June 2021 Daily Prayer


Bring Joy to your day and Read all the messages sent by Marisha and beautiful prayers that will

fill your day with the most precious gift, free to all, the word of God.

New: Rev'd John Poole will put out something on Fridays, and provide us with some ‘tasters’ for the coming Sunday

Go to the Bottom of the Page

Reading & Prayer 30th June 2021

Message from Marisha

Today's reading is about our need not to worry about anything. 

I do hope you like the picture that accompanies the reading. It reminds me of the time spent with my sister in Texas. Each day we would sit on her porch and watch nature at its best. Dozens of hummingbirds would come within a few feet of us to feast on the flowers in the garden. Both the flowers and the birds were beautiful. God was there in both, caring for His creation, he fed the birds and gave life to the plants. It is so obvious that if He gives that much attention and care to them how much more He will give to us. 

We are urged not to worry about anything yet so often we do. When we allow that to happen, we are robbing ourselves of the joy of living in the moment.  Let us trust God to take care of our needs; he hasn't failed us yet nor will he. 


Reading & Prayer 29th June 2021

Message from Marisha

Today's scripture recounting the story of Jesus calming the sea in one sense is a story of his own faith in His Father; such faith that he could easily sleep through a terrifying storm. One might have expected the disciples with him to have faith too, after all they had seen plenty of Jesus' miracles and also, they would have been well used to sudden turbulence on the sea; after all they were mainly fisher men but they didn't.  As John mentioned in the sermon on Sunday the sea was pretty unpredictable in as much it could go from dead calm to violent squalls in minutes. 

Faith is an easy thing to say we have but when it is put to the test and we can still hold on to that faith, is when we know we truly have it.

It is not about us being strong, or praying just right; what I believe, is it remembering and trusting that the Lord loves us, will not give us more than we can bear, and is ultimately looking out for us. There are times for us all when in difficult situations when we fear or have a moment of panic, that is ok, we all have frailty at times. The Lord understands that. It is often through difficult or hard times our faith can grow especially when we see the Lord's hand upon us. 

The miracle that night on the boat will certainly have given them a whole new perspective on faith, I am sure.


Reading & Prayer 28th June 2021

Message from Marisha

This morning's reading (a whole chapter, but not long) is about reputation.

Most people want to believe they have a good reputation amongst others and prize it dearly. There are all sorts of reputations though aren't there .......a reputation for being business like, having acumen, hardworking, and many more. In the letter to the Thessalonians Paul, Silvanus and Timothy were commending that congregation on their reputation of love for the Lord, the welcome they had received, the joy they obviously showed as followers of Christ.

It is a lesson for us all. It is not our wealth, our status, our past positions that have bearing when it comes to how others see us when we are known as Christians. What counts is our love for the Lord, our kindness, our welcome and our generosity that will show through. 


Reading & Prayer 26th June 2021

Message from Marisha

It seems in our scripture reading this morning that there weren't too many thanks going around. Ten people whose lives had changed in a moment but only one who came back to give thanks. Maybe the other nine later did remember the miracle in their lives and had given heartfelt thanks for their deliverance from a life of misery and disease, I hope so.

We pray often for many things as well as health but when the prayer is answered it is so easy to quickly move on from that, almost taking it for granted. I mentioned the practice of thankfulness a few days ago; once you start doing it it is amazing the number of things to give the Lord thanks for.....our friends, others prayers, food on the table, the beauty all around us, so much....

Let us be the one who returned and gave thanks where it was due.


Reading & Prayer 25th June 2021

John's study - a little preview of Sunday

I think that in every church I have served, we have kept the Sunday on or nearest to 29th June in honour of the two great apostles, Peter and Paul.  This is in keeping with what is taking place in cathedrals and churches where ordinations to the diaconate and priesthood are being celebrated on this Sunday.  Both of my ordinations took place within the festival of the two apostles, who are held up as inspirations and examples for us to follow in ministry.  The date of the festival is based on the traditional date of the foundation of the city of Rome by the legendary Romulus, but its Christian significance is that Rome is the city where both apostles gave up their lives in the service of Jesus Christ......


Reading & Prayer 24th June 2021

Message from Marisha

Today's scripture reading is interesting as it is about John the Baptist and how Jesus speaks of him......... 'among those born of women no one has arisen greater than John the Baptist' and yet in the next breath Jesus says.... 'yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he'.

So often we imagine that this person or that one is somehow higher in the ranks of God's elect. Of course, there are some who are more well- known than others, perhaps famous evangelists, theologians, missionaries and the like. They can be a great inspiration to us all and we are thankful for their love, devotion and work for the Lord which has benefited us too.

However, I believe that we are all looked upon in the same way, with the same love from God, which is without measure. Whether we consider ourselves the greatest, the least or somewhere in the middle, we are all actually on a level playing ground. We have all fallen short of the Glory of God and we have all been saved by the Grace of God. To each has been given a different task in the Kingdom of God and rightly we should not compare ourselves with each other but just get on with that which the Lord has given us to do


Reading & Prayer 21st June 2021

Message from Marisha

Our psalm today is about praise and thankfulness. Last week I was speaking to someone about the benefits of thankfulness (or rather she was talking to me.)

It is easy to get bogged down by problems and troubles but if we learn the practice of thankfulness, we can be lifted above them. Not that those problems necessarily go away but our attitude towards them changes as we remember ......

1, All that we have right now, all that is good in our lives

2, All that the Lord has safely brought us through

3, Thankful that we have an Almighty God who will be with us whatever the circumstances.

So perhaps before we begin telling the Lord all of our problems, we should start by praising him first. It is amazing what it does to our hearts.


Reading & Prayer 18th June 2021

John's study - a little preview of Sunday

The readings for this coming Third Sunday after Trinity raise the issue of suffering, evil, misfortune which are part of life as it is. We are reminded that God is in control, even of the seemingly uncontrollable forces of nature and the creation.  We are urged to be resilient, to have faith rather than fear.  God is with us and will bring us through the turmoil.  It is a difficult message for many people to grasp and it is the most used excuse for lack of belief in God, and particularly a loving God.  But try imagining a world or universe without any such troubles.  You will soon realise that an alternative reality would require us to be something less than human and free.  In Jesus, God has experienced all that human life involves including suffering and death. That alone is enough for us to know that God is with us, come what may.


Reading & Prayer 17th June 2021

Message from Marisha

One might imagine that there couldn't possibly anyone in the world who hasn't heard and know about the Lord.

Perhaps we need to think about what hearing and knowing really mean. I hear about lots of things, many very interesting, world events, culture, the environment and all the beautiful things in it. Sadly, I have to admit most of it only lodges in my mind for a short time, I enjoy it at that moment, only some remains.

What about knowing; I might have heard, listened, and know about lots of things too. I have heard about and know that electricity brings us power and light but guess what?  I actually don't know how it works.....and to be truthful I am not really interested enough to be bothered to find out.

I think maybe it is the same when it comes to people hearing about and knowing the Lord.  Most of us living in the West at least have been brought up in a Christian culture, a certain degree of understanding and knowledge accepted. Many would just assume that they are Christians just being brought up in a Christian world but we know it takes more than that. Many heard Jesus and saw his miraculous work but didn't believe or accept it. The disciples were sent out into the world to also tell of God's love for them, to tell them of Jesus, and to show them that to become a believer they not only had to hear with their ears but with their heart. They too had to become to know Jesus as their friend and Saviour. Now that commission has been passed down to us. It sounds a huge task but actually we are only God's instruments, to follow His instructions, be guided by the Holy Spirit. God alone does the convicting; even the great evangelists of the world would accept that their words would gain very little, if anything, without the power of the Holy Spirit both working through them and in the listener too. 

Lives change with knowledge, and knowledge comes from hearing and hearing comes from someone speaking ........it is for us now to be the carriers of God's word in the World. ....'how beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news'


Reading & Prayer 16th June 2021

Message from Marisha

I think churches have always found the subject of giving( especially money) a difficult thing to approach. I know many people in the past who have resented the subject being brought up at all, yet the scriptures talk about it often. 

They say that money makes the world go round, whilst I don't actually believe that for, we have a God in charge; generous giving in time, talents and money can make a huge difference . No one should feel under any compulsion to do more or give more than they want out of any sense of pressure or guilt. It is for the Lord to lay on each of our hearts what is right to do in our individual circumstances and for us to be obedient to that.

Times have been hard over the last 18 months for everyone ; the already poor of society have been particularly hit hard. Thankfully so many charities have stepped up the help they give, indeed we have too. Our own church so dependent on tourism has suffered in its regular income to keep the church running, yet God is good we are still functioning and providing services every week.

From my own experience I can honestly say that I have never suffered because I gave, in fact I am sure God's goodness has come back to me tenfold. 


Reading & Prayer 15thJune 2021

Message from Marisha

So today we are called in our scriptures to do what many would find impossible or even unreasonable to try.

Most of us want to be loved, liked and appreciated and are, by those who see our value, can see past the not so good parts of us or we just somehow gel together. Sadly, there are those who just don't like us, perhaps we have hurt them in some way, or stood in the way of their ambitions or are very dissimilar. There is all manner of reasons why people love each other and why they don't. It is easy to love those who love us.

However, we are called to go beyond that; we are called to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us. To the world's way of thinking that may seem ridiculous and impossible but that is not so. God has given us a new heart of love, he has given us the Holy Spirit to encourage us to grow more like Jesus each day and do his will. Even Jesus on the cross had to make a decision to love and forgive .....Father, he says, 'forgive them for they know not what they do' 

Life is full of misunderstandings between people, even Christians and resentments can grow and be destructive. The best way I know to work against that is call down a blessing from God on that person. Ask the Lord to forgive any part you have played in the problem. 

Our Lord will do the rest if we are willing. 


Reading & Prayer 14th June 2021

Message from Marisha

Do you ever feel that the Christian life is hard and you don't seem to be getting anywhere? I think that may be true for all of us at some time or another especially when our life circumstances are challenging. I was encouraged to read in this morning's scripture that we have been given everything we need through Christ to live the life we are called to. However, we too must play our part. We need to first believe God's promises to us and then take hold of them and allow them to work themselves out in our daily living. 

There are always going to be times when we are downhearted, doubtful, angry or just plain want to do what we want to do regardless of what is right. It is at those times we can just call up a little 'Help' prayer. The Lord knows our struggles, even uses them to make us stronger in the faith. Be encouraged, God has given us all we need, let us access the power, the love, and knowledge which is there for the asking.


Reading & Prayer 12th June 2021

Message from Marisha

I wonder how many people we know in the world; some of us many and some only a few, but thinking about it what does that 'know' entail? We might believe we know someone very well and then are surprised when another side is revealed. Only God actually knows us through and through, after all he created us. We are told in today's scriptures that once we are reconciled to Christ we become a new creation. The old is gone the new has come. Of course that may not be obvious at first but as the Lord continues his reforming of us ; the old ways slipping away from us and the new becoming more prominent it will be noticed by those around us. Our values change.

In the past I have met up with old friends who I had known very well and was surprised how much they had changed, not just in looks of course but in their inner being, their attitudes, their goals in life, their new commitment to living for Christ. 

When that life changing event happens we become aware that actually our lives are not our own any longer.......we have become part of God's great plan of reconciling the world to him, and we are now an integral part of that plan. How exciting !


Reading & Prayer 11 June 2021

John's study - a little preview of Sunday

Our readings this Sunday, the Second Sunday after Trinity, help us to counter the thinking of much of our society and working environments today where efficiency and immediate results are expected.  Just as a plant or a tree needs time to grow, so human relations cannot be built, nor our problems solved overnight.  People too need time to grow and change.  The good news is that God is patient with us, but we must work with God by becoming patient with one another and, with God’s help, give people and the Church and God’s kingdom of justice, love and peace the time needed to grow.  We are to be sowers of the seed who then wait and pray in hope.  If it is good seed that we sow, it will certainly grow.


Reading & Prayer 10th June 2021

Message from Marisha

I don't know how you find life; I find there is a lot of good in it, people who look out for each other, are kind and thoughtful , but unfortunately it seems to be within the human spirit to generally not to be like that and there are plenty who delight in the failures of others and are quick to seek some kind of revenge if they feel slighted in anyway.

As Christians we are called to be and act differently to those who do not know Christ. Even as Christians we can still fall foul of bad feelings towards each other, want redress, and take on bad attitudes. These are things that we don't desire for our lives but they happen. 

We are a work in progress; God is changing us from the inside out. Each time we are faced with a difficult situation when harsh words could be spoken but are not, that is God at work. 


Reading & Prayer 9th June 2021

Message from Marisha

Today I thought that a psalm would be good to look at. I choose 34. 

It reminds me where real peace and happiness lay. Almost every day, we will encounter things that go wrong or cause us unhappiness and that is life. How we respond to them is another matter. We can dwell on the problem, worry, get anxious or even angry or we can choose to take a step back and remember where our true peace and happiness comes from.

I have found that a good way to dispel very negative thoughts is to start saying thank you to God for all that he has done and is doing in our lives, both great and small. Also singing is known to lift the spirit; put on a praise song or just sing your favourite hymn. It is amazing how that can change your outlook. 


Reading & Prayer 8th June 2021

Message from Marisha

At the end of today's reading, it speaks of God's seal upon us. I don't know if you ever had a child's post office or printing set, I did. In it was a piece of wax and a seal. In times gone by when there was no emails or even a postal service a seal on a letter was very important and I expect a bit of a security measure. A letter was written, usually by a king or someone very important and it was sealed with wax with an imprint from the sender in the wax. It confirmed who the sender actually was and whether the letter had been tampered with or changed in anyway.

In the same way we can be sure that the seal that the Lord has put upon is genuine and has not been changed. The seal we have is made manifest in the Holy Spirit in our hearts, our lives and behaviours. Only The Holy Spirit can bring us to a place where we are aware of God within us working his purposes out in our lives, making us more like him each day. That seal on our lives is a permanent fixture, his promises are always true and Yes in him.


Reading & Prayer 7th June 2021

Message from Marisha

Today's reading is from the Beatitudes which are I think one of the loveliest portions of scripture we have. It seems to cover all the conditions that we can find ourselves when we are looking to walk closer to God.

Billy Graham referred to them as the beautiful attitudes. There is truth in that; yes we want to seek after righteousness, be peacemakers be merciful, we will also not be without difficulties when we seek God and live as followers of Jesus. We may get some of rewards in this world but not all but we will most definitely get them in the next. 


Reading & Prayer 5th June 2021

Message from Marisha

It is good to look at the psalms; they are an encouragement. 

From the beginning of time God's people have faced difficulties. I don't think I have found anyone in life or in the scriptures who hasn't had a problem of one kind or another. That seems to be a strange kind of comfort. Not that we would want anyone to have trouble but we know what comes to us in life is common to all and understood by all. It develops in us compassion and kindness, also praying for others.

I want an easy life and I expect most people feel the same. That is unlikely for us I know, whilst we have earthly lives at least. The psalms and other scriptures do give us heart that we have a God who hears, listens and responds. Regardless of our circumstances we can find joy in the Lord, peace that the world does not and cannot give and a life of expectation that all things are working for good to those who love God. 


Reading & Prayer 4th June 2021

John's study - a little preview of Sunday

The readings for this ‘First Sunday after Trinity’ focus on the reality of good and evil, and particularly the dilemma we face as human beings in having to choose between right and wrong, or, in spiritual terms, the path of life or death. All too frequently human beings have made the wrong choice and suffered the consequences. 

Genesis 3: 8 – 15 - This is often the first reading at a full service of nine lessons and carols at Christmas indicating the beginning of humanity’s predicament which would result in the coming of Jesus as its Saviour. It is the story of Adam and Eve, who represent the human race.


Reading & Prayer 3rd June 2021

Message from Marisha

Today the Church celebrates Corpus Christi ( the institution of the Eucharist) When I looked at all the possible lectionary readings for today, I realised that they were all about what we put into our bodies and feeds us and what sometimes comes out of our mouths which isn't always helpful. It has been good that although there have been many restrictions on our lives over the last months, we at least have been able to receive communion. 

In today's scripture the people were being reminded how the Lord kept, fed and cared for them over 40 years, even their clothes didn't wear out. Still, they needed to be reminded of God's goodness and to continue to walk in his ways. It is the same for us; we need to remember all that we have been given for our wellbeing. We have the Word of God, we have the Eucharist, and the Church and the fellowship which that brings. We also need to remember that which would injury all that; ingratitude, unkindness, the harsh word, the unforgiving attitudes, our failure to meet together and love each other. Thankfully we have a God who understands our weaknesses and forgives us, we have the Holy Spirit to encourage us, we have the very word and bread of life.


Reading & Prayer 2nd June 2021

Message from Marisha

I expect we all have days which are difficult, I had one yesterday. Firstly, I couldn't make my computer do what I want it to (obviously operator error) and then later after working in the shop, lost my car keys (those who know me well will know that lost keys are the blight of my life) This time though they really were LOST. Much searching of bags, a very tidy shop and even the bins by Greta's partner Ian and still not found. The recovery truck was called.....a feat in itself. There were two things going on here: faith and works. There were some who had faith that the keys couldn't possibly be lost and they would be found and those who were just were going to find them ...... and so they did! The recovery truck cancelled, much rejoicing by me and instructions from the others, to know and remember where I put things. 

Our reading today addresses an age old argument: are we saved by faith or works.  My understanding is that I was given the first small seed of faith. A pure gift from God which I did nothing to deserve but never the less received. As faith grows and blooms the natural outcome will to do the good works that the Lord has for each of us to do. I think of it like a coin of the realm, if only one side pressed the coin is deemed worthless, even though the metal may be good. We need a coin pressed on both sides ......faith and works.


Reading & Prayer 1st June 2021

Message from Marisha

When we look at the scriptures it is absolutely full of stories of how God has directed his people, both individually and as a whole. 

There are those in the world who might not give much credence to what has happened in the past or to other people but there are always lessons to be learnt from past experience. Each of us is precious to God and has a life worked out for us if we choose to follow and it will always be the best option. So often I have rushed ahead thinking I know what is right before actually asking the Lord if my 'good idea' is the right way to go.

Many of you will have known Margaret who was our shop manager. She did a marvellous job with our charity shop; she had lots of good ideas but I can tell you for sure, not one of those ideas were attempted before she had prayed about it and felt peace about it. In our scripture today Joshua was told exactly what he must do next and he obeyed. Surely a lesson to be learnt by us all. Pray, listen, act.


Go to the Top of the Page

Bring some joy to your inbox.

Subscribe to our Newsletter and Receive Daily Prayers and Sunday Sermons in your email.

 Reading & Prayer 30th June 2021

Why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. But 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. “So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.

Matthew 6:28-34

Lord and Father of all creation,

How beautiful are the works of your hands,

We praise and give you thanks.

You know our needs and supply them. 

In you we lack nothing, with you we have all.

We praise and give you thanks

.Be with us in this moment, in that we will be satisfied. Amen

 Reading & Prayer 29th June 2021

When Jesus got into the boat, his disciples followed him. A wind storm arose on the sea, so great that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. And they went and woke him up, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!” And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, you of little faith?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a dead calm. They were amazed, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him?”

Matthew 8:23-27

Father God, creator of heaven and earth, land and sea. Help us Lord to remember Jesus is with us in the midst of every situation, that we can trust him with our very lives. Increase our faith so that we need have no fear when we put ourselves into his hands. Great is thy faithfulness now unto us. Amen 

 Reading & Prayer 28th June 2021

Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy,                                                                                          To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace.                                                                                                          We always give thanks to God for all of you and mention you in our prayers, constantly remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labour of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. For we know, brothers and sisters beloved by God, that he has chosen you, because our message of the gospel came to you not in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction; just as you know what kind of persons we proved to be among you for your sake. And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for in spite of persecution you received the word with joy inspired by the Holy Spirit, so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia. For the word of the Lord has sounded forth from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but in every place your faith in God has become known, so that we have no need to speak about it. For the people of those regions report about us what kind of welcome we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols, to serve a living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath that is coming.

1 Thessalonians 1

Father God, we too give thanks for all who have trusted in the Lord Jesus and have followed, living a life of joy and full of the Holy Spirit. May our lives show that we also follow the true and living God and that we will be known not for what we say but in the lives we live, the welcome and love we show for others. Amen

 Reading & Prayer 26th June 2021

On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was going through the region between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered a village, ten lepers approached him. Keeping their distance,  they called out, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” When he saw them, he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were made clean.  Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice. He prostrated himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. And he was a Samaritan.  Then Jesus asked, “Were not ten made clean? But the other nine, where are they? Was none of them found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Get up and go on your way; your faith has made you well.”

Luke 17.11-19

Father God, we give you all thanks for those who have believed and been healed and for those whose faith was little or none, yet in your compassion you have healed and made whole. Forgive us for the times that we have so quickly forgotten the miracles you have brought in our lives, the times when we have doubted or lost faith when it hasn't been has we had hoped; not knowing or seeing your hand and  divine plan on our lives. Give us faith in all circumstances we pray. Amen 

25th June 2021

I think that in every church I have served, we have kept the Sunday on or nearest to 29th June in honour of the two great apostles, Peter and Paul.  This is in keeping with what is taking place in cathedrals and churches where ordinations to the diaconate and priesthood are being celebrated on this Sunday.  Both of my ordinations took place within the festival of the two apostles, who are held up as inspirations and examples for us to follow in ministry.  The date of the festival is based on the traditional date of the foundation of the city of Rome by the legendary Romulus, but its Christian significance is that Rome is the city where both apostles gave up their lives in the service of Jesus Christ.

Acts of the Apostles 12: 1 – 11

It is 42AD and Herod Agrippa (grandson of Herod the Great and nephew? of Herod Antipas) is now the vassal ruler of the Jewish homeland.  He unleashes a persecution on the young Church, in part to enhance his public image.  He has James the son of Zebedee killed, and later has Peter arrested and imprisoned, no doubt with a view to executing him once the Passover season was over.  We have no precise understanding of what exactly happened, but our passage shows how in answer to some fervent prayer, Peter has a miraculous escape from jail.  This story may well have been written up by Luke to stress the providential nature of Peter’s survival, as his execution would have been a disaster for the Church.  It also declares that the gospel and the will of God cannot be ‘chained.’  After this scene Peter largely disappears from the Acts narrative and Paul becomes the prominent figure.

2 Timothy 4: 6 – 8 & 17 – 18

It is now almost universally accepted that although they are attributed to Paul, the apostle himself did not write the ‘pastoral epistles’ to Timothy and Titus.  There is compelling evidence that they are the work of a much later writer, probably a member of a supposed ‘school of Paul,’ disciples of his who continued to ‘develop’ his teaching after his death in around 65AD.   

Today’s passage, however, sounds more like the real Paul.  It could be part of a genuine farewell letter or other message of Paul that the writer had in his possession, or it could be that he knew Paul’s thoughts or words at the end of his life so well that he could express them as if Paul himself had written them.  

the reading, Paul clearly expects execution and sees the pouring out of his lifeblood as an offering to God, a fitting completion of the sacrificial service he has already given.  He has kept going like a long-distance runner, right to the finishing line.  The faith that he has held holds him still.  He now looks forward to the final triumph of Jesus Christ with hope, confidence and joy.  Whenever death comes, he will not be afraid for God will hold him and bring him through to glory.

Matthew 16: 13 – 19

In Matthew’s account, Peter confesses Jesus not only as Messiah or Christ but also as Son of God, whereas in Mark, presumably the original version, the first human being to call Jesus ‘Son of God’ is the centurion at the cross.  Paul begins his letter to the Romans proclaiming Jesus ‘Son of God’ by his resurrection from the dead.  Are we seeing in the Gospel a post-Easter declaration of faith being ‘read back’ into a scene in Jesus’ lifetime?  Possibly, but the matter is academic because the question of Jesus, ‘Who do you say that I am?’ is for us, and for the whole Church and for Christians in every generation to answer.  To be able to affirm Jesus as the Christ, the Son of the living God is a special gift from God.   The disciple Simon is given the name Peter by Jesus to signal that by the quality of his faith, he is the ‘rock’ that founds the Church.  The Church will continue to be built by those who possess such a rock-like faith in Jesus.

This Church will be battered, tossed about like a boat in a storm but it will never be broken or sunk.  The powers of evil will not prevail against it.  It will open doors of life to many through the good news it carries and will shape the character of God’s people.  

To confess Jesus as the Christ, the Son of God, as Peter and Paul did, requires not just our lips but our hearts and lives. We are people who follow Jesus and who therefore express our faith most of all by the way we live. 

The Collect for Saints Peter and Paul:

Holy God, you are the rock of our salvation who has saved unto eternity. We are sorry when we forget your mighty works, your hand upon our lives, that you are a righteous and just God. Let our foot not slip in our life's path but in every circumstance teach us your ways and complete the good work you have begun in us. Amen

 Reading & Prayer 24th June 2021

Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John (the Baptist): “What did you go out into the wilderness to look at? A reed shaken by the wind? What then did you go out to see? Someone dressed in soft robes? Look, those who wear soft robes are in royal palaces. What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. This is the one about whom it is written,

‘See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.’ Truly I tell you, among those born of women no one has arisen greater than John the Baptist; yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.

Matthew 11:7-11

Father God, we give grateful thanks to all who heard your call and obeyed your Word ;who believed, and told others the Good News. We ask your blessing on all missionaries, priests, ministers of your word  and evangelists as they go forth into a world where many do not know or love you. May they that have ears to hear, hear, may those who have tongues to speak, speak, that no one will be lost and all may be saved. Give to each of us, by the power of the Holy Spirit, words of love and acts of kindness and a testimony of your saving Grace in our lives. Amen 

 Reading & Prayer 21st June 2021

O God, from my youth you have taught me, and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds.

So even to old age and grey hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim your might to all the generations to come.

Your power and your righteousness, O God, reach the high heavens.

You who have done great things, O God, who is like you?

You who have made me see many troubles and calamities will revive me again;

from the depths of the earth you will bring me up again.

You will increase my honour, and comfort me once again.

I will also praise you with the harp for your faithfulness, O my God;

I will sing praises to you with the lyre, O Holy One of Israel

.My lips will shout for joy when I sing praises to you; my soul also, which you have rescued. All day long my tongue will talk of your righteous help,

Psalm 71 :17-24a

Father God, we do indeed praise you with all of our heart, for it is you who have brought us forth from the day of our earthly birth, through hard times and times of great joy to our present day. We fear not that the day will bring because you are there beside us , protecting and guiding from all adversity. Keep our hearts and minds fixed on you and your love for us, that no doubt might overwhelm us but only confidence in your righteous help, to sustain us to the end of this our earthly life. Amen

18th June 2021

The readings for this coming Third Sunday after Trinity raise the issue of suffering, evil, misfortune which are part of life as it is. We are reminded that God is in control, even of the seemingly uncontrollable forces of nature and the creation.  We are urged to be resilient, to have faith rather than fear.  God is with us and will bring us through the turmoil.  It is a difficult message for many people to grasp and it is the most used excuse for lack of belief in God, and particularly a loving God.  But try imagining a world or universe without any such troubles.  You will soon realise that an alternative reality would require us to be something less than human and free.  In Jesus, God has experienced all that human life involves including suffering and death. That alone is enough for us to know that God is with us, come what may.

Job 38: 1 – 11

We rarely meet Job in our Sunday readings, so what follows is the briefest attempt at a summary of the whole book, without which, today’s reading would make little sense.  The book of Job deals with the ancient problem of suffering, and particularly suffering in the life of someone who is ‘good,’ ‘upright’ and ‘faithful.’  The work is an example of wisdom literature, a poetic literary creation, not a report of a literal debate among historical human characters, but certainly reflecting a common debate in the ancient world as in the present.  The sick, disaster-struck and bereaved Job ends a long debate with his friends with a conviction that he has done nothing to deserve the suffering that has been inflicted on him and he makes a formal protest to God of his innocence.  Today’s reading is the beginning of God’s response to Job. Job’s mortal limitations and assumptions become clear to him, and he comes to understand the nearness and mystery of the all-powerful God.  The experience brings him to repent of his foolish protest ‘in dust and ashes.’  Job’s confession and fresh insight leads to his fortunes being restored to him many times over.

2 Corinthians 6: 1 – 13

An appeal to the wayward Corinthians to be reconciled to God.  Paul and his companions are ‘ambassadors for Christ’ (5: 20) and he commends their ministry to his readers by listing their various experiences and attributes including suffering, hardship, patience, integrity and love.  He points to the stark contrast between the way people judge him and the reality of his example.  

What commends the gospel will not be the status or social standing of Christians but their example of resilience, integrity, and love, accompanied by an inner peace in the midst of the storms of life.

Mark 4: 35 – 41

An account of Jesus apparently performing a ‘nature miracle.’   He and his disciples are crossing the Sea of Galilee when storm suddenly erupts.  The disciples are frightened, but Jesus is asleep.  As there were fishermen among them who would have knowledge and experience of the lake and its habits, their fear seems rather surprising. 

Whatever really happened, we must consider what the story means.   In the Hebrew Bible the sea, as well as being a huge body of water, is a symbol of power and fear.  It is sometimes associated with evil (e.g. see Isaiah 51 and Daniel 7).  The sea could be destructive to life.  But God is shown as having power over the sea (e.g. see Psalm 107).  

In tradition, the boat in the story is a symbol of the early Church, battered and fearful amid turbulent times, yet consoled, encouraged and protected by the presence of the risen Christ.  For us too as we read this story, there is the assurance that Christ, the risen Lord, comes to us in our hour of need, our darkness.  He calms the storms and troubled waters of our lives.   This is the heart of the message that Mark is trying to convey.  As Jesus taught truth through parables, here we have a truth about Jesus in the form of a parable.

A prayer for the day:

God of power and might, when we cry out to you in the storms of life, reassure us that you care and that you are with us.  By your grace may our faith remain calm and peaceful, and may it deepen in every trial we encounter.  Keep us trusting that the waves obey you and that at your command the powers of evil cannot harm us.  Stay with us through your Son and our Saviour, Jesus Christ our Lord, today and always. Amen 

 Reading & Prayer 17th June 2021

The scripture says, “No one who believes in him will be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all and is generous to all who call on him. For, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” But how are they to call on one in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in one of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone to proclaim him? And how are they to proclaim him unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” But not all have obeyed the good news; for Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our message?” So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the word of Christ.

Romans 10:11-17

Holy and Loving Father, Gracious and full of compassion, who have loved us from the beginning of time, your name is precious to our ears. Give us Holy words to speak in your name. May those who hear recognise your all encompassing love for them, with us, let them, become the beautiful feet of those who bring the good news of Christ Jesus. Amen

 Reading & Prayer 16th June 2021

The one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.  And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work. As it is written,

“He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.”

He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity, which will produce thanksgiving to God through us.

2 Corinthians 9:6-11

Generous God, we can never give enough thanks for all that you are, for the life you have given us, the love and mercy you have shown us and for supplying our daily needs. May we never take your blessings to us for granted.

Our lives and all that we have are yours, show us dear Father how we are to be used in your Kingdom, how we can help others, how to be generous both in our hearts, actions and with our wealth. Let us never be found lacking in taking our part in building your Kingdom here on earth. Amen 

 Reading & Prayer 15th June 2021

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbour and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers and sisters, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Matthew 5:43-48

Lord God, we thank you that you love us, even though you know us through and through, with all our faults, bad attitudes and thoughts. Our desire is to be like you who loves without restraint, who forgives and understands our failings. May your Holy Spirit so dwell within us that we too can see beyond our own the injury, hurt feeling and need for redress. Let our hearts soften towards those who whose hearts are hard and full of anger and cause us pain; may your spirit of forgiveness and love so become part of us that we too can be the agent of reconciliation, love and peace Amen

 Reading & Prayer 14th June 2021

To those who have received a faith as precious as ours through the righteousness of our God and Saviour Jesus Christ: May grace and peace be yours in abundance in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. His divine power h

as given us everything needed for life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Thus he has given us, through these things, his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may escape from the corruption that is in the world because of lust, and may become participants of the divine nature. For this very reason, you must make every effort to support your faith with goodness, and goodness with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with endurance, and endurance with godliness, and godliness with mutual affection, and mutual affection with love. For if these things are yours and are increasing among you, they keep you from being ineffective and unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Peter 1:2-8

Dear Lord and Father, in you we lack nothing. In grace you have given us all that we need to live Holy and Christ like lives. May we take hold of all that you have to offer us, for you alone know what we need for living the life you have called us to. When doubts assail us and we are weak or momentarily forget that through Jesus we have been given a divine nature, remind again of the great promises that belong to us from our first day of belief in you the living and immortal God. May we decrease and you increase in our lives that we may more and more become useful and willing servants in your kingdom. Amen 

 Reading & Prayer 12 June 2021

For the love of Christ urges us on, because we are convinced that one has died for all; therefore all have died. And he died for all, so that those who live might live no longer for themselves, but for him who died and was raised for them. From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way. So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us. So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

2 Corinthians 5:14-21

Lord God, how precious to us has become the name of Jesus, for through him we have truly become a new creation. Once we knew him from a far and now he has become our friend and trusts us to carry on his work in the world. May we see his commission to us through to the end, by the power of the Holy Spirit working in us and through us. Amen

11 June 2021

Our readings this Sunday, the Second Sunday after Trinity, help us to counter the thinking of much of our society and working environments today where efficiency and immediate results are expected. Just as a plant or a tree needs time to grow, so human relations cannot be built, nor our problems solved overnight. People too need time to grow and change. The good news is that God is patient with us, but we must work with God by becoming patient with one another and, with God’s help, give people and the Church and God’s kingdom of justice, love and peace the time needed to grow. We are to be sowers of the seed who then wait and pray in hope. If it is good seed that we sow, it will certainly grow.

Ezekiel 17: 22 – 24

It is worth reading the whole chapter to understand this short passage which concludes it. The context is the early years of the Jewish Exile in Babylon. Chapter 17 contains a mixture of precise historical and allegorical details with verses 1 – 10 and 22 – 24 in the form of a poem, while verses 11 – 21 provide an explanation in prose.

The ’sprig from the lofty top of a cedar’ (v.22) represents a future king from the house of David; ‘every kind of bird’ that will live under the cedar represents many nations. ‘All the trees of the field’ are the kings of the surrounding nations who will come to know that God humbles the mighty and raises up the lowly to power from nothing. This lesson is repeated in chapter 31. Ezekiel is looking forward to days of hope, growth, and blessing for Israel under a future king, a Messiah.

Jesus may well have been drawing on this passage in today’s Gospel reading (hence its selection as a related reading, along with his status as God’s Messiah), encouraging his disciples to look beyond the limitations and confrontations of their own day and grasp the amazing growth potential of the kingdom of God.

2 Corinthians 5: 6 – 10

Paul has already written that the risen life of Christ touches the Christian now and will one day embrace us finally and fully (last Sunday’s reading).  Being a rather spiritual lot, some Corinthians are becoming casual and complacent in this hope and feel that this bodily existence is an obstacle to union with Christ.  Paul counters this by saying that whatever the Christian’s longing, the future judgement will involve an assessment of how we lived here and now, in this earthly bodily form.  Our present existence is very important (after all, Christ came and shared it!) and we must please God with the whole of our life.

Mark 4: 26 – 34

In common with Jesus’ other parables about seeds, the first one today about the growing seed stresses the contrast between the smallness of the seed and the greatness of the final harvest. The harvest is the future consummation of the kingdom of God, but the kingdom is already present like a seed and its growth.  What the seed will become is inevitable; it will one day reveal the form and purpose for which it was planted.

The second parable compares the kingdom with a small seed that grows into a great shrub.  The smallness of the mustard seed is contrasted with the greatness of the shrub, once again representing the small beginnings of the kingdom and the great result of its full and final arrival.  The seed grows to become the greatest of all the shrubs, producing large branches, ‘so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.’   What has begun in Jesus will surpass all hopes and expectations.  The kingdom of God will gather in people from far and wide and there will be room for them all. 

The seed originally means the message of Jesus, the gospel, but then it includes the recipients who must from their small beginnings go out to live that message and participate in the work of building the kingdom of God on earth.  

The Collect for this Sunday:

Lord, you have taught us that all our doings without love are nothing worth:  send your Holy Spirit and pour into our hearts that most excellent gift of love, the true bond of peace and of all virtues, without which whoever lives is counted as dead before you.  Grant this for your only Son, Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen 

 Reading & Prayer 10th June 2021

Finally, all of you, have unity of spirit, sympathy, love for one another, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil for evil or abuse for abuse; but, on the contrary, repay with a blessing. It is for this that you were called—that you might inherit a blessing. For “Those who desire life and desire to see good days, let them keep their tongues from evil and their lips from speaking deceit; let them turn away from evil and do good; let them seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”

Now who will harm you if you are eager to do what is good? But even if you do suffer for doing what is right, you are blessed. Do not fear what they fear, and do not be intimidated, but in your hearts sanctify Christ as Lord. Always be ready to make your defence to anyone who demands from you an accounting for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and reverence. Keep your conscience clear, so that, when you are maligned, those who abuse you for your good conduct in Christ may be put to shame.

1 Peter 3:8-4:6

Father God, we give thanks for your loving countenance towards us, that your love is always gentle, forgiving and merciful. May we too show the love you have put into our hearts to others, be forgiving and in all ways be Christlike. Help us to not take offence, to see the pain in others and always be ready to give witness to the change you have made within us. Amen

 Reading & Prayer 9th June 2021

I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.

My soul makes its boast in the Lord; let the humble hear and be glad.

O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.

I sought the Lord, and he answered me, and delivered me from all my fears.

Look to him, and be radiant; so your faces shall never be ashamed.

This poor soul cried, and was heard by the Lord, and was saved from every trouble.

The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them.

O taste and see that the Lord is good; happy are those who take refuge in him.

Psalm 34 :1-8

Lord God and Father of all, for all the times we thought we knew best and went from your side we are sorry. In your goodness and mercy you gently brought us back to a place of safety and peace with you. Keep our eyes fixed on you, ever praising your Holy name for you inhabit the praises of your people and there we will know oneness with you our everlasting Father. Amen 

 Reading & Prayer 8th June 2021

As surely as God is faithful, our word to you has not been “Yes and No.” For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, whom we proclaimed among you, Silvanus and Timothy and I, was not “Yes and No”; but in him it is always “Yes.” For in him every one of God’s promises is a “Yes.” For this reason it is through him that we say the “Amen,” to the glory of God. But it is God who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us, by putting his seal on us and giving us his Spirit in our hearts as a first instalment.

2 Corinthians 1:18-22

Almighty Father, our creator and redeemer, we praise and thank that in you there is no shadow of doubt for us; your yes will always and forever more be yes and in you we trust. So may your Holy Spirit work in and through us that we too will become a 'yes' to the world. Let your seal upon us be a reminder to us and a sign to the world that we belong to you now and forever. Amen

 Reading & Prayer 7th June 2021

When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him.  

Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. 

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. 

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.  

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 

Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.  

Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you."

Matthew 5:1-12

Lord God, we thank that you that we are precious in your sight, despite all of our weakness and shortcomings. We are grateful for the words of truth from our Holy scriptures which comfort, encourage and teach us. By the power of the Holy Spirit may your word of life settle in our hearts, transform us ever more into your likeness and give us courage to live lives honouring to you. Amen 

 Reading & Prayer 5th June 2021

The Lord answer you in the day of trouble! 

The name of the God of Jacob protect you!

May he send you help from the sanctuary, and give you support from Zion.

May he remember all your offerings, and regard with favour your burnt sacrifices. 

May he grant you your heart’s desire, and fulfil all your plans.

May we shout for joy over your victory, and in the name of our God set up our banners.

May the Lord fulfil all your petitions.

Now I know that the Lord will help his anointed; he will answer him from his holy heaven with mighty victories by his right hand.

Some take pride in chariots, and some in horses, but our pride is in the name of the Lord our God. They will collapse and fall, but we shall rise and stand upright.

Give victory to the king, O Lord; answer us when we call.

Psalm 20

Father God, Worthy is your name, All glory belongs to you.  In you we trust. 

With you we are safe in this world. We wait in joyful anticipation for the next.

Grant we pray, your favour on the prayers of the anointed, that all may know, that you alone are the Lord. Amen

 4th June 2021

The readings for this ‘First Sunday after Trinity’ focus on the reality of good and evil, and particularly the dilemma we face as human beings in having to choose between right and wrong, or, in spiritual terms, the path of life or death.   All too frequently human beings have made the wrong choice and suffered the consequences. 

Genesis 3: 8 – 15

This is often the first reading at a full service of nine lessons and carols at Christmas indicating the beginning of humanity’s predicament which would result in the coming of Jesus as its Saviour.   It is the story of Adam and Eve, who represent the human race. They gave in to the temptation of the serpent or snake (not to be identified with ‘Satan’ or ‘the Devil’ – such a personification of evil had not been thought of when the Genesis story was being written).  When confronted by God about how they know they are naked, having eaten the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, Adam blames Eve and Eve blames the snake. There is truth about human frailty aplenty in this ancient story.  It is a parable about such weaknesses and the dire consequences of following one’s own will and desires rather than the will and ways of God.  It leads to the conviction that humanity would ultimately need a Saviour to rescue it from the pit which it had dug for itself, and so lead it back to the paradise which was God’s intention for it from the beginning.

2 Corinthians 4: 13 – 5: 1

For Paul, the way of Adam (though he is not mentioned in this passage), human nature, disobedience to God, is the way of death, whereas Christ is the way of life.  Here, Paul states how he carries the death and resurrection of Christ within him every day, another way of saying that he is being transformed into Christ-likeness.  In spite of all his hardships he is sustained and renewed by the life of God within him, he is in the process of being raised with Christ now while looking forward to the full resurrection that awaits once the process of bodily decay has run its course.  Whatever befalls us in this transitory life, our inner or spiritual self is being renewed day by day as we follow Jesus in his death and resurrection, and by God’s grace we are on a journey towards its fulfilment.

Mark 3: 20 – 35

There are two interconnected stories in this passage.  The main thrust is about family and unity.  A divided house (or family) will surely collapse. So the divided attitudes towards Jesus and what he represents are potentially disastrous for Israel.  If people recognise the work of the Holy Spirit in Jesus, but refuse to acknowledge it, they are actively opposing God.  This is sin against the Holy Spirit, and it is fatal!  This scene and message are sandwiched by the appearance of Jesus’ own family members who turn up with the intention of taking him away because he appears to be ‘out of his mind.’  They may have been influenced by those who said that he was possessed by evil spirits.  Jesus uses their presence to teach that those who gather round him and accept his teaching and mission are his true family.  This is a challenging message outlining that following Jesus creates a deeper bond and commitment than even with one’s human family. 

A prayer for this Sunday:

God our Father, we experience within us and around us the ongoing struggle between good and evil. Help us to recognize the wrong we have done, and the temptations we have fallen into.  Give us faith in your immeasurable mercy and bring us the joy and peace of your pardon.  May the death and resurrection of your Son Jesus make us die to sin and rise in him, and overcome with him all evil in ourselves and in the world.  We ask this in his name, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen 

 Reading & Prayer 3rd June 2021

Remember the long way that the Lord your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, in order to humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commandments. He humbled you by letting you hunger, then by feeding you with manna, with which neither you nor your ancestors were acquainted, in order to make you understand that one does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. The clothes on your back did not wear out and your feet did not swell these forty years. Know then in your heart that as a parent disciplines a child so the Lord your God disciplines you. Therefore keep the commandments of the Lord your God, by walking in his ways and by fearing him.

Deuteronomy 8:2-6

Almighty God, forgive us for the times we have forgotten your sustaining love for us and all of creation which you have kept from generation to generation. For the times we have been ungrateful and complaining we are sorry. Refresh us again O Lord, that we might be living testimonies to your great power, mercy and love. For your mighty Word, the bread of life which feeds our body and soul we give thanks; may it so dwell within us that walking in the ways of righteousness will become our only way of of living. Amen

 Reading & Prayer 2nd June 2021

What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works? Can faith save you? If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill,” and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that? So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.

But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I by my works will show you my faith. You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder. Do you want to be shown, you senseless person, that faith apart from works is barren? Was not our ancestor Abraham justified by works when he offered his son Isaac on the altar You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was brought to completion by the works. Thus the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness,” and he was called the friend of God. You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone

James 2:14 -24

Lord God, you have given us the gift of faith; a tiny seed to grow, mature and blossom. We give thanks for every good gift you give, each experience which teaches us more of you and for the opportunities which put our faith into action. Let us each have eyes to see the work and deeds which are ours to do and hearts that willingly turn our hands to do them. May you be glorified both in our faith and in our deeds for you are the author of them both. Amen 

 Reading & Prayer 1st June 2021

Be strong and bold; have no fear or dread of them, because it is the Lord your God who goes with you; he will not fail you or forsake you.”

Then Moses summoned Joshua and said to him in the sight of all Israel: “Be strong and bold, for you are the one who will go with this people into the land that the Lord has sworn to their ancestors to give them; and you will put them in possession of it. It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”

Then Moses wrote down this law, and gave it to the priests, the sons of Levi, who carried the ark of the covenant of the Lord, and to all the elders of Israel.

Deuteronomy 31:6-8

Father we thank you that you have promised to be always with us and to help us in the path you have set before us. We ask that the Holy Spirit will speak into our lives, show us what we are called to. keep us from either rushing ahead, being slow to follow or not be attentive to keeping on the road before us. Amen