This Week's Life Line
Week commencing 29th November 2020
Watching and Waiting
Read Mark 13. 24 – end
Prayer for the week
What does Advent mean to you?
What kinds of things might we expect to ‘see’ and ‘hear’ in the end times?
How do we ‘keep watch’ and are there ways in which we can ‘wait well’?
How might watching and waiting be different during a global pandemic?
as your kingdom dawns,
turn us from the darkness of sin to the
light of holiness,
that we may be ready to meet you
in our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen
Readings for the week
Monday Psalms 47, Ezekiel 47.1-12 & John 12.20-32
Tuesday Psalms 80, Isaiah 43.1-13 & Revelation 20
Wednesday Psalms 7, Isaiah 43.14-end & Revelation 21.1-8
Thursday Psalms 42, Isaiah 44.1-8 & Rev. 21.9-21
Friday Psalms 25, Isaiah 44.9-23 & Rev. 21.22-22.5
Saturday Psalms 9, Isaiah 44.24-45.13 & Rev.22.6-end
Prayer Topics: for Sunday 29th November and the coming week:
Today, Sunday 29th November is the first Sunday of Advent and marks the start of the period when we wait expectantly and prepare for the coming of Christ, not only to mark His birth in Bethlehem but also His second coming at a date or time we do not know.
Please pray, whether in ‘Zoom’ Church or at home: –
We pray that we each may hear the call of Jesus and follow in his service recognising that he is our Lord and King. Help us to encourage and support each other in the work that we do in His name.
We give thanks for the news of more potential vaccines that, once approved, will provide protection against Covid-19; we are grateful for the inspiration, hard work and dedication of the immunologists and other scientists for their efforts over the last months to find a solution.
We pray, as we come to the end of “Lockdown 2”, that we all, our families, our friends and the nation as a whole, will respect the need to continue to be careful in the face of the virus particularly as we enter a season normally marked by parties and family gatherings.
In the meantime, we continue to pray for those working in the NHS and care. services who are facing additional pressures due to the number of people infected with Covid-19; knowing that the virus is present in our community, in our schools and care homes.
We continue to answer the call of our Archbishops and other church leaders to join and pray as part of the ‘Prayer for the Nation’ initiative; and throughout the week we especially remember –
Our families, friends, and loved ones (on Sunday)
Our schools, colleges, children and young people (Monday)
The elderly, isolated and vulnerable (Tuesday)
Businesses, workplaces and the economy (Wednesday)
The NHS, carers and key workers (Thursday)
Our national and local governments (Friday), and
Those who are grieving and suffering with physical and mental ill-health (Saturday).
We Pray “Are you OK?” – help us Lord to reach out to those who outwardly may seem strong and stable but who internally may be broken, hurt or struggling for whatever reason – help us to offer the comfort that only Jesus can provide abundantly.
We pray for those, known to us, who are unwell whether physically or mentally, whether in hospital or at home; praying that they all may receive the care and support they need at this time and they know the healing touch of Jesus. And for those awaiting treatments and operations we pray these may not be unduly delayed in the current circumstance. We remember especially: -
Bishop Peter whose treatment for leukaemia continues.
We pray for those who may be known to us and have recently died; and for their family and friends asking that they all may know the love and care of Jesus as they mourn the passing of their loved ones.
For these and all things we pray in the name of Jesus. Amen
Next week's services
Whilst we await details of the specific restrictions that will apply in our area, it looks as if our churches will be able to reopen for public worship from Sunday 6th December. Numbers will remain limited and therefore, could you please once again remember to let the office know that you intend to come by Thursday 3rd December at 2pm. Full details of the new arrangements, regular and Christmas services will be published on our website and elsewhere as soon as possible.
Note from Sonia – I will be back working in the office on Thursday so will be able to pick up any phone bookings.
We will be offering a short weekly reflective act of worship during Advent on zoom. The first of these will be on Tuesday 1st December at 7pm. The zoom link will be on our website calendar and will be emailed out next Monday.
Comfort and Joy
Our Christmas services and outreach will seek to offer 'comfort and joy' to our local communities. Look out for more details of ways you can get involved including #Jesusrocks, Christingles to go and Comfort and Joy bags, and Christmas services with a difference.
More zoom links
You would be warmly welcome at our early morning prayer meeting Tuesday at 8am and Wednesday midweek service 10am both this week on zoom. Links to follow.
Services 6th Dec
10.00am – Morning Worship – Compton Dundon
10.00am – Morning Worship – Walton
10.30am – Morning Worship – Mission Church
10.30am – Holy Communion – Street Parish Church
Rev’d Ana Lawrence – 01458 841373, firstname.lastname@example.org
Website - https://swcd-churches.org.uk/
Office - email@example.com 01458 442671
Copy for next LifeLine to Sonia Beaty by midday next Thursday, firstname.lastname@example.org