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Happy Epiphany to you all! A celebration of the fact that God is for everybody. In the story of the Magi visiting the child Jesus in Matthew chapter 2 we hear the story of gentiles, those outside the Jewish faith, who are overcome with joy at meeting the foretold King of the Jews. Those who were outsiders and excluded are right there at the beginning of this story.
Reflect on who might feel excluded coming to church? Who might feel unwelcome and unable to come and access the gift of faith? How can we make them feel welcome and know that they are a cherished child of God?
-Think of three people who aren’t Christians, and commit to praying for them at least weekly to discover faith. Ask God for opportunities to chat to them about your own faith. ...
Well it’s the day before Epiphany where we remember the journey that the Magi took in order to meet the child Jesus. Where are we heading this year as individuals and as a church? Where do we want to journey to?
As a church this year we will be focus on caring. Asking how we can care better for the people of this parish and asking the Holy Spirit to guide us on that journey. Have a read of Matthew 25:31-46, this passage serves as a stark reminder of the consequences of not caring for others.
-Our vision statement is: “Following Jesus, we are Called to be Caring, Committed, Courageous” have a think and a pray about the caring part of that statement. How could you serve in caring for others this year? ...
January blues? It can get to this time of year where we just feel a bit fed up, whether that is the dark nights, the weather, the post Christmas feeling or general medical issues and ailments that get us down.
In Psalm 88 the writer is in a very dark place. They are trapped, shut in, alone and it finishes saying that darkness is their only friend. Unlike all the other lamenting Psalms this one doesn’t seem to have a glimpse of hope in it, or a reminder that God is sovereign despite the darkness. But the important thing is, although they feel dejected and forgotten by God, they keep talking to Him. It can be hard to keep going if we feel all alone and that God isn’t listening, but be assured that God does hear us when we cry out.
How are you feeling at the moment? If this is something that resonates with how you are feeling at the moment then talk: to God, to a trusted friend, to a GP.
-Pray for those who find this season difficult because they have been widowed, are feeling lonely, are struggling with mental health or for whatever reason it might be. ...