September is often seen as the beginning of a new season, mainly because it’s the beginning of a new academic year for those involved in schools or universities. Many children are experiencing a new year group or school; teachers are adjusting to new students; others are preparing to move into a new home. Next weekend our new Pais worker Lara will begin life in a new city! We’re delighted that she’s coming to join us and I know she will soon feel part of the church family. I’m so grateful that the Hicks family will be hosting her for part of her year, but I’m sure that she would be thrilled to receive invitations to your homes for lovely Sunday lunches or evening meals! Please also join with the church family picnic next weekend to welcome her. With all the uncertainty that change brings with it, it is wonderful to know we worship a God whose love is new every morning (Lam 3:22-23), who calls us to see the new thing that he’s doing in our midst (Isaiah 43:19), and who will never leave us or forsake us (Deut 31:8).
Growing in God
Reflect on the passage below. Are there times when religion or ritual stops you from experiencing all that God has for you? Pray for him to help you to enter into his freedom.
Loving each other
Pray for Lara, our new Pais youth work volunteer. She has the final week of initial training this week, and is commissioned on Friday. Pray that she would settle well into the Pais Coventry team with Rike and Jordan.
Serving our community
Pray for schools as they return for a new academic year, especially those finding it difficult to adjust. Pray for the refurbishment of the hall as it is completed this week.
Bible Verse for the Week
The Lord answered, “You hypocrites! Doesn’t each of you untie your work animals
and lead them to drink water every day—even on the Sabbath day? This woman
that I healed, a daughter of Abraham, has been held by Satan for eighteen years.
Surely it is not wrong for her to be freed from her sickness on a Sabbath day!”
When Jesus said this, all of those who were criticizing him were ashamed, but the
entire crowd rejoiced at all the wonderful things Jesus was doing.