28 June 2021

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But the (Lord) said to me,

“My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness. 

 2 Corinthians 12 : 9a

Reading:

Psalm 23

When we go through worrying or difficult times, when we feel doom and gloom descend on us and we become anxious, our anchor continues to be our Lord Jesus, who, in the worst storms supplied us with a great lifebelt, FAITH.

When life threatens to overwhelm us, we should not do what a drowning person tends to do, that is struggles and fights the water with their own strength, but we should lay our lives in God’s omnipotent, saving hands.  Then we will find peace in the storm and peace creates power, which gives us courage and the ability to persevere.

What seemed to be the biggest disaster in all history, occurred when Jesus, the Son of God, was nailed to a cross and died, but all the evil was nullified when He rose triumphantly from the grave conquering sin, evil and death.

When in our darkest moments, consider the wonder of God.  He reigns over everything.  As we gradually learn to accept this, we will discover a new strength within ourselves, knowing that He is constantly present in our lives.

“ Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous fall.”

 Psalm 55:22

Prayer:

Lord God as we picture the quiet stream, with the waters rippling by and the trees on the banks, as described in Psalm 23, we thank you for Your peace.  We look at the trees whose roots sink deep into the ground on the banks of the stream, let us feel the strength of those roots as they sink deep into Your grace.  Let us feed on Your word and so gather the strength and support of Your love for each one of us, so that fear and anxiety will not overwhelm us.

We praise Your Holy Name, Lord Jesus. 

 Amen

29 June 2021

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The Lord upholds all who fall
and lifts up all who are bowed down.
The eyes of all look to you,
and you give them their food

at the proper time.
You open your hand
and satisfy the desires of

every living thing.

Psalm 145:14-16

Reading:

John 14: 1-7

John records the final discourse of Jesus with His disciples. In truth Jesus is telling them that relationship with God will no longer be in terms of the observance or knowledge of the Mosaic law. Jesus, through His death and resurrection, will establish a new and everlasting relationship with God, for all who open themselves to God’s gift of grace and salvation. Jesus is the presence of God, and through Him people are received into relationship or communion with God. Salvation is therefore about being in relationship with God, and about love and charity with our neighbour. The truth is everyone can be saved, because salvation is a gift from God , and God gives as God will.  Salvation concerns God’s assurance to us that our trespasses/sins have been blotted out by God’s grace. Salvation is the healing of the human race, as God seeks to transform us into the likeness of Christ. None of us therefore gets to heaven by our own merit; we arrive in God’s presence by God’s grace.

Prayer:

God of unbounded benevolence,

as You shower Your grace on us,

Create in us the truth of generosity for others

so that they too may have life.

In the name of Jesus, our risen Saviour and Redeemer.

AMEN.

30 June 2021

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For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
   his faithfulness continues through all generations.

Psalm 100:5

Reading:

Psalm 100

In Psalm 100 David is giving praise and thanks to God for his goodness and the knowledge that His Grace and Mercy never changes towards us. 
Many of David's Psalms are inspired by his joy stemming from his awareness and realization of Gods love and faithfulness. 
His words of praise and joy often bubbles over into song. David has his joy in a God who delights in the joy of His children. 
When we are aware of God's goodness, nothing can take away our joy.  But our joy in God can only come when we truly seek God, when we live in relationship with Him and obey Him in faith.
Inside His will we find loving relationships, healthy community, unselfishness, a sense of wonder and awe, and gratitude. We have joy in the Lord when we know that even in our 
brokenness and in times that we stumble God is always there. We can rejoice in the face of trials and heartaches because we know he is always near. No matter what we face we can turn it over to God in prayer and know He will work in our lives for our good.
When we experience moments of pain, despair, loss, loneliness or feeling hopeless , our joy is in the strength that we find in Him, trusting in His Word, leaning steadfastly into our Father who loves us and wants the best for us in all seasons of our lives. When God gave his Son to die for our sins He made it possible for us to be reconciled to him. He gave the greatest gift that could be given so we can live in fellowship with him; not just for a short time on earth but in eternity.
Serving God is the greatest gift and privilege that we have in this life and it brings with it the greatest joy we can know which gives us peace that surpasses understanding.
Let us like David, worship in joy with songs of praise, Him who is worthy of all praise and adoration

Prayer:

Thank you Lord for your Love. Help us to rejoice in you, no matter what we face in life. Strengthen and console us in the knowledge  that You are always with us and that You work things for our good.

We need your presence Lord and we need your continued forgiveness.

We thank you that we have that in the gift of your Son.
Let Jesus shine in our lives  so others will see him and praise your Holy name. We pray this in His name. Amen

1 July 2021

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But you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings.  And you will go out and leap

like calves released from the stall. 

Malachi 4 : 2

When the Israelites escaped from Egypt, the Lord promised them that he would heal them, if they listened to His words and acted in ways that would please Him. (Exodus 15 : 26).  Isaiah in Chapter 53 : 5, prophesies that we will be healed by the suffering and wounds of our Lord Jesus.  James in his letter says if we confess our sins and pray for each other we will be healed.  James 5 : 16.  God’s way of healing is often mysterious.  For example He often said, “your sins are forgiven,” when people had come to Him for healing from some illness.  This is because He sees right into our very souls and knows what the real reason that is causing our illnesses.  His healing brings wholeness of the whole body and soul.

Healings similar to those that occurred in Jesus’ time, have continued spasmodically throughout the history of the Church.  We know that our Lord also uses the gifts of the medical profession, many of whom of deeply committed Christians.  The Holy Spirit gives the gift of healing to many ordinary Christians as well.  Today as the world battles with the pandemic of the covid virus which is peculiar to our times, we need to pray for healing in all parts of our society, as well as for individuals. 

The Lord is ultimately The Healer and it is to Him we must turn in prayer, so that in the end He will be glorified.

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, we pray that You will walk with us through all the stages of our lives, through the calm and stormy times, through the peaceful and painful times.  May Your will reign.  Bring our faltering steps closer to You as You walk beside us, as our ultimate healer.  We pray particularly at this time for all medical professionals, all who care for the sick and the Christians with the gift of healing, that through them all Your glory will shine and our lands will be healed.  We ask this in the powerful name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

2 July 2021

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In that day the Branch of the Lord will be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the land will be the pride and glory of the survivors in Israel.

Isaiah 4:2

Reading:

John 15:1-11

The last of the ‘I Am’ sayings of Jesus, reminds us of our connectedness. Through our relationship with Jesus we are connected to God and to each other. We live in a covenant relationship with each other, and through our faith in Christ, in a Covenant relationship with God. Our covenant at our Dedication Sunday, confirms this. “I am no longer my own but Yours. Put me to what You will, rank me with whom You will...”. Jesus provides a unique image of this connectedness, from toot to tip, vines are connected. Connection is vital in plant life. Roots carry water and nutrients to the leaves and sunlight on the leaves begins the process through which the plant generates its own food. A close reading of the text reveals that those who are connected to Jesus( abide in) are also connected to God. In this connectedness(abiding in) we find the warmth of God’s love and the wonder of God’s grace. It is the love of God that holds us, heals us and restore us. Though we at times break this connection, grace grafts us back and heal us again.

Prayer:

O God,  You call  us to serve Christ, the True Vine.

Graft us into the ministry of Jesus, today, tomorrow and

forever.

Use us as an extension of Your will to bring healing and

wholeness to the whole of Your creation.

In the Name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour.

Amen.