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Today Reverend Suzy brings “The Art of Neighbouring” series to a close, reminding us that in order to effectively love our neighbours we must have boundaries, focus, and the ability to forgive.
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Romans 12:14-21 (NIV)
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.
17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord. 20 On the contrary:
‘If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.’
21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
“Living Effectively as a United Community”
by Suzy Kirkham
One of the things that makes loving our neighbour’s so tricky is the fact that they are people. It’s one thing to love humanity in general, but quite another to love people. People are challenging to say the least. Paul’s letters have a common thread: conflict among people, and conflict among the Christian communities he is writing to.
Led by Carolyn Waite
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Lord, we are at the end of our series on being good neighbours. I ask that you will show us how to love our neighbours and lead us into a closer relationship with them and that we are able to be your hands, feet, eyes and ears and to show your loving heart. I pray that our neighbours will come to know you Lord through our actions and that we are able to truly love our neighbours
I would like to have a time of silence, to give us all the opportunity to pray for our neighbours and those that are on our hearts to come to know and love you.
Lord forgive us for the many times we have not taken the opportunity to show your love to others and I pray that in your forgiveness you will strengthen us to show and share your love.
Come Holy Spirit, our hearts cry out for more of you.
Lord in a world full of brokenness, show us how to use our gifts to repair and restore.
Spirit of peace, fall on places of conflict around the world, especially on Palestine Israel and Myanmar. Heal divisions and hurts. We pray for the governments of these countries and those that are involved in bringing together peace talks and negotiations. We pray for all the families that have lost friends and family members in the recent ongoing conflict and bring together families torn apart by war.
Spirit of justice, anoint decision-makers with wisdom, to bring about systemic change and truth, where cycles of poverty and bias have taken root.
Come Holy Spirit, take control, show us how we can build back better, unite, bless others and renew.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
We share in the prayer Jesus has given us:
The Lords Prayer
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and forever. Amen.
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