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October’s Bible Reading: Romans 12.1-8
This month’s Bible reading is taken from Paul’s letter to the church in Rome. The suggestion is that you read the passage several times and think about the words that are important to you and their meaning.
So then my brothers and sisters, because of God’s great mercy to us I appeal to you; offer yourselves as a living sacrifice to God, dedicated to his service and pleasing to him. This is the true worship that you should offer. Do not conform yourselves to the standards of this world, but let God transform you inwardly by a complete change of your mind. Then you will be able to know the will of God – what is good and is pleasing to him and is perfect.
And because of God’s gracious gift to me I say to every one of you; do not think of yourself more highly than you should. Instead be modest in your thinking, and judge yourself according to the amount of faith that God has given you. We have many parts in one body, and all these parts have different functions. In the same way, though we are many, we are all one body in union with Christ, and we are all joined to each other as different parts of one body. So we are to use our different gifts in accordance with the grace that God has given us. If our gift is to speak God’s message, we should do it according to the faith that we have; if it is to serve, we should serve; if it is to teach, we should teach, if it is to encourage others, we should do so. Whoever shares with others should do it generously; whoever has authority should work hard; whoever shows kindness to others should do it cheerfully.
‘Offer yourselves as a living sacrifice to God’ - what might this mean to you? ‘Let God transform you’. What in your life might need transforming?
‘What is good and is pleasing to him and is perfect’. As Christians we should strive to lead our lives in such a way, but Paul emphasises that we shouldn’t think too highly of ourselves. There is a passage in Luke 14 when Jesus advises that, if you are invited to a wedding feast, you do not sit down at the best place, as someone more important might have been invited to sit there. Then you’ll be embarrassed when you’re asked to move to the lowest place.
What gift has God given you? Are you using it generously to the glory of God’s kingdom? We cannot all be great evangelists like Paul, but we can give our time and talents in other ways. In what ways might you be kind or encouraging to others? What might you do?
A prayer link is available for those who would like prayer for themselves, their family, friends or for anyone who feels the need to have the comfort of knowing people are praying for them. It is particularly well used in times of crisis. Once informed of a request for prayer, the carefully selected group of "prayers" begin to pray and pass on the name for prayer to the next person on the list. Any matter given to the Prayer Link Team is of course, highly confidential.
In the first instance please give your prayer request to Sarah Openshaw 01376 570381 or 07807214953 who will pass it down the chain. You can of course, also give your prayer to our vicar, Simon Garwood 01376 573701.
If you would like someone to be prayed for as part of the intercessions in the Sunday service, please contact Simon.
"Prayer is not an escape; prayer is the way to conquest. Prayer is not flight; prayer is power. Prayer does not deliver a man from some terrible situation; prayer enables a man to face and master
a situation. So often people pray to be rescued from a situation......, to be healed from a sickness...... Sometimes, it is true, deliverance comes, but far more often the answer is that we are given
the strength, which is not our strength, to go through with it.... Prayer does not provide a means of running away from the human situation; prayer provides a way of meeting the human
We are trying out new prayer initiatives to help us all to remember the great need everyone has for prayer in our lives – Prayer Request Cards. These will be available from April on.
The Prayer Request Card is a pocket sized slip which it is intended will be issued monthly and available in church. The intention is that we have different special requests each month, and these will be printed on the slips, together with a prayer you could use. We ask that you then pray for these needs at home. There will also be a tear-off slip which can be left in the box in church if you have any special prayer needs yourself.
We do hope that these will be well used and an encouragement for us all to improve our prayer life.
We work closely with the other churches in Kelvedon; The United Reformed Church and the Roman Catholic Church. Every month members of all the churches meet together to pray for the villages of Kelvedon and Feering. These informal prayer meetings are held on the first Saturday of the month, each church taking its turn to host and lead the session.
We begin with breakfast at 8.00 a.m. and end at 9.00 a.m.
See the magazine for details of upcoming sessions (on the magazine page of this site)
Members of the church meet together to pray informally on the second Monday of the month, at 8.00 p.m. for half an hour. This is led by a member of the group and the meeting is held in the church rooms at St Mary's. Everyone very welcome.
Prayer Ideas to Try
There is no right or wrong way to pray but sometimes it is helpful to have some guidelines to get you started.
Why not try this? At the end of the day