Monday, 27 November 2017

Cloudy communication...

The Heart is near the middle of the sky, to the right of the 2nd tree from the left.

               Prayer is about speaking and listening.  Church services include moments of designated time to speak to God.  We give thanks.  In Catholic and Anglican meetings, we acknowledge our sins and ask forgiveness.  As Christians we pray for others during our intercessions.  We are taught, and believe God listens.  
               I don’t know about other people, but I am constantly asking myself, “Am I really listening to You, Heavenly Father?  Did I miss hearing you Jesus?”  
               However, I believe God communicates with us visually—if we are looking for it.  Today as I was in the village, I took a few seconds to look up.  Something in the sky caught my attention, and I immediately opened my yellow handbag and pulled out my mobile phone.  I quickly took a few snaps before the message in the sky was wiped away by the wind.
               The photo is here.  Do you see the love message in the clouds—the heart?  When I saw it, I immediately smiled, and there was joy in my heart.  And I wanted to share it—because I like sharing God’s love.  
               I also decided that I would post the intercession I wrote for yesterday’s church service.  It was the last Sunday of the Anglican Church year…Christ the King.  Next Sunday Advent begins. 

Reader:  May Your will be done, on earth
Reply:  As in heaven.

The Church of Christ:  Gracious and kind Heavenly Father, thank You for all your benefits and promises.  We pray for our Arch Bishops, Justin Welby and John Sentamu.  We lift up to you Area De, Rod Cosh—touch His body with healing.  We pray for his family to be comforted in their recent bereavement. We pray for our Parish Ministry Team, Robin and Juliet, Shola, Bill and Sue.  

Reader:  May Your will be done, on earth
Reply:  As in heaven

Creation, Human Society, the Sovereign and Those in Authority:   We pray for our Queen, Elizabeth and her husband, Philip.  We give you praise for their example of committed marriage, as they celebrate 70 years of marriage.  Please continue to bless their marriage and keep them in good health.  We pray for Theresa May as she represents Great Britain at the European Council and leads the country in Brexit negotiations. 

We pray for the family and friends of those affected by Argentina’s lost submarine.  Comfort them during this time of confusion and mystery.  

We pray for areas of continued conflict—Syria, Israel, Palestine, North Korea, Egypt.  Father, only You know the answers to these complex political situations.  Please reveal Your answers to world leaders.

Reader:  May Your will be done, on earth
Reply:  As in heaven

The Local Community:  Father of Light, abounding in lovingkindness, we pray for our community. As we prepare for Advent Season and Christmas, provide us with opportunities to share the message of Jesus.   Bless those sharing “Christmas Unwrapped” in local schools.  Use the message to help children learn how to become friends with Jesus.  Let all who are seeking truth find the Way, The Truth and the Life.

Reader:  May Your will be done, on earth
Reply:  As in heaven

Those Who Suffer:  Who pardons all our iniquities; heals all our diseases?   Who redeems our lives from the pit, and crowns us with compassion?  (Psalm 103) Only You, Precious Lord.  You earnestly remember that we are formed of dust.  Be near to who are suffering in body, mind and spirit.  Whether they are at home, in hospital, rehabilitation facility or with friends, we ask that they will experience Your healing Presence with them.

The Communion of Saints:  King David wrote “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.” Paul encouraged us “Those who have gone before us are a great cloud of witnesses; let us lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,  looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith…”  We think of Amy Clifford, at this time.  

Merciful Father, Accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Serving Jesus, Author of our faith,

"Lady Helene"



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