The Inside Column 30/3

Posted in: The Inside Column- Mar 30, 2014 No Comments

Good Morning and a very warm welcome to all.
If you are visiting with us today we pray you will feel at home here at St Barnabas. Please make yourself known and feel welcome to stay for tea or coffee after the service.

Today we welcome Matt and Michele and their family and friends as they bring James to be baptised. This is a special day in the life of James and also for the church as we welcome him into the body of Christ. I have been ask by a couple of people about maybe doing some adult baptisms. If you have not been baptised and would like to be then I would love you to let me know and we can organise a baptism service.

The Marriage Course is coming up in about five week’s time, if you have not done the course it is well worth making the time to do so. If you have done the course I would like to ask you to invite two of your married friends to come on this course –  don’t just invite them; bring them as your guests.

I once told my friend I wanted to take him out for dinner and I took him to an Alpha course intro night for tea! He still gives me stick about it… If we don’t ask we will never know, we are blessed to be a blessing and The Marriage Course can bring great blessing to a marriage. Start praying for the people you would like to invite and let’s see what God might do in their lives.

Prayer…

The Bible guides us in many ways, and one skill it teaches is how to pray. There is a wealth of prayers throughout the scriptures, which can be applied to the situations we face, but some of the most easily accessible Biblical prayers are found in the book of Psalms.

As in Psalm 96:11, the Psalms speak of joy and hope that comes from looking to God:

‘Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it.’

The Psalms are full of honest emotion, with prayers such as Psalm 13:2:

‘How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and day after day have sorrow in my heart?’

The Psalms show us the life God has for us, like in Psalm 90:1-2:

‘Lord, you have been our dwelling-place throughout all generations. Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.’

If you are looking for a new way to pray, or want to express your feelings to God but can’t quite find the words, why not try one of the Psalms above, or explore other Psalms to speak into your prayer life and relate to God whatever your circumstances.

 

God Bless

 

Philip

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