“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, his love endures forever” (1 Chronicles 16:34); “Bless the Lord, my soul and forget not all his benefits” (Psalm 103:2); “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:18). The Bible is littered with encouragements for God’s people to be those who are characterised by an attitude of gratitude. It seems difficult at times to be thankful, especially when circumstances are difficult, and yet, whatever we’re going through, we have so much for which to give thanks. Of course, at St Christopher’s Church we have particular reason to give thanks, with the church hall refurbishment, which we’ve been able to undertake thanks to God’s amazing financial provision. We enjoy many blessings, and at harvest time it’s good and right to remember that God is the source of all these. Let’s join with the writers of Scripture and give thanks to him.
Weekly Prayer Guide
Growing in God
How much do you spend time giving thanks to God? Why don’t you begin to set aside some time this week to give thanks? How can this become a regular habit?
Loving each other
Pray for life groups as they meet. Pray for deepening of relationships with each other and with God.
Serving our community
Pray and give thanks for our uniformed groups and the role they have in the community. Pray for the provision of new leaders, especially for the Scout sections.
Bible Verse for the Week
David praised the Lord in the presence of the whole assembly, saying,
“Praise be to you, Lord, the God of our father Israel, from everlasting to everlasting.
Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendour, for everything in heaven and earth is yours.
Yours, Lord, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all.
Wealth and honour come from you; you are the ruler of all things.
In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all.
Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name.”
(1 Chronicles 29:10-13)