March 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.

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Reading & Prayer 31th Mar 2021

Message from Marisha

I hope this finds you well and in good spirit.I had a lovely start to today; I received my first Easter e card which reminded of new life and hope.  I needed that.Secondly, I received notification that the Diocese in Europe would be praying for St. Francis Church today. It's good to remember that we are a beloved part of a much wider church and we are held in prayer.We are now moving on through Holy week remembering the last days of our Lord Jesus.Today's verses cover the time when He was called to answer the scribes and Pharisees. Really, they didn't want to hear the truth, only what best suited them. They wanted to trick him. That was not to be though. He was given powerful words to speak and those who had ears to hear would certainly have heard. Sadly, that day most didn't.Often, I have found that when people want to engage in a 'religious' conversation what they are trying to do is trip you up, somehow confirm their own world view. That doesn't really matter. God is always drawing people to Himself by whatever means and that sometimes involves getting through the barriers they put up. Jesus' response to his accusers was very wise. The marvellous and comforting thing is that we too can have wise words to speak; given by our Father. Let's not be afraid to enter the conversation. God is with us and it is His responsibility to convict and convince unbelievers, not ours. We only need to play our part.


Reading & Prayer 30th Mar. 2021

Message from Marisha

Today's scripture is well known and we actually have it twice in the bible as it is referred to in Matthew. The line 'a bruised reed I will not break nor a dimly burning wick He will not quench' is so beautiful and comforting. There are many in today's world where the fittest have the power and everything that goes with it and the poor are oppressed and ignored. They need our help and compassion.

In many ways though, we are all bruised reeds; we all have had hurts, problems and life difficulties. Jesus came for us. He came for all, both the weak and the strong. He came to bring justice.

The most wonderful thing is that He knows us completely and meets us in our need.

If you are a bruised reed, He can heal and restore you.

If you are dimly burning, He can cause you to be a flame, a living testament to Him.In Him we have a wonderful Saviour.


Reading & Prayer 29th Mar 2021

Message from Marisha

Holy week has begun. It will be a week where we are lead from joy to pain and finally great exultation.

I think life itself can be like that. It seems we are creatures of our emotions; one day happy and the next sad. Our Lord sees them all and is with us in them all. When we are full of faith he is there and also when we have gone wrong and not taken the right path, He is there too. Read all of this morning's psalm if you can. It is a great reminder of the awesomeness of God. Whatever our situation He is there with us and for us.


Reading & Prayer 27th Jan. 2021

Message from Marisha

Now here is a very interesting thing from our scripture today.  'Many, even of the authorities, believed in Jesus' but they were afraid to say so.I wonder what happened to them, did their belief shrivel up and die, were they in inner conflict, did they live their lives as a lie?It does beg the question about our own belief. Are we open about our faith in Jesus, does our behaviour and values reflect what we know to be true or are we too, like those who could not confess their new faith, worried about what our friends, family and neighbours might think of us? We do not live in a part of the world where it is positively dangerous to be known as a Christian, as many do but still even in the Western world as committed believer, we are called to be seen, known and stand up for our belief in Jesus. Anything else will lead to a compromised life, having double standards and sadly may even lead to our faith shrivelling up and dying.Jesus didn't say 'following me will be easy, you will have a charmed life etc'but He did say 'do not be afraid for I am with you' As the famous hymn says Stand up!, stand up for Jesus!ye soldiers of the cross,lift high his royal banner;it must not suffer loss.Actually, the whole hymn has quite a lot more to say about not being a 'secret Christian'.


Reading & Prayer XXXth Jan 2021

Message from Marisha

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Reading & Prayer 25th Mar. 2021

Message from Marisha

I hope you are all well. As I started to write the word good, predictive text changed it to God! Perhaps that is how it should be in our lives... God first

Psalm 119 is a very long Psalm and I just took verses 54 to 60 to look at. The writer wanted to put God first in his life. He wanted to be obedient to God's ways and laws. There was an awful lot of laws in those days! but still what he was really saying was I want to go God's way and not my own. Jesus has made the matter of what laws to follow when he said 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and all your mind, this is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it, Love your neighbour as yourself.'

I am sure we would all subscribe to that but the doing of may be a little harder. Our nature is to want our own way, do our own thing and as one scripture says somewhere... each in their own mind thinks they are correct.

The Lord looks at our heart, he sees our motives, he sees what our real desires are, there is no fooling Him. He is also compassionate towards us and knows our struggles. It is a life long journey of learning to go the Lord's way. As the Lord reveals Himself to us bit by bit and what he requires then it is up to each of us to take note and do it. That is the purpose of the Holy Spirit; He is there to convict, convince and help us to fulfil the laws of 'Love God and neighbour'


Reading & Prayer 24th Mar 2021

Message from Marisha

The start of Spring is almost upon us, a time of new life beginning and a looking forward.

Our scripture today comes at the end of the story of Lazarus being raised from the dead. It's a story we all know well but I hadn't really given much thought before of the 'Lazarus who was given a new life'. It is easy to imagine that he caused quite a stir. Everyone knew he was dead and were mourning him and suddenly here he was alive again. That was a cause for great rejoicing for his family and friends but not for everyone. There were those who did not like the power of the undeniable testimony of being given new life.  Anyone who has been reborn by the Grace of God is also a living witness to the power of God, just as Lazarus was.

We too have received a new heart and mind; we no longer have the same thinking or desires; our focus is changed into one of living for God and pleasing him.  People in Lazarus' day believed because of what they saw. People are around us too, they observe us and see how we live and are. As was Lazarus being a witness and testimony for God, so are we... Something to think about.


Reading & Prayer 23th Mar 2021

Message from Marisha

I love this morning’s psalm. Don’t you love God’s impartiality. We don’t have to be a Prince, educated, rich, successful or well connected to be loved by God. He cares for all and certainly looks and acts with special tenderness and compassion to those who have little.

For those of us who have more than just a little I wonder if we remember that all we have comes from his hand or do we take it for granted. Yesterday I passed a homeless man sitting by the supermarket door, he was feeding birds. It made me consider... he obviously had little but was sharing it with God’s creatures that had less. That is generosity of heart and hand. From time to time, it is good to reassess what we do with our ‘much’. Are we generous as the Lord is, do we love as he does, do we care as he cares, above all do we give him our praise and thanks for that we have? 


Reading & Prayer 21th Mar. 2021

Message from Marisha

Today's scripture is very comforting for believers. We are told... we can hear His voice, we are His, that we are held in His hand and no one can snatch us from it. Sheep have got a bit of a bad press; the follow blindly and they wander off. There may be a truth in that but we know as sheep belonging to the Father that we have a choice. We can hear him and listen and then choose to follow or not to follow. We can both naivelly or deliberatly step away from Him and His will for us or be obedient, but no one can make us do anything, we have choice.

God protects us whilst we allow him to. No one can take our faith away from us or remove Him from our presence.


Reading & Prayer 20th Mar 2021

Message from Marisha

Today I have the luxury of sitting quietly, no rush, no have to.  I think during Lent we need to do more of that; it is a time when we can speak to God and God can speak to us with a little more focus than usual.

What does today's picture say to you?I won't say what it brought to my mind... but I was pleased I found it.

Today's scripture is a portion from Psalm 32 which in its entirety is about God's forgiveness. The verses I chose focuses on the willingness of the Lord to teach us the right way to go in life (he also seems to recognise that we may be a little stubborn in that area)  Being taught by the Lord requires us to play our part which is to listen attentionally and learn. In our busy lives, quietness is often at a premium and to have it we actually have to make that time. It is always worth it and you never know what the Lord may want to say to you.


Reading & Prayer 18th Mar. 2021

Message from Marisha

I have often wondered if I take life for granted; so far, each morning I wake to a new day that is filled with hope and a promise that God will provide all that I need. Whatever yesterday brought, it is gone and we start a new.

I am reminded of the chorus of a lovely hymn: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases.

Your mercies never come to an end;

they are new every morning,

new every morning: great is your faithfulness,

O Lord, great is your faithfulness!

Our scripture reading is a small part of Psalm 90. It is a good reminder of the awesomeness of God and should our pride ever become too great that our lives are a mere speck in time. That said, our Father cares for us and is concerned for each minute of our life. He only wants what is good and best for us. Sometimes there is pain in our lives which of course we would prefer not to have but even that He uses for our growth and understanding.


Reading & Prayer 17th Mar 2021

Message from Marisha

Happy St. Patrick's day especially to our Irish friends who will be remembering their missionary patron saint, who brought Christianity to Ireland.

It is interesting that in today's scripture Jesus not only commissions the seventy but tells them how to go about the work he has asked of them. One might not have expected peace to be one of the tools they were to use. Most people want peace in their lives; not just the absence of trouble but a deep contentment. We know that when we belong to the Lord, that kind of peace is freely given and whatever our outward circumstances that remains. Do you, when you go to another's home ask for peace to rest on that place? Now that is a wonderful gift we can give to anyone, isn't it? We can pass on God's peace; it doesn't take fine words or any real effort, just a willingness to share what we have.

Our own Bishop David has asked that we pray for Myanmar (formally Burma) where many of his family live. There is much unrest there since the military seized control and many protestors have died.


Reading & Prayer 16th Mar 2021

Message from Marisha

There is a common saying 'there is none so blind as those who will not see'. It would seem that there were plenty around who did not or would not see that what was before their eyes as told in the scripture from John which recorded the healing of the blind man. Now the parents of the man saw and knew what had happened and who it was who performed the miracle but they were afraid. Their answer to the Pharisees was 'He is of age ask him' It struck me that a second hand testimony will be never as good as a personal one. The parents could have given an accurate testimony had they not been afraid but how much more powerful was the testimony of the healed man himself. We can tell of the testimony of God working in the lives of others but have we our own testimony and can we tell it? I have read that more people come to know the Lord through the personal witness of a Christian than any preaching and I can imagine that to be so.  If God has made a difference in our lives, we need to be ready to say so when the opportunity arises.


Painting by La La Rowley

Reading & Prayer 15th Mar. 2021

Message from Marisha

The picture today was painted by La La Rowley who is well known in Los Gigantes and kindly allowed me to use it to illustrate so well the scripture this morning.  We are encouraged to trust in God, put our roots deep into the water of life that he provides which will give us the stability to face any of the many life situations which would surely rock us without him. The gardeners will know that the plants with deep roots can survive pretty well anything, whilst those with roots just below the surface often don't; even though they may look beautiful for a while.

We have God's word freely available to us, if we allow it to settle into our hearts and minds it is part of His provision to us which keeps us firmly rooted. 


Reading & Prayer 13th Mar 2021

Message from Marisha

The reading is from Exodus chapter 19. I have only used a few verses but to read the whole chapter is good.

Here we have the Lord speaking to Moses; giving him the exact words to say to the Israelites. Actually, Moses was at the time in a pretty unique position of hearing from the Lord and being entrusted to relay it to the people. He had an important message to pass on.

There have been other great prophets and teachers over the centuries, some we will know like Isaiah but others we might not be as familiar with such as Obediah. Whilst we might not be a prophet, we are all God's messengers authorised and commissioned to speak the Good News.

If you don't feel up to the task, be reassured neither did the prophets and teachers since the time of Moses.

As the Lord gave Moses words to say so he will give them to us; all we need is to be open to the Holy Spirit. It is the work of the Spirit to work in the hearts of the hearer, we just have a part to play.


Reading & Prayer 11th Mar. 2021

Message from Marisha

Today's reading is part of the stories of Jesus feeding the multitudes and him walking on water. It is wonderful illustration of God's love and compassion of course but it also gives a little indication of human nature. It struck me that once the people realised who Jesus was, they wanted to take him away and make him their King, likewise when the disciples saw Jesus on the water, they wanted to take him in their boat.

All very natural, I think. They had found something of great price, it was theirs and they wanted to keep it. Of course, that was not the way it was ever going to be; Jesus came for everyone. 

Today it is exactly the same... we have found Him of great price but we cannot own Him or keep him to ourselves. 

By example he showed compassion... so must we

By his words he told of the Father's love... so must we

By his actions he met people's needs... so must we

Just something to think about; what if no one had told of Jesus and spread the Gospel? What if no one by their deeds and actions had shown the love of Christ to others? Where would we be now?

We are God's instruments here on earth for those around us. Let us pick up the tools and use them.  


Reading & Prayer 10th Mar 2021

Message from Marisha

I hope all is well with you... I almost said is all well with your soul? as that line from a hymn often comes to my mind.I believe that when we want wellness in our lives, we not only have to look to our physical lives but our inner spiritual life too. Whilst it might be natural to focus on what is happening right now, the things we do and enjoy, real happiness, wellness and peace come from being right with God in our inner person.God gives wisdom to those who ask for it and it probably very unwise not to! 

Wisdom will show us the things that we do and think which keep us from that peace with God and will call us back to Him.

Once we align ourselves with the things which our Lord has waiting for us, we will know more joy, peace, happiness and wellness than we can contain. It will spill out from our hearts and that witness of the goodness of God will surely bring others to know him.


Reading & Prayer 9th Mar. 2021

Message from Marisha

Today’s scripture brought back memories of my trip to Jerusalem. There are few places left there that haven’t been built over several times and it is not easy to imagine it as it was in the times of Jesus but at the pools of Bethsaida it is quite different. In your minds eye you can see the waters being stirred up and the infirm and sick waiting for the chance to get in and be healed.

There is so much we don’t understand about healing. We desire it, we pray for it, and it is promised but it doesn’t always happen as we wish it to and that is difficult. What I do know is that Jesus met each person’s need completely and in very different ways. He went to the very heart of their problem whether it was spiritual, emotional or physical healing. In that respect nothing has changed, he still wants to get to the heart of our problems. 

I have seen miraculous healings, gradual healings and sadly no healing (in this life at any rate) We can only put ourselves and those we love into our Father’s hand and trust him to do what is the absolute best for us. 

Whether we see healing now or not, one day we will... one day he will wipe away every tear, and death will be no more, neither will there be mourning, nor crying nor pain anymore.

Amen, Amen, Amen.


Reading & Prayer 8th Mar 2021

Message from Marisha

Today is International Women's Day. I was remembering all the past years when I have attended events celebrating the day. Sadly, this year in Tenerife we are not having any special service but that doesn't mean that it is forgotten.

Woman have always played a significant part in God's story and it is well to honour that. 

I love the story of the Samaritan woman. One small encounter with Jesus and her whole outlook and life was changed. She was a woman who was not honoured in her community, in fact looked down upon for the life that she had lived. It is a story of such hope. Whatever the past, whatever the failures or mistakes Jesus came in and changed it and it is the same for us. Jesus is constantly seeking to have a relationship with us despite anything we have done in the past. That is wiped clean, at a stroke from the moment we ask for forgiveness. 

Perhaps some have managed to keep quite blameless lives as we heard in John's sermon yesterday but can we honestly say we have lived for God and positively done His will?

God deals with each of us uniquely, knowing all that there is to know about us and he does not reject us. Like the Samaritan woman when the Lord enters our lives, we will not be able to help but to tell others.


Reading & Prayer 6th Mar. 2021

Message from Marisha

Today I am claiming this day as a great day!... because of course it is; we have life and we have the Lord. 

Our reading from Psalm 31 is really a plea for God to continue to preserve and keep us from that which would cause us harm. Sometimes, sadly we put ourselves in the way of harm.

If we do not pay attention to how God would have us behave and live, it is almost certain that we will be denying all the good that He has on offer for us. 

Sometimes we forget that we are a called and set apart people; even whilst living in a world that by and large does not follow Him, our road, our focus is different. My own prayer is that my life will be a living witness to God, who has saved me and loves me beyond reason and through it others will be drawn to Jesus. 


Reading & Prayer 4th Mar 2021

Message from Marisha

We are very fortunate, aren't we? Some of us may well have lived-in far-flung places where just living day to day is often difficult. 

For most of us though we live in the comfort of the West with all that it has freely on offer and never really experienced the deprivations that can be found in other places.

It is easy to become self-reliant, thinking that our own wealth and power will protect us or even be useful when it comes to spiritual matters. 

Anything we have comes by the Grace of God. When we put ourselves,  our knowledge, our money before our love of God then we will be missing the mark completely.

That is not to say that all of our resources (our gifts from God) cannot be used through us by Him.

The key thing is to be reliant on our Father rather than what the world might offer.

Have a happy day, grateful that we can enjoy living in the courts of the Almighty.


Reading & Prayer 3rd Mar. 2021

Message from Marisha

This morning's scripture painted a rather sobering picture. Jesus spoke the words of life and truth to the many followers and many walked away from that truth. How sad. I suspect though that was not the end of their story. I have found that I often have to be told something several times before it actually sinks in and becomes part of my own thinking. God does not readily give up on anyone; he wants no one to perish so I expect God in his great love and compassion gave them more opportunities to hear. He also wants us to grow in our Christian life; we may have to hear the Spirit speaking to us several times before we embrace what He has to say. Lent is a time to still our minds and be attentive to our spiritual lives. Let us make the time to hear from the Lord; there is so much more...


Reading & Prayer 2nd Mar 2021

Message from Marisha

Spring must be on the way! yesterday St. David's day Facebook was full of beautiful daffodils and it certainly lifted the heart to see new life starting again.

Today is another celebration day, the day when the church remembers Chad who became Bishop of Lichfield, a missionary and evangelist. I must admit I knew nothing of Chad until I saw him noted in the church diary. He was obviously worthy of a mention and must have been considered one of the great men of God. 

Our scripture from Psalm 99 also mentions some of the great men of God who we more readily know; Jacob, Moses, Aaron and Samuel.

They were also ordinary men with all their failings, just like us, but despite all their inadequacies God worked through them. They knew God to be Holy and worthy to be praised, they knew him to be a righteous God who wanted only good for Israel and its people. They were called to lead by example, to call the people to live just and Holy lives and to intercede on behalf of the nation.


Reading & Prayer 1st Mar. 2021

Message from Marisha

Happy St. David's day to you all.

This morning's scripture brought to mind a certain bread shop that used to be in French Lane in Jersey. It was called 'the hot bread shop' and as the name said it sold hot fresh baked bread.

Just walking by that shop was a delight and whether you needed bread or not you wanted to go in and buy some. Of course, one didn't do that, mostly you were content to enjoy the smell unless you really needed some...

Jesus said that He is the bread of life.

I wonder how often we walk by the opportunity to feed on the Bread of Life that is offered to us. Are we just content with the delicious smell, will get some later attitude, let it stay in the cupboard, never eat it and then it be left to be thrown away attitude.

The most precious gift, free to all who will receive it is the word of God.

Let's not be a passer-by who just enjoys the smell but the one who enters and receives the real thing. No actual purchase necessary... it's a free gift, already paid for.


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 Reading & Prayer 31th March 2021

When day came, the assembly of the elders of the people, both chief priests and scribes, gathered together, and they brought Jesus  to their council. They said, “If you are the Messiah, tell us.” He replied, “If I tell you, you will not believe; and if I question you, you will not answer. But from now on the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the power of God.” All of them asked, “Are you, then, the Son of God?” He said to them, “You say that I am.

Luke 22:66-70

Father God, thank you for Jesus; thank you for the wisdom and words you gave him at the moment of being accused. Thank you for His life, death and finally His resurrection. May our own testimony be true and powerful, spoken in words you give us, let it point to the one who saved us. Give us opportunities to spread your Gospel both in words, actions and how we live our lives. As our Lord's light shone before many so may ours too. Amen

 Reading & Prayer 30th March 2021

Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights;

I have put my spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations.

He will not cry or lift up his voice, or make it heard in the street;

a bruised reed he will not break, and a dimly burning wick he will not quench;

he will faithfully bring forth justice.

He will not grow faint or be crushed until he has established justice in the earth;

and the coastlands wait for his teaching.

Isaiah 42:1-9

Father God, in your love and compassion Jesus came into the world to show us the way of mercy and justice. In all our weakness and frailty he sought us and did not despise us. In humility He gave up his life for us and all who 'bruised reeds and dimly burning wicks'. We cannot show the measure of our gratitude nor praise worthy enough to fully express our love for Him.  Show us how to be like him; loving, caring and offering peace to those who have been hurt and injured by the world. Amen

 Reading & Prayer 29th March 2021

Where can I go from your spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence?

If I ascend to heaven, you are there; if I make my bed in Sheol, you are there.

If I take the wings of the morning and settle at the farthest limits of the sea,

even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me fast.

If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light around me become night,”even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is as bright as the day,

for darkness is as light to you.

Psalm 139:7-12

Almighty Father, we come to you in our smallness and weakness. We come in awe of your great goodness and your loving providence towards us. Hold us fast we pray when life is a confusion and we know not the way to go. You are the light of the world; lead us in paths which bring life and health. May our lives be a small reflection of the light you have given us and let it be a light that guides others to you. Amen

 Reading & Prayer 27th January 2021

Many, even of the authorities, believed in Jesus. But because of the Pharisees they did not confess it, for fear that they would be put out of the synagogue; for they loved human glory more than the glory that comes from God.                                              Then Jesus cried aloud: “Whoever believes in me believes not in me but in him who sent me. And whoever sees me sees him who sent me. I have come as light into the world, so that everyone who believes in me should not remain in the darkness.  I have not spoken on my own, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment about what to say and what to speak. And I know that his commandment is eternal life. What I speak, therefore, I speak just as the Father has told me.”

John 12:42-46,49,50

Almighty Father, in love you sent Jesus as a light to the world, that all may know of you. We give thanks for all who have heard his words, believed in their hearts and followed Him. We pray that all may come to the knowledge of his saving power and that none will be lost. Soften the hearts of those we know and love who do not be yet believe, may the words we speak of you and in your name be not rejected but received with joy. Empower us with your Spirit and make us bold to speak. Amen

 Reading & Prayer xxxth January 2021

We who are strong ought to put up with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Each of us must please our neighbour for the good purpose of building up the neighbour. For Christ did not please himself; but, as it is written, “The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.” For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, so that by steadfastness and by the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope. May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus, so that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Romans 15:1-6

Father God, we thank you that you have set us in communities, which give us friends and neighbours. May we each be for each other that which is needed and helps to build up. Forgive us when we judge harshly, lack patience and do not love each other as you commanded us to do. Let your Word dwell in our hearts that we may be encouraged in our faith, growing more like Jesus, loving, caring, and glorifying you his Father. Amen 

 Reading & Prayer 25th March 2021

Your statutes have been my songs wherever I make my home.

I remember your name in the night, O Lord, and keep your law.

This blessing has fallen to me, for I have kept your precepts.

The Lord is my portion; I promise to keep your words.

I implore your favour with all my heart;

be gracious to me according to your promise.

When I think of your ways, I turn my feet to your decrees;

I hurry and do not delay to keep your commandments.

Psalm 119:54-60

Almighty Father, your Word is life to us and fills us with hope and peace. We give thanks that wherever we go you are with us, you direct our paths and keep us from falling. For the times that we have gone astray we are sorry; they brought us no joy or happiness. Your promises are like a sweet honeycomb, a balm to our souls, food and comfort to our hearts and bring us confidence. Write your word on our hearts; let it be to us a lamp to our feet Amen

 Reading & Prayer 24th March 2021

When the great crowd of the Jews learned that Jesus was there, they came not only because of him but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. So the chief priests planned to put Lazarus to death as well, since it was on account of him that many of the Jews were deserting and were believing in Jesus.

John 12:9-11

Lord God, our Saviour's life was a testimony for many and so was the death and life of Lazarus and many saw the truth of the Gospel. We thank you for lives that are a witness to your transforming power; for missionaries, evangelists, priests and the ordinary person who lives amongst us and loves you. May we too show that our lives have been changed by your love, are being transformed by your Grace and we belong to a miracle working, life giving God. Amen

 Reading & Prayer 23th March 2021

Praise the Lord! Praise, O servants of the Lord; praise the name of the Lord.

Blessed be the name of the Lord from this time on and for evermore.

From the rising of the sun to it's setting the name of the Lord is to be praised.

The Lord is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens.

Who is like the Lord our God, who is seated on high,

who looks far down on the heavens and the earth?

He raises the poor from the dust, and lifts the needy from the ash heap,

to make them sit with princes, with the princes of his people.

He gives the barren woman a home, making her the joyous mother of children.

Praise the Lord!

Psalm 113

Father God Almighty, how mighty are the works of your hand, how wonderful are your mercies. You see our heart, you see our need and in love you respond. We give you our thanks and praise. We bless you for your generosity; for each kindness, for each precious act of love you lavish upon us. May we always be thankful. Amen.

 Reading & Prayer 22th March 2021

At that time the festival of the Dedication took place in Jerusalem. It was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the portico of Solomon. So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.” Jesus answered, “I have told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name testify to me; but you do not believe, because you do not belong to my sheep. My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand. What my Father has given me is greater than all else, and no one can snatch it out of the Father’s hand. The Father and I are one.

John 10:22-29

Lord God, for all you are, we bow before you, for all you have given, we praise you, for your love and protection, we thank you.As your children we rejoice to hear your voice and walk in your company. May we be attentive to your words, allow them to transform us and be all that you would have us to be. Amen

 Reading & Prayer 20th March 2021

I will instruct you and teach you the way you should go;

I will counsel you with my eye upon you.

Do not be like a horse or a mule, without understanding,

whose temper must be curbed with bit and bridle,

else it will not stay near you.

Many are the torments of the wicked,

but steadfast love surrounds those who trust in the Lord.

Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, O righteous,

and shout for joy, all you upright in heart.

Psalm 32 8-11

Lord God, by Grace we have been saved and our lives are yours. In all we do we want to honour you. We are sorry for those times we have not listened to you and heeded your voice. We earnestly desire your teaching, that it will be firmly held in our hearts and it, to us, will be come the way of life and health. We trust and rejoice in you, we give thanks for your everlasting love which surrounds us. Amen

 Reading & Prayer 18th March 2021

Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations.

Before the mountains were brought forth,

or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

You turn us back to dust, and say, “Turn back, you mortals.

”For a thousand years in your sight are like yesterday when it is past,

or like a watch in the night.You sweep them away; they are like a dream, like grass that is renewed in the morning; in the morning it flourishes and is renewed;

in the evening it fades and withers.

Psalm 90:1-6

Almighty Father, who is the Alpha and Omega your works are mighty and wonderful. In your love you gave them for our pleasure and enjoyment. We cannot know all your ways and understand your purposes but we know we are held safely in your hand. In you we have eternal life and will dwell in your courts forever. May our lives be a testament to your enduring goodness and mercy. Our praises of you will sound forever. Amen.

 Reading & Prayer 17th March 2021

The Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go. He said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest. Go on your way. See, I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves. Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and greet no one on the road. Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this house! And if anyone is there who shares in peace, your peace will rest on that person; but if not, it will return to you.

Luke 10:1-6

Lord God, we thank you for all those who became labourers for your Kingdom; who chose to be obedient to your call, even in the face of danger. May we too be willing labourers in your field. Give us courage and faith to be your ambassadors and help us to rely on you alone. Thank you that your peace abides within us; a peace which passes all understanding but is freely given to those who love you and call upon your name. Amen

 Reading & Prayer 16th March 2021

Therefore his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.” 

So for the second time the Pharisees called the man who had been blind, and they said to him, “Give glory to God! We know that this man is a sinner.” He answered, “I do not know whether he is a sinner. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.”   They said to him, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?”  He answered them, “I have told you already, and you would not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become his disciples?” Then they reviled him, saying, “You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses. We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where he comes from.” The man answered, “Here is an astonishing thing! You do not know where he comes from, and yet he opened my eyes.

John 9:18-30

Lord God, we thank you that you meet us in all circumstances, that your love for us extends beyond what we know or understand. Jesus met the blind man in his need, his eyes were opened to see and to understand. Open our eyes too, that we may see you more clearly and love you as you love us.                                                                Give us a spirit of courage that we might speak out in your name and not be afraid. May our words speak of your mighty deeds and wonders and glorify your Holy name. Amen

 Reading & Prayer 15th March 2021

Blessed are those who trust in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord.They shall be like a tree planted by water, sending out its roots by the stream.It shall not fear when heat comes, and its leaves shall stay green; in the year of drought it is not anxious, and it does not cease to bear fruit.The heart is devious above all else; it is perverse—who can understand it?I the Lord test the mind and search the heart,to give to all according to their ways, according to the fruit of their doings.

Jeremiah 17:7-10

Almighty Father, you alone preserve and keep us; you feed us with your Word which is truth and life. Forgive us our arrogance, of even for a moment, believing we can go it alone, for without you we would surely not flourish. May our lives bear the fruit which is worthy of of the water of life you give us. Let the good fruit of our lives be a living testament to your gracious provision to us. Amen

 Reading & Prayer 13th March 2021

On the third new moon after the Israelites had gone out of the land of Egypt, on that very day, they came into the wilderness of Sinai. They had journeyed from Rephidim, entered the wilderness of Sinai, and camped in the wilderness; Israel camped there in front of the mountain. Then Moses went up to God; the Lord called to him from the mountain, saying, “Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the Israelites: You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. Now therefore, if you obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession out of all the peoples. Indeed, the whole earth is mine, but you shall be for me a priestly kingdom and a holy nation. These are the words that you shall speak to the Israelites.”

Exodus 19:1-5

Father Almighty, as you have spoken, as it will be, now and forever Amen       

We give thanks that you have continued to speak to us over the generations through the mouths of your prophets, teachers and your precious Word. Open our ears that we might know more of you, open our mouths that we might tell of you, open our hearts that we might be transformed by you. We bless your Holy name. Amen         

 Reading & Prayer 11th March 2021

When the people were satisfied, he told his disciples, “Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost.” So they gathered them up, and from the fragments of the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten, they filled twelve baskets. When the people saw the sign that he had done, they began to say, “This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world.” When Jesus realized that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, he withdrew again to the mountain by himself. When evening came, his disciples went down to the sea, got into a boat, and started across the sea to Capernaum. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them. The sea became rough because a strong wind was blowing. When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they were terrified. But he said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.” Then they wanted to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the land toward which they were going.

John 6:13-21

Father Almighty, great has been your mercy and love towards us. In our need you found us, in our hunger you fed us and in our thirst you gave us the living water; for this we praise your Holy name. As you have shown compassion to us may we in our turn show it to others; may we be generous in meeting the needs of those around us who have little. Let our words be of Jesus our Saviour, the Living water and all we do and be in your name and glorify you. Amen

 Reading & Prayer 10th March 2021

You desire truth in the inward being; therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart.Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have crushed rejoice.

Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities.

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.

Do not cast me away from your presence, and do not take your holy spirit from me.Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and sustain in me a willing spirit.

Psalm 51:6-12

Loving Father, we come to you in our weakness, in our paucity of spirit, for it is you alone who give us bring us joy and peace. O Lord, cause us to see that which is right in your eyes and that which causes you sadness, for our desire is to please you in all our ways. Give us daily wisdom, guide us by your Spirit and keep us from falling. May our heart search to know more of you, our love and praise for you be forever on our lips. Amen

 Reading & Prayer 9th March 2021

In Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate there is a pool, called in Hebrew Beth-zatha, which has five porticoes. In these lay many invalids—blind, lame, and paralysed. One man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; and while I am making my way, someone else steps down ahead of me.” Jesus said to him, “Stand up, take your mat and walk.” At once the man was made well, and he took up his mat and began to walk.

John 5:2-9

Father God, you bring healing to the afflicted, comfort to those who are comfortless and joy to the soul. In you there is life and health. May your healing hand be upon those we know and love who need your healing, restoring hand upon them. Whether we are healed in this life or the next may your will be done in our lives. Though your ways and purposes we do not always understand, we know your heart is for us. Thank you Father. Amen

 Reading & Prayer 8th March 2021

Just then his disciples came. They were astonished that he was speaking with a woman, but no one said, “What do you want?” or, “Why are you speaking with her?” Then the woman left her water jar and went back to the city. She said to the people, “Come and see a man who told me everything I have ever done! He cannot be the Messiah, can he?” They left the city and were on their way to him.

John 4:27-30

Father God, we give thanks that Jesus has touched our lives and looked with compassion on us. We pray for those who have not encountered him so far; on the day that they do, may their hearts will be open to receive him. As the Samaritan woman was compelled to tell others of him, let us be likewise, unable to keep the good news to ourselves. Give us brave hearts and words of love in speaking out in your name. Amen

 Reading & Prayer 6th March 2021

In you, O Lord, I seek refuge; do not let me ever be put to shame;

in your righteousness deliver me.Incline your ear to me;

rescue me speedily.

Be a rock of refuge for me, a strong fortress to save me.

You are indeed my rock and my fortress;

for your name’s sake lead me and guide me,

take me out of the net that is hidden for me, for you are my refuge.

Into your hand I commit my spirit; you have redeemed me, O Lord, faithful God.

Psalm 31 :1-5

Father God, in you we have our life, our breathe, our health; it is you alone who has brought us safe thus far. Keep us O Lord, from all that is unworthy, unholy and that which would harm us. May our lives honour and glorify you until our last breathe. We will sing your praises now and forever. Amen

 Reading & Prayer 4th March 2021

Thus says the Lord: Do not let the wise boast in their wisdom, do not let the mighty boast in their might, do not let the wealthy boast in their wealth; but let those who boast boast in this, that they understand and know me, that I am the Lord; I act with steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth, for in these things I delight, says the Lord.

Jeremiah 9:12-24

Lord God, you indeed are a great God and we praise you for your goodness towards us. You have given us much; wisdom, wealth and power but they are but nothing in comparison to the love you pour down upon us. For the times we have misused your gifts to us or put them before our worship and love for you, we are truly sorry. We gladly forsake all that to dwell in your courts, even one day as a gatekeeper than be outside of your love. Turn our hearts O Lord to the ways of righteousness that we may find favour in your sight. Amen

 Reading & Prayer 3rd March 2021

When many of his disciples heard it, they said, “This teaching is difficult; who can accept it?” But Jesus, being aware that his disciples were complaining about it, said to them, “Does this offend you?

Then what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? It is the spirit that gives life; the flesh is useless. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. But among you there are some who do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the first who were the ones that did not believe, and who was the one that would betray him. And he said, “For this reason I have told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted by the Father.” Because of this many of his disciples turned back and no longer went about with him. So Jesus asked the twelve, “Do you also wish to go away?” Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.”

John 6:60-69

Almighty God, we thank you for your precious Word to us, Jesus. His life and death has brought salvation among us, to give life eternal to all who would accept it. We have been called, as were the first disciples to a new way of living, a life led by the Spirit. Help us in our daily walk to hear your voice; give us courage to embrace all that you have to offer us as a 'new creation' in you. Amen

 Reading & Prayer 2nd March 2021

The Lord is king; let the peoples tremble!

He sits enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth quake!

The Lord is great in Zion; he is exalted over all the peoples.

Let them praise your great and awesome name. Holy is he!

Mighty King, lover of justice, you have established equity;

you have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob.

Extol the Lord our God; worship at his footstool. Holy is he!

Moses and Aaron were among his priests, Samuel also was among those who called on his name. They cried to the Lord, and he answered them.

He spoke to them in the pillar of cloud; they kept his decrees, and the statutes that he gave them.

O Lord our God, you answered them; you were a forgiving God to them,

but an avenger of their wrongdoings.

Extol the Lord our God, and worship at his holy mountain;

for the Lord our God is holy.

Psalm 99

Holy God, who alone is worthy to be praised but you? Your justice is faultless, your ways of righteousness bring life and health to all. Forgive us for the times we have have deliberately ignored you and gone our own way. Forgive us for the failures of good judgement which have not been worthy of our calling and have caused injury to others. May we be Holy as you are are Holy; let our lives overflow with love for you and all who travel on the path of life with us. Amen

 Reading & Prayer 1th March 2021

They were saying, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, ‘I have come down from heaven’?” Jesus answered them, “Do not complain among yourselves. No one can come to me unless drawn by the Father who sent me; and I will raise that person up on the last day. It is written in the prophets, ‘And they shall all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me. Not that anyone has seen the Father except the one who is from God; he has seen the Father. Very truly, I tell you, whoever believes has eternal life. I am the bread of life.

John 6:42-48

Father Almighty, thank you for Jesus, your Word made flesh. He spoke your word into the world so that all may come to know you; may we still hear and respond to his call this day. Teach us, O Lord that our lives will continue to change and be conformed to your ways. Open our eyes that we might see and desire all that you offer in this life and for eternity. Your Word is the imperishable food for life. Amen.