2 October 2022
Bible readings for today
God our shield and our rampart,
it is your strength, not the size of our faith
that supports us in all life’s difficulties;
may we be content to simply serve,
and, when our labours are done,
all gather as equals around your table;
through Jesus Christ our Liberator, who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Passing on our faith (2 Tim 1:1-14)
Paul talks about the faith that lived in Lois and Eunice and that he is sure is alive in Timothy too. Our faith is a living thing and it grows inside us however small or big, young or old we are. Jesus talked about having faith as small as a tiny tiny seed (a mustard seed) is big enough to make a difference in our lives and to other people’s lives. Sometimes our faith might feel very small, maybe when we are frightened or when we are lonely. Sometimes our faith might feel bigger, when we are in church perhaps or when we are praying.
Guarding our treasures
Our faith is our treasure and it’s the most important treasure we will ever have.
Brainstorm ways we can guard that treasure:
Who was Timothy?
Paul was a man who spread the news about Jesus in many countries of the world and Timothy worked with him. Paul wrote to Timothy to support, help and guide him in his faith.
Handing down your faith
Our family handing faith down to us: by the way they live.
Think of a member of your family who has taught you about/shown you what it is to live as a Christian.
What was it about them or about what they said that made a difference to you?
St Patrick's Breastplate
The prayer of St. Patrick's Breastplate calls on the protection of Christ in specific ways. This could be good to use as a Communion reflection, or in times of worry.
A guarding prayer
Christ be with me, Christ within me
Christ behind me, Christ before me
Christ beside me, Christ to win me
Christ to comfort me and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger
Christ in hearts of all that love me
Christ in mouth of friend or stranger.
Click this link for a printable of the prayer that you can color and decorate yourself, from Look to Him and Be radiant blog'
The Sarum Prayer
You can make up actions to go with it; there is also a sung version
God be in my head, and in my understanding;
God be in my eyes, and in my looking;
God be in my mouth, and in my speaking;
God be in my heart, and in my thinking;
God be at my end, and at my departing.
Prayer for our church
God of all people.
We thank you for our church, for all the people who worship here and for all the people who have followed you and passed on their faith to us.
We thank you for the courage of those who have followed you when it has been difficult or dangerous.
We thank you that you give each of us treasure that doesn’t cost anything, that never goes rotten and that we can never lose so long as we hold onto it: the treasure of your love for us and of your son Jesus who gives us light, grace and strength.
Help us to keep following you, especially when we are afraid or sad or tired, knowing that you are always with us.
In the name of Jesus,
Prayer of confession
God of love,
When we forget to pray
Fill us with your love and warm our hearts.
When we are embarrassed about following Jesus
Grant us courage, joy and a sense of God’s presence with us
When we are afraid
Fill us with your love and strengthen our faith.
In Jesus’ name,
What you need
What you do:
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