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Friday Prayers 27 February 2015

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Partakers Friday Prayers!

27th February 2015

We pray together and when Christians pray together, from different nations, different churches and different denominations – that reveals Church unity! Come! Let us pray together!

Prayer of Abandonment – Thomas Merton

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 that 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 I will 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.
Amen

From Thoughts In Solitude by Thomas Merton

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Way of Wisdom – 25 February 2015

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Way of Wisdom

with Regina Sanders

Perspective and Praise


Welcome to The Way of Wisdom. I am Regina Sanders your host and I am so honored that you have decided to be with me today. Today’s Scripture comes from Revelation 5:11, “I heard the voice of many angels around the throne and the living creatures and the elders; and the number of them was myriads of myriads, and thousands of thousands.”


As The New York Times recently concluded, we live in “the age of big data.” This reflects the growing capacity and speed of computers and the growing importance of the internet. Data now is exploding, more than doubling every two years. In his recent book on big data, Christopher Surdak explains that the world’s yearly data traffic will reach 1.3 zettabytes by the year 2016. (“If a zettabyte of data was burned onto data CDs, the resulting stack of CDs would be 4.1 million kilometers high.”)


Today, computers “talk” to each other, exchanging information. This (theoretically) can make life easier and better, but also raises serious concerns about privacy. More about our lives can be known, and possibly misused. When overwhelmed with these statistics, believers should remember that we serve a God who is much bigger than any computer or data. We see His bigness in Revelation where we see a picture of the vastness of Heaven and a great celebration. How many were there? “Myriads of myriads, and thousands of thousands.” As far as John’s eye could see, there were living creatures and angels.


This provides important perspectives for our lives. First, when we praise God, we are adding our voice to this myriad of myriads. We also need to realize that all of these people went through the struggles of life. They clearly realize that God is greater than any person, organization, or computer. He alone is worthy of praise. This vastness reminds us that God already knows everything about our lives. Even better, He loves us, and we can trust Him.


Today, praise and worship God the Father, and give Him thanks. Praise and worship Jesus, for He is worthy. Join the vast throngs of Heaven. Right now!


Please pray with me this Prayer: Father, I praise and worship You. Thank You that You know everything about my life. Help me to be pleasing in Your sight. I trust You! In Jesus name.
Amen.


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Rural Church – End times or change?

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IMG_0386You may be wondering what has changed over the last four decades given the nature of my previous post on the church where I grew up….

The pews are mostly gone, replaced by chairs. This happened in the early 1990’s. The logic went thus – small church, small population, small amounts of money. We have to attract in money from outside. Fetes are hard work, and don’t produce enough. So let’s make a flexible performance space and hold concerts, deliberately aimed far wider than the parish. As far as I can tell (this was my last regular contact) this has worked a treat. I do hear from time time of people who know the church because they have been to concerts there.

The lighting has been changed, and the heating updated. Alleluia. It looks fab. It meant grants left right and centre for the work, and was a lot of…

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Rural Church – End Times?

Rev'd Claire

A visit home, a Germinate conference, and several publications have me thinking once again, but this time for a different perspective about rural church. I want to think about the deeply ‘incarnational’ nature of rural faith. What I mean by that is that Faith doesn’t get talked about much, other than in terms of practicaties. But then again, nor does gardening, building a wall, baking a cake….

Looking back lack at the congregation where I grew up, from a vicar’s perspective, it was a bit of a disaster. About 15 in the congregation on a good day. Everyone in the same pews week in week out. BCP. 1st Sunday Evensong, 2nd Sunday Matins, 3rd Sunday Holy Communion, 4th (& 5th) MatiIMG_0386ns. Children’s work on a separate evening during Lent and Advent, provided there were enough children. (There was always me at the children’s stuff, generally 2 others, sometimes more)…

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Alphy and the Lord’s Prayer!

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What’s It All About, Alphy?

Alphy the WOWChurch Cat has a new book out! Alphy the WOWChurch Cat is on an adventure! In this book, his adventures take Alphy to explore the Lord’s Prayer – perhaps the most misunderstood prayer of all!! What will he find? You will have to read to find out! Come and discover with him!Check the preview video out and the Amazon links…

40 pages. Fully illustrated. UK Price is £4.99 and USA price is $9.99! Every purchase helps me out and I also put a percentage to good causes close to my heart !

Purchase at Amazon UK – Purchase at Amazon USA – Purchase at CreateSpace USA

Let me know what you think!

Alphy!

 

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