This week we continue our theme from Sunday of Treasuring Jesus. Each day we develop the theme a little more in a short video.
Let’s Pray For Social Witness
Pray for the ongoing safety and good health of all residents in our Homes and Units in Older People Services. Give thanks for dedicated staff who continue to work long hours in challenging circumstances.
Pray for those in business, retail, haulage and other sectors who will be impacted by changes brought about as a result of leaving the EU. Pray for clarity and transparency in decision making by those in authority as the deadline approaches.
Every Friday, Frances shares a song that means something to her.
In this fast-paced world of modern technology we have come to demand speed in as many situations as possible. To find out if a friend is available to meet up with you there’s no longer a need to lift the telephone and make a call. It’s much quicker to press a few buttons and send a text, or a WhatsApp message, or indeed you could use any of the thirty-one suggested messaging apps which were listed in response to my search.
We also receive appointment reminders in the same form, perhaps from Doctor or Dentist.
Some years ago I received the gift of a ‘Reminder Box.’ It’s a small transparent plastic box containing twenty-four cards, each with an illustration of an everyday item, in this case a button, together with an associated message.
I have included a photograph of the card.
On reading its message, the Song which immediately came to mind is brought to us today by Michael Eldridge who sings each of the four parts in a thoughtful and meaningful manner.
The Song is based on Deuteronomy 33:27 NIV which reads, ‘The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.’
So, as the weather becomes cooler, next time you button up your coat, do remember the sense of safety and security that comes by ‘Leaning on the Everlasting Arms.’
Jonathan Carswell describes this as one of the best books of 2020. Many Christians prefer to keep God at a safe distance—a distant God makes fewer demands. They imagine God has rules just for the sake of obedience, missing the point that God delights in making them holy so they can draw near to him. God’s plan from the beginning has been for his people to draw near to him as a kingdom of priests.
40 short, meditative chapters, by best-selling author Ed Welch.
Aston Villa Emerging From A Bible Study (30 minute video)
Is there much of a connection between God and football? Actually, there is! Aston Villa Football Club emerged from a Bible class in Aston, Birmingham, & Southhampton F.C. emerged through a partnership with a local church.
Watch their stories in this video.
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You may remember a few days ago I asked if anyone knew the name of the birds taht I spotted on the beach. Wilma kindly suggested that they were Sanderlings.
You can read more about them on Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanderling
The sanderling (Calidris alba) is a small wading bird. The name derives from Old English sand-yrðling, "sand-ploughman". The genus name is from Ancient Greek kalidris or skalidris, a term used by Aristotle for some grey-coloured waterside birds. The specific alba is Latin for "white".
It is a circumpolar Arctic breeder, and is a long-distance migrant, wintering south to South America, South Europe, Africa, and Australia. It is highly gregarious in winter, sometimes forming large flocks on coastal mudflats or sandy beaches.
Wilma also shared the following quote from Mother Teresa, which links with the message on Sunday.
'Jesus wants me to tell you again how much is the love He has for each one of you - beyond all you can imagine. Not only does He love you - even more - He longs for you. He misses you when you don't come close. He thirsts for you. He loves you always, even when you don't feel worthy.'
The times for yesterday’s Jigsaw
The puzzle takes a little longer on a Friday.
Try this well known location.
Play the "Mussenden Fri" puzzle!
Jigsaw Planet - Mussenden Fri