I don’t know about you, but it already feels like the summer is a distant memory. This week I’ve had various meetings planning the year with headteachers of local primary schools and the Pais team, and suddenly I find myself thinking about assemblies and services at Christmas and Easter! As a family we’re looking at which school Alicia might attend next year, as the application deadline is less than two months away. At the same time, 31stOctober is very much in the nation’s consciousness as it’s the (current) date we’re due to leave the European Union. Planning ahead is helpful and wise, but It’s so easy to become so focused on what’s ahead in the future that we miss out on what God wants to bring to our attention today. Variously in the Bible we are warned, “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring” (Proverbs 27:1), and Jesus counsels, “do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matthew 6:34). On the contrary, he reassures us that God knows exactly what we need – that he can give us strength to endure each day. While we trust God for our future, let’s enjoy God today.
Weekly Prayer Guide
Growing in God
Reflect on the verses below. How can you show generosity to those who may not be able to repay you?
Loving each other
Pray for Lara, our new Pais youth work volunteer as she begins life in Coventry. Pray that she would settle well into the Pais team with Rike and Jordan.
Serving our community
Pray for ministries in our city helping those who are in need – for Foodbanks, Christians Against Poverty branches, Good Neighbours, which tackles loneliness.
Bible Verse for the Week
Then Jesus said to his host, ‘When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or sisters, your relatives, or your rich neighbours; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.’