Year 2 – Day 172

Year 2 – Day 172 – Wed 21 Feb – The builders were back and managed to get the steel on the study so work on the roof can begin. I did some more work on Fruit of the Spirit, I’m preaching in Hackney on Sunday so I’m able to get ahead on preparation a bit. I popped into town to see Alun Ebenezer briefly and then in the afternoon reworked by 2 Timothy 2 talk. I’m struggling with reading at the moment, for some reason I just can’t get into books.

We had housegroup in the evening but I managed to get a Pastoral Visit done before and a Pastoral Meeting afterwards.

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Beatitudes Confession of Sin

I rewrote this confession from the  Worship Sourcebook which is often a slightly dubious source but gives help in thinking through liturgy. The only thing I’m not sure about is confessing toughness rather than gentleness, anyway working on this did me good and I think it was helpful for us to read, sing, confess and preach the Beatitudes.

 

Lead:     God blesses those who realise their need for him and are poor in spirit, for the kingdom of heaven is given to them.

All:          But we have been proud in spirit, inflated with our own self-sufficiency, and we have forgotten how needy we are.

Lead:     God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

All:          But we have not mourned over our sins, we have treated them lightly,  and we have been unaware that our lives cause grief to the Lord.

Lead:     God blesses those who are meek and gentle and lowly, for the whole                      earth will be their inheritance.

All:          But we have valued toughness over gentleness, we have coveted that which is not ours, and we have chosen harshness over lowliness.

Lead:     God blesses those who are hungry and thirsty for righteousness, for they will receive it in full.

All:          But we have hungered after pleasures, prestige, and the possessions of this                  temporal world. We have chosen to satisfy our immediate desires.

Lead:     Lord, show us your mercy we pray.

All           Lord, have mercy upon us in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

amen

(from the Beatitudes, Matthew 5:2-6)

 

 

Lead:     God blesses those who are merciful for they will be shown mercy.

All:          But we have often been harsh judges over the lives of others.  We have been quick to place blame on anything or anyone but ourselves.

Lead:     God blesses those whose hearts are pure for they will see God.

All:          But we have defiled our hearts with idols of our own choosing, doubting that you will keep your Word and your promises.  We have compromised your truth by trying to find meaning and security in things or people but not in you, Lord.

Lead:     God blesses the peacemakers for they will be called children of God.

All:          But we have often created strife by demanding our way, rather than by

walking in your ways according to your Spirit.  We have not worked for the peace and purity of your church as we should have.

Lead:     God blesses those who are persecuted for righteousness sake for the                     kingdom of heaven is theirs.

All:          But we have retreated from the disapproval of others.  We have feared

others instead of fearing you.  We have sought to please the world rather than risk the disapproval of those who need you.

Lead:     Lord, please show us mercy.

All:          Lord, have mercy upon us in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

amen.

 

(from the Beatitudes, Matthew 5:7-10)

Yr 2 – Day 171

Year 2 – Day 171 – Tue 20 Feb – We had a good turnout at Early Morning Prayer which was encouraging. I spent the morning working on the Fruit of the Spirit, it seems to me that love is the dominant one and the others flow out from it. I love the OT references that are all over the passage, however I’m working without commentaries which is always dangerous. I was going to teach it at Cornhill next week but I don’t think it’ll be ready. Gethin was on Ruth 4 at ELT – the scandal of the sandal. We had team meeting and then I was back home. I was out doing a couple of Pastoral visits in the night.

Yr 2 – Day 170

Year 2 – Day 170 – Mon 19 Feb – The kids were back in school and then I went to meet the rest of the church staff at UWL, we’d planned 6 weeks of lunchbars and the plan was for us to flyer all morning and then hopefully students would come to the Castle Pub to hear me speak on ‘Is God Sexist?’, the flyering went well and there was positive responses but not one student came. It felt pretty sad us all waiting at the back of the pub. We’d been praying 6 people would come and so it’s hard not to be discouraged by it. We’ll give it one more go next week and see how we get on, it’s worth trying.

In the afternoon I did some more work on the Fruit of the Spirit and then in the evening was Session Meeting. We had a full agenda and weren’t done till 10.20 which is late for us. There were good decisions made and exciting things but we’re facing some challenges at the moment, lots to pray for. I’m so grateful for the elders, they are good men, when I’m tempted to be discouraged you just look around the room at the calibre of guys with their different gifts and it puts strength into you, we were missing Graham and Andrew but it was a good time.

Yr 2 – Day 169

Yr 2 – Day 169 – Sun 18 Feb – It was the last session on a Sunday morning of the deacons training and it went well , it’s been encouraging to meet with them each week. I preached on Matthew 5:13-16 and really enjoyed it. I had some of the best conversations I’ve had after sermons with folk for ages. We had folk back for the afternoon and it was good to be able to chill out. Chris R preached powerfully from Psalm 139 again and parents of people we were in uni with were around.