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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

Thought for Today: Let Us Be Ready

One of our favourite hymns is “Give Me Oil in My Lamp, Keep Me Burning”. It’s a lively hymn with a special meaning. Jesus told the parable that this hymn is based on to his disciples, so that they would be ready in their lives (Matthew 25:1-13). This message was for us too, that we would believe in His way.

Prayer (Paul to Philippians 2:1-17)

Dear Lord Jesus,
We read that the day will come when every tongue will speak of you and every knee bow down to you. We ask that we would follow Your way, and help us to be ready by loving one another as you have loved us. Amen

Thought For Today: Passion Sunday

This day is called Passion Sunday.
Passion Sunday Palm Branch
In 1633, a plague infested Oberammergau. The town’s people made a vow to God that if He spared their town from the plague they would put on a Passion Play of Jesus Christ every ten years, and only 3 times since, have they been unable to keep their promise. Surely, the Coronavirus that hit the whole world came too suddenly to call to God for help; not however too late for us to call to Him now. Use the Prayer Guide for Coronavirus from Christian Concern, especially the part asking for forgiveness. Or say a simple prayer asking for forgiveness and request help from our Lord Jesus Christ, for us to love one another as He has loved us, remembering that the God you speak to hears every word. Amen.

More Valuable Than the Birds

More valuable than the birds
Today, I am listening to the birds as I write and then I remember what Jesus said about worrying. When God created the birds, He said, “It is good”. I love to have birds in my garden and I love even more that Jesus said to me, “You are much more valuable to me than the birds.”

PRAYER

Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for caring for me so much, especially when I am worrying. This Coronavirus has caused us to be afraid. Please remind us that you are our Saviour and that You have the whole world in your hands. Amen.