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Prayer and Spirituality matters - 3 April 2020

Prayer and Spirituality matters - 3 April 2020

Prayer and Spirituality Matters

Welcome again to our regular prayer resource, where you will find:
1) a reading to reflect on over this week. (You can also watch and listen to it by following this link)
2) a story of hope (also on line here)
Overall, the aim is to encourage us to join together in prayer, for ourselves and others, so we can all experience the power of the living Christ and the transforming grace of God. We may each also find that we are moved to live more in common with our our neighbours, supporting them as they support us.

At times we may feel utterly helpless, but through our faith we know a God who is with us always. We can talk to a loving, powerful and present God and he hears and responds to what we say.

A Passage from Scripture

Jesus said to his disciples:
If you love me, you will do as I command. Then I will ask the Father to send you the Holy Spirit who will help you and always be with you. The Spirit will show you what is true. The people of this world cannot accept the Spirit, because they don’t see or know him. But you know the Spirit, who is with you and will keep on living in you.
I won’t leave you like orphans. I will come back to you. In a little while the people of this world won’t be able to see me, but you will see me. And because I live, you will live. Then you will know that I am one with the Father. You will know that you are one with me, and I am one with you. If you love me, you will do what I have said, and my Father will love you. I will also love you and show you what I am like.
The other Judas, not Judas Iscariot, then spoke up and asked, “Lord, what do you mean by saying that you will show us what you are like, but you will not show the people of this world?”
Jesus replied:
If anyone loves me, they will obey me. Then my Father will love them, and we will come to them and live in them. But anyone who doesn’t love me, won’t obey me. What they have heard me say doesn’t really come from me, but from the Father who sent me.
I have told you these things while I am still with you. But the Holy Spirit will come and help you, because the Father will send the Spirit to take my place. The Spirit will teach you everything and will remind you of what I said while I was with you.
 I give you peace, the kind of peace that only I can give. It isn’t like the peace that this world can give. So don’t be worried or afraid.
John 14:15-27


Our reflection and response this week is based on one from the Bible Society :
https://www.biblesociety.org.uk/explore-the-bible/lyfe/daily-lyfe/thirsty/ Thank you.

Reflect

Jesus came back to life after three days, but he didn’t stick around for long after that. What made all the difference to his departure was the Holy Spirit. While the word ‘Trinity” is never used in the Bible, the three persons of God are clearly spoken about, and here we learn some of the Spirit’s particular role. The Spirit is a helper (v.16, 26), who lives in us and shows us the truth (v.17). The Spirit teaches us, and reminds us of Jesus’ teaching (v.26).

The disciples had many reasons to be anxious and sad that evening, and the comfort Jesus offers is the Holy Spirit. Over this week, think about how you have experienced the Spirit in your life?

 

Respond

How do you start each day? Why not invite the Holy Spirit in. "Holy Spirit, I welcome you now. Come and fill me, help me, teach me, comfort me and show me more of God. Amen."
 
Meditate
Each day take a moment to read this worlds and remind yourself of the role of the Holy Spirit in all that we are and do:

‘The function of the Holy Spirit is, first, to move within our souls, and especially our minds, to present the person of Jesus and the reality of his kingdom. This is through the word of the gospel, in contrast to the realities of life without God. Our confidence in Jesus as the One is always a response elicited and supported by the spiritual movements of God. Thus, as Paul says, “No one can find Jesus to be Lord except by the Holy Spirit” (1 Cor. 12:2).’
(Dallas Willard, The Divine Conspiracy)

Reflect
At the end of each day, quietly say these words:

Breathe on me, Breath of God,
Fill me with life anew,
That I may love what Thou dost love,
And do what Thou wouldst do.
Breathe on me, Breath of God,
Until my heart is pure,
Until with Thee I will one will,
To do and to endure.
Breathe on me, Breath of God,
Till I am wholly Thine,
Until this earthly part of me
Glows with Thy fire divine.
Breathe on me, Breath of God,
So shall I never die,
But live with Thee the perfect life
Of Thine eternity.
Edwin Hatch
 
 
A story of hope - Power The Fight, founded by Ben Lindsay exists to empower communities to end youth violence. 
Our story of hope this week comes from an amazing charity and its founder Ben Lindsay who I spoke to a couple of weeks ago.  He commented that churches, faith groups and community groups, as well as those in the City often with their own buildings and access to resources and volunteers, have a unique contribution to make. I wondered whether our community is able to help?
 
 
Follow this link to find out more about their work.
 
 
 

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