Today’s the centenary of the end of World War 1. People around the world will reflect on the lives that were changed irrevocably, and those that were lost. Of 65 million men mobilised across Europe, 21 million were wounded, 8.5 million were killed and some 7.7 million became prisoners of war. All had family and friends whose lives were changed forever by the events of 1914-1918. We have the chance to remember, but also to pray and work for peace, looking forward with hope. Coventry’s become renowned worldwide for being the City of Peace and Reconciliation. While our church supports the Cathedral’s ministry of Reconciliation financially, I’d like us to discern whether we can be more involved; perhaps through joining the Community of the Cross of Nails, signalling our commitment to its values of “Healing the wounds of history”, “Learning to live with difference and celebrate diversity” and “Building a culture of peace”.
Weekly Prayer Guide
Growing in God
Meditate on Ephesians 2:1-10 below and give thanks to God for his grace.
Loving each other
Pray for those within our church community who are experiencing conflict in their relationships. Is there someone with whom God is calling you to be reconciled?
Serving our community
Pray for the ministry of the Community of the Cross of Nails as it seeks to build bridges between divided communities.
Bible Verse of the Week
As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world … Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.