And where are all his wonderful deeds that our ancestors recounted to us, saying, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up from Egypt?’ But now the Lord has cast us off, and given us into the hand of Midian.”
Then the Lord turned to him and said, “Go in this might of yours and deliver Israel from the hand of Midian; I hereby commission you.” He responded, “But sir, how can I deliver Israel?
My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.” The Lord said to him, “But I will be with you, and you shall strike down the Midianites, every one of them.”
Then he said to him, “If now I have found favour with you, then show me a sign that it is you who speak with me
Almighty God, with grateful thanks we know that you are with us in life's journey and have nothing to fear. We have been given us this life, fashioned by you for a purpose and with your guidance and help we will walk the path chosen for us.
Whilst we are weak and helpless, in your strength we go. Show us clearly each step of the way that we may not fall or stumble and all that is ordained by you will come to pass in our lives. Amen
When an alien resides with you in your land, you shall not oppress the alien. The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God Leviticus 19:33-34
Loving God, friend of the friendless, helper to the helpless, comforter to the hurting, you have loved us and all your children without restraint or remorse; we give you all praise and thanks for your compassion and mercy. May we never ignore the plight of those who have little, those who have no home or resting place; give us Lord hearts of love and care for all who suffer. Where there is injustice may we stand in the gap for those who have no voice or power. Send your Holy Spirit to quicken our hearts to be obedient to your commandments and let all our actions be pleasing to you. Amen
Be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves. For if any are hearers of the word and not doers, they are like those who look at themselves in a mirror; for they look at themselves and, on going away, immediately forget what they were like. But those who look into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and persevere, being not hearers who forget but doers who act—they will be blessed in their doing. If any think they are religious, and do not bridle their tongues but deceive their hearts, their religion is worthless.
Lord and Father, we give thanks for your Holy Word which brings us life and health. We are sorry for the times we have a worn a mantle of religion which did not touch our hearts nor cause us to live and act as we should. Set your law of love and freedom into our hearts that we may live out our lives in honour, peace and righteousness. May all we do be a reflection of your love, compassion, and understanding for all people. Amen.
“There is no Holy One like the Lord,
no one besides you;
there is no Rock like our God.
Talk no more so very proudly,
let not arrogance come from your mouth;
for the Lord is a God of knowledge,
and by him actions are weighed.
The bows of the mighty are broken,
but the feeble gird on strength
1 Samuel 2:1-5
Lord God, you are the God of our salvation and in you alone do we trust. The efforts in our own strength are futile but in our weakness you give us your power and strength. When we know not the way to go, in your kindness you clear the path before us. Show us the way in life, that we may always act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with you our God. Amen
When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established; what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them? Yet you have made them a little lower than God, and crowned them with glory and honour. You have given them dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under their feet,
Lord God, maker of heaven and earth, let all that is within us praise your Holy name. How great are the wonders of your creation, and all that you have given for our delight; we cannot but give you more thanks than we know how to express. May our love for all that you have created and given, match your unending love for us. Amen
Since, then, we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Lord God, we believe: help us in our unbelief. We boldly come before you in our weakness, knowing that in you we can find strength and courage to face that which lies ahead. As we walk the hard path of life help us to lean on your rod and staff which never fails; let our faith hold strong that all may know that you are with us and for us. We give thanks for our Saviour Jesus our friend and guide who is with us always. Amen
As they went on their way, Jesus entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying. Luke 10:38-39
Gracious God, how beautiful are the feet of Him who brings good news to those who would sit at his feet. Teach O Lord your ways, equip us with all we need to be your disciples and open our hearts to hearing your voice. Help us to lay aside that which keeps us from coming in humbleness and gratitude to the One who gives the words of life and liberty. Amen