This Week's Prayer Theme:

2nd. August 2020
The holiday season has now begun, but not as normal, due to Covid-19.
Please pray;
- for those planning holidays away, but fearful of travel restrictions and cancellations.
- for travel operators, and hospitality providers, coping with safety concerns.
- for the UK and overseas, governments, seeking to keep tourists, and local communities, safe.

"I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings, until the disaster has passed".
Psalm 57; 1b.

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This Week's Readings

Isaiah 55:1-5 (NIV)

Invitation to the Thirsty

1“Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.
2Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labour on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare.
3Give ear and come to me; listen, that you may live. I will make an everlasting covenant with you, my faithful love promised to David.
4See, I have made him a witness to the peoples, a ruler and commander of the peoples.
5Surely you will summon nations you know not, and nations you do not know will come running to you, because of the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, for he has endowed you with splendour.”

Matthew 14:13-21 (NIV)

Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand

13When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. 
14When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.

15As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.”
16Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”
17“We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered.
18“Bring them here to me,” he said. 
19And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. 
20They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 
21The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.

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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