We're into the second week of our 2018 'Thy Kingdom Come' prayer focus. This Sunday we will focus on the Lord's prayer. Glenis has put together some Prayer Stations focusing on the Lord's Prayer which we will spend some time in the service reflecting on. These will be used both during the 9am service in the hall and the Messy Church that follows.
We also will take time to remind ourselves that we have committed to praying for five (5) people to become Christ and/or find God's blessing in some significant way. Next Sunday (Pentecost) we will hear from some of you how our praying has worked out.
In the interview below between Archbishop Justin Welby and Rachel Jordan Wolf (the C of E National Mission & Evangelism Adviser) we will hear them reflecting on what it means to pray, "Thy Kingdom Come". Perhaps this discussion will help us to deepen our praying as we uphold our five.
The theme of our first Lenten devotional study this year has been, "A Sent God." This picks up the profound thought that God sent the Son to earth on a mission to save it. This first devotional study helped us to unpack that thought a little in word, discussion and song.
Bishop Ellie reinforced the theme in her video sermon, "God is Sent" (below) some of us viewed and heard on 18 February. Jesus' mission included spending 40 days in a desert place experiencing temptations to abandon the mission and in so doing he experienced much of our temptation with yielding to it. Ellie helps us to better understand the place temptation has in our lives.
Michael Card's song below (part of our 1st study) helpfully reinforces Jesus' identification with humanity. You can view the words on YouTube here:
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