Sunday, 30 September 2018
Prayer4UKToday 30th Sep 2018
Our Father in heaven Hallowed be Your Name Y@HOVAH TSIDKENU LORD our Righteousness Jer. 23:6 Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done. On earth as it is in Heaven.
Conservative Party Conference
Ps. 23:1 Jehovah-Rohi God our Shepherd we pray for the Conservative Party conference and ask that You will guide all decision making at the conference with Your Holy Spirit.
Ps. 23:2 Jehovah-Jireh The Lord our Provider we pray, "Give us this day our daily bread (Mat. 6: 11)," and ask that You will guide the party as they formulate the future plans for our Nation.
Ps. 23:3 Jehovah-Shalom God our Peace You make us lie down in green pastures, leading us beside quiet waters we pray that Your Shalom Peace will permeate the conference as they deal with all the problems associated with the security breach caused by the new app. We thank You for guiding them with Your Holy Spirit.
Ps. 23:4 Jehovah-Rapha the Lord our Healer we pray that You would heal the hurts, bitterness, control, judgments, differences, separation, misunderstanding, etc., between some of the members.
Ps. 23:5,6,12 Jehovah-Tsidkenu the Lord our Righteousness
we pray that You would guide each member in paths of righteousness and justice to bring You all the Glory, all the honour and all the worship. Amen
100 days of Prayer
See, I have inscribed you on the palms of my hands Isaiah 49:16a (NRSV)
LETTER TO MY GRANDPA
I’m shortly to set off for the Somme to meet a German, retracing the journey you took just over 100 years ago to face the Germans. I’m taking your identity tag inscribed with your name and military number, and scanty memories of what you experienced. My uncle, your youngest son, told me that your service included collecting those injured and the bodies of those killed from no man’s land.
The German I’m meeting is named Martin, a personal friend from a partnership between the churches we served. We discovered that we each had grandfathers who served at the Somme. Like you, his grandfather was a Christian. You share Christian names too, you being Frederick and he was Friedrich.
As we meet, Martin will remember his grandfather and I’ll remember you, and we’ll both reflect on the folly of war. I wonder if in another 100 years, other friends may meet to remember the folly of conflicts fought in our lifetime, for we have not yet learned to live in peace.
Yours in love, sorrow and hope,
Dear God, Thank you for our names, Frederick or Friedrich, Freda or Frida, engraved on identity tags in conflict, inscribed on the palms of your hands in eternity. Help us to forget ‘sides’, recognise the child of God in each person, and draw closer to living as sisters and brothers in peace.
Write a letter either to someone from the other ‘side’ seeking reconciliation and peace. What would you say to them? If you could meet, what gift might you take?
[Revd Dr David Pickering is Moderator of the United Reformed Church National Synod of Scotland, his friend is Pfarrer Martin Henninger, minister of the Lutherkirche in Frankenthal, part of the Church of the Palatinate in Germany.]
Please pray and share with your intercessors, Bible Study Groups, Prayer Groups, Church Prayers, Men & Women’s Groups. Thank you.
Las & Arlene Ratnayake
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