Mon 18th to Sun 24th June

 

On Father’s Day we read the words of wisdom from this passage of scripture, and we can see the benefits of this wisdom.  Solomon was writing this to teach people how to live as God intended them to live, in harmony with His will and in step with a right relationship with God.  If we aim to live our lives like this then we will be truly blessed.  But reading the words and putting them into practice are two very different things!  Although we know that God still speaks to us today through the  Holy scriptures, we are but human and we all make mistakes. We live in a fallen world and there are many distractions that may pull us away from God’s Truth.

So, what are we to do? Well, it is all there in the “words” God clearly says -we are to remember His teaching, keep His commands, live in love and faithfulness and to honour Him by putting Him first.  We are to trust in the Lord with all our heart and lean not on our own understanding – and He will make our paths straight.

God has provided a way for us to come back to Him and to be forgiven, through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.  Proverbs point to Jesus Christ as Christ is the “power of God and the wisdom of God” (1 Corinthians 1:24)

Jesus said, “anyone who has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:9) - if we come to know the Lord Jesus Christ, then we come to know God, so let’s desire to seek Him, to pray to Him, and to get to know Him more and more, day by day.                                                                                                               Sheila

 


 

SATURDAY 23rd

· Please pray that we will seek God in every situation.

· Please pray for our young people as they JOY at Lawford tonight.

· For All Saints, Gt Holland - for strength in mind, body and spirit as they have suffered some ill health and difficult times within the congregation.

 

 SUNDAY 24th

· Please pray for words of wisdom in our daily conversations.

· Pray for fellowship, fun and safety at activities afternoon out - that we’ll get to know each other better, & meet people from other local churches

· Continue to pray tenaciously for a new vicar!!!

 

 

Mon 25th June to Sun 1st July 2018

 

Thought for the Week

On Sunday we thought about how spiritual growth can be compared to how we deal with overeating (bear with me here..!). How do we deal with a problem like overeating? (1) give in to our own desires - ignore the consequences; (2) put ourselves on a diet - strictly control what we eat and bring ourselves back into line. Plenty of people take the first option - but the second option doesn't seem to have much success either! Many people have tried and failed to diet. Willpower is often just not strong enough.

Many people think about dealing with sin in this way: some people take the first option and give in to sin. Paul warns that those who indulge in sin "will not inherit the kingdom of God" (v21). Indulging in sin is bad for us, bad for others, and destroys our relationship with God. So, should we take the second option and impose rules on ourselves? Again, no: "you, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free" (v13). We cannot rely on the law to make us right with God. And willpower often isn't strong enough to resist sin. This is not to say that the law is bad - but rather, laws can never go deep enough. Are we without hope?

Fortunately - there is a 'third way': the Holy Spirit. "So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh" (v16). The Spirit can transform us from the inside out. The Spirit can transform us from people who avoid sin out of fear to loving God and loving others without fear. The Spirit can touch and change our deepest desires and longings. God can write his laws on our hearts, as Jeremiah says: "I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts" (Jer 31:33). This week, rather than indulging in sin or imposing laws on ourselves, let's ask God to help us live in his ways of love, depending not on our own strength but the power of the Spirit.                                                               Phill

      

 MONDAY 25th

· "Do not use your freedom to indulge" - pray that God would help us not indulge our desires today but that he would transform them.

· Please pray for those struggling with bereavement at the moment.

· For Mark & Ruth ministering at Betel in Birmingham - for joy & perseverance.

  

TUESDAY 26th

· "Serve one another humbly in love" - pray that God would enable us to be servant hearted toward each other today.

· Pray for Stewsdays - for the preparers and servers and for good fellowship.

· Pray for Hannah and the teenagers that attend j10.

 

WEDNESDAY 27th

·           "If you bite and devour each other" - ask God to help us not bear bitterness or jealousy towards each other.

· Pray for Shirley Kelly’s family as they attend the funeral in Bedford and for local people as we attend her Thanksgiving service in St. John’s.

· Please pray for a Great Awakening in the hearts of folk in our parish.

 

THURSDAY 28th

·           "If you are led by the Spirit" - pray for the Spirit to lead us in what is             right and loving today.

· Please pray for the Together fun day today - for fun and good fellowship.

· Persecuted Church:  Kazakhstan - for comfort and strength for those who have been beaten and imprisoned for leaving Islam for Christianity

 

 FRIDAY 29th

· "Those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God" - pray for those outside the kingdom to see their need to turn and repent.

· For those who attend Frydays - for hearts to be opened to God’s love.

· Pray for our work in the Legerton Dr area - for open hearts and ears..

 

SATURDAY 30th

·           "The fruit of the Spirit is love..." - look through the list of fruit and ask           God to help you bear each one more in your own life.

· Pray for Alan & Bernadette Goody at their Renewal of Vows today.

· Local churches: St. Bart’s - Holland - Pray  their new monthly family service will attract more young families and encourage the congregation.

 

SUNDAY 1st July

· "Let us not become conceited" - let's give thanks to God for all his work in us and pray we would have humble hearts this day.

· Pray for the Fuller family as Owen is baptised in St John’s today.

· Please continue to pray for a new vicar - as interview day looms!

 

Mon 2nd to Sun 8th July

 

Thought for the Week  

This Sunday we were looking at Ephesians 4:1-16; spiritual growth is through the church. 

The passage emphasises our unity:-   

There is one body and one Spirit,  just as you were called to one hope when you were called;  one Lord, one faith,   one  baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. (v.4)

Spiritual growth comes through being linked in Jesus Christ and to each other:-

From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting

ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. (v.16)

We are all a part and have a part to play.  As we read God’s word and listen to sermons we are being built up and equipped for works of service, to build each other up and to reach out in mission to the world around us. 

Someone has said “We will never change the world by going to church – we will only change the world by being the church.”  We are called to be the church and to be changed by God’s word – to worship him and enjoy him forever, to give our lives in service and to grow.                                          Robin


 

SUNDAY 8th

·     Am I properly linked and subject to Jesus Christ as my head?  Is Jesus Lord of my life?

·           Pray for Phill as he prepares for Legerton Drive this afternoon - pray for new families to attend.

· Pray for patience and trust as we wait for news about a new Vicar.

 


Mon 9th July to Sun 15th July 2018


Thought for the Week     Spiritual Growth is through the Lord's Supper



If I had done a survey a few weeks ago about how we grow as Christians, I wonder how many of you would have said "The Lord's Supper". We all know that communion is something important in the Christian life - but is it really a means of growth? Recently I read a book which talked about the Supper under 3 headings: Remembrance, Communion, and Hope.  Let's briefly consider each.


"He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.’" (Luke 22:19)  These words are said at every communion service. We remember Christ's sacrifice, how much it cost him to save us. We are forgetful and need regular reminding!


In our reading on Sunday we read the words: "Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ?" (1 Cor 10:16).  The word 'participation' is translated elsewhere 'fellowship'. Because we’re united to Christ by faith, when we eat the bread and drink the wine we enjoy true communion (or fellowship) with Him. It’s a mystery, and yet through the ages the church has recognised it is true. The Book of Common Prayer says that in communion, "we spiritually eat the flesh of Christ, and drink his blood; then we dwell in Christ, and Christ in us; we are one with Christ, and Christ with us". 


Thirdly, we "proclaim the Lord's death until he comes" - we remind ourselves of the great hope that we have. As Jesus said at the Last Supper, "For I tell you I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes" (Luke 22:18). These three aspects of communion - remembrance for what is past, communion with Christ in the present, and hope for the future, reorient our lives and help us to grow up in our salvation.                            Phill



 MONDAY 9th


· "Flee idolatry": We can’t serve God and idols. Which ones must we turn from?


· Please  pray for those who organise and run Bethany.


· Please continue to pray for Betel centres all over the world that they will see many men and women set free from the addictive power of drugs.


 


 TUESDAY 10th


· "We, who are many, are one body" - give thanks for the body of Christ, the church, and ask that we play our part in it today.


· Pray for the behind the scenes organisation of Holiday Club already started.


· Pray for Hannah as the summer holidays loom and Schools visit St. John’s.


 


WEDNESDAY 11th


·           "Are we trying to arouse the Lord's jealousy?" - pray that we would              seek to please only the Lord today.


· Pray for the Storey family at the Baptism of Grayson in St. John’s today.


· Please pray for a Great Awakening in the hearts of folk in our parish.


 


THURSDAY 12th



·           "Do you despise the church of God by humiliating those who have


       nothing" - pray for a generous spirit today.


· Please pray for the Sanders family as they attend the funeral of Betty at Weeley Crematorium. (MM)



· Persecuted Church:  Kenya - For healing for those traumatised by violent attacks and for protection for Christians against further attacks..


 


FRIDAY 13th


· "We proclaim the Lord's death until he comes" - pray that we may earnestly seek the coming Kingdom of God.


· Pray for the families of Little Fishes,  Friday Stars and Y’s today - the last before they break for summer.


· Continue to pray for our work at Legerton Dr - for open hearts and ears.


 


SATURDAY 14th


·           "Everyone ought to examine themselves" - pray that God would give us    a right view of ourselves.


· Pray for those attending Essex & East London partnership meeting at All Saints Fordham today.


· Local churches: St. Peter & St. Paul, St. Osyth - yrs 3 & 4 from Church School are drawn closer to God as they meet at a weekly Lunch Group


 


SUNDAY 15th


· "Condemned with the world" - pray for anyone you know who does not know the Lord Jesus and faces his condemnation.


· Pray for two families as Jackson and George have a thanksgiving service in St. Mark’s Church today.


· Please continue to pray for our appointment of a new vicar.


 


Mon 16th July to Sun 22nd July


 


Thought for the Week      Spiritual Growth is through the Cross


We live in a world where everyone wants to be affirmed. You may have seen the news recently about the government's plans to ban so-called "conversion therapy", that is therapy to try and change someone's homosexual desires. What I found telling in people's reaction was the total rejection of the idea that there might be anything about us which is wrong. It seems we no longer believe there is anything about us which is wrong - in fact, society believes that the only way to deal with just about anything is with affirmation. We see this from the very youngest in our society, schoolchildren must be affirmed all the time. The idea of sin is very old-fashioned and, so they say, outdated.


But Jesus, says: "Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me." Jesus is clear that following him means self-denial: we are not simply to do whatever we want, or to be affirmed in whatever we want. We want the wrong things, we must submit all our desires to Christ. We must "take up our cross" - Jesus was not joking. He knew the kind of death he was going to die, and he tells us to follow him there. Not that we need to literally die as he did, but that our sinful selves must be crucified with him. As Paul says: "I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me" (Gals 2:20) 


But - as we submit more to Christ, we discover true life. Christ's resurrection only happened after his crucifixion - so it is with us. The irony of the gospel is that it’s only when we lay down our lives that we discover true life in Christ - "life to the full" (John 10:10), eternal life. Luther talked about the difference between 'theologians of the cross' or 'theologians of glory' - we’re one or the other: either we desire worldly fame, pleasure, success, etc - or we desire the cross and the life that lies beyond. It can't be both. Which is it for us?     Phill                                                                








  


MONDAY 16th


· "Deny themselves" - pray God would give us a desire to deny our sinful selves.


· Pray for the home of Stan & Mary as they host prayer time.


· Pray for war and suffering in war torn countries to end.


TUESDAY  17th


· "Take up their cross": we should put to death our sin. Pray for God's help.


· Please pray for Holiday Club preparations.


· Please pray for the schools/children receiving holiday club invites.


 WEDNESDAY 18th


·           "Whoever wants to save their life will lose it" - pray that God would keep us from worldliness and allow him in to every area of our lives.


· Pray as Great Clacton Jnr’s yrs 3/4/5 as they attend St. John’s Church.


· Great awakening: let’s pray for the families who will be dropping their children off to holiday club next week.


THURSDAY  19th


·    "Whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it" - give      thanks that when we lay down our lives God gives us true life.


· Pray as Great Clacton Jnr’s yr 6 as they attend St. John’s Church


· Persecuted Church: Central African Republic - that persecuted believers will know God’s faithfulness, peace and provision.


FRIDAY 20th


·   "What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their      soul?" - pray for those who are rich in worldly terms yet spiritually poor.


·     Pray as St John’s is transformed for Hol Club - for enthusiastic helpers.


· Pray for those in the Legerton Drive area to have a renewed interest.


SATURDAY 21st


·           "If anyone is ashamed of me" - pray that we would not be ashamed to        proclaim Christ today.


· Please pray for safety in setting up for Holiday club .


· Local Churches: All Saints & St. George, Walton for development of a new Bible study and for the ministry of music.


SUNDAY 22nd


·     "When he comes in his Father's glory" - pray that we would look for      ward and be ready for Christ's return.


·           Please pray for good relationships to be forged this week with children      and adults alike as they attend holiday club.


Pray for energy for holiday club leaders & open ears for the children