Our theme at this time is wonder, and in the Old Testament there are many references to the wonderful things that God has done.
Psalm 40 has the psalmist cry out to God:
“Many, Lord my God,
are the wonders you have done,
the things you planned for us.
None can compare with you;
were I to speak and tell of your deeds,
they would be too many to declare.
Sacrifice and offering you did not desire—
but my ears you have opened
burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not require.
Then I said, “Here I am, I have come—
it is written about me in the scroll
I desire to do your will, my God;
your law is within my heart.”
I proclaim your saving acts in the great assembly;
I do not seal my lips, Lord,
as you know.
I do not hide your righteousness in my heart;
I speak of your faithfulness and your saving help.”
Lord, today is a new day, stretched out ahead of us, free at this moment from mistakes and missteps
Today let us be Your wonderful creation,
Let us be Your child
Full of gladness, our hearts turning to Your heart
Speaking of Your faithfulness
Let us hold up our hands in love to receive more from Your open treasury
And give it with love doubled and burnished by Your hand to those around us
Let us be open to wonder
Let us be filled with Your wonderful Spirit
Our hearts, our eyes, our hands
Proclaim Your saving acts to everyone
That You should so love us that Your plan was our salvation
Is almost too much to understand
Today, let us live by that wonderful truth
That You should Father us, in perfect love
That You created us to be loved and give love in equal measure
Is so wonderful we fail to grasp it and act with spite and anger
Today, show us that wonderful love again
And make us whole
As dawn breaks, and the day stretches ahead of us,
Make it by Your tender hand
A day of rejoicing in Your righteousness
A day of speaking of Your faithfulness
A day of doing Your will
A day of loving as You love us
Our prayers as a church:
God is good
All the time
All the time
God is good
Our Prayers for those we have lost
We remember in our prayers the souls gathered home to You, loving Father.
“Thou with Christ and Christ with me
And so together still are we.
We give them back to You,
dear Lord, who gave them to us.
Yet as You do not lose them in giving
So we have not lost them by their return
Not as the world gives do You give
O Lover of Souls.
What You gave You do not take away
For what is ours is ours always, if we are Yours
And life is eternal, and love is immortal, and death is only an horizon
And an horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight
Lift us, Strong Son of God, that we may see farther.”
We continue to lift in love our dear church friends, who have died, and who gave so much to the church and to the community of Hinchley Wood. We remember their sense of humour and down-to-earth practicality. They were a huge asset to our church and are deeply missed.
Prayer Resources for your consideration:
“The call to Christian mission begins, continues and ends with prayer – ‘unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labour in vain’ (Psalm 127:1). Prayer leads to godly action, and growth in humble confidence to share afresh the love and saving power of Jesus Christ, both being good news and proclaiming good news. The fruit of prayer and godly action is a healthy, vibrant church in which lives are transformed and communities are enriched.” The Diocese of Guildford
There are a number of prayer resources online available for us all to use. Amongst them are: