In recent weeks there has been a great deal of focus on leaders, whether they are President Trump whose visit to UK was marked by protests and controversy; Prime Minister Theresa May who has been “clinging to power” while cabinet ministers have been resigning around her over proposals for Brexit; President Putin, who has this week met for a summit with Trump; or Gareth Southgate, who has been hailed for his leadership, lauded as a role model and credited with transforming the country’s perception of the England football team, even having a tube station named after him for 48 hours in tribute to his achievements. Leaders matter. They always have. At the moment in my personal Bible devotions I am following the story of Israel in the Old Testament from Joshua when they entered into the Promised Land through the time of the Kings to exile and restoration in Nehemiah and Ezra. I have been struck time and again how the competence of leaders impacted the nation, and how success seemed directly related to how closely the leaders and their people walked with God. While it’s so easy to criticise, let’s make sure that we pray for those in leadership, that they might enable their people to “Act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with God.”
Growing in God
Summer is often a time of rest and recreation. How can you make time and space to be spiritually renewed? Why not make a resolution for summer to read a book of the Bible or perhaps a Christian book that you’d find inspiring.
Loving each other
Give thanks for those who serve the church through volunteering with our children’s and youth work. Pray for a good time of rest in the summer holiday. Pray for our families with children, that in the summer holidays they will grow closer together and closer to God together.
Serving our community
School summer holiday starts this week. Pray that children and those who work in education have a great time of rest and relaxation and stay safe and well cared for so that they all can go back next term ready and keen to learn and grow.
Bible Verse of the Week
An expert in the law asked Jesus, “Who is my neighbour?”
Jesus answered, “A man was attacked by robbers. … Which of these three do you think was a neighbour to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”
The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”
Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
(Luke 10:29-30, 36-37)