Bread for the Journey

The attached notes drawn from Judiths recent sermon celebrate Bread for the Journey, the teaching in our recent parish weekend (thanks so much to Jackie Reily at Scargill).

Bread for the Journey

Have a read. Take some time to reflect. Lots of good ideas to sustain us day by day.

Daily Readings – An Evolving Faith

I always struggle to decide on a series of daily readings. I also struggle with keeping going once I’ve picked something.

This year I’m trying the (free) daily emails from Richard Rohr. So far they’re brilliant. They’re not the traditional reflection on a specific Bible passage. They are fascinating, and really helpful. This week we’ve been exploring how Jesus used the Bible in teaching. It’s not too late to start. Sign up here if you want to have a go. It’d be easy to catch up on the readings so far which are in the blog – just go back to 30 Dec

To quote from the first in the series:

As we come to the end of this year, we begin a new theme for the Daily Meditations. Over the next twelve months our focus will be “Old and New: An Evolving Faith.” Today’s world faces so many challenges. Christianity is supposed to heal suffering and mend divides, yet it has often exacerbated the problem. Is such a religion even worth saving?

While there are unhelpful and even harmful parts of what has passed for Christianity that we need to move beyond, I believe there are many good, beautiful, and true gems well worth saving—and living. It is of no use to anybody if Christianity is just a museum or an antique shop where we prefer to collect old things for their own sake. Yet we can rediscover many good old things that are perennially valuable. We would be foolish to reject them….

As we’ll see, Jesus revealed a God who is in total solidarity with humanity, even and most especially in its suffering…. There are plenty of things I still find baffling, . . . but then I look at Christ, and I get a deep assurance that God is good, and gracious, and not so far away. Let’s be honest: that is all we need to move forward.”

Prayer

Prayer is high on the list of our priorities. In the last year we’ve established a monthly prayer meeting (10.30 last Friday of the month in St Herbert’s church hall) and have been joining together in morning prayer every Thursday (8.30 am at St Herbert’s). The prayer stations during Thy Kingdom Come were a different approach and were valued by the children and school.

We’ve been thinking about what next.

The 24-7 prayer movement is one source of inspiration. There has been amazing growth, often outside the church and prayer has led to social action in many challenging situations. Dirty Glory is the latest book by one of the founders – an inspiring and challenging story.

More soon…

South East Asia Floods – Emergency Appeal

Over 40 million people homeless. This is a disaster on a huge scale.

Why not help Christian Aid to make a difference for those in need? We’ll be making a collection at our service on Sunday 10th Sept or why not give online now. See the Christian Aid web site.

We can also pray

A prayer for those affected by floods

Compassionate God, source of all comfort,
We pray for the people whose lives have been devastated by rain and flood.
Bring them comfort, we pray.
Protect the vulnerable.

Strengthen the weak.
Keep at bay the spread of disease.
Have mercy on all those working to rescue the stranded and to feed the hungry.
And may our response to their suffering be generous and bring you praise.

For we ask it in Jesus’ name,
Amen. 

(Prayer taken for the resources on the Christian Aid website)