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Life in the Kingdom

Life in the Kingdom

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
The kingdom of heaven is like what happened when a king gave a wedding banquet for his son. The king sent some servants to say to the guests, “The banquet is ready! My cattle and prize calves have all been prepared. Everything is ready. Come to the banquet!” But the guests did not pay any attention. Some of them left for their farms, and some went to their places of business. Then he said to the servants, “It is time for the wedding banquet, and the invited guests don’t deserve to come. Go out to the street corners and tell everyone you meet to come to the banquet.” They went out on the streets and brought in everyone they could find, good and bad alike. And the banquet room was filled with guests.

(Matthew 22:2-10, excerpted, CEV)
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/life-in-the-kingdom6/Thank you.
 
Reflect

Our deepest identity is as an invited guest to the wedding banquet of the Son of the King. How often during the day do we accept the invitation? How often do we set it aside in favour of whatever it is that seems more important at the time? The miracle is that, though we may have tossed the invitation into the dustbin, God sends out servants to gather us in.
Respond
Set an alarm on your phone or watch or computer to go off every couple of hours. When it rings, stop what you’re doing and ask yourself “what am I doing with God’s banquet invitation right now?” Then decide what your next move will be.
 
Meditate
The Great Dance does not wait to be perfect until the peoples of the Low Worlds are gathered into it. We speak not of when it will begin. It has begun from before always. There was no time when we did not rejoice before His face as now. The dance which we dance is at the centre and for the dance all things were made. Blessed be He!
(C.S. Lewis, Perelandra)
 
Reflect
A prayer: Sweet laughing Trinity, you spend eternity dancing together, feasting on the abundance of your love and community. You have invited me—me!—to join you. Tonight I reach out the hand of my soul to take yours. Draw me into your company, so that I might share your joy.
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
A story of hope - the work of Christian Aid. 
 
Our story of hope this week comes from the charity Christian and as part of our programme over the coming weeks of sharing some of the work of a number of charities.

Follow this link to find out more
Go to the website for various digital resources. More added all the time. Click here
If you have specific prayer needs, for you or loved ones, follow them his link and do get in touch for confidential prayer support. Also, any suggestions on how this prayer letter can be improved please email your ideas.  These reflections can also all be found on the website by following this link

Blessings
Fr Nick and all the ministry team


nick@sanctuaryinthecity.net
Twitter: @nickjmott
Office: 020 7488 4318

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