Friday 18th June
The sacrifice of God is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. (Psalm 51:17)
King David – one of God’s faithful servants – had committed adultery with Bathsheba. (we all get things wrong.) The prophet Nathan had torn a strip off him! David pleads before God that his transgressions be washed away, and that he be cleansed. “Give me again the joy of your salvation,” he cries in another part of the psalm. Then he speaks these seemingly strange words. This does not mean that God wants a crushed spirit; he does not want us to be broken people. What he wants is for each of us to recognise within ourselves the things that separate us from God, the wrong actions, the wrong thoughts. He wants us to reach a point where we genuinely want to stop doing what is wrong, and seek his help. God is pleased with that kind of humility (brokenness) in us. “Deliver me from my guilt, O God, the God of my salvation, and my tongue shall sing of your righteousness.” (v.14)
At the APCM's I said that we needed "people and prayer" if we are going to grow in our mission and flourish. Here's the prayer time: just four weeks, on a Monday morning, 9:45, in the Mission Church (Sandhurst) for 45 minutes. Now all that is needed is people to come together to pray and discern God's guidance for us. Is that you? Can you spare that bit of time for the next four weeks? (21st & 28th June, 5th & 12th July.) Let's find out where and how God wants to lead us. Revd David
If you come into church for private prayer please remember: "Hands. Face. Space......and no "mingling"!
Please hand sanitise on entry and exit. Wear a face covering. And maintain 2m social distancing from others not in your household or social bubble at all times....even after the service as you leave....."No mingling!"
And, please, you MUST NOT come to church if you have Covid-19 symptoms, or have been told to self-isolate.
We follow the guidelines issued by the Church of England. If you wish to read these in full, they are available here.
There are prayer resources available as you come into church. (Please take them away with you when you leave if you use them.) If you wish to read some scripture when you come to church for private prayer, please bring your Bible with you.
Keep safe. Keep well. Keep praying. And God bless you.
RESOURCES for prayer, bible reading and reflection
Direction Finder : TN17 4DL
“Services” and Prayer:
Please make use of the beautiful quiet space in St. George's Church any day for individual private prayer; prayer resources are available. If there is something particular you would like prayer for, please send me an email or give me a call.
Services:Services, in church, are as follows: (The 10 o'clock Sunday service is recorded and available here once edited.)13th June: 10am St. Nicholas - service link20th June: 8am St. Nicholas, 10am St. George's27th June: 8am St. George's, 10am St. NicholasMid-week Communion: 10am, Tuesday, Mission ChurchMorning Prayer takes place at 8am on Mon, Tues, Wed and Friday.(Tuesday and Wednesday it is from the Mission Church; Monday and Friday are from St. George's.)It is currently being live-streamed on Zoom. If you would like to join me "remotely", follow this link:
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength . . . Love your neighbour as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:30-31)
Now is still a time to care for your neighbour. Please, pick up the phone, speak to them. We are a strong community, a caring community. Together we are getting through this.
Finally, I encourage you to use these prayers when you get up and when you go to bed:
A prayer in the morning:
Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your disciples, ‘I am with you always’. Be with me today, as I offer myself to you. Hear my prayers for others and for myself, and keep me in your care. Amen.
A prayer in the evening:
God our Father, by whose mercy the world turns safely into darkness and returns again to light,:we place in your hands our unfinished tasks, our unsolved problems, and our unfulfilled hopes, knowing that only what you bless will prosper. To your love and protection we commit each other and all those we love, knowing that you alone are our sure defender, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Keep safe. Keep well. Keep praying. God bless you. With love, David