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MCT 11 am PRAYERS (or any alternative time) 30 NOVEMBER 2020

Hello Everyone

We continue with the Senior Church Leaders Call to Prayer over the four weeks of Lockdown and we continue with the final set of prayers. 

PRAYER FOR WEEK 4 –  30th November –6th December

Week 4 

Loving God, your Son Jesus Christ came that we might have life and have it abundantly;
pour out your blessing upon our nation;

where there is illness, bring your healing touch;
where there is fear, strengthen us with the knowledge of your presence;

where there is uncertainty, build us up in faith;

where there is dishonesty, lead us into truth,

where there is discord, may we know the harmony of your love;
this we ask in Jesus’ name.     Amen.

A PRAYER FOCUS FOR US TO USE EACH DAY

MONDAY  SCHOOLS, COLLEGES, UNIVERSITIES, CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE

We pray for all those involved in the shaping of young lives.   We give God thanks for the sacrifice and commitment of teachers and all those involved in serving children and young people in education.

TUESDAY  ELDERLY, ISOLATED ABD VULNERABLE

We echo God’s commitment to those most at risk of this virus by praying for those who are particularly vulnerable and isolated.   We pray for their deliverance protection and comfort.   We hold before God those who care for them – that they would be strengthened and encouraged in this work.

WEDNESDAY  BUSINESSES, THE WORKPLACE AND ECONOMIC WELLBEING

In this time of great challenge, we pray for the economic wellbeing of the country.   We remember before God those who face great uncertainty in their work.   We lift before God those who have lost their jobs and face an uncertain and difficult future.

THURSDAY  NHS AND OTHER KEY WORKERS

Our God is the great healer – and the agent used more than any other is the NHS.   Today we voice our gratitude for those who serve this country in the National Health Service and pray that God would prosper the work of their hands – that they would be encouraged in their continued work of sacrifice and care amongst  us.

FRIDAY  NATIONAL AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT

We pray for those who are in positions of authority with responsibility for decision making at national and local level at this difficult time.   We ask that God would give great wisdom, deep commitment to all and right judgement.

SATURDAY  ALL WHO ARE GRIEVING AND ALL SUFFERING WITH PHYSICAL AND MENTAL ILL-HEALTH.

‘Lord the one you love is ill.’   John 11.v3

We bring to God all those who suffer in body, mind spirit or with grief.   We ask that in God’s great loving kindness they might know God’s sustaining presence amidst their pain.

SUNDAY  FAMILY, FRIENDS AND LOVED ONES

We lift to God those we hold in our hearts – praying for their healing. their well-being and their sense of hope.   We pray that even when loved ones cannot physically be together, they would not feel apart.  We ask for God’s help in our communicating, our connecting and our caring.

Each week during the season of Advent we will have a scripture to reflect on, followed with a Prayer.

SCRIPTURE READING     ISA 40:27-31

Why do you say, O Jacob, and speak O Israel, ‘My way is hidden from the Lord, and my right is disregarded by my God’? Have you not known’? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not fail or grow weary; His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint and strengthens the powerless. Even youths will faint and be weary, and the young will fall exhausted; but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, and they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.

PRAYER

Lord, I am poured out, I come to you for renewal.

Lord, I am weary, I come to you for refreshment,

Lord, I am worn, I come to you for restoration.

Lord, I am lost, and I come to you for guidance.

Lord, I am troubled, I come to you for peace.

Lord, I am lonely, I come to you for Love.

Come Lord,

Come revive me.

Come re-shape me.

Come, mould me in your image.

Re-cast me in the furnace of you love.              

Power Lines David Adam

Let us continue to pray for our community, the Crossroads Project and those we know who are struggling at this time with loneliness and the effects of the Virus.

We pray also for the METHODIST ADVENT CHRISTMAS CAMPAGN – GOD IS WITH US’

The campaign name, of course, comes from John Wesley’s purported words on his death bed:

‘the best of all is, God is with us’ and this reminds us that even in the times which feel most uncertain, we can be certain of God.

Who do you know who needs to hear this message over the coming months?

Keep praying; ask the Lord for help for he is powerful.

That is your weapon; do not lose it. Pray without ceasing, for the Lord is powerful.’     

KEEP SAFE – KEEP PRAYING   

Peter  

Crossroads pop up shop

Please come and do some Christmas shopping whilst supporting 3 charities. 

Mandy’s gift baskets, Caroline’s craft stall and lots of other gift sets and decorations will be raising funds for ‘Crisis’. 

The Meltham Shoebox project will have a stall and all the other items sold will support the Crossroads project.  There are lots of Christmas jumpers and sparkly clothes to bring some Christmas cheer!

11 am MCT PRAYERS 23rd NOVEMBER

Hello Everyone

We continue with the Senior church leaders Call to Prayer. We are in week 3 of Lock Down and we will continue with the set prayers. There is a new prayer for week three and we will be following the set focus prayers to be used each day.

PRAYER FOR WEEK 3 –  23rd -29th

Lord Jesus Christ, in these dark and difficult days, we turn our hearts to you.

In ages past, you have delivered our nation from disaster.

Do it again, we pray.

Give wisdom beyond human wisdom to our leaders,

Give strength beyond human strength to the NHS and all our frontline workers.

Give comfort beyond human comfort to the elderly and all who grieve.

Lord Jesus Christ, in these dark and difficult days, turn your face towards us, have mercy upon us, and heal our land, we pray.
Amen.

A PRAYER FOCUS FOR US TO USE EACH DAY

MONDAY  SCHOOLS, COLLEGES, UNIVERSITIES, CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE

We pray for all those involved in the shaping of young lives.   We give God thanks for the sacrifice and commitment of teachers and all those involved in serving children and young people in education.

TUESDAY  ELDERLY, ISOLATED ABD VULNERABLE

We echo God’s commitment to those most at risk of this virus by praying for those who are particularly vulnerable and isolated.   We pray for their deliverance protection and comfort.   We hold before God those who care for them – that they would be strengthened and encouraged in this work.

WEDNESDAY  BUSINESSES, THE WORKPLACE AND ECONOMIC WELLBEING

In this time of great challenge, we pray for the economic wellbeing of the country.   We remember before God those who face great uncertainty in their work.   We lift before God those who have lost their jobs and face an uncertain and difficult future.

THURSDAY  NHS AND OTHER KEY WORKERS

Our God is the great healer – and the agent used more than any other is the NHS.   Today we voice our gratitude for those who serve this country in the National Health Service and pray that God would prosper the work of their hands – that they would be encouraged in their continued work of sacrifice and care amongst  us.

FRIDAY  NATIONAL AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT

We pray for those who are in positions of authority with responsibility for decision making at national and local level at this difficult time.   We ask that God would give great wisdom, deep commitment to all and right judgement.

SATURDAY  ALL WHO ARE GRIEVING AND ALL SUFFERING WITH PHYSICAL AND MENTAL ILL-HEALTH.

‘Lord the one you love is ill.’   John 11.v3

We bring to God all those who suffer in body, mind spirit or with grief.   We ask that in God’s great loving kindness they might know God’s sustaining presence amidst their pain.

SUNDAY  FAMILY, FRIENDS AND LOVED ONES

We lift to God those we hold in our hearts – praying for their healing. their well-being and their sense of hope.   We pray that even when loved ones cannot physically be together, they would not feel apart.  We ask for God’s help in our communicating, our connecting and our caring

Next Sunday sees the beginning of the Church’s Calendar- Advent –  so we pray –

A PRAYER BEFORE ADVENT  from St Augustine of Hippo

Lord Jesus our Saviour, the One who is to come, we come to you now.

Our hearts are cold;  Lord, warm them by your selfless love.

Our hearts are sinful;  cleanse them with your precious blood.

Our hearts are weak;  strengthen them with Your joyous Spirit.

Our hearts are empty;  fill them with your divine presence.

Come, Emmanuel:  enter our lives, possess them always and only for yourself.

And let us give thanks for all the progress the scientists have been making in their search for a vaccine.   Let us continue to pray that God will continue to be at work in all the research  they are doing.  

KEEP SAFE – KEEP PRAYING

Keep praying; ask the Lord for help for he is powerful. That is your weapon; do not lose it. Pray without ceasing, for the Lord is powerful.’     

Peter  

11am MCT PRAYERS (OR ANY CONVENIENT TIME)

Hello Everyone

16 NOVEMBER MCT PRAYERS

RACHEL SPENCER-HENSALL Director of Public Health has been in contact with each household in Kirklees during our first week of Lockdown with an urgent and important update on the Covid-19 figures which are rising. Firstly, she offered thanks for everything people have been doing to keep themselves and others safe. She acknowledges how difficult the lockdown period is for us all, the efforts we are going through and the sacrifices we’re making which are a key part in our fight against COVID-19.

FROM THE EVANGELICAL ALLIANCE

Prayer changes things.

From Abraham’s plea to save Sodom to Jesus’ cry for forgiveness of others on the cross, we see the willingness of God to listen.  God invites us to talk to Him, to share with Him our fears, worries, struggles and heartaches, because when we do, God tells us He will act.

The COVID-19 pandemic has left no life unscathed in the UK. The national health crisis caused by the severity of illness for many has pushed our healthcare system and those who work within it to breaking point. The consequences of the resulting lockdowns are wide-ranging and, for many, catastrophic.

Many businesses are unsustainable. Unemployment is booming. Children’s education has been severely impacted. Families have been separated. The vulnerable have been left exposed. For many, experiencing isolation and uncertainty,  has led to an overwhelming sense of hopelessness as we see statistics indicate the rise in divorce, domestic abuse and suicide. 

We need things to change. We need to pray. 

STEPHEN COTTRELL THE NEW ARCHBISHOP OF YORK SAYS –

“Prayer changes things.  It changes things by inviting God into the room.”

A CALL TO PRAYER FROM SENIOR CHURCH LEADERS

A prayer call has been made with the support of senior church leaders –  Churches Together in England, Evangelical Alliance, RC Archbishop of Westminster, Leader of the Pentecostal Church, the Coptic Orthodox Archbishop of London, Pete Grieg of 24.7 Prayer International, and the Church of England House of Bishops.

A PRAYER FOR WEEK 2 of LOCKDOWN

Loving Father God be with us in our distress; be with our families, friends, and neighbours, our country and our world.  Give health to the sick, hope to the fearful, and comfort to mourners. Give wisdom to our frontline and key workers, insight to our Government, and patience to us all. Overcome disease with the power of your new life,
through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.    Amen

A PRAYER FOCUS FOR US TO USE EACH DAY

MONDAY

SCHOOLS, COLLEGES, UNIVERSITIES, CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE

We pray for all those involved in the shaping of young lives.   We give God thanks for the sacrifice and commitment of teachers and all those involved in serving children and young people in education.

TUESDAY

ELDERLY, ISOLATED ABD VULNERABLE

We echo God’s commitment to those most at risk of this virus by praying for those who are particularly vulnerable and isolated.   We pray for their deliverance protection and comfort.   We hold before God those who care for them – that they would be strengthened and encouraged in this work.

WEDNESDAY

BUSINESSES, THE WORKPLACE AND ECONOMIC WELLBEING

In this time of great challenge, we pray for the economic wellbeing of the country.   We remember before God those who face great uncertainty in their work.   We lift before God those who have lost their jobs and face an uncertain and difficult future.

THURSDAY

NHS AND OTHER KEY WORKERS

Our God is the great healer – and the agent used more than any other is the NHS.   Today we voice our gratitude for those who serve this country in the National Health Service and pray that God would prosper the work of their hands – that they would be encouraged in their continued work of sacrifice and care amongst  us.

FRIDAY

NATIONAL AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT

We pray for those who are in positions of authority with responsibility for decision making at national and local level at this difficult time.   We ask that God would give great wisdom, deep commitment to all and right judgement.

SATURDAY

ALL WHO ARE GRIEVING AND ALL SUFFERING WITH PHYSICAL AND MENTAL ILL-HEALTH.

‘Lord the one you love is ill.’   John 11.v3

We bring to God all those who suffer in body, mind spirit or with grief.   We ask that in God’s great loving kindness they might know God’s sustaining presence amidst their pain.

SUNDAY

FAMILY, FRIENDS AND LOVED ONES

We lift to God those we hold in our hearts – praying for their healing. their well-being and their sense of hope.   We pray that even when loved ones cannot physically be together, they would not feel apart.  We ask for God’s help in our communicating, our connecting and our caring.

A PRAYER FOR ALL THOSE AFFECTED BY CORONAVIRUS
Keep us, good Lord, under the shadow of your mercy. Sustain and support the anxious, be with those who care for the sick, and lift up all who are brought low; that we may find comfort knowing that nothing can separate us from your love in Christ Jesus our Lord.     Amen.

KEEP SAFE – KEEP PRAYING

Keep praying; ask the Lord for help for he is powerful. That is your weapon; do not lose it. Pray without ceasing, for the Lord is powerful.’

Peter  

9th NOVEMBER MCT PRAYERS 11am PRAYERS (or any alternative time)

Hello Everyone

Ladysmith Black Mambazo sing: ‘Keep praying; ask the Lord for help. For he is powerful. That is your weapon; do not lose it. Pray without ceasing, for the Lord is powerful.’

A Call to Prayer

A prayer call has been made with the support of senior church leaders –  Churches Together in England, Evangelical Alliance, RC Archbishop of Westminster, Leader of the Pentecostal Church, the Coptic Orthodox Archbishop of London, Pete Grieg of 24.7 Prayer International, and the Church of England House of Bishops.

This week we have had several emails from various churches and organizations all pointing to the need for prayer.     There are many different suggestions – i.e. Prayer on specific days, or on each day, prayer at specific time, fasting along with prayer, using bells as a call to prayer.   So many ideas, so many thoughts but no matter how, when or where you pray or possibly fast  the key thing is to take on board the words sung by Ladysmith Black Mambazo Keep praying; ask the Lord for help for he is powerful. That is your weapon; do not lose it. Pray without ceasing, for the Lord is powerful.’

Words from Stephen Cottrell the new Archbishop of York says – “Prayer changes things.  It changes things by inviting God into the room.”

YOU MAY LIKE TO USE THE FOLLOWING PRAYERS

As we have entered a second period of National lock down, let us pray in earnest that people will honour the guidelines set.

PRAYER FOR THE WEEK

Loving God,
at this time of crisis
when so many are suffering,
we pray for our nation and our world.
Give our leaders wisdom,
our Health Service strength,
our people hope.
Lead us through these parched and difficult days
to the fresh springs of joy and comfort
that we find in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

On Wednesday 11th November let us take a moment to remember all those who laid down their lives in the two great wars and for all lives lost in the wars since the end of the second world war.

YOU MAY WISH TO USE THIS PRAYER FOCUS FOR EACH DAY

MONDAY

SCHOOLS, COLLEGES, UNIVERSITIES, CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE

We pray for all those involved in the shaping of young lives.   We give God thanks for the sacrifice and commitment of teachers and all those involved in serving children and young people in education.

TUESDAY

ELDERLY, ISOLATED ABD VULNERABLE

We echo God’s commitment to those most at risk of this virus by praying for those who are particularly vulnerable and isolated.   We pray for their deliverance protection and comfort.   We hold before God those who care for them – that they would be strengthened and encouraged in this work.

WEDNESDAY

BUSINESSES, THE WORKPLACE AND ECONOMIC WELLBEING

In this time of great challenge, we pray for the economic wellbeing of the country.   We remember before God those who face great uncertainty in their work.   We lift before God those who have lost their jobs and face an uncertain and difficult future.

THURSDAY

NHS AND OTHER KEY WORKERS

Our God is the great healer – and the agent used more than any other is the NHS.   Today we voice our gratitude for those who serve this country in the National Health Service and pray that God would prosper the work of their hands – that they would be encouraged in their continued work of sacrifice and care amongst  us.

FRIDAY

NATIONAL AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT

We pray for those who are in positions of authority with responsibility for decision making at national and local level at this difficult time.   We ask that God would give great wisdom, deep commitment to all and right judgement.

SATURDAY

ALL WHO ARE GRIEVING AND ALL SUFFERING WITH PHYSICAL AND MENTAL ILL-HEALTH.

‘Lord the one you love is ill.’   John 11.v3

We bring to God all those who suffer in body, mind spirit or with grief.   We ask that in God’s great loving kindness they might know God’s sustaining presence amidst their pain.

SUNDAY

FAMILY, FRIENDS AND LOVED ONES

We lift to God those we hold in our hearts – praying for their healing. their well-being and their sense of hope.   We pray that even when loved ones cannot physically be together, they would not feel apart.  We ask for God’s help in our communicating, our connecting and our caring.

KEEP SAFE – KEEP PRAYING    

Peter  

11AM MCT PRAYER 2nd NOVEMBER

Hello Everyone

On Sunday 1st November, the Church at large celebrated the feast day of ‘All Saints’.  

Today as we circulate our weekly prayer sheet, it’s Monday 2nd November, the day we pray for departed souls.

May I suggest we make time to pray for all the saints and all souls throughout the week, holding them in our minds eye.   A good way to Start is with thanksgiving and praise to God our Father.

Spend a while in quiet. Invite the Holy Spirit into the space you are creating. Become aware of the presence of the Holy Spirit, with you now… the Spirit who works in you…

A Reading from Ephesians 1:11-14

11 Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God,for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything work out according to his plan. 12 God’s purpose was that we Jews who were the first to trust in Christ would bring praise and glory to God. 13 And now you Gentiles have also heard the truth, the Good News that God saves you. And when you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom he promised long ago. 14 The Spirit is God’s guarantee that he will give us the inheritance he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people. He did this so we would praise and glorify him.

Why do you seek God in prayer?

What are you looking for? . . .

Would you like proof that you are marked with the seal of the Holy Spirit?

When you spend time: listening, seeking, desiring God, this is evidence that the Holy Spirit is in you and at work in you . . .

This Spirit invites you to be a person of hope.

How is Christ inviting you to hope?

If at times you find yourself with diminished hope, you’re not alone. It doesn’t mean you’ve lost the Spirit. It means you’re alive and life involves struggle.

Speak to God about the challenges of holding on to hope… Read the scripture again, see if you can catch something of the bigger picture. God can see and invites you to glimpse hope through the merits of the saints and souls gone before us.

Ponder the presence of God’s Holy Spirit within you: the pledge of your inheritance!

A Prayer for All Saints Day

By Jan Richardson 

God of the generations,

when we set our hands to labour, thinking we work alone,

remind us that we carry

upon our lips, the words of the prophets,

in our veins, the blood of martyrs, 

in our eyes, the mystics’ visions, and

in our hands, the strength of thousands.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

As I am sending this email out I am reminded that the first one that was sent was at the beginning of the first Lockdown and it was on the suggestion of two members of Churches Together that we could pray daily at a specific time knowing that others would be praying with us.  Obviously this time is not always possible for some but these prayers can be used at any appropriate time during the week.  As we enter into a second lockdown let us take with us the words from a song sung by Ladysmith Mambaza Keep praying; ask the Lord for help. For he is powerful. That is your weapon; do not lose it. Pray without ceasing, for the Lord is powerful.’

KEEP SAFE – KEEP PRAYING    

Peter  

11am MCT PRAYERS (or any convenient time)

Hello Everyone

Thursday the 15 October, was the feast day of St Teresa of Avila.

“Pray as you Go” a short daily offering of worship can be followed online and it offers an introduction, Bible reading, Thought for the Day followed by a conclusion and prayer.

So, on the 15th Christine and I heard the Community of Taizé singing in Spanish, ‘Nada te Turbe’. The words are taken from  one of St Teresa of Avila’s most famous sayings: “Let nothing disturb you. Let nothing frighten you. All things pass. God does not change. Patience wins all things. They lack nothing who possess God. God alone is enough.”

This saying of St Teresa is worth keeping in mind as we pray today. It is worthy of holding before us as we go about our daily lives.

A  reading  from the Letter to the Ephesians.     Ephesians 1:3-10

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, just as he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him in love. He destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace that he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and insight he has made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he set forth in Christ, as a plan for the fullness of time, to gather up all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.

This is beautiful prose and an astounding message. We know God loves every person and even ‘all things.”

God loves everything in the Universe. God loves every star, every planet, every rock, every tree, every animal, every person. God loves you. You are utterly loved by God. You are so loved that God wants to spend eternity with you . . .

This can seem too good to be true and therefore difficult to take in.

Let this God look at you now with love

Consider how God loves all of Creation and wants to “gather up all things in Christ” …

Note how in the Letter to the Ephesians, Paul speaks of God’s Plan for those He loves, and wants to share Eternity with.

REFLECTION

In the quiet read through the sheet again and try to appreciate what is being claimed here.

What do you want to say to this God who loves all things and who loves you?

Let the Holy Spirit lead you into your conversation with God the Father.

Give thanks for all His Love and all His Spiritual Blessings that He pours out on us.

“Let nothing disturb you. Let nothing frighten you. All things pass. God does not change. Patience wins all things. They lack nothing who possess God. God alone is enough.”

A PRAYER PLEADING FOR HELP AS THE COVID VIRUS AFFECTS MORE AND MORE LIVES AS WE TRY TO GAIN CONTROL 

Show us that you are here Lord, that you have not abandoned us to our fate.

Show us you are not blind to our needs or deaf to our entreaties.

Show us that, though everything seems to suggest otherwise, you are with us in this crisis we are facing- that we are not alone.

Show us, above all,  that we matter to you; that you care about what so many are going through; that you are hurting with us, weeping with us and reaching out to us, seeking to help, to hold and to heal. Amen

Let us Pray for our community and all the good will in supporting one another.

Also let us Pray for those involved with the Food Bank, and pray for those known to us who need our prayers.

KEEP SAFE – KEEP PRAYING    

Peter  

‘Crisis’ fundraising

Some information about ‘Crisis’ this year.

 As you will have guessed, we are unable to hold the ‘Crisis’ coffee morning in St. James’ Church this year.  However, we know that some people have been preparing for it from January. So, at the Crossroads pop up shop on November 7th we will be selling handmade crafts and Mandy’s gift baskets and sweets. 

Additionally, we have set up a ‘Just Giving’ page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/richard-whiteley4. You could have coffee and a slice of cake on November 28th (you may even be able to meet up with a friend) and have a virtual coffee morning and donate or you can, of course, donate at any time.

Jean Burhouse has kindly made the following offer to raise money for ‘Crisis’:

Box containing a rich fruit Christmas loaf and a dozen mince pies for £15. Happy to take up to 10 or 12 orders. 

Also 3 tray bakes (each of 12 pieces) to be delivered at intervals of choice for £20 happy to take up to 5 orders. 

Mandy Taylor has kindly made the following offers to raise funds for ‘Crisis’. 

TayTrans Ltd will donate 12 Bottles (5 Orders)

3 Bottles of Red, 3 Bottle of White, 3 Bottles of Rose, 3 Bottles of Prosecco  

All good quality wines = £60.00 per 12 bottles (5 orders)

TayTrans will donate  6 Cases (5 Orders)

3 Cases of Lagers, 3 Cases of Beers

All good quality = £30.00 per 6 Cases (5 orders)

If you would like to order some baking or alcohol, please email me at alisonwhiteley@ntlworld.com

Thank you for your support.

Alison

11AM PRAYER (or any alternative time)

Hello Everyone

TESTING TIMES  –   A reading  from the Book of Job.

Job 19:21-27     New International Version

21 “Have pity on me, my friends, have pity, for the hand of God has struck me.22 Why do you pursue me as God does? Will you never get enough of my flesh?23 “Oh, that my words were recorded, that they were written on a scroll,24 that they were inscribed with an iron tool on] lead, or engraved in rock forever 25 I know that my redeemer] lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth]26 And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God;27 I myself will see him with my own eyes—I, and not another.   How my heart yearns within me!

Job is the richest of all the peoples around, with family, herds of animals, servants.  He was fair and just in all his dealings, and righteous in the sight of God. In the story the accuser Satan has patrolled the earth watching all that is going on. The Lord asks Satan “have you noticed my servant Job he is the finest in all the world. He is blameless – a man of complete integrity. He fears God and stays away from evil. Wiley Satan gains access from God to remove His protection and allow Satan to test Job in a whole series of calamities.

Job loses everything but remains Righteous. At the loss of his family Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worshipand said:

“Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart.The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away;
  may the name of the Lord be praised.”In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.

Job is suffering, even though he knows he has done nothing wrong. Yet he doesn’t lose his trust in God’s loving care.

REFLECTION

Does what we have read about Job recall any testing times that we might have experienced in our own life? 

The name that Job gives to God, “my Redeemer” literally means – something like the one who releases hostages or lets those in prison go free.

Where might you, or those close to you, need a Redeemer like this?

Job speaks of a God who is on His side in his discussion with those who sought to help him. Do you know that feeling at all; the feeling of having God on your side? What’s that like?

Think also about the Testing Time the world is experiencing at present remembering all the disruption and loss through the Coronavirus. Add to your thoughts the fact that there will possibly be no Trade agreement with Europe in the New Year.

A Prayer by Thomas Merton – Sent in by Daphne Green.

“My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will, does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it. Therefore will I trust you always, though I may seem to be lost and in the Shadow of death: I will not fear, , for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.”

A word from the book of Job

“ I know that my Redeemer lives”

Job 19.23

Let us continue to pray for the work of the Crossroads Shop, Crossroads Centre and Meltham Food Bank.

Let us also continue to pray for the work of Teams4U and Meltham Shoebox volunteers as they prepare to send Shoeboxes to children in Eastern Europe.

And let us remember the work of CRISIS – the national organization for the homeless.  As mentioned previously we cannot this year hold our CRISIS coffee morning due to Covid but gifts will be on sale in the Church Hall at the Crossroads Pop Up Shop on 7th November.   If you would like to donate to the work of CRISIS there has also been set up a giving page where you can give your donation     https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/richard-whiteley4

Keep safe, keep praying

Peter

11AM PRAYER 5th OCTOBER (OR ANY ALTERNATIVE TIME)

Hello everyone

Let the heart of those who seek the Lord rejoice; seek the Lord and be strengthened, seek his face always.

Entering prayer today, we seek the Lord, seeking his face, looking for the signs of his presence in our lives. Looking for His gentle hand guiding us into truth, peace and love.

Isaiah 55:6-9 Seek the Lord while he may be found, call upon him while he is near; let the wicked forsake their way, and the unrighteous their thoughts; let them return to the Lord, that he may have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. “

Jesus spent a lot of His time with unpopular people. A good example can be seen in Luke’s gospel where a woman anoints the feet of Jesus with precious oil and wipes them clean with her hair. This, and other events recorded in the gospels, scandalised onlookers – it did not accord with how they thought God should work, with how the Messiah should behave. During the Pandemic the majority of us conformed whilst others blatantly broke the set rules.

God is looking for men and women to whom He can communicate what needs to be done to rescue humanity.  Like Moses we must spend time with God before we can communicate the Heart of God to those around us and to the world. 

So, Seek the Lord while he may be found, call upon him while he is near.” If sometimes your thoughts dwell on the past, regretting that you did not do this or that, or on the future, speculating or worrying about what the outcome will be like, is there a message here for you?  A message to attend to the present, to the now.

If you sometimes think that God is somewhere else, and that you could really do God’s will if only you were somewhere else, if only you had made different life choices, if only you weren’t living among such impossible people…. is there a message for you here? That God is not somewhere else, but where you are now?   

Read the passage from Isaiah 55 again, notice the balance between the nearness of God and the transcendence of God. God is not like us, yet God is close to us.

Your path to God is the one you are on right now, and there is no other. You cannot start, or move on, from anywhere but here. So perhaps now would be a good time to ask God for the help you need to get closer to him.

A PRAYER FOR OUR TIMES

God of compassion,                                                                                                                                                                                                              have mercy on this Nation and our world in this time of fear and confusion:                                                                              

We bring before you those who are struggling and those who tend to their needs;                                                                                                                                                          may those in isolation know your comfort and company                                                                                                                      and may neighbours show your love in works of care, kindness and prayer;                                                                        

we pray for the National Health Service and all engaged in scientific research                                                                                               and we pray too for those  upon whose shoulders                                                                                                                                          the yolk of leadership rests                                                                                                                                                                                                                 that in their conversation and communication                                                                                                                                                                                your still small voice may be heard;                                                                                                                                                                                                 We ask this in the Power of the Holy Spirit,                                                                                                                                                            through to the One who stretched out His hands to bless and to heal                                                                                                                      even Jesus Christ our Lord Amen                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

KEEP SAFE – KEEP PRAYING 

Peter  

PS from Peter –  I confess to looking back to those outstanding moments where God chose to seek me out – rather than seeking Him out, listening to the still small voice, and watching to see where God is in the here and now.