Thoughts on Life

New Beginnings

It is September and we have begun a new Church Year, a time we can hope of New Beginnings.  Over the last year our Circuit has had a lot to deal with and our Ministers and Circuit Stewards and other members of the leadership team have had much more to deal with than normal.

At the beginning of this new year we must look at it as New Beginnings

O God, in Mystery and silence you are present in our lives, bringing new life out of destruction, hope out of destruction and growth out of difficulty.

Do Justly, Love Mercy and Walk Humbly

 

Do not be daunted by the enormity of the worlds grief.
Do justly, now.  Love mercy, now.  Walk humbly, now. 
You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it. 

- from The Talmud.

Loving, gracious God, in this troubled world help us to share your love through the things we do and say.  May we take seriously the call to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with you.  
In the name of Jesus Christ we pray, 
Amen 

Courage

At a recent worship group Service at Cleadon they considered Courage in the Christian context and this is a prayer which others in the Circuit may find useful: 

Lord we’ve been discussing courage this morning and we acknowledge that as individuals we have different concerns and anxieties and we pray that in these situations you will be alongside us as we summon up the courage to deal with the problem.

Acts 1:6-11

When the apostles were with Jesus, they kept asking him, “Lord, has the time come for you to free Israel and restore our kingdom?” He replied, “The Father alone has the authority to set those dates and times, and they are not for you to know. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Prayer by Thomas Merton

My Lord God, 
I have no idea where I am going. 

I do not see the road ahead of me. 
I cannot know for certain where it will end. 

Nor do I really know myself,
and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so.

But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you.
And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. 

I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire, 

Passing on the Baton

‘I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day - and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing’ 2 Tim 4 : 7-8
 

Easter Thoughts

Loving, mysterious God, as Easter approaches we take time now to think of the importance of the Easter story.

On Palm Sunday we remember how the crowds were shouting “Hallelujah” as you entered Jerusalem, perhaps the same crowd that shouted “Crucify” on Good Friday! Where would we have been? What would we have been shouting?

Forgive us Lord when we sometimes abandon you when service requires commitment and sacrifice!  We’re not always willing to walk the way of the cross!

As well as pain and rejection Jesus suffered injustice and betrayal.

Lent Thoughts

Dear Lord.  
As we continue our journey through lent, as we reflect upon the pain and the suffering and the rejection, we think of all those within our society who are plagued by emotions that tear them apart. We think of those trapped in depression, who struggle against the darkness and the loneliness. We think of all those who are trapped in abusive relationships, struggling to find a way out, and for all those who’s path seems uncertain, who struggle for direction and guidance. 

The Wilderness Times

What did you “give up” for Lent?  Has it helped you in your preparation for Easter?  Jesus went out into the Wilderness in a time of preparation for His ministry to come. It was the custom then to fast, to give up something (mainly food) to help focus the mind. We know He didn’t starve, we believe He was challenged and He came through those challenges strengthened for the work ahead.

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