Minister's Thoughts

PRAY TODAY

“Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me,

for in you my soul takes refuge.

I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed.”

Psalm 57:1

Pray today for people who have been traumatised by the devastating fire that has engulfed the residents of Grenfell Tower in West London.

Pray for those who have lost family members , neighbours and friends and for those who anxiously await news about family members who are still missing.

Pray for those who saw the most awful scenes which they will never forget and of which they may suffer flashbacks for some time to come.  Pray that they will find peace and strength.

Pray for people in various hospitals in London; pray that they may have hope for recovery and the ability to lead normal lives when they are discharged.

Pray for parents who have lost children and grandchildren.  Pray for brothers and sisters and the wider family circles as they try to come to terms with what has happened.  Pray for children who have lost parents.

Give thanks for the emergency services – the Fire Service whose members faced great danger in tackling the fire, the Police who have the arduous job of searching the burnt-out remains, the Ambulance service and the staff in various hospitals who have to treat some terrible injuries.

Give thanks for the Churches and the Mosques as they provide emergency centres and sanctuary for those who are homeless and bereft.  Pray that they may be able to provide love and hope in the face of adversity.

Pray for Civil Engineers as they begin the difficult task of reviewing fire prevention procedures and evacuation plans in high tower blocks.

Pray for the peace of Christ which passes all understanding.  Pray for silence as people struggle to come to terms with all that has happened and is happening.

  • Reading 1 – Genesis 21:8-21

    Reading one for the week:

    Genesis 21:8-21 - God heard the boy crying, and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, "What is the matter, Hagar?  do not be afraid; God has heard the boy crying as he lies there.  Lift the boy up and take him by the hand, for I will make him into a great nation."  Then God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water.  So she went and filled the skin with water and gave the boy a drink.  

     

         
  • Reading 2 – Matthew 10:24-39

     Reading Two For the Week:

    Matthew 10:39 "Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it."