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]
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]
This is a new free service from the Church of England, providing spiritual nourishment for those who don’t have easy access to the internet. Please pass this number on to anyone you feel may benefit from it. 0800 804 8044 You can also download the poster and print a copy for friends.
“We have come… to hear and receive his word…” This next phrase of our Morning Prayer is a reminder of the words in introduction to the 17th Century Book of Common Prayer that we looked at in the first week: “… all the whole Bible… should be read over once every year; ….(to) be stirred up to godliness….., and be more able to exhort others by wholesome doctrine, and to confute them that were adversaries to the truth; and further,… [Continue Reading]
I hope you were blessed by Saturday morning’s readings as much as I was! The next instalment of our Reflections on Morning Prayer encompasses the phrase: “We have come.. to offer him praise and thanksgiving…“ Sometimes we need to be reminded that there are several distinct components to how we express our relationship with God; this phrase encompasses two of them. Firstly we will consider “praise“, when we focus on the “who?” aspects of God, followed by “thanksgiving” when we remember “what has God done for… [Continue Reading]
Having sat down comfortably to receive God’s grace and peace, and reminded ourselves of the importance of using the day God has given us to its full potential, the next Section of our Morning Prayer expresses the reasons why we are coming to God in this way: We have come together as the family of God in our Father’s presence… It may seem strange that, when for the first time in our lives most of us are not able to… [Continue Reading]
What defines the beginning of your day? For many of us it has been that first programme on the radio – possibly the weather forecast – will it be a “nice” day for doing the things we have planned? Or, perhaps, Radio 2 to recharge our energies, through vibrant music. Many of us have listened for years to the Today programme, with it’s in-depth analysis of politics and world issues. Maybe, in the current times, you switch on to Classic FM… [Continue Reading]
Over the next few weeks, I intend to pass on to you the reasons why I feel that this short form of “service” provides an ideal preparation for the start of each day. Let’s start with our opening text: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 1.7 This is Paul’s initial greeting in his letter to the Romans, the book that arguably above all others defines the theology of the Christian Church. I… [Continue Reading]
This message was received from Tearfund and outlines their response to the current coronavirus crisis. To slow the spread of the virus and limit its impact on people living in poverty, we have launched crucial resources to help our teams, church partners and networks to support communities. They contain lifesaving health advice, as well as ways to help people stay calm. These resources have already been translated into four widely spoken languages – with plans for more – and are… [Continue Reading]