Monthly Challenge

A member of the church remarked to me recently that in her gym they have a monthly challenge, and wouldn’t it be great to have a similar spiritual one. So here goes;

I challenge each of us to spend 10 minutes (or more) every day with God.

You may like to use it like this.

Put aside the time. Still yourself. Ask God to speak to you, reflect on your previous day, ask God to show you the good things, ask God to show you where you need to confess and receive his grace and forgiveness.

Confess and receive.

Read a few verses of Luke’s gospel or Philippians and ask God to speak to you through them.

Commit your next day to God, and pray for those people, things, world situations on your heart—perhaps using the St Matthews Cycle of Prayer.

Give thanks to God and go into your day in his name.

You don’t have to do all of the above, don’t rush, just learn to ‘be’ with God.

Try it! And do let me know how it goes and also let me know if you have suggestions for next months challenge!

Mat

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October Letter from Mat

Many a column inch has been written about the Pope during his visit last week. As I reflect on the visit I’m struck by how bold the Pope was in speaking his mind and surprised by the generous way in which this was heard. People listened, even the media! Pope Benedict is not politically correct, and I don’t agree with everything he says, but he is consistent, unafraid to challenge and he speaks truth inspired by Christian faith. At times he reminded me of Jesus and also inspired me to be more direct about Christian faith, about my following of Jesus. You don’t have to be Pope to do this.

Recently I have been reminded of the story of Obadiah in 1 Kings 18Open Link in New Window. He was a devout believer in the Lord and also a servant of one of the most ruthless, godless and corrupt kings, Ahab. What a challenge! He was salt and light in an unsympathetic culture.

As you read Obadiah’s story it’s clear that he maintained his faith by walking closely to God. How easy it can be in our culture to lose the freshness of our relationship with God, to gradually slip into gossip, complaining and offensive talk, to allow our ethical standards to become fuzzy. Without a close relationship with God, God can easily seem less relevant to our ‘real life situations’. But with a growing relationship with God we can more clearly understand what living for God means.

Obadiah also used his role to hide and feed a hundred prophets during the persecutions that follow. We may not have those opportunities but we do each have opportunities to live distinctively with integrity, to love others, to take responsibility, to forgive and ask for forgiveness, to encourage, to speak in love. And in those small things God will be seen. Of course Obadiah does then risk everything as he agrees to be Elijah’s messenger. Sometimes we also have to stand up and be counted. That may cost, and it also requires that we trust in the Lord our God for everything, and trust our church community to support and pray for us.

Mat

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Holy Communion for All Saints Day

A Servant’s Certainty: Nehemiah
President: Revd Joyce Caithness
Preacher: Revd Mat Ineson
Nehemiah 6:15-19Open Link in New Window, Nehemiah 7Open Link in New Window
There will be an opportunity to give thanks for departed loved ones.
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Reader 1: Julia Dunn
Reader 2: Gillian Joomun
Intercessions: James Rimmer
Sound: Will Hull
Music: Julia Dunn
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All Age Morning Worship

Led by the All Age Worship Team

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Reader 1: Peter Middleton
Reader 2: Margaret Williams
Intercessions: Nick Stroud
Sound: Andrew H
Projector: Dom H
Music: Richard W
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