The Inside Column 22/06

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Good morning and a very warm welcome to you all. If you are a visitor we hope you will stay for a cuppa after the service.

When the Bishop announced that Phil is to become our Vicar, he also asked that Phil should take a break until his official commissioning and welcome on the evening of 29 June. As a result of this, many of us have needed to deputise in different ways – and we are discovering the myriad jobs that Phil does behind the scenes!

This week we will be continuing the theme of “The Mission of God’s People” and today we will centre on the theme of prayer as something we do as mission. Very often we think of prayer as just something personal between ourselves and God (see the cartoon), and we are well aware that Jesus said to “go to your room, close the door, and pray to your Father who is unseen..” (Matt 6:6). But this was to counter those who made long prayers in public to show how pious they were! (If I stood on a street corner and prayed in Stoke I would probably be arrested as a “nutter” rather than being regarded as someone very spiritual!).

There is actually much more in the Bible about prayer which is for the whole assembly of God’s people, and is directed towards the world. This is found throughout the bible, and we need to consider how our prayers can reach out in witness to the world. Are there ways we can do this more effectively in a society which is much less “religious” that the Palestine in which Jesus lived? Perhaps after the service you might discuss this!

All God’s blessings,
Eric

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