June 2021 Daily Prayer

''LORD, TEACH US TO PRAY''

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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.

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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 !

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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 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