On Monday 11thFebruary I’ll have the privilege of visiting Dresden as part of a group from Coventry. As well as remembering the bombing of the city in 1945, we’ll celebrate 60 years since Coventry and Dresden became twin cities. As dresden.de states, “this partnership has become an international symbol for reconciliation and the will for peace, since the two cities which had suffered so greatly during the Second World War [first] stretched out hands of friendship in the mid-fifties”, which was formalised in 1959. The visit will have personal significance for me: as well as returning to my grandmother’s hometown, I’ll be sharing the story of my grandparents, reading excerpts of the book I wrote about their relationship. Though the events took place over seventy years ago, they’ve never felt so relevant: they remind us that love can destroy barriers and overcome hate. I pray that God would help us to be a community defined by his extraordinary love.
Weekly Prayer Guide
Growing in God
Spend some time meditating on the verses below. Give thanks for Jesus, God’s beloved Son who took on our human frailty to enable us to have those same words, “You are my beloved child” whispered by God over us.
Loving each other
Give thanks for the children and families who are such a vital part of our church. Pray for all those who are involved in leading our children’s and youth ministry, which is so vital for our church. Ask God if you could serve him in this way.
Serving our community
Pray for God’s blessing on the businesses in our community, that they would flourish. Pray particularly for the Mocha Lounge and other places where people gather. Pray for the ministry of Pais Coventry – for Thanize, Rike and new team member, Jordan, that they will be effective and fruitful in sharing God’s love with the young people in our church and schools.
Bible Verse of the Week
When all the people were being baptised, Jesus was baptised too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: ‘You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.’