July 12th

Andy’s Update

Throughout the summer our Sunday services will be centred around the life of David, perhaps the most well-known figure in the Old Testament. He is well-known as composer, warrior and king, the boy who slew a giant, and also for his spectacular failings.  As I mentioned here a few weeks ago, as I was reading through his life story in 1 Samuel, I’ve been struck by the importance of friendship to David.  Jonathan’s advocacy and protection probably saved David’s life from Saul; his Mighty Men were men who stood by him, with whom he battled and shared life; but most of all, what kept David going was his friendship with God.  God called him from obscurity, guided and equipped him to lead his country, gave him hope for his future, and crucially forgave him when he messed up.  That precious gift of friendship from God is one that is available to us.  Jesus himself was known as the friend of sinners.  He looked at his disciples, whom he called to be with him, to share life with him, and he called them his friends.  We too can be friends with Jesus, our advocate, protector and guide. Isn’t that amazing!?

Weekly Prayer Guide

Growing in God

Pray and meditate on the words of Jesus below. What challenges you? What encourages you?

Loving each other

Pray for those who are struggling in the heat.  Is there anything you can do to be a blessing to them?

Serving our community

Pray for school communities that are nearing the end of term, for energy and that they will end the term well.

Bible Verse of the Week

My command is this: love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.”

 (John 15:12-15)