26th July

Andy’s Update

I was walking through Coundon Wedge this afternoon and noticed that the brook has completely dried up.  This exceptionally hot and dry weather is taking its toll on crops, plants and flowers, etc. Satellite images of our “green and pleasant land” reveal instead a land that is brown, burnt and parched by the sun’s unforgiving rays. The land needs rain for life and growth, or it dries up. What I find extraordinary is that it only takes a relatively small amount of rain for the life to spring up once more.  Our spiritual lives can be very much like the land – we need the rain of God’s presence in our lives or we find that we’re thirsty and dry. As the Psalmist cries out, “You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water” (Psalm 63:1). I’ve realised that I depend on times of refreshing from God, which is why I prioritise regular retreat days and also why as a family we’re going to New Wine next week – I know that these short times of receiving from God will bring refreshment, renewal and new life that will last. When was the last time you took time to tend your soul and allow God’s new life to bubble up in you?

Weekly Prayer Guide

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

Pray for those who are struggling in this intense heat. Pray that God would show you how you can demonstrate his love.

Serving our community

As school summer holiday begin, 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

You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you;
I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you,
in a dry and parched land where there is no water.

 I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory.
Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.

 I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands.

 (Psalm 63:1-4)