Last week Archie, Prince Harry and Meghan’s son was baptised. It was a private family affair. While it’s understandable that the service was held in this way, baptism was designed to be an occasion with the church at the heart, as we celebrate together that a new member has joined the community of faith of all tribes and tongues across the world and across the ages, acknowledging that despite our differences, we are united in Jesus Christ and “children of the same heavenly father”. In baptism we all state our commitment to pray for the adult or child and bring them up in the way of faith, recognising that it’s impossible to be a Christian (or to bring up Christians) on our own. Liz and I are thrilled to be celebrating Ben’s official entry into the church family today, grateful for your support of us throughout our time here and for the fact that he has so many role models and teachers (not just in Sunday School) of all ages who will help him discover what it means to be a follower and worshipper of Jesus. Thank you to Pauline and others who have worked behind the scenes to make this such a special family – and church family – occasion.
Weekly Prayer Guide
Growing in God
Reflect on the verses below. Pray that God would help you keep your life well-lighted and restore a sense of wonder to you.
Loving each other
Pray for Thanize, that she would settle well into her new home in Sao Paulo and find the right job. Pray and give thanks for the young people who are such a significant part of the church community, and for those who lead and support this ministry.
Serving our community
Pray for the building work to refurbish the hall that will take place this summer. Give thanks for God’s financial provision, pray that the work will be completed smoothly and that it will be a blessing to the community.
Bible Verse for the Week
Your eye is a lamp, lighting up your whole body. If you live wide-eyed in wonder and belief, your body fills up with light. If you live squinty-eyed in greed and distrust, your body is a dank cellar. Keep your eyes open, your lamp burning, so you don’t get musty and murky. Keep your life as well-lighted as your best-lighted room.”
(Luke 11:34-36, Message)