The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.
Sunday 27th September 2020: Trinity XVl
- Please remember in your prayers those who are sick: Janette Saunders, Barry Broughton, Betty Tyler, Graham Robinson, Belinda Forbes and Derek Barker.
- Pray too for Simon and Carys as they begin a new part of their life after Simon’s ordination on Saturday.
- Today we continue our gradual return to church with worship at 30 at Morcott followed by Zoom service at 11am.
- Next week 9.30am service is at Duddington followed by Zoom service at 11am.
Church is open for quiet time or private prayer every day from 10am to 4pm.
This Week’s Meditation:
One of the readings for this week is from Paul’s letter to the church in Philippi. Paul spent much of his time travelling to various places after his conversion to tell others about Christ. Our travelling days have been somewhat curtailed recently and cruise ships are in dock with skeleton staff to do the maintenance. Under normal circumstances travelling can be very luxurious, with more mod cons than at home! Now driving into Stamford seems like a huge adventure!
But in Paul’s day travelling was very hazardous and he writes “I have been in three shipwrecks and once I spent twenty-four hours in the water. In my many travels I have been in danger from floods…there have been dangers in the cities, dangers in the wilds, dangers on the high seas..” (2 Corinthians ch 11 v 25ff) It makes us wonder how they managed to go anywhere!
Often the cliché about life being like a journey is used and following that premise it appears that, at the moment, we are facing dangers as we travel along. There is much talk of the effects of the pandemic on our mental health because of the different way of life we must adapt to and the path ahead often seems fraught with problems. There is fear and uncertainty as the situation escalates again. Paul found his courage in following his Lord and we too can have that assurance.
Prayer: Walk with us, Lord, as we journey through the darkness of uncertainty. May we find light and joy and love to guide us in your path. Amen.
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