Have you caught World Cup fever? Were you one of 24 million who watched England win (that’s right, win!) against Colombia on Tuesday night? The England football team has been so defined by failure in the past, notably never having previously won a penalty shootout in a World Cup. Charlie Mackesy commented, “That wasn’t just winning a game of football. It was serious moral courage, and this country needed it.” Manager Gareth Southgate has garnered significant attention. Rudyard Kipling’s words, “if you can meet with triumph and disaster and treat those two imposters both the same...” were placed under two photos of Southgate; in 1996, being consoled after missing a decisive penalty, and on Tuesday, consoling a Colombian player whose penalty was saved. Sean Doherty commented, Southgate’s a “model of learning from but not being defined by your past, and persevering.” Perhaps we can learn something from football after all.
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 and give thanks for the children and young people who form such a significant part of the church community, and for those who lead and support this ministry.
Serving our community
Pray and give thanks for Anja as she finishes her year with us in the next week. Pray for a good transition as she returns home and then begins her studies in the autumn. Pray for the preparation for our World Cup event on 15 July, that it would be a vibrant celebration that brings the community together.
Bible Verse of the Week
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.”