Good News: A Weekly Update from St Thomas Church—July 21, 2016
“Ask and it will be given you; search and you will find; knock and the door will be opened for you.” The gospel for this coming Sunday opens with a request from one of Jesus’ disciples, “Lord, teach us to pray.” Jesus then gives them words that we recognize as the beginning of The Lord’s Prayer.
He then goes on to explain, saying, “Seek first the Kingdom of God, and it’s righteousness...” followed closely by the words above.
So, what are we to ask for? A lottery win? A new job? A return to health for ourselves or a loved one? Peace in our families, communities and our world? Perhaps – and more: Pray for the grace to recognize God’s abundance in our daily life and the lives of others. Be thankful for it. Pass on the good news of blessings to others, and pray for God’s mercy, forgiveness and love in all aspects of life on this earth.
Let us pray:
O God, the protector of all who trust in you, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: Increase and multiply upon us your mercy; that, with you as our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal, that we lose not the things eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Peace and blessing, Carol+
* All the readings for Sundays, Saints Days and Special Observances may be found here: http://www.lectionarypage.net/
Just a reminder: Summer worship schedule has begun: one service at 9:00am, with hymns and other music. Family or friends visiting for the weekend? Invite them to join you for worship at St Thomas!
Many will be traveling throughout the summer. Please remember to help St Thomas Church by keeping your pledge up to date! Also, if you visit another church, please bring back a service leaflet – always nice to see what other churches are doing.