We had some good news at church today - the Presbytery is allowing us to call a part-time Minister. With the many cut-backs happening in the wider Church, it had been doubtful if we would be able to do this, but we have. Our many prayers have been answered. The sermon today was all about prayer too. Paul's prayer for the church at Ephesus, (Eph 3:14-12) and Our Lord's teaching on prayer ( Matt 6: 9-13). We heard how prayer is often unanswered because we do not humble ourselves and pray in Faith. Yet Jesus himself tells us that when you pray, believe that you have received. Jesus also said in Matt 18:19 -
"Again I tell you that if two of you on earth agree on anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in Heaven."
Later, as a few of us were sitting over a cup of tea, in the church hall, chatting about the news of the decision on calling a minister, we felt moved to have a moment of prayer. It was a such powerful moment, and I really felt some of the difficulties we have faced were removed, and some real healing occurred.
There is much in this world in need of prayer right now - this week I have been particularly thinking of those suffering from the effects of extreme weather - wherever and whatever it may be - drought, flooding, gales or snow. I ask that you might take a moment to pray with me for those affected.
Our father in Heaven, You have created a beautiful world for us to care for. And yet, amid the wonder of this creation, we find ourselves struggling, battered by the elements. Our lives are changed, homes swept away, crops ruined. The Earth is crying out. Lord, we have not listened to this cry, and we have been poor stewards of your gift to us. Forgive us, Father, hear our prayer for all affected by these extremes today. Bring them relief and hope. Be also with those who are working to help them. We ask these prayers in the name of your beloved Son, Jesus. Amen.