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Thought for the Week: So Good So Good So Good

Strange words to begin with when we watch the news and hear so many negative statistics about past, present and future. Our word for today is ADOPTION. This week 75 years ago the war against Europe was over. There was celebration, people smiled again and got together in London and in street parties and even though the war had changed lives there was an air of SO GOOD. The people adopted the future and sang, not for the first time ‘We’ll meet again’.
ADOPTION for a child can mean a change of life, both for the children and for the families who have ADOPTED them with hope for all; SO GOOD.
Nala
A few months ago, my daughter saw an advertisement for a cat, free to a good home. When I returned from a short break, I discovered we had ADOPTED a beautiful cat, and our lives changed. Nala, the cat, without words shows us what she doesn’t like and what she likes. She rules our lives. Not always SO GOOD but even better!
Recently I was given a book in which the author, a Christian with a family, had hit a time of darkness and was ill for a while. Later with his family he ADOPTED a small child and through the ADOPTION he realised what it meant in ROMANS 8. V. 22-24 about wanting to be ADOPTED by God. People of faith need help in their lives to have hope. The HOLY SPIRIT is the first gift and it says that from that gift and even through suffering we know that there is still better to come, and we seek it eagerly.
ADOPTION by God, given through Jesus changes our lives, takes us with our problems and loves us completely.

PRAYER FOR THE WEEK


Heavenly and giving Lord,
As our thoughts go to the past when people of our country gave their lives to save others and sang, ‘We’ll meet again’, we thank you Father that you gave your Son’s life that we could be free. We bring to You our memories and the memories of those who were there when the war ended. Our thoughts go to the present, when through the necessity of lockdown we are apart from our loved ones, so that others loved by their families working in caring will be safe and their lives will be saved as they will be singing, ‘We’ll meet again’. Our thoughts go to the future and our prayers are that we will be together, ADOPTED children of God, drawn together in His love. We pray thanks and hope that those words we began with will be used: SO GOOD SO GOOD SO GOOD. AMEN

Thought for the Week: We Will Be Back

Bluebells in my garden
Those were words said regarding Coventry City of Culture 2021 about the preparations which had been cancelled because of COVID-19. No doubt we could all list things that had to be cancelled during the time of lockdown and have caused us disappointment, so ‘WE WILL BE BACK’ seemed to be positive thinking for the future while we continue to stay at home to save lives.
Our other thought for this week is for all the people who have lost loved ones. You might recall that last week’s thought was called, ‘What would Jesus do?’ Today I want to tell you what Jesus did when He met two people who were walking home in great distress because their Master had been Killed and with His death all hope for a better life had gone.
The story is in Luke 24 v13-33. As they walked home, Jesus came along side of them but they didn’t know Him. He asked them why they were so sad, then listened to them, answered their questions and stayed with them until they were safely home.
We can do what Jesus did for people we know who are losing loved ones.
As I sat basking in the sun I counted it as a blessing, for my garden has become a wild flower meadow with about 17 species of wild flowers, birds and bees and buttercups. It almost seems that nature has helped us through the bad times and people have noticed that the sky is a deeper blue now and although it might be caused by less traffic it could still be a Godsend regarding climate change.

PRAYER FOR THE WEEK

Ever loving Father
We thank you once again for giving us your Son Jesus
Who is alive and always with us to help us when we are unsure.
We pray for all who have lost loved ones through COVID-19.
We ask that the equipment the Doctors, Nurses, and all carers need will be ready for them.
We ask that when we know someone who is bereaved
we will remember what Jesus did
And do likewise.
Help us to look forward to the time when we can begin again
And never let us complain about lockdown which saves lives
And helps all people to live to the day when the saying ‘WE WILL BE BACK’
will be true for all
In Jesus name
Amen.

Thought for the Week: What Would Jesus Do?

A few years ago, my daughter Becky wore a bracelet with those words on – What Would Jesus Do? – and whenever we came upon a problem or challenge with two ways to choose or to take we would remember the bracelet and say to each other Well, what would Jesus do?
With the Covid-19 virus continuing to challenge our lives with decisions to make now and later as things begin to get, in some way, back to normal we might turn to our Lord Jesus Christ for help.
We can find the answers in many of His teachings and parables. First of all my mind goes to the Great Commandment, ‘Love the Lord with all of your heart and with all of your soul and with all of your mind and love your neighbour as yourself.’
Many people are suffering due to the virus and many will suffer even more when we try to start again. As the virus has spread throughout the whole world our neighbourhood has grown throughout the world.
One of the songs we love to sing begins with, ‘ He’s got the whole world in His hands.’ Surely, some good would come out of this terrible situation we have found ourselves in if ‘May the nations be glad and sing for joy.’ The whole of Psalm 67 is our prayer for the week and as we read it will give us hope.
May God be gracious to us and bless us and make His face shine upon us,
That Your ways may be known on earth
Your salvation among all nations.
May the peoples praise You, O God;
May all the peoples praise You.
May the nations be glad and sing for joy,
For You rule the peoples justly
And guide the nations of the earth.
May the peoples praise You, O God;
May all the peoples praise You.
Then the land will yield its harvest,
And God, our God, will bless us,
And all the ends of the earth will fear Him.

Thoughts for Today: Easter Sunday

The first thought for today comes in the form of a video message from Revd Marion Hartwell who, like many of you, is self-isolating at home.
JESUS CHRIST IS RISEN TODAY, HALLELUJAH!
HE IS RISEN INDEED, HALLELUJAH!

Wherever you are, whatever you are doing sing or say this hymn (from Mission Praise no.689)

Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son,.
Endless is the victory Thou o’er death hast won;
Angels in bright raiment rolled the stone away,
Kept the folded grave-clothes where Thy body lay’
Lo! Jesus meets us, risen from the tomb;
Lovingly He greets us scatters fear and gloom;
Let the church with gladness hymns of triumph sing,
For her Lord now liveth; death hath, lost it’s sting.
No more we doubt Thee, glorious Prince of life;
Life is nought without Thee; aid us in our strife;
Make us more than conquerers, through Thy deathless love;
Bring us safe through Jordan to Thy home above.
Thine be the glory, risen conquering Son
Endless is the victory Thou oe’r death hast won.

The Gaelic Blessing

May the road rise to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
May the rains fall softly upon your fields
Until we meet again,
May God hold you in the hollow of His hand. Amen

Thought for Today: Holy Saturday

This was a day of sorrow, where Jesus lay in the tomb and his followers wondered what was going to happen next. At the time of writing we are all wondering when the war against the Covid-19 Coronavirus will be won.

PRAYER FOR TODAY

SILENT PRAYER (written for the Prayer Handbook by Francis Brienen)

Jesus Christ, who suffered and died upon the Cross We bring before you
The suffering of your people;
Too many walk in the long night of pain,
Too many have no more tears to cry,
Too many know only sorrow and loss Silence. We bring before you
The groaning of your earth
Too long have we violated its laws,
Too long have we depleted its gifts, Too long have we ignored its beauty Silence We bring before you
The crying of your church
Too often have we lost our bearing,
Too often have we been overwhelmed,
Too often have we avoided the way of the Cross. Silence Christ Jesus
In your suffering
All brokenness is named and held
And so we wait in Silence
Until the light of your resurrection shines upon us

Thought for Today: Good Friday

The end of the walk…
The people who shouted HOSANNA were fickle and changed their calling out to CRUCIFY, CRUCIFY HIM! They clothed Him in purple, and added a crown of thorns, they whipped Him, gave Him vinegar to drink, mocked Him and gave him his own cross to bear and waited for him to die.

PRAYER

Just before He died Jesus spoke to His Father saying, “Father forgive them, they know not what they do”. In a moment of silence think of those words. There is a favourite hymn of many Christian people called, ‘Great is Thy faithfulness’. What people did to Jesus, He never did to us. Pray with thanks for His faithfulness to us and then pray that we might keep the faith and ask that the war the world is fighting will be beaten and that our lives will bring Hope and Peace and Love to our neighbours. Amen

Thought for Today: Maundy Thursday

This is the day that Jesus showed He had come as a servant to all His people. Wearing a towel around Him, the Son of God knelt down to wash the dirty feet of His friends.
People do not like having their feet washed by anyone and certainly not by a king. Jesus said,’What I do, you also should do.’

PRAYER

Lord Jesus help us to love as you loved. Give us compassion towards those who are homeless and unfed; the very poor who are your special people. Forgive us when we have turned our back on them. Amen