SERMON REFLECTION FOR THE 3RD SUNDAY OF EASTER

Readings: Acts chapter 3. 11 - 19

Gospel: Luke chapter 24. 36 - 48

''You killed the author of life, but God raised him from he dead.'' [ Acts 3. 15 NIV ]

Authors come in all shapes and sizes and some even in disguise. Every culture has it's authors. Authors write about, well, about everything under the sun. Take a look at the magazine section in a newsagents, and be amazed at the odd and obscure publications people write about. So, who is your favourite author? And, who is the greatest author of all time? One thing all authors have to do, whether writing short essays or multi volume books, is to have a beginning, middle and an end. It's the only way it all hangs together and makes sense. Also, all authors need to be themselves, be true to themselves; for each author has has their own style and way of interpreting, seeing things. A big mistake for an aspiring author, is to try to imitate too closely another person's way of writing. Even worse, is to plagiarise another author, or rely, over much, perhaps, on another's research. Authors too, in trying to please everyone, may end up pleasing no one: populism doesn't always lead to great works of art or history, but might make you a lot of money.

Then again, sometimes it's easier to write a book with another. Co authors can write brilliant books too. They can share the work load, bring different, perhaps, new perspectives into play, and make the narrative more interesting. One of my favourite books was co authored by a distinguished surgeon and an investigative journalist, both Christians: Dr Paul Brand and Philip Yancey. They both penned 'In the Likeness of God,' [ Fearfully and Wonderfully Made ] An unlikely combination of authors, but it worked because one person's skills and experience complimented the others. Co authorship though, can be hard work; it is not easy. I once, when at Theological college, had to write a five or six thousand word essay with another student. It wasn't easy. We had to arrange set times to meet and discuss research and ideas and outline where we were going with this essay. We had to decide where to begin and how we would end and what went in between. It was hard going, as not all our precious ideas and much cherished thoughts could be incorporated. It needed a listening ear and perception as to which ideas were best. Naturally, we both thought our own views were better; so it required a degree of humility amidst the frustration, to let certain ideas go.

I say all this, because we all are authors in a true sense, whether we like it or not. All our lives tell a story and reveal who we are and what we stand for. All will have been influenced by circumstance, environment and encounters as well as up bringing. Our lives will all have a beginning, middle and end. The beginning and the end we might not be able to influence that much, but the larger part, the middle, well that's a different tail isn't it. This life has been given by our publisher God, and He wants it to be read by others. He knows it will have it's own unique style - there will be no other book exactly like it - but, ultimately He wants it to glorify and bear witness to Him, a bit like publishers have their logo on the covers of the book. After all, they have financed it! He also, wants this story to be co authored with His Son Jesus Christ and edited by the Holy Spirit.

Now, as l've said, we can choose, and God allows us to, to write our own life story without him. This may seem more attractive, we can do as we please and not have to compromise, but, it certainly is, more lonely. We will still, also, need a good editor, which, again, is best done by God's Holy Spirit; an outside view to keep us on track, and to stop us going off piste. Besides, if you find the right co author, it can be a very pleasant experience. For, they can coax the best out of us, see ways forward that we can't, and help when we get writers block. Some co authors, like Yancey, that l earlier mentioned, can be almost silent or lesser of the two authors, for in this instance, the expert author's job, is to bring out the best in the other co author, so as to help them tell their story. All should, though, receive the full credit due. Why Jesus, as our co author in life? Because that's the way God wants it. You see, Jesus is the best author in the universe. His experience speaks for itself. He has the right knowledge guide us and help us; he has a great track record; he has experienced all of life's ups and downs, joys and sadnesses. So he has the wisdom to steer us, novice writers, in life and help us, to help us lay out our life story and to eventually make sense of it. Even to the more seasoned he can help, for he has the necessary skill set. Truth be told, he alone can help us to write a life best seller that will, one day be red out aloud in heaven, where all the greatest stories are shared.

But, as already mentioned, being a co author is hard too. It demands spending time with the other author. It requires a sensitive and listening ear and an open mind, one willing to learn and bow to a superior intellect. Thus, it requires a great deal of humility and the ability to let go of certain ideas for better, more constructive ones.

So, Jesus gave us life and wants to share it with us as co author, in mutual trust, love and friendship. He will enrich all of life, but the question is: will we let Him.

Amen.

Bryan, Rector.

COLLECT: Risen Christ, you filled your disciples with boldness and fresh hope in their lives: strengthen us to proclaim, by our lives, your risen life and fill us with your peace, to the glory of God the Father. Amen.

Next week: Holy Communion, Friesthorpe,9am and Middle Rasen, H.C, 10.30.

APCM Middle Rasen Church, this Thursday, 7.30pm in church

 

SERMON REFLECTION FOR EASTER SUNDAY

Alleluia Christ is Risen He is Risen indeed: alleluia.

Readings: Acts chapter 10 34 - 43

Gospel: John chapter 20. 1 - 18

Mary's tears. Salty wet tears. Tears that stung her eyes; tears of pain. Mary a scarlet women, as legion has it, a former prostitute; a sinner, shedding tears of loss for the Lord she loved. Why? But, if we read on, we would see that Mary's tears turn to tears of joy, as she is the first person to be reunited with Jesus again after his crucifixion, death and entombment. What joy she must have felt. Which shows the full gambit of the Christian message at easter time: the sadness, the fear, the anguish, the terrible pain; isolation, yet there is also the joy, the peace, the happiness. All the human emotions are on view - embraced - in the Gospel messages and seen in Mary Magdalene's life. Perhaps, Mary felt or experienced something like some of the loved ones, mothers, fiancés and wives felt during the Great Wars. They have received a message, a telegram perhaps, informing them, that their loved one is missing, presumed dead. However, they go to the railway station anyway, to meet the returning servicemen, just, just in case their loved one might be there; more in hope than anything. And, their tears flow like a swollen river, as they witness others being reunited: tears of sadness, desperation, hurt, grief. Then, through the steam and misty choking smoke and cloudy eyes, they see a familiar outline; but they are not sure. Their joy is rising, then rises some more, when they truly recognise the voice: ''It is l honey!'' And their joy is love unknown. They embrace as the lost are found; are reunited again. Such bliss, such joy.

Or perhaps, it could be a parent and child, or brother and sister or any loved ones who have parted long ago, in anger, stubbornness and sin. Guilt and sorrow now weigh them down, heavily - if only? - then, at last, there is a chance to meet and make up. Tears flow as you approach; butterflies jangle - will you be accepted ? Then arms open wide, a smile, an embrace; tears of fear ebb away and turn to tears of joy. There is reconciliation and healing now.

Such is it for ourselves on Easter Day. God and sinner reconciled. Such is our joy on Easter day: God loves us, His arms are open wide to greet us. Once we were sinners, estranged, divorced from God by our own selfishness, rebellion and pride; wanting to go our own way, hurting ourselves and others along the way. Now, we are forgiven, received; the price has been paid for us. The tomb that was closed now lies open, signifying that ALL are welcome in; accepted and loved.

So, if you are feeling heavy inside, weighed down with your fears and past pains or regrets, or if this is the first time you have thought of God and Jesus for a while, or if you have felt angry with God, distant and alone; God welcomes you; so approach His throne, for he loves you; His son died for you; you are precious to Him. For, the temple curtain has been torn in two. The curtain was massive, sixty feet high and very thick. It separated the sinful people of Israel from God, preventing their entry into God's holy of holies; His inner temple presence. Only the High Priest could enter to make sacrifices for the people, but now, in Jesus our Holy Saviour, the curtain is split wide open and all can approach and enter in. So, let us enter and rejoice; He is yours.

COLLECT: Lord of all life and power, who through the mighty resurrection of your Son overcame the old order of sin and death to make all things new in him: grant that we, being dead to sin and alive to you in Jesus Christ, may reign with him in glory; to whom with you and the Holy Spirit be praise and honour, glory and might, now and in all eternity. Amen.

A VERY HAPPY AND BLESSED EASTER TO YOU!

Revd Bryan

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SERMON REFLECTION FOR PALM SUNDAY 2021

Readings:

Psalm 118.v. 1 - 2, and v. 19 - end

Mark chapter 11.v. 1 - 11

What constitutes a 'Great Life?' What makes, in your view, a person, or a life 'great?' Is it an outstanding contribution to humanity? Is it academic brilliance or a scientific breakthrough or medical discovery? Or is a great life shown by someone's bravery, courage, and or persistence, ability to overcome many obstacles. Or is a great life achieved, by someone who gives everything up, to serve their fellow human beings; someone like Florence Nightingale or Mother Teresa perhaps? Or is a great life measured by a person's military accomplishments, industrial advancements or services in the political field? Or maybe a great life is seen by artistic, literary ability or musical performances and composition? What makes a life great? You see, l've been reading a book entitled 'Great Lives.' It's actually based on a popular radio 4 programme of the same name. But some of the people included - and there are a lot - l would not consider that great. They've all had some success in a certain field for a period, but in many other areas of life, most have been failures. Of course, a great life does not mean a perfect life. But some, so called 'great people' have awful track records in their personal lives; in their relations, as parents, partners, or work colleagues. Some may come across as arrogant, stubborn, big headed, or aloof. So what makes a great life?

Winston Churchill, for instance, probably would rank as great. I certainly admire his grit, way with words and persistence and believe he was prepared by God for a time in history, but, in his life he had more failures than success, and he could be terribly difficult to work with. Muhammad Ali, termed himself 'The Greatest,' in reference to his boxing abilities; l think he was, but to others, he was a loud mouthed upstart, whilst others saw him as a role model for black activism and a man of deep conviction.

It all depends upon, how you define great; and each of us may differ here. But, it also depends, surely, on where you set the standard; on how you measure greatness? Who do you measure great life by? And by what means?

For me, there is only one barometer you can measure a life against; and that is Jesus the Christ. His is the greatest life ever lived, because his was the only human life lived infallibly - without sin. He also, has, undeniably influenced more people throughout history than any other human being, transforming human life and existence beyond measure. He revolutionised the way we think about God and love. His teachings about God were the equivalent of a scientific breakthrough, except it was in the spiritual realm. But, in his lifetime he was not universally seen as great or even successful, in fact, by most measures, his life was a failure but he left a legacy and set a standard that endures.

How then, does Jesus measure a great life? Not by Nobel prizes or Royal acclaim; not by military achievements or fame in industry or commerce; not by gold accumulated or power acquired, but by one factor along - LOVE. A great life is measured by how much love and care [ and by this, it includes forgiveness offered and acceptance of others ], one can achieve, for love ripples through every human vain and is the one single ingredient that every human being needs to thrive. If you want a measurement guide, look no further than the Beatitudes, the Sermon on the Mount and Matthew 25. 31 - end; ''For what you did for the least of these my brothers and sisters, you did for me.''[ v.40 ]

Sadly, this is not a measure by which we judge greatness by. Humility, kindness, civility are not valued enough in our modern world; in industry, politics, commerce or even in the church. The ability to manage, manipulate, cajole, bully even are more prized, yet love has a greater, more lasting effect and the potential to unlock talent like nothing else. However, it is costly. It demands the sacrifice, the dedication and enthusiasm and perseverance that we often admire in so called 'great lives'. It is a willingness to be spent in useful service for others regardless of recognition.

When Jesus rode into Jerusalem, he wasn't looking for praise, adulation or recognition; these, he knew, are fleeting things; he was riding because of love and because love demanded it; he was ready to fulfil loves needs. And, by doing so, he left a legacy far greater and more lasting than anything that had gone before or after. What a shame that we don't follow the King anywhere near enough in his example. Not that God demands perfection; he just asks us to try. For, think of a world without any love in it. Or think of the relationships damaged by a lack of love. The person who can love more and beyond themselves and their nearest and dearest; who can forgive like no other, and accept even the most difficult; who will not give up on love; surely, they are worthy to be called 'Great.'

So, no life is truly great, until we can love a little more like Jesus, the only life we can really, truly say is ' GREAT!'

Bryan

COLLECT: True and humble King, hailed by the crowd as Messiah: grant us the faith to know you and love you, that we may be found beside you on the way to the cross, which is the path of glory. Amen.

Each day of Holy Week, from Palm Sunday to Holy Saturday, Bishop Christopher has produced a short video reflection to accompany us. The videos will be on the diocesan website and also on social media. Please see www.lincoln.anglican.org and facebook.com/lincolnbishopsoffice

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SERMON REFLECTION FOR THE 5TH SUNDAY OF LENT - Passion tide begins

Music and songs

Readings: Psalm 51. 1 - 13; Jeremiah31. 31 - 34;

Gospel: John 12. 20 - 33

Do you remember your carefree childhood days; of walking to school [ in the days before excessive amounts of traffic ] when you were aged between 10 and 13, and, when every autumn time arrived, passing bye the horse chestnut tree and of picking up those lovely bright, shiny brown conkers. Or maybe, each year, at that time, you went in search of your nearest horse chestnut tree, to ram your pockets full, or a plastic bag full of the green prickly things. Then, once home, you would pick out the biggest and best; pierce a hole through the middle, thread a slim piece of string through, tie a knot at the end, and you were ready for the battles to begin.

Conker fights were still popular in my middle school years but now, with political madness gone potty, l'm not sure it is; but we enjoyed it, though, l have to confess, l wasn't very good. I was once told, that if you baked your conker in the oven, it made them harder, more durable. I tried it but cannot for the life of me remember if it worked. Anyone else try this or some other madcap idea? Then, when much older, when out walking the dog with my youngest son, down the country lane, near a large garden, we would pass an old horse chestnut tree, only this time we would pick up the left over brown conkers, and pretend we were Jonny Wilkinson [ the famous England Rugby goal kicker ] and kick them as far as we could. Just shows, you can never take the boy out of the man, sadly for my wife.

However, the whole point of the horse chestnut, is that it should take root, be planted deep, where it's outer hard shell departs, so that new life takes shape and a new tree eventually emerges. Bishop Tom Wright once did this he says; he took his best and biggest conker, planted it in the garden, and within a year a young sapling had emerged; the next year it got bigger still. This could all be a suitable metaphor for Christianity really. For how else is God going to plant his seed in us, so that it grows and matures to the point where Jeremiah can write ''I will put my laws in their minds and write it on their hearts.'' [ Jeremiah 31.33. ] And as Jesus alludes to in our reading today, '' The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. but if it dies it produces many seeds. The person who loves his life will loose it, while the person who hates his life in this world will keep to eternity. Whoever serves me must follow me...'' To the new comer, Christianity can have a prickly, uncomfortable, hard outer shell; but strip this away and it reveals beauty and wonder inside; something durable and lovely to behold. But then, Christianity all depends on what you do with it from then on. Like a conker, you can use - abuse it - by smashing you enemies or opponent with it. You can keep it, hold it tight and enjoy it only for your self; or you can line them all up on the mantlepiece/ shelf or place them in a glass bowl to admire and look at; or, you can use them like my wife, to scare off spiders by putting them on the windowsills, which really is a bit of superstition.

Or, we can plant the chestnut deep within ourselves and there, let it grow, so that we can be used to create more conker trees to serve the earth by the loving oxygen that we give and by taking away the negative carbon dioxide that builds up in our world.

Easter is fast approaching. Yes there is death; it was and is necessary, in order for new life to emerge. Jesus knew this; that's why he said, '' Now my heart is troubled, and what shall l say? 'Father, save me from this hour?' No, for this was the very reason l came to this hour.'' He came, as he indicated, so that the old world and it's misguided ways would die and a new life begin. It's the same with each of us. Christianity and the love of Jesus will only grow in each of us as we let the old me - self - and it's bad habits and negative thinking die, and we let the new life and love of Jesus live and grow deep inside us. Or, we can simply kick it all away and carry on as before, or walk right on by those beautiful conkers and ignore what they can, truly, really bring - new life.

It is only when we die to our own personal ambitions and pursuits and allow Jesus' will to grow and emerge, that Christianity will thrive. Jesus knew this; that the only way for the world - humankind - to grow in love and move on, was for Him to die and then rise again in a new from. So it is with us too. Amen.

COLLECT: Most merciful God, who by the death and resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ delivered and saved the world: grant that by faith in him who suffered on the cross we may triumph in the power of his victory; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Please don't forget to book for the outdoor Good Friday Service 11 -12, in Middle Rasen car park. Email me or ring.

Rev Bryan

 

Be Still

I Want To Serve The Purpose Of God

Give Thanks

Glorify thy Name

 

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SERMON REFLECTION FOR THE 4TH SUNDAY OF LENT

Readings: Ephesians chapter 2. verses 1 - 10

Gospel: John chapter 3. verses 14 - 21

Today's Music and Song

''For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.''

This is one of the best know passages of the bible. It is one of the most treasured and beloved sentences of scripture. It is the very first bible verse l learnt by memory; and it is not hard to understand why it is so popular. For, within this one sentence lies the very heart of the Christian Gospel. It tells us certain great truths.

It reveals to us, that the initiative in our being put right with God, in our redemption and salvation, in our renewed and improved relationship with God, lies with God. It is, as St Paul says in our first reading, not something we can earn or work our way into; it is something that God has done for us, because he loves us. That's why it is called GRACE. ''For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and not from yourself, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast.'' [ Eph. 2. 8. ] How sad then, that some Christians present God as if he had to be pacified and persuaded to forgive. Sometimes people paint a picture of a stern, angry, unforgiving God and a gentle loving, forgiving Jesus. Sometimes, even the Christian message is given, in such a way, that it sounds as if Jesus did something which changed the attitude of God to men and women - humankind - from condemnation to forgiveness. NOT SO ! The God who created us out of love, has never, ever, stopped loving us. That's why he took our sins and mistakes - human rebellion against himself - onto his own shoulders and paved a way back to him that is not dependent on our own righteousness. [ For our own endeavours could never make the grade. ] God entered our human situation; our suffering and pain and has redeemed it. It cost us nothing; it cost God his Son. That's grace again. Grace simply means, ' God's unmerited favour.' As St Paul again says, ''it is by grace you have been saved,'' and this while ''you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in the life in which you use to live.'' One of the best books written on this subject of grace, is by Philip Yancey, entitled, 'What's so Amazing About Grace.?' It was top of the best selling book list for both Christian and secular book sales.

So, this one sentence tells us, that the very nature, the very essence of the person of God, is love. He is love and that's why he acted to save us in the way he did. It's why we shouldn't put barriers in people's way preventing them coming to Jesus and why we shouldn't carry guilt around with us. For God has shown, that he DELIGHTS TO WELCOME US AND TO TAKE AWAY OUR WRONG DOING [ GUILT ].

And, this passage also shows, just how wide is the love of God. It was the world that God so loved. It was not just a nation; it was not just good people; it is not only the people who love him; it is the world that God came to save. In other words, he has come to love and save the unloved, the hard to love, the lonely, the outcasts, those who feel neglected, left down and out; even the criminal still lost in their trespass, and the person who doesn't love him or even mocks him. No one is beyond the love and reach of God, through his Son Jesus the Christ.

So, if God loves all of us like this, we must surely want to to share this love with all those whom God so loved and sacrificed his one and only Son for. '' For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.'' [ Eph. 2. 10. ].

Here's a little story to exemplify grace: 'Two young boys where born next door to each other. They both went to the same school and became the very best of friends; inseparable they became. They even attended the same university and both graduated with distinction. Then their lives took them their separate ways. One went into the legal profession but the other man went into the world of high finance.

The man in the financial world did very well for a time. He lived the high life but did some shady and shameful things along the way. Eventually he got caught up in drink and drugs and lost all he had. He even owed people money. Anyway, one day he found himself in court. When he arrived in court he was surprised to find that the judge presiding was none other than his old friend. The man was found guilty and the judge's heart went out to his old friend. But, the law had been broken and the sentence had to be passed. So the judge passed the appropriate fine to fulfil the requirements of the law, £50,000 even though he knew his old friend couldn't pay it. The man was sent to prison, but then, the judge took off his gowns, came round to the defendants side and wrote out a cheque for £50,000 pounds from his own account, knowing that he would never be paid back. The defendant, his friend, walked out free. ' That's grace in action and it is what God has done for us through his Son, Jesus, because he loves us; that's you reading this, so rejoice and be thankful.

Bryan

NOTICE:

Look out for our Good Friday open air service in the church car park, 11-12noon, where we can sing. However, you must let me know you are planning to attend as numbers are restricted. Please email me on: rev.bryan@icloud.com or ring on 01673 842759.

Easter Day services are: Faldingworth church 9am HC, and Middle Rasen church, 10.30, HC. No need to book for these ones but face coverings must be worn inside the church. Don't forget our first service since lockdown 3, Palm Sunday, March 28, 10.30am, Middle Rasen only, HC.

Todays Music

Amazing Grace

God So Loved

Boldly I Approach

Praise My Soul The King Of Heaven

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SERMON REFLECTION FOR THE 3RD SUNDAY OF LENT

Readings:

Exodus 20.1 - 17, 1 Corinthians 1. 18 -25

Gospel: John 2. 13 -22

Songs & Music

Today's sermon reflection comes curtesy of our good friend and colleague, Reverend David Post. Thank you David. At the end of David's sermon is a wonderful prayer David wrote for us and then l have added some information about church reopening dates.

So David writes:

Let us focus our thoughts today on this verse:

''Then they believed the Scripture, and the words that Jesus had spoken.''

''The Scripture'' - that is: the written words of God.

The Ten Commandments given by God through Moses formed the basic instruction for God's ancient people. The first four form the guidance for worship:

1. ''I am the Lord your God.'' This is the basic revelation and affirmation of the truth, the God who rescued from Egypt's slavery is the only , the true God.

2. You must not worship an idol, a supposed visible representation of the one true God. That would be totally inadequate and misleading.

3. You must not misuse God's name, e.g. as a swear word, but rather respect His name.

4. Keep the seventh day holy - a God given day of rest, to worship and reflect on the love of God.

The other six form guidance for right living:

- Respect for parents.

- No Murdering.

- No adultery.

- No stealing.

- No lying.

- No coveting.

All these words contribute to a secure, happy social life as the people of one true God.The Old Testament is the record of how all this works out in practice - or failed - in their relationship with God and with one another. Sadly, the written word and had not been faithfully followed and obeyed, therefore something else was needed.

The spoken words of Jesus, the Son of God.

Jesus came to exemplify what a Godly life is like - how we should live as God's children today. Having lived at Nazareth with Joseph and Mary for 30 years , He began His ministry, and for three years He spoke and taught about God His Father, and, by His own example, showed the way for us to live as children of God our Father.

Finally, He took upon Himself the sin of the whole world, and by His death on the cross made the ultimate sacrifice to cancel out our sins. But that act of love for the human race had a terrible consequence for Jesus - an awful sense of separation from His Holy Father, which wrung from Him the cry: ''My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?'' By taking our sins upon Himself, He was in that moment enduring the penalty we sinful human beings deserved - separation from God our Father.

But at the end, knowing his was precisely what He had come to do, He could cry out; ''Father, into Your hands l commit my spirit. Finished!''

Then, a short while after Jesus had died, two faithful friends, Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus, secured permission to take Jesus' body down from the cross, and reverently buried it in a secure tomb.But, as we shall remember at Easter, death was not the end for Jesus. On the third day he rose from the dead, and appeared to many of His disciples.

No wonder that the disciples recalled words to the Jewish authorities, after he had driven out the traders from the temple courtyard: ''Destroy this temple [Jesus' body], and l will raise it again in three days.''

As the structural temple had been the symbol of God's presence with His ancient people, so now the resurrected ''rebuilt''body of Jesus was the true, living evidence of His presence among His believing people.

So the apostle Paul later takes up this theme as he writes about Christ as the wisdom and power of God, in his first letter to the Corinthians. He seeks to show that for all that the Greeks were renowned for their pursuit of wisdom, in fact it did not lead them to faith in God. Only when the gospel of Christ crucified was preached and explained, [though rejected by some as foolishness], those who did accept the message came to recognise that Christ is indeed ''the power of God and the wisdom of God.''

So, as we prepare ourselves in this season of Lent with the remembrance of God our Father's ancient ''written Word, the Scripture'' to guide and instruct us, may we be inspired afresh, as we recall the spoken words of Jesus, our risen ascended Lord and Saviour, to live our lives with greater faith and commitment everyday, worshipping together in whatever ways we can, sharing our faith in Jesus with those around us, and looking forward to being with our Lord and Saviour for ever.

David.

A prayer from David that you can adapt for Daily use:

Heavenly Father, thank you for another day in this world which you have made. I worship you for your almighty power, your infinite wisdom, incomparable holiness, and inexhaustible love. Thank you for Jesus Christ your Son, who came to reveal you to us, dies to redeem us from our sins, and rose to restore us for eternal life. Thank you for your Holy Spirit, who enables us to know you, inspires us to worship you, and equips us to follow and serve you.

I give myself to you this day; make me what you would have me be. Use me in whatever way you will, and keep me alert to help others to really know you. Deepen my love and thoughtfulness for all my family....... Grant us all, health , sufficient for our daily needs, and joy and love and peace with you; in Jesu's name. Amen

Bryan Rector

Perfect Wisdom of our God https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSnzYnOe6kI

Father I Place Into Your Hands https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbLjp4-8NdY

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGAaRtkovZQ

Oh Lord, My Rock and My Redeemer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpELMk4-3n8

 

 

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