Pete Greig: Connection in a time of isolation

Today is Tuesday the 24th of March. This week we are focusing our prayers on the Coronavirus crisis, today exploring Christ’s invitation to connection in a time of isolation.

Pause

As I enter prayer now, I pause to be still; to breathe slowly; to re-centre my scattered senses upon the presence of God.

Pause and pray

Prayer of Approach
Unshakeable God, you are my ever-present help in times of trouble. Amidst all the isolation, grief and fear caused by this crisis, renew in me your peace, restore to me your perspective, and reveal to me your presence as I spend this time with you now.

Rejoice and Reflect
I choose to rejoice in God’s intricate involvement in my life today, joining with the ancient praise of all God’s people in the words of Psalm 139:13-17…

Pete Greig: Love in a time of fear

Today is Monday the 23rd of March. This week we will be focusing our prayers upon the Coronavirus crisis, beginning today with Christ’s invitation to love in a time of fear.

Pause

As I enter prayer now, I pause to be still; to breathe slowly, to re-centre my scattered senses upon the presence of God.

Pause and pray

Prayer of Approach
Unshakeable God, you are my ever-present help in times of trouble. Amidst all the isolation, grief and fear caused by this crisis, renew in me your peace, restore to me your perspective, and reveal to me your presence as I spend this time with you now.

Rejoice and Reflect
I choose to rejoice in the assurance of God’s protection and provision today, joining with the ancient praise of all God’s people in the words of Psalm 27:1-5…

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JJ Heller: A mother like you

I love this song about mothering by singer songwriters JJ Heller, her husband and Brandon Heath.

The words are:

You gave me a drawer in your kitchen
You gave me the room with a view of the yard
Whatever the hurt, you knew right where to kiss it
You gave me the best of your heart

And you carried my rocks in your pocket
Flowers and feathers and butterfly wings
You had an answer for all of my questions
You showed me wonderful things

I know that it hasn’t been easy
I hope that I love like you do
‘Cause I know that this world would be better
If everyone had a mother like you

Justin Welby: In this time of dread, we must all be good Samaritans

In this article from Tuesday’s Daily Mail, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and Archbishop of York John Sentamu say we should be looking out for our friends and neighbours during the Coronavirus crisis.

We are good in this country at holding our nerve and steadying one another. But a pandemic is something else; you can’t touch the virus, see it or even know where it is.

It may be spread by those who don’t even know they are infected. It is very serious for some, very mild for many.

Nevertheless, the effect of the virus could drive us apart. To some extent it must do. When someone we care for has it or is at risk, they must be isolated.

That is particularly so for older people and the most vulnerable, the ones by whose beds we want to sit and hold their hands, expressing our love with touch.

As in epidemics throughout history the fear we feel disturbs us very deeply, and dread comes upon us.

Romans 11 v. 32: They too receive mercy

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Romans 11:30-31, New Testament for Everyone

30 For just as you were once disobedient to God, but now have received mercy through their disobedience, 31 so they have now disbelieved as well, in order that, through the mercy which has come your way, they too may now receive mercy.

New series starts at Explore tomorrow: How to Pray

We’re excited to introduce our new series tomorrow, How to Pray.  Pete Greig explains the series by video, Colin talks about how he uses The Lord’s Prayer to structure his prayer and Mac Dick leads us in Communion. Unfortunately the planned Bring and Share Lunch will not now take place following advice regarding COVID-19.  11.15am Ottery St Mary Parish Church.

Bethel: Goodness of God

Many songs speak about God’s goodness, but this song from Jenn Johnson wants us to live in God’s goodness. 

We shouldn’t be spectators of God’s goodness. We need to step into it, live it and soak up the joy of living in His goodness.