Mon 20th – Sun 26th Nov
Thought for the week
“How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy we have in the presence of our God because of you?” (1 Thess 3:9)
This was part of our reading on Sunday. One of the overriding things which comes across in this passage is Paul’s great love for the Thessalonian believers. Paul’s deepest love and desire is to see the Thessalonians come to faith and grow in their faith. This is a challenge for us. Do we see the gospel and church as a purely academic thing, or does it flow from our hearts? Do we come to church looking for what we can get, or do we come looking for what we can give? When we truly understand what it means to be forgiven, we cannot help but be transformed.
It’s also helpful to think that the more we love people, the more we will want to see them come to the Lord Jesus and grow in their relationship with him. If we truly love others, we will want to share with them that wonderful good news of God’s grace. This week, why don’t we try to bring the gospel into each one of our conversations - let’s pray that God would help us to speak His words - to each other, within the church, and to those who are still outside.
“May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you. May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones.” (1 Thess 3:12-13) Phill
· Is there anyone you long to see but circumstances prevent? Pray for them
· Please pray for Mark taking a church school assembly this morning.
· Continue to pray for the work of WEC, spreading the Good News to those who haven’t heard it. Let’s remember those who visited a few weeks ago.
· Give thanks to the Lord for your brothers and sisters in Christ, and ask that He would help you to find joy in them.
· Anita looks after the office on Tues - pray for her as she answers inquiries.
· Pray for headteachers in our local schools, with all their responsibilities.
· Who can we strengthen and encourage in faith today? Pray for the right opportunity to speak to them.
· Our music group practise every Wed afternoon - give thanks for them.
· Continue to pray for a Great awakening in Great Clacton.
· Pray for anyone you know today who is undergoing trials in their faith.
· Give thanks for the team that set up for Little Fishes every Thursday.
· In Afghanistan becoming a Christian can result in being killed. Pray for a change in attitudes towards believers and for more religious freedom.
· Pray for us all to stand firm in our faith today, and to resist the pressure to conform to the world.
· For Ann-Marie and Catherine in the office... with the Fri afternoon rush!
· For Phill as he plans the Legerton Drive carol singing and Carol Service.
· Pray that the Lord would make our love
increase for each other and for others this day.
· Pray for lots of guests at the Christmas Coffee Morning today.
· St Michael’s Kirby face some expensive building issues: pray for wisdom
· Ask the Lord that we
would be ‘blameless and holy’ on the day when the
Lord Jesus returns, & pray for many to come to Christ before then.
· Pray for Esme (and family) - it’s her baptism this morning at St John’s.
· New Vicar Prayer: the PCC meet on Wed to select the Parish Reps.