This Week's Prayer Theme:

27th. Sept. 2020
As summer ends, and the evenings grow darker, there is anxiety for the future, and uncertainty as the Covid-19 infections rise again.
Please pray;
- for local councils, as they decide on measures to combat the spread of Covid-19.
- for those worried about health, both theirs, and their loved ones.
- that we will take care and abide by official guidelines, to protect the health of those around us.
 
"I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings, until the disaster is passed".
Psalm 57; 1b.

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This Week's Readings

Philippians 2:1-13 (NIV)

Imitating Christ’s Humility

1Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 
2then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 
3Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 
4not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

5In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
6Who, being in very nature a God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
7rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature b of a servant, being made in human likeness.
8And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death - even death on a cross!
9Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name,
10that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Do Everything Without Grumbling

12Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed - not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence - continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 
13for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfil his good purpose.

Matthew 21:23-32 (NIV)

The Authority of Jesus Questioned

23Jesus entered the temple courts, and, while he was teaching, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him. “By what authority are you doing these things?” they asked. “And who gave you this authority?”
24Jesus replied, “I will also ask you one question. If you answer me, I will tell you by what authority I am doing these things. 
25John’s baptism - where did it come from? Was it from heaven, or of human origin?” They discussed it among themselves and said, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will ask, ‘Then why didn’t you believe him?’ 
26But if we say, ‘Of human origin’ - we are afraid of the people, for they all hold that John was a prophet.”

27So they answered Jesus, “We don’t know.” Then he said, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.

The Parable of the Two Sons

28“What do you think? There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work today in the vineyard.’
29“ ‘I will not,’ he answered, but later he changed his mind and went.
30“Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing. He answered, ‘I will, sir,’ but he did not go.
31“Which of the two did what his father wanted?” “The first,” they answered.
Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you.

32For John came to you to show you the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes did. And even after you saw this, you did not repent and believe him.

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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