Monday 13th – Sunday 19th January 2020
Two weeks ago Robin preached on this - it gives our “thought” for this new year…
Exodus 40:33-38 “Moses finished the work. Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. Moses could not enter the tent of meeting because the cloud had settled on it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.”
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· The Word became flesh and made his dwelling (tabernacle)among us (John 1:14). Thank God for Jesus coming to dwell among us. “Lord Jesus, may your presence fill our lives throughout this coming year.”
· Pray for Little Fishes as they meet today - for new families to come.
· Pray for the Legerton Drive area - for a breakthrough here this year.
· We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. “Father, may we reverence Christ as Lord in our hearts and may He be lifted up amongst us.”
· Pray for good working relationships with other local churches.
· Pray for each other for this year - that we may come to a fuller understanding of grace and truth. “God our Father, may all our dealings with other people be characterised by grace and truth, full of the life and light of Jesus Christ.”
· Pray for our Sunday groups for our children & young people this year.
· Pray for Family Sunday School at St John’s today (4pm) & Phill leading it.
THROUGHOUT THIS WEEK please pray for the important decisions that we need to make about our buildings this year - pray for real wisdom.
Mon 20th to Sun 26th January
Thought for the week - The Refugee.
We hear quite a lot about refugees at the moment – people fleeing from one country to another, often over long distances and by hazardous means – to escape violence, or poverty, or persecution, or lack of
prospects. Sometimes refugees are called economic migrants, but most are travelling from awful situations to what they hope will be a place of safety and security, if not prosperity as well. It must be a difficult journey to make – but often a very necessary one.
Our reading in Matthew Ch 2 reminds us that Jesus, as a very young child, became a refugee. An angel appeared to Joseph – the angels were kept busy around the time of Jesus’ birth! – and told him to flee, with Jesus and Mary, from the coming wrath of Herod (2 v 13). And the place they were to go was Egypt. Egypt as a place of safety may seem strange to us today; to the Jews it would almost have been the last place to go. The biggest event in their history was the escape from Pharaoh, out of Egypt, (2 v 15), to be refugees, if you like, in the wilderness. But God sends his Son, out of Bethlehem, out of the promised land, out of Herod’s way, to find a place of safety in Egypt.
Let’s pray this week for all those who are looking for a safe place to live. Ruth
· Pray for safety for all refugees as they travel.
· Please pray for the family of Dorothy Mann as they attend her funeral today at Burrs Road Cemetery (MM).
· Our Mission Links: Please continue to pray for Nick Brewerton as he helps prepare for the student mission in Manchester next month.
· Thank God that he planned the escape for Jesus.
· Please pray for our buildings - that we will have the resources we need to keep them in good repair and that we’ll use them wisely for God’s work.
· Please pray for Hannah as she is away for a few days at a Women in Ministry Conference. Pray for learning, encouragement and rest.
· Pray for all agencies helping to resettle refugees.
· Please pray for all who lead and preach in our Sunday services - they are meeting this evening to discuss and plan for the coming months.
· Pray for a Great Awakening in Great Clacton in the year ahead.
· Pray for all those stuck in transit camps.
· Pray for the family and friends of Daphne Bruce as they attend her funeral in St. John’s Church followed by the Crematorium (MM).
· Persecuted Church: Northern Nigeria - Many of us took little booklets a few months ago to pray for the suffering Christian women and girls of Northern Nigeria - please continue to pray for them.
· Ask God to protect refuges suffering violence.
· Please pray for all who work in our church office - especially today, when things are at their busiest.
· Please pray for the Legerton Drive area - for opportunities to arise in the year ahead - and for the resources and strength to take them.
· Pray for governments to co-operate in helping with refugees.
· Please pray for our Coffee Morning (9.30-11.30) this morning - for Steph and the team as they welcome many visitors into the hall.
· Local churches: pray for Rachel as she works with children and young people at St Paul’s.
· Remember in prayer all those Christians worshipping in Egypt today.
· Pray for Guy and his family - he’ll be taking the 4pm Communion today.
· Pray for God to supply our needs on our staff team.
Mon 27th to Sun 2nd February
Thought for the Week Isaiah 40:1-11 & Mark 1:1-4
Visions of Christmas: The End of the
Isaiah 40 v.3 & vs.10-11 - A voice of one calling: “In the wilderness prepare the way for the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.”
See, the Sovereign Lord comes with power, …… He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.
John the Baptist was the one who prepared God’s people for Jesus. This prophecy from Isaiah is fulfilled by Jesus. Jesus is the shepherd who gathers His flock, Jesus is the one who ends the exile. Jesus is the one who truly and completely leads us home. On the cross Jesus experienced exile from His Father in heaven for us – He bore the judgement of sin that we deserve, tackling the root of the problem of human sin and divine judgement. He has opened the way for us to come home – to the presence of God in a restored Eden. Robin
· In the wilderness prepare the way for the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Pray that each one of us may make sure we are ready for the Lord. “Let every heart prepare a throne, and every voice a song.”
· Please pray for recently bereaved families and for Bethany today.
· Please pray for Gift and Kathryn’s work in Uganda - one thing that they are involved in at the moment is marriage preparation for couples from their local church.
· In the wilderness prepare the way for the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Pray for all the roads in Great Clacton where we delivered Christmas invitations – pray for a way for the Lord in people’s hearts. “He comes, the prisoners to release, In Satan's bondage held; The gates of brass before him burst, The iron fetters yield.”
· Pray for Lorraine Cobbold’s Family as they attend her funeral in St. John’s Church today and for Robin as he takes the funeral.
· Pray for Hannah as she works closely with our local schools - pray that the children would show real interest as she explains the bible’s message.
· Ecclesiastes 3:11: the Lord has “set eternity in the human heart” – pray that the Lord calls many to come home. “Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee.”
· Pray for Valerie Rose’s family as they attend her funeral at Weeley.
· A Great Awakening in Great Clacton - pray for friends and neighbours.
· He tends his flock like a shepherd. Pray for any who are not well or are in need of comfort - commend them into the care of the good shepherd. “He comes, the broken heart to bind, The wounded soul to cure, And with the treasures of his grace, To enrich the humble poor.”
· Pray for Together Again this morning - for a good congregation.
· Persecuted Church: Yemen - leaving Islam is forbidden in Yemen - those deciding to follow Jesus can face the death penalty. Pray for protection.
· He tends his flock like a shepherd: he gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart. Pray today for children in Little Fishes, Friday Club and Searchlights - for their families - and the leaders too.
· Pray for Clive and the team as they welcome guests into Frydays Café.
· Pray for Roni from CAP as she works with people in debt in our town.
SATURDAY 1st February
·The Word... made his dwelling among us. Thank Jesus for coming among us - may his presence fill our lives and prepare us for eternity. “I thank thee that all our joy is touched with pain, that shadows fall on brightest hours, that thorns remain, so that earth’s bliss may be our guide, not our chain.”
· Pray for the Film Night at St Mark’s - for lots of guests and for a fun time.
· Local churches: Pray for Little Clacton, without a Vicar at the moment.
·Pray that we look forward to the day that we come home to God in a renewed Eden. “Our glad hosannas, Prince of Peace, thy welcome shall proclaim; And heaven's eternal arches ring With thy beloved name.”
· Pray for Hannah as she organises our Tea Time Church this afternoon.
· Continue to pray tenaciously for the Associate Minister post.