by Russell Herbert and Clive Jennings
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TLG Early Intervention coaching
Emy gives us an update on how coaching has been going this year including an interview with Tim and Wendy Roberts where we find out more about what coaching is like.
given by Kathryn McManus-Jones
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Nehemiah 9:38,10:28-39 (NIV)
The agreement of the people
938 ‘In view of all this, we are making a binding agreement, putting it in writing, and our leaders, our Levites and our priests are affixing their seals to it.’
1028 ‘The rest of the people – priests, Levites, gatekeepers, musicians, temple servants and all who separated themselves from the neighbouring peoples for the sake of the Law of God, together with their wives and all their sons and daughters who are able to understand – 29 all these now join their fellow Israelites the nobles, and bind themselves with a curse and an oath to follow the Law of God given through Moses the servant of God and to obey carefully all the commands, regulations and decrees of the Lord our Lord.
30 ‘We promise not to give our daughters in marriage to the peoples around us or take their daughters for our sons.
31 ‘When the neighbouring peoples bring merchandise or grain to sell on the Sabbath, we will not buy from them on the Sabbath or on any holy day. Every seventh year we will forgo working the land and will cancel all debts.
32 ‘We assume the responsibility for carrying out the commands to give a third of a shekel each year for the service of the house of our God: 33 for the bread set out on the table; for the regular grain offerings and burnt offerings; for the offerings on the Sabbaths, at the New Moon feasts and at the appointed festivals; for the holy offerings; for sin offerings to make atonement for Israel; and for all the duties of the house of our God.
34 ‘We – the priests, the Levites and the people – have cast lots to determine when each of our families is to bring to the house of our God at set times each year a contribution of wood to burn on the altar of the Lord our God, as it is written in the Law.
35 ‘We also assume responsibility for bringing to the house of the Lord each year the firstfruits of our crops and of every fruit tree.
36 ‘As it is also written in the Law, we will bring the firstborn of our sons and of our cattle, of our herds and of our flocks to the house of our God, to the priests ministering there.
37 ‘Moreover, we will bring to the storerooms of the house of our God, to the priests, the first of our ground meal, of our grain offerings, of the fruit of all our trees and of our new wine and olive oil. And we will bring a tithe of our crops to the Levites, for it is the Levites who collect the tithes in all the towns where we work. 38 A priest descended from Aaron is to accompany the Levites when they receive the tithes, and the Levites are to bring a tenth of the tithes up to the house of our God, to the storerooms of the treasury. 39 The people of Israel, including the Levites, are to bring their contributions of grain, new wine and olive oil to the storerooms, where the articles for the sanctuary and for the ministering priests, the gatekeepers and the musicians are also kept.
‘We will not neglect the house of our God.’
by Mike Hill
The eighth in our series looking at Nehemiah.
After the rebuilding of the wall, God’s people had once again started to drift from the agreed covenant commitment. Nehemiah rebukes them and encourages them to return to God.
God’s promise to us isn’t vague or empty but a solemn and binding undertaking to love, guide, protect and provide for us. What commitment are we prepared to make?
Led by James Covey-Crump
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Let us pray.
Father God as we come to the end of this series, we ask that you bring to mind the ways in which we can serve you and those around us. Let us not be shy from making a commitment, keeping true to you.
Father, we pray for those affected by the recent flooding in mainland Europe, in particular for Germany and Belgium. We pray for the rescue teams, and for those reinstating the infrastructure, the telephone lines, power, and roads, to help those teams. We pray for those who have lost their possessions, the things they need for day-to-day living. But most of all, we pray for those who have lost loved ones, and those awaiting news about the missing. May they be comforted, give them strength and hope.
We thank you father for the effect the vaccines are having in controlling the hospitalisations arising from the pandemic. As we enter a new stage, and exit from many of the restrictions, we ask for your guidance in helping those with fears about physically socialising. We ask for patience, consideration and understanding for others as we all make the readjustment to our routines. May we be a good example to others, reflecting you.
We pray for wisdom to know how to handle intolerance and bullying, in whatever form that takes. Help us to be all inclusive, recognising people for what skills they have, appreciating the differences, and not drawing unfounded conclusions. Help us see what really matters. Father, help us to consider opinions different from our own, with respect and in the light of your teaching. As Jesus did, help us to love those hard to love. Lead us to understand more of them, rather than rejecting them.
As the world comes to terms with the financial cost of the pandemic, we ask Father that you guide us in how we support others. As many countries look inwards to caring for their own immediate needs, we ask that you keep us mindful not to forget those less privileged elsewhere. As your people give us the power to reverse the impact COVID-19 has had on the battle against poverty. Give strength and encouragement to those who volunteer in tackling this, may their work prove fruitful.
We say together the Lord’s Prayer.
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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