DAY 2: Friday 20 March PRAYER
Morning all – Trust you are all adjusting to self-imposed isolation regime – look forward to all the gardening, decorating and DIY that will be undertaken in the next 12 weeks! One piece of news that encouraged me is that air pollution in New York, Paris, Milan is down more than 50% in less than a month (we may yet see Greta Thunberg smiling!). But what can we do especially if we are living on our own – remember that we’re not on our own, God is with us. So why not have a chat with Him – He’s always near us and listening. Being alone and secluded can actually be good for us as Jesus said -
Matthew 6:6 - Here's what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won't be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace.
I received several replies following yesterday’s email offering ideas and thoughts for sharing with each of us.
Hazel sent the following -
A friend of mine, June Roberts, who worships at Erdington URC has suggested that as many people as possible join together in prayer twice a day, or once if that’s all that can be managed. The time slots that we are doing are 8am and 8pm every day. The idea is that at these times we know that we are all united in prayer for the current situation.
Linda Lord replied -
Thank you so much for these thoughts, it is so good to keep in touch. The Tim Vine Joke Appreciation Group that Karen introduced me to, brings laughs every day, if others have Facebook it will brighten their isolation. Phoning each other is uplifting and I have decided to send notelets to folk as everyone likes to receive post.
God bless you. Linda
You may recall I introduced the 20-20-20 prayer initiative at the beginning of this year. Christians across the nation are encouraged to pray for 20 minutes at 20:20 (8:20pm) on the 20th of every month. Today is the 20th March. HOPE Together UK and Evangelical Alliance could not have known when they launched the initiative where this nation would be just weeks later.
National Day of Prayer and Action
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York, along with fellow bishops and other church leaders, are calling for a National Day of Prayer and Action this coming Mothering Sunday (March 22).
‘Light a candle at 7pm and put it in your window; ring someone who is isolated and vulnerable; buy an extra item and place it in your local food bank; keep your night shelters open.
‘We have a stronghold and refuge, we do not depend on ourselves alone, for God keeps us so that as the Shepherd song ends: ‘Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me, all the days of my life.’
Now is that just amazing that the verse from Psalm 23 should be quoted less than a week after Ciaran spoke on this very Psalm last Sunday morning at the Chapel. If you missed the service last Sunday or would just like to listen to it again, click here >> http://falconlodgechapel.sermon.net/main/main/21550437