A prayer for the world
When evil darkens our world, give us light.
When despair numbs our souls, give us hope.
When we stumble and fall, lift us up.
When doubts assail us, give us faith.
When nothing seems sure, give us trust.
When ideals fade, give us vision.
When we lose our way, be our guide!
That we may find serenity in Your presence, and purpose in doing Your will. Amen.
A prayer for hope by John D. Rayner, found at gracecathedral.org
A prayer of the church
I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers. But what God foretold by the mouth of all the prophets, that his Christ would suffer, he thus fulfilled. Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus, whom heaven must receive until the time for restoring all the things about which God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets long ago. Moses said, ‘The Lord God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your brothers. You shall listen to him in whatever he tells you. And it shall be that every soul who does not listen to that prophet shall be destroyed from the people.’ And all the prophets who have spoken, from Samuel and those who came after him, also proclaimed these days. Acts 3.17-24, esv
There are many sermons in the Book of Acts. Jesus promised his disciples that when they came to times of trial, the Spirit would give them the words they needed; in these sermons, we see the Spirit in action.
There is one God, one Jesus, one Spirit and one gospel; and so there is really only one sermon. Peter, Stephen, and Paul bring together the same core themes of Scripture to answer the same three questions:
who is Jesus – is he the prophet like Moses but greater, proclaimed in Scripture, or a heretic? What did his death and resurrection mean? And based on your answers to those two questions, who are you? Are you one of the followers, or the betrayers? Do you belong with the Originator of life, or the servants of death?
These are not trick questions, and the world is always asking them. Pray to the Spirit to teach you the answers, and give you the words to use whenever the moment for your testimony comes.
Prayers for St George's
We meet for prayer on Wednesday evening at 6.30. Join us in church if you can. If not, text us on 07799 305313 and let us know you are praying. Prayer requests to the same number are welcome.
Pray for the family and friends of Nell Hudson, whose thanksgiving service takes place at St Cuthbert's on Tuesday at 1.30 pm.
Pray for our Connect group, meeting on Tuesday evening. We are looking at the Acts of the Apostles – read chapters 5 to 7, and come to the manse at 7.30 pm. Bring a question!
Pray for Little Fishes, our toddler group, meeting as usual on Wednesday morning.
Pray for everyone meeting at West Denton Church at 10.00 am on Saturday for consultation about the implementation of the Synod Way Forward in Newcastle.
Pray for worship leaders, musicians singers and technicians meeting at City Church on Saturday for training and fellowship.