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There’s a chill in the air as we come to what may for some be the most challenging section of our Morning Prayers. We are truly sorry. In your mercy, forgive us. Help us to amend our lives; that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways, to the glory of your name. Amen. I was reading yesterday on an internet site that more people than ever have taken to book reading during the pandemic, and it… [Continue Reading]
Love is an intricate human expression which can not simply be explained through logic, science or mathematics. It is a unique virtue, dominantly possessed by humans instead of other living creatures. Love has been immensely reviewed through the age of literature. It is a simple concept which branches into all sectors of life; whether that means love of a person, love of beauty etc. However, in the opinions of billions perhaps the most significant type of love is the divine…. [Continue Reading]
Before May disappears, we thought we’d share a few glimpses of the beautiful Bluebell Wood above Crickhowell. Despite the lockdown, we have been able to enjoy our daily walks, sometimes along the river, canal or, especially during May, through the Bluebell Wood. The leaf canopy is much thicker now providing welcome shade from the heat of the last few days. The bluebells have faded now but other groundcover is coming through together with other flowers. The birdsong has been wonderful… [Continue Reading]
After reading Jesus’ identification of the two most important commandments, if we are honest, we are immediately aware of the impossibility of living them out consistently every day. We may not always immediately recall the occasions when we have not put God first or preferred to please ourselves rather than serve other people, but what about those negative thoughts and attitudes we’ve had about folk… So…Let us confess our sins to the Father and seek his pardon and peace. Almighty… [Continue Reading]
The second part of Jesus’ response to a teacher of the law who had asked him which commandments were most important, was this: ‘The second is this: “Love your neighbour as yourself.” There is no other commandment greater than these.’ Mark 12. 31 This was not new teaching. There are many references which relate to how the Jews should treat their neighbours, particularly in the books of Exodus, Leviticus and Deuteronomy. In fact, in Leviticus 19.18 we find the identical… [Continue Reading]
Sally is now taking a break from her daily reflections to join in with the Thy Kingdom Come initiative that we are being encouraged to join in as a Church. Download the Thy Kingdom Come prayer journal which covers the 10 days resources. The idea is that you download (or print) the PDF and then access one per day. They are marked Day 1, 2, etc.
At this point in our Morning Prayers we are presented with the words of Jesus recorded in Mark’s gospel: The first commandment is: “Listen Israel! the Lord our God is the only Lord. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength. Mark 12. 29, 30 This commandment is at the heart of our Christian faith, but it is not an easy task. How can we love… [Continue Reading]
This morning’s Gospel reading is Luke 5.1-11, the story of the miraculous catch and the calling of the first disciples. John’s Gospel doesn’t have this story but there is a remarkable parallel right at the end. After the resurrection, after they’ve met with Jesus several times, Peter decides to go and fish. Afterwards Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Galilee. It happened this way: Simon Peter, Thomas (also known as Didymus), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee,… [Continue Reading]
We come to the final reason given in the Introductory words for setting aside time for Morning Prayer: “We have come… to seek his grace, that, through his Son, Jesus Christ, we may give ourselves to his service.” One of the purposes of coming to meet God every day is to be equipped for service. Note that we cannot undertake any work effectively for God unless we have first received something of his grace. The story Jesus told about the… [Continue Reading]
“We have come… to bring before him the needs of the world…” Jesus brought to his followers a new focus on the world. The Jews had considered themselves as having a special and superior relationship with God. To be a gentile was decidedly to be second best. The Old Testament writers were unhesitatingly intolerant of the people of other nations; violent warfare against them was seen as being justifiable, often undertaken in God’s name. When Jonah preached against the sin… [Continue Reading]
News from Tearfund A new wave of crop-eating locusts is devastating East Africa, just as communities brace themselves for an increase of coronavirus cases. At the start of 2020, Ethiopia and Somalia faced the biggest invasion of the insects in 25 years – and the worst in Kenya and Uganda for 70 years. They also reached parts of South Sudan, where millions of people are already suffering from severe food shortages amid conflict and political instability. The latest plague could… [Continue Reading]
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