Readings for 17 January
1 Samuel 3 v 1-10 (11-20)
Samuel doesn’t recognise the voice of the Lord calling him. When Eli realises it is the Lord, he teaches the boy how to respond.
Revelation 5 v 1-10
The one being in all of heaven and earth who is worthy of opening the mysterious scroll is both the Lion of Judah and a slaughtered lamb.
John 1 v 43-51
Jesus engages in conversation with Nathanael and reveals both his knowledge of Nathanael and something about his own identity.
Sunday 17 January
10.30am Online Morning Prayer / Praise and Worship
(waiting room open from 10.15am for 10.30am start)
If you do not have the link for January / February contact Anita or Lisa
Sunday 24 January
10.30am Online Holy Communion / Praise and Worship
Weekday meetings on Zoom
Contact Lisa or Anita for the links for these meetings. Let Lisa know in advance if you plan to attend these sessions in case materials need to be sent out.
Monday and Wednesday evenings
9.00pm Compline (join service 5 – 10 minutes before the start)
Faith and Fandom Bible Study
Tuesday 26 January 1.30 – 3pm Monday 22 February 10.30am – 12
Quiet Space (some with Communion)
Monday 18 January 10.30 – 2pm Tuesday 9 February 10am – 2pm
Music and Praise
Wednesday 20 January 1-2pm Thursday 4 February 10 - 11.30am
Craft and Reflect
Monday 1 February 11am-12.30pm Wednesday 24 February 1-3pm
There will be a meeting of the ECC on Thursday 28 January in the evening.
Details of final arrangements to be confirmed.
Mission Giving letters of thanks
More thank you letters will be included in the coming weeks. Please do use the information to pray for the charities we are supporting.
Crosslinks exists to help people get involved in God’s mission. We’ve been doing this since 1922. We believe every Christian has a part to play on God’s plan for the world.
Thank you very much for the recent donation of £200 from your church.
We are very grateful for this expression of your partnership in the gospel. Your giving plays a vital role in enabling God’s word to be proclaimed to his world through the ongoing work of Crosslinks’ Mission Partners, Study Partners and Projects in over 30 different countries.
We are also grateful for your prayers for them, which is an equally important part of this essential partnership. We trust that you will persist in your prayers for them and for us.
Please pray for us:
- Looking back over the year we give thanks that, despite nearly everything being on Zoom, people are still becoming Christians, including people who would not normally come to events in church buildings joining online Bible studies or events and are now following Jesus.
- Next year, in the run up to our centenary in 2022, we are revising our vision and strategy. Please pray that we would know how best to serve the church here in the British Isles and those whom we partner with across the globe to take God’s word to God’s people. Please pray that we will get the right balance of serving the church whilst challenging the church to serve.
- For financial reasons, we have decided not to fill a few vacancies on the office team, including a couple of leadership positions. Please pray that everyone would easily adapt to new responsibilities and ways of doing things despite the challenges that presents. Whilst all of our direct gospel ministry activities are fully funded, please pray also for plans to shore up the cost of running the missionary society.
Helen Burns (Church Partnerships Coordinator)
REACHING OUT TO GOD IN PRAYER
Collect for the second Sunday of Epiphany
Eternal Lord, our beginning and our end:
bring us with the whole creation to your glory,
hidden through past ages
and made known in Jesus Christ our Lord.
In January the topic is learning to listen
O Lord, the Scripture says ‘there is a time for silence and a time for speech.’ Saviour, teach me the silence of humility, the silence of wisdom, the silence of love, the silence of perfection, the silence that speaks without words, the silence of faith. Lord, teach me to silence my own heart that I may listen to the gentle movement of the Holy Spirit within me and sense the depths which are of God. (C16 Frankfurt Prayer)
Prayer for family and friends:
Spirit of the Living God, pour out your blessing on those who need your healing touch,
Prayer for local churches:
We pray for churches as they seek to provide care and support for their congregations and communities. This week we pray for:
Wicksten Drive Methodist Church
Prayer for our neighbours:
At this difficult and worrying time, we pray for our neighbours in:
Worthington Close, Wren Close, Wythburn Grove, Local Schools
Contact numbers to call if you want to talk, receive prayer or are in need
Vicarage: 01928 713101 or m – 07493853027
or contact Anita on 01928 716050 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to add people to the prayer list, contact email@example.com or phone to 01928 716050.