Are you a light in the Neighbourhood?
by Suzy Kirkham
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given by Bethan Baker
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Matthew 5:13-16 (NIV)
Salt and light
13 ‘You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.
14 ‘You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
“Posture Is Everything”
by Clive Jennings
If we live our lives with the right posture, the right intention, attitude, or view – then we stand a pretty good chance of our neighbours seeing and experiencing the God-given life that we are living out in the everyday and want them to share “life in all its fullness”.
What has prompted and hastened us to ‘do life’ and share Jesus with our neighbour?
Led by Jess McManus
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Dear God, hear the prayers of our heart. We lift them to you, we give thanks that you hear us. You listen, you help, that you are a good father and you love us. Dear God, hear the prayers of our heart.
Help us to stand up for what is good and right. Lord help us to be salt and light, help us to speak when others cannot. Lord help us when we make mistakes. Show us the ways we have made mistakes Lord, so that we might learn and that we would improve; that we would do better for your glory.
God, we think about all the things that are on our hearts. We especially pray for India as they struggle with coronavirus. Dear God, we lift to you all of those mourning, all of the health care staff that just cannot cope. And we do pray for peace, and we pray for healing, and we just pray that people would know you. Across the world, Lord where there are more lockdowns, we take the time to think and lament what it must feel like again for those people, for those nations.
Dear God, we think about those refugees, who are still waiting to find a home, to find safety. Somehow forgotten. Lord for the uncertainties they face, we again pray that they would know you and they would know peace.
Lord, for our government as for all governments, we pray that you would reign. We pray that the decisions made would be ones with you with the centre Lord. We pray that those Christians in government will be able to be salt and light and stand up for what is right.
Dear God, for our loved ones, for our friends, and our families. Hear the prayers of our hearts. For those dear to us, we give thanks. For those struggling we lift them to you Lord. We will take a moment’s silence as we do that.
Dear God, we give thanks that you hear the prayers of our heart and we can be confident in that. For our loved ones Lord, and for friends and families who are separated, maybe estranged, mourning in their grief. Lord, we lift them to you. We give thanks for them, and we pray your blessing on them.
Dear God, as we enter a new week help us to be your salt and light. Help us to stand up for what is right. Help us to stand up for you. Dear God, thank you that you hear the prayers of our heart. Amen.
And now let’s pray the prayer our father taught 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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