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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 online 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.
A Passage from Scripture
I am creating new heavens
    and a new earth;
everything of the past
    will be forgotten.
Celebrate and be glad forever!
I am creating a Jerusalem,
    full of happy people.
I will celebrate with Jerusalem
    and all of its people;
there will be no more crying
    or sorrow in that city…
I will answer their prayers
    before they finish praying.
Wolves and lambs
    will graze together;
lions and oxen
    will feed on straw.
Snakes will eat only dirt!
They won’t bite
or harm anyone
    on my holy mountain.
I, the Lord, have spoken!
Isaiah 65: 17-19, 24-25
Our reflection and response this week is based on one from the Bible Society : Thank you.

There are times in life when we look around us and all we can see is good grounds for filing an official complaint with whoever’s in charge. Sometimes suffering and pain fills the screen. When this happens, all we can do is cling on for dear life for the hope of eternity. Jesus has given us a future that will be good. There will be ‘no more crying or sorrow’ (v. 19); there will be celebration and gladness (v.18). Let’s choose to keep our eyes on the horizon, giving thanks to God that in him we have ‘an inheritance that will never perish, spoil or fade’

(1 Peter 1:4).
Memorise Isaiah 65:17: ‘I am creating new heavens and a new earth. Everything of the past will be forgotten.’
‘If our hope in Christ is good only for this life, we are worse off than anyone else. But Christ has been raised to life! And he makes us certain that others will also be raised to life.’
(I Corinthians 15:19-20)
At the end of each day, quietly say these words:‘Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.’
(Corrie Ten Boom)
This month, please continue to pray for all those who have lost loved ones because of the virus, those who are sick and all in our NHS and associated services caring for them
Please pray for our community, all those in the City as well as those all around the UK
Please pray for all those in need, the lonely and suffering around the world
Please pray for yourself, that you will continue to hear and be guided by God as to how He wants you to use the gifts He has given you, how you are to be a blessing and great witness to all around you. Amen

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