PRAYERS Week Commencing 8th July 2018

A prayer for the world

I bind this day to me for ever.
By power of faith, Christ's incarnation;
His baptism in the Jordan river;
His death on Cross for my salvation;
His bursting from the spicèd tomb;
His riding up the heavenly way;
His coming at the day of doom;
I bind unto myself today.


I bind unto myself today
The virtues of the starlit heaven,
The glorious sun's life-giving ray,
The whiteness of the moon at even,
The flashing of the lightning free,
The whirling wind's tempestuous shocks,
The stable earth, the deep salt sea,
Around the old eternal rocks.


From St Patrick's Breastplate prayer, found at prayerfoundation.org


A prayer of the church

 

When the governor had nodded to him to speak, Paul replied: “Knowing that for many years you have been a judge over this nation, I cheerfully make my defence. You can verify that it is not more than twelve days since I went up to worship in Jerusalem, and they did not find me disputing with anyone or stirring up a crowd, either in the temple or in the synagogues or in the city. Neither can they prove to you what they now bring up against me. But this I confess to you, that according to the Way, which they call a sect, I worship the God of our fathers, believing everything laid down by the Law and written in the Prophets, having a hope in God, which these men themselves accept, that there will be a resurrection of both the just and the unjust. So I always take pains to have a clear conscience toward both God and man.” Acts 24.10-16, esv

Paul is in Caesarea, standing before the Roman governor Felix, the high priest Ananias, and the Jewish elders, with their attorney, Tertullus. He faces charges of sedition and profaning the temple.

How does Paul defend himself? On the one hand, he denies the charge of inciting riots – this charge is trumped up by the temple authorities expressly to establish his guilt in the eyes of the Roman governor. On the other, he denies the charge of betraying or departing from the traditions and beliefs of Judaism.

However Paul's real defence is that of conscience: I always take pains to have a clear conscience toward both God and man. Better to have a clear conscience, than to live at peace with the authorities. Paul's conscience is clear before God if he has preached the gospel fully, clearly, and faithfully. His conscience is clear before men (and women) if they have had the opportunity to hear it.

How are you doing, in your own work of proclaiming the gospel? Pray for the right to a clear conscience!


Prayers for St George's


We meet in church for prayer at 6.30 on Wednesday evening. Come and join us, or let us know you are praying – text 07799 305 313 or email revgrantwilson@gmail.com.


Pray for our Connect group, meeting on Tuesday evening at the manse for our final session on Acts, looking at chapters 26, 27 and 28. We will also be making a decision on what to study next.


Pray for everyone coming to Little Fishes on Wednesday morning, for our final session of the summer.


Pray for John Smee, talking to Probus about Street Pastors on Wednesday morning. Pray for the teams out this weekend.


Pray for our Development Elders, meeting on Thursday evening, and our church meeting next Sunday.

 


To join us in prayers for individuals please go to our Prayer Board, any requests you may wish to share with us will appear there.