This Week's Prayer Theme:

25th Feb. 2018

Lent is a good time to set aside non-essentials, and focus on finding God's direction for our lives, and the work He has for us.

Please pray

- that we will hear God's voice, amidst the clamour of other voices and demands.

- that we will focus on what God wants us to do, and use His resources wisely.

- that we will learn when to say "no", and not risk "burn-out".

"Jesus went off to a solitary place, where He prayed".

Mark 1; 35b.

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This Week's Readings:

Following our series of readings:

Genesis 17:1-7 (NIV)

The Covenant of Circumcision

1When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am God Almightya ; walk before me faithfully and be blameless.
2Then I will make my covenant between me and you and will greatly increase your numbers.”
3Abram fell facedown, and God said to him,
4“As for me, this is my covenant with you: You will be the father of many nations.
5No longer will you be called Abramb ; your name will be Abraham,c for I have made you a father of many nations.
6I will make you very fruitful; I will make nations of you, and kings will come from you.
7I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you.

Romans 4:13-25 (NIV)

13It was not through the law that Abraham and his offspring received the promise that he would be heir of the world, but through the righteousness that comes by faith.
14For if those who depend on the law are heirs, faith means nothing and the promise is worthless,
15because the law brings wrath. And where there is no law there is no transgression.
16Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham’s offspring—not only to those who are of the law but also to those who have the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all.
17As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.”c He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed—the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not.
18Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”d
19Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah’s womb was also dead.
20Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God,
21being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.
22This is why “it was credited to him as righteousness.”
23The words “it was credited to him” were written not for him alone,
24but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness—for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead.
25He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.

Prayers & Prayer Requests:

At the church we regularly pray for the needs of our local community and its people, as well as the needs of the wider world. If you have any particular prayer requests, please contact us. These requests will be handled confidentially.

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