Our thanks, as ever, go to Maureen for providing us with this material.Dear Lord and Father . . .
Lord Jesus Christ, Living Bread:
vulnerable as bread placed in the hand,
to be accepted with joy or cast aside;
satisfying as bread to the hungry,
and giving life for the future;
broken like bread that all may share,
and as necessary as bread to sustain our living.
You are for us the bread of life
Lord Jesus Christ, Living Wine:
rich as the blood-red, sun filled grape,
taken, pressed, and destroyed, to new-create;
welcome as the clean fresh, draught
from the host to the visitor
and refreshing the traveller on the weary journey;
poured out in love that all may share,
and gift to our thirst to meet our need.
You are for us our spiritual drink.
Sun. 16 Feb. 1 Peter 1:1-16 When the world turns against you.
Mon. 17 Feb. 1 Peter 1:22-2:10 God's people abroad
Tue. 18 Feb. 1 Peter 2:13-3:7 The law of the land, the Law of God
Wed. 19 Feb. 1 Peter 3:8-22 (Not) getting thrown to the lions: a survival guide
Thu. 20 Feb. 1 Peter 4:1-11 Covering a multitude of sins
Fri. 21 Feb. 1 Peter 4:12-19 When duty calls, or danger . . .
Sat. 22 Feb. 1 Peter 5:1-13 Belonging to the communion of saints
Having shared the bread
that died to rise again,
we rise to serve the world
scattered as grain. [F H Kaan]
Sun. Pray for our own church. What's on God's heart for our church family here in Resolis & Urquhart Parish.
Mon. SU: A new All-day Inverness Mission in Culloden & Smithton runs from today until Wednesday as local schools have a mid-term break. Pray for Tim Raynes who is leading a team drawn from local churches in the area.
Tues. Intercede for Scotland as debates about the future continue in the Parliaments and across society. Ask the Lord to help those with strongly held views on constitutional matters to avoid serious division and discord. That justice and freedom might prevail.
Wed. Pray for those who have been appointed to lead our nation. As the results of last year's General Election settle, Ask God to bring unity across the UK.
Thu. Tearfund: Since 2011, 1.5 million people have fled from the Syrian conflict into neighbouring Lebanon, mostly living in informal tented settlements. Pray for the Lebanese communities and infrastructure – that they will have the capacity to support this influx of people in great need. Pray for those who have been forced from their homes, that they have safety, shelter and comfort.
Fri. Ask God to turn His loving gaze on the Syrian refugees and host communities in Lebanon. May Jesus' example of mercy inspire us all to be loving neighbours to those in need.
Sat. Ask the Holy Spirit to please increase faith, inspire compassion and instil hope in members of the UK churches that are stepping up to prayer, evangelism and community involvement during 2020. Tell God how we long for His power and love to bring healing and salvation to our land.