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Friday 1st May 2020 Bible 2020 Day 122
Jeremiah 17:9-10 Read together and then chat about whether what people do and say shows us what they are like ‘inside’. How does it make us feel that God knows what is going on?
Saturday 2nd May 2020 Bible 2020 Day 123
Jeremiah 31:33-34 Read together and then spend time imagining and chatting about what the world would be like if everyone knew God.
Sunday 3rd May 2020 Bible 2020 Day 124
Joel 2:12-13 Read together. When you get to ‘He is...’ get one person to read ‘He is...’ and everyone else to shout the words that describe him e.g. gracious, tender, kind etc.
10:30Service Live Stream Carnoustie Church Facebook Live
19:00Candle Lighting & Prayer Carnoustie Church Facebook Live
Good Shepherd, watch over us today In all we face and experience. Never leave us or forsake us And journey with us always. Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer. Good Shepherd, you know us As no-one else knows us. Guard us and keep us, As you guard and keep those whom we love. Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer. Good Shepherd, we pray for the sick and the lonely; For the anxious and the bereaved; For those whose pain is beyond our comprehension. We stand with them and commend them to your care. Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer. Good Shepherd, we pray for the carers in hospitals and in homes And for all who serve the needs of others. May the example of living compassion Inspire us in our care for others. Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer. Good Shepherd, you know the depths of our heart And the fears which are ours. Speak into the depths of our heart And calm our fears. Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer. Good Shepherd, you know us by our name And our identity is not hidden from you. Gather us to yourself as a Shepherd gathers the sheep, That we might know your Name. Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.
Monday 4th May 2020 Bible 2020 Day 125
Hosea 14:2-3 People call this Star Wars day, because of the phrase ‘May the force (fourth) be with you!’ Read and then chat about the force of God’s forgiveness and what he could do for us and the world.
10:00Prayer Group on Zoom
Tuesday 5th May 2020 Bible 2020 Day 126
Psalm 51:1-4 Wash something together e.g. the dog, the bath, the car. In the middle of washing, stop and read the passage together and then keep on washing, asking God to wash away all your sin.
19:30Angus Presbytery Meeting on Zoom
Wednesday 6th May 2020 Bible 2020 Day 127
Daniel 9:17-19 Film your reading in your community e.g. walking through it, sitting on a bench, outside a shop, and then take time to pray that people there will know God’s love.
19:00Midweek Focus Bible Study Cancelled until further notice
Thursday 7th May 2020 Bible 2020 Day 128
Ezekiel 36:24-28 Have some fun with water together e.g. splashing in a basin, a water fight, drawing patterns on the ground with water. Read together and include the water in your film!
14:00Guild Meeting Cancelled until further notice
20:00Clap For Carers Carnoustie Church Facebook Live
Friday 8th May 2020 VE Day 75th Anniversary
Prayer for the 75th Anniversary of VE Day Trusting the promises of God, and with faith in his mercy, let us pray to the Lord on this the 75th Anniversary of VE Day Let us pray. Let us give thanks for the selfless and courageous service and sacrifice of those who brought peace to Europe, and for the good example they have given us. Silence Let us pray for nations still devastated by war, for their people and their leaders, and for those who suffer the effects or memories of past wars; for veterans, for those who mourn, and for all innocent victims whose lives have been shattered by the cruelty of others. Silence Let us give thanks for those who work for peace and liberty throughout the world, for the Armed Forces of the Crown, and for all who strive to bring an end to injustice and oppression. Silence Let us pray for those in our own day who have grown weary or lost hope as a result of violence or terror; for all refugees and displaced people, and for those who seek to address the causes of discord and distrust. Silence Let us give thanks for the reconciliation of former enemies, for the flourishing of goodwill between them, and for the many blessings we enjoy as a result of the sacrifices which have made for peace. Silence Let us pray for the young people of our own day and for all who will shape the future of this nation, that they may be inspired by those who have gone before them to serve as they have been served. Silence As generations before us fought for peace,that the world might never again know such violence and destruction. may we work for peace and reconciliation in our homes and communities, and promote peace throughout the world. Silence As they fought for justice, that the scourge of prejudice and oppression might never again take root in our societies may we work for a world in which hatred and injustice never have the final word, and where all people can flourish with dignity and hope. Silence As they struggled so that the whole human family might know good will, security, and freedom. may we always acknowledge how precious are the gifts which God has entrusted to us, and exercise the freedoms and responsibilities we have with gratitude and humility. Silence So we pledge ourselves to serve you and all humankind, in the cause of peace, for the relief of want and suffering, and for the praise of your name. May almighty God, who has given us the will to undertake these things, bless us with the strength to perform them. Guide us by your Spirit; give us wisdom; give us courage; give us hope; and keep us faithful now and always. Amen.
 Bible 2020 Day 129
Titus 3:3-7 Play a round of the card game ‘Cheat’. Read the passage and chat about the times we want to lie and cheat in real life. Pray that God will fill us with his kindness and love.
Saturday 9th May 2020 Bible 2020 Day 130
Romans 3:21-24 Read together and measure each other. Who is tallest? Chat about what Paul means by ‘falling short’ or not ‘measuring up’ to God’s goodness.
Sunday 10th May 2020 Bible 2020 Day 131
Romans 8:1-2 Put on some dance music and dance about while someone films and reads today’s verses. Say thank you to God often today, for setting us free.
 Christian Aid Week Day 1
10:30Service Live Stream Carnoustie Church Facebook Live
19:00Scottish Churches Call To Prayer Carnoustie Church Facebook
“Today, in these times, we pray that we may sense Christ’s guiding presence: Come, Jesus Christ, come my way; showing me your way, through these disorientating days, and opening my eyes to your accompanying presence. Come, Jesus Christ, come my way; teaching me your truth, through these confounding days and opening my mind to your living Word. Come Jesus Christ, come my way; revealing to me your life, through these bewildering days, and opening my heart to the fulness of your being. Amen.
Monday 11th May 2020 Bible 2020 Day 132
2 Corinthians 5:17-20 Read, and then clear out some old stuff from your house e.g. clothes or toys. As you work, chat about what God wants to get rid of in our lives,and the new things he gives us.
 Christian Aid Week Day 2
10:00Prayer Group on Zoom
13:45Knitting For Others Cancelled until further notice
19:30Church Life & Worship Team on Zoom
Tuesday 12th May 2020 Bible 2020 Day 133
Hebrews 10:19-23 Read today’s verses with great confidence and joy, and bring smiles and laughter to the video wall. Whenever you use water today remember that we can come close to God because of Jesus.
 Christian Aid Week Day 3
Wednesday 13th May 2020 Bible 2020 Day 134
2 Peter 3:8-9 Ask one person to watch the clock. Everyone else shuts their eyes and indicates when they think one minute has passed. How accurate were you? Read the passage. What does God think about time?
 Christian Aid Week Day 4
10:00Good Neighbours Drop-In Cafe Cancelled until further notice
Thursday 14th May 2020 Bible 2020 Day 135
Jonah 1:1-6 Play a game of ‘Sardines’ (one person hides and everyone looks. When they find the hidden person they join them in the hiding place). Read and film together once everyone is in the hiding place.
 Christian Aid Week Day 5
20:00Clap For Carers Carnoustie Church Facebook Live
Friday 15th May 2020 Bible 2020 Day 136
Jonah 1:11-17 Read over today’s verse then film yourselves reading it with lots of appropriate sound effects e.g. wild seas, shouting sailors etc. Chat about how Jonah and the sailors must have felt in all this chaos.
 Christian Aid Week Day 6
Saturday 16th May 2020 Bible 2020 Day 137
Jonah 2:7-10 Read today’s verses and then shout out lots of things that God has done for us!
 Christian Aid Week Day 7
11:00Installation Service For New Moderator CofS Website
Sunday 17th May 2020 Bible 2020 Day 138
Jonah 3:1-5 Read together while walking/driving (the driver will not be taking part!) through your village, town or city. Pray that the people in your place would hear God speaking to them. What might God say?
10:30Service Live Stream Carnoustie Church Facebook Live
Order Of Service Intro: The Lord is my Salvation Welcome Introit: Hymn 426 All heaven declares Reflections Call to Worship Hymn 438 The head that once was crowned with thorns Prayers Notices Reading: John 15:26 - 16:15 Hymn 583 Spirit divine, attend our prayers Prayers for others Talk Hymn 466 Before the throne of God above Benediction May the Lord bless you
14:00Heart & Soul CofS Website & Facebook
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Living God, you are our Creator and our Maker And the very breath of life is given as your gift. We thank you for the gift of life And we embrace and treasure that gift. Living God, you are the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ Whose presence in the world reveals your love for us. In the giving of your Son, You reveal the depths of your love. Living God, your Son embraced the Cross And the depths of human suffering. We thank you that you delivered him On the day of Resurrection. Living God, as you spoke to the bereft and the orphaned in days past, Speak to the bereft and the orphaned in days present. Speak to the uncertain and the anxious. Speak into the depths of our incomprehension and fear. Living God, your promise Is that we will not be left alone to face the world. We thank you that through the gift of your Spirit That promise is fulfilled. Living God, be with all who sustain our common life at this time, Carers and nurses, cleaners and porters, Doctors and ambulance staff, delivery drivers and posties. Through their giving our common life is sustained. Living God, as you have watched over us in the past, Watch over us in the present. As once more we thank you, that through Christ And by your Holy Spirit, we are not alone. Amen
Monday 18th May 2020 Bible 2020 Day 139
Jonah 4:6-10 Read together under a large tree or sunshade (whatever the weather!) Chat together about some of the little things in life that really annoy us and what are the things we should really be bothered about!
10:00Prayer Group on Zoom
Tuesday 19th May 2020 Bible 2020 Day 140
Psalm 23:1-6 Read today’s verses in a location that connects with the words e.g. lying on some grass, beside a river, at your dinner table, at your front door. Chat about which bit of the Psalm you like best and why?
Wednesday 20th May 2020 Bible 2020 Day 141
Psalm 98:4-7 Make music to accompany today’s reading! Use whatever instruments you have available, make your own drum (spoons and a pot), clap, shout and sing!
19:00Midweek Focus Bible Study Cancelled until further notice
19:30Path of Renewal Team Meeting on Zoom
Thursday 21st May 2020 Thy Kingdom Come Day 1
Day 1: Jesus God so loved... Reading: For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. John 3.16-17 Reflection: John 3.16 is one of the best known verses in the Bible because it emphasises God’s love for everyone. Jesus didn’t just love those who are easy to love, He loved the people who hated Him, who despised Him; He loved the people that others looked down on. He didn’t just love some people – He loved the whole world. This speaks about the action that God took to show His love towards us – it shows us how love is an active word. God loved us so much that He chose to send His beloved child for us. Not because of anything that we did, not because we deserved it; but because He’s a loving God. God’s love is selfless and sacrificial and shows us what we are worth to Him. If God can love anyone, the least we can do is to do the same. Prayer: Loving God, thank You that You gave Your Son Jesus for me, and for all people. Help me accept the love that You showed me in sending Your Son. I pray for my five friends. Please open their hearts to Your love. And teach me to love more truly. Amen Action: Ask yourself: is there anyone that comes to mind who God may be bringing to your attention?
 Bible 2020 Day 142
Psalm 66:1-5 Read together and draw a picture or make a list of all of the things you think are awesome deeds that God has done in the Bible, the world and your own life.
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Friday 22nd May 2020 Thy Kingdom Come Day 2
Day 2: Praise This is love Reading: Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 1 Corinthians 13.4-7 Reflection: Love is lived out. Love is not just a declaration. It is commitment in action. That God feels love for us is absolutely amazing. It is humbling. He’s always seeking to shape our lives by His love and he’s patient and kind with us. One thing that God can really challenge us on is whether our Christian lives show something different which is worth living for. If there’s nothing that looks particularly necessary or attractive about being a Christian, then what’s the point? We should go out of our way to try and demonstrate God to as many people as we can, not just in our prayers but in our actions and in our praise to Him. We should be loving people and full of God’s goodness, joy and grace. They may not call it ‘God’ at the time, but there’s something special about you which is your relationship with God. The fruit of that relationship is a loving nature. Prayer: Loving God, thank You for the way You love us. Please help me by the power of Your Holy Spirit to love as You love, so that my five people may come to know You. Action: In the next few weeks, how could you share the joy and love that we can find in Jesus with one of your 5 friends?
 Bible 2020 Day 143
Psalm 33:1-5 Make up a tune and sing this Psalm today, let’s fill the video wall with song!
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Saturday 23rd May 2020 Thy Kingdom Come Day 3
Day 3: Thanks First loved Reading: God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins… We love because he first loved us. 1 John 4.9-10, 19 Reflection: It is so powerful that even when we didn’t know God and didn’t really care about God, He loved us. He doesn’t love us because we do things right or dislike us because we do things wrong. The revolution of His love for us is that it can’t be earned. He just loves us. It is a pure gift. In the same way God loves us before we knew it, He works for all whether they know it or not. God is working in everyone’s life. Some people see it, some people don’t. God’s love acts for all – but what God wants more than anything is for us to recognise it and welcome it. The calling of Christians is to be those who point out how God is already at work in their lives; it is a calling to be channels, not creators of God’s love. Prayer: Loving God, thank You that before we loved You, You loved us first. We recognise Your love for us today and choose to love You too. Thank You for my friends. Please open my friends’ eyes to Your love and action for them. Action: It is easy to take people for granted. Are there ways today that you can demonstrate to those you are praying for how grateful you are for them being in your life?
 Bible 2020 Day 144
Psalm 96:7-10 Read together and chat about what offering you could bring to God today e.g. your time, money, friendship, love, behaviour.
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Sunday 24th May 2020 Thy Kingdom Come Day 4
Day 4: Sorry While we were still sinners Reading: For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. Indeed, rarely will anyone die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person someone might actually dare to die. But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us. Romans 5.6-8 Reflection: What’s beautiful about the Christian story is that God loved us before we came to the realisation that we’re not perfect or righteous in our own strength, and before we turned to accept His love. The love of God we see shown in countless Bible stories comes from a broken heart. It is a love for someone which feels like an ache in the pit of the stomach. The kind of love which would do anything, however irrational it may seem to others, to find what is lost. As we shall read in tomorrow’s reflection, it is the love which risks everything for the sake of one who is lost. Prayer: Loving God, I am sorry for the times when I have not loved others as You love. Thank You that, before I thought of confessing, You had forgiven me. I confess all that is not right in my life today and ask for the forgiveness You so lovingly give. May this love transform my friends’ lives also. Action: During this week, how can I lay aside something important to me, so as to better serve one of my five?
 Bible 2020 Day 145
Psalm 47:6-9 Read together and chat about what you would do if you were the ruler of the whole world? Talk to God about what you chatted about; he really is the King of the whole world.
10:30Service Live Stream Carnoustie Church Facebook Live
Order Of Service Intro: Thy Kingdom Come! Lord teach us (Woodlands) Welcome Introit: Hymn 619/620 Spirit of the Living God Reflections Call to Worship Hymn 436 Christ triumphant Prayers Notices Reading: Luke 24: 36-53 Hymn 62 Sing a new song to the Lord Prayers for others Talk Hymn 439 Look, ye saints! The sight is glorious Benediction May the Lord bless you
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Living God and gracious Father, Protect and shield us. Living God, protect and shield All whom we love, Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Living God, your Son now sits in your presence And shares in your glory and honour. We thank you for the promise That his presence shall be renewed for us, Through the gift of the Holy Spirit. Living God, we thank you that Jesus prayed for us And that he continues to intercede for us. We thank you that he continues to pray For us and for our protection, Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Living God, we pray for the life of the world We thankyou for all those who,in these days, Strive to protect and shield us. Renew them in heart and soul, andmind and strength,Through the gift of the Holy Spirit. Living God, renew us we pray and renew the life of the world. For you so lovedthe world thatyou gave your Son That we might share in the life of the world to come. Hear our prayer, now and always, Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Monday 25th May 2020 Thy Kingdom Come Day 5
Day 5: Offer The lost sheep Reading: Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him. And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, “This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.” So he told them this parable: “Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it? When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders and rejoices. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ Luke 15.1-6; see also Matthew 18.12-14 Reflection: The loving God pursues us. He leaves the ninety nine to find the one. From a rational perspective, He would do better to guard his ninety nine and forsake the one that He’s lost because that would be more profitable. But actually, God’s love doesn’t seek profit – every individual sheep is worth pursuing. Sometimes we can be exclusive about the people that we want to show love and care to. In verse 2 we read: ‘the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners, and eats with them”’. But the Jesus that we claim to follow had no requirement for those he ate with. The sinners and the tax collectors were people that he came to find. Jesus went to Matthew’s house – Matthew the tax collector – to have dinner with him. Jesus went out of his way to spend time to eat with a group of people whom society rejected. In the same way, Jesus left Heaven and came down, not only to dine with us but also to die for us. He has done everything to find us. Prayer: Loving God, thank You for coming to find us with Your love. Please reveal your love and peace to my friends. Action: Depending on where you are in the world, you may not be able to invite loved ones to church. But church was never a building, but the people of God. Therefore, in what ways can we leave our comfort zone and imitate Jesus by reaching out to them?
 Bible 2020 Day 146
Psalm 105:1-4 Read together, make it really loud and clear, take your time! Try and write your own Psalm, what would you say? How would you say it?
11:00Prayer Group on Zoom
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13:45Knitting For Others Cancelled until further notice
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Tuesday 26th May 2020 Thy Kingdom Come Day 6
Day 6: Pray for let us love Reading: Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 1 John 4.7 Reflection: What would the world be like if everybody loved each other? Imagine that! Of course love is difficult because our human nature, although capable of great love, is imperfect. Our selfishness keeps getting in the way. The Christian church is called to be a community of acceptance, forgiveness and love. This is not a cheap, easy, rose-tinted, naïve love. It is the stuff of revolution. As Mother (St) Theresa said, ‘I only love God as much as I love the person I love the least’. It is only possible with the Father’s love, Christ’s example and the Spirit’s power. And God teaches us to love as we pray. To pray is to love. Prayer: Loving God, help me to know You more. Through knowing You, may I show You more and love as You love. Please show Your love to my five friends – through me and others who love You. Action: How could you remind yourself to pray for your five friends? Could you set an alarm on your phone every day to pray that they may come to know your Jesus’ love?
 Bible 2020 Day 147
Psalm 100:1-5 If you can, find someone who is a different generation from the people you normally read Bible 2020 with and do today’s reading with them - they don’t need to be able to read to be part of it!
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Wednesday 27th May 2020 Thy Kingdom Come Day 7
Day 7: Help Love is an action word Reading: We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us—and we ought to lay down our lives for one another. How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help? Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action. 1 John 3.16-18 Reflection: When St John says, ‘Dear children’ he’s speaking to everyone, all the children of God. He says we shouldn’t just say we love people if we’re not doing anything to show that love – that if we have material possessions and yet we don’t show any pity for our brother or sister – how is that love? Not to say that that’s the only way to love people, but that’s a very practical way to love people. How generous are we as Christians? How caring are we as Christians? How hospitable are we as Christians, especially when it is not in our self-interest? If we don’t act, it’s almost as if we think we deserve to be in a better position because it’s only by God’s grace that we’re not in the position of the one in need. Jesus himself says: ‘For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ Everything that we do to people, we do as if we do it to Christ. Prayer: Loving God, thank You for Your costly love. Please may my five friends understand something of the strength of Your love for them. Help us to use our resources well. Action: How could you use what you already have to show others how alive and active the love of Jesus is?
 Bible 2020 Day 148
Psalm 103:1-6 Read together. Take a piece of A4 paper. Write or draw all the things that make you feel sad or down (in the pit!). Make it into a paper aeroplane and watch it soar like an eagle, know that God is with you.
10:00Good Neighbours Drop-In Cafe Cancelled until further notice
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Thursday 28th May 2020 Thy Kingdom Come Day 8
Day 8: Adore Who shall separate us? Reading: No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8.37-39 Reflection: We expect there must be something that can separate us from the love of God. But God is saying, ‘I don’t care where you are, what you’re doing, how far away you are: my love for you will not change.’ Sometimes we think that God’s love is dependent on the way we act. But God is saying, ‘Listen, not even the heights of this earth could separate me or stop me from loving you.’ Christianity is first a relationship with God through Jesus, not first a series of activities! The love of God is ultimately expressed in the Cross of Christ, which stands for all time as the sign and assurance of God’s unchanging love. Prayer: Loving God, thank You for Your love from which nothing can separate us, and which does not depend on our efforts. Please reveal this love and the peace it brings, in the lives of the five people I am praying for. Action: Think about how you can show someone that they are loved and known by God.
 Bible 2020 Day 149
Psalm 65:1-5 Eat something good together while you do today’s reading. Think of all the good things God gives us and chat about them.
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Friday 29th May 2020 Thy Kingdom Come Day 9
Day 9: Celebrate The Father's Love Reading: So he set off and went to his father. But while he was still far off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion; he ran and put his arms around him and kissed him. Then the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his slaves, ‘Quickly, bring out a robe—the best one—and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. And get the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate; for this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found!’ And they began to celebrate. Luke 15.20-24 Reflection: How joyful God is when He welcomes us back. We can have such skewed ideas of God as if He is an angry dictator or fault-finding headteacher. But actually, God is love and His attitude towards us is compassion and grace. Even when we are far from Him, He is willing to run and meet us, the way this father did. Look how it says, ‘But while he was still far off ’ – the father didn’t wait for the son to come all the way to him, but he went and made up the distance. God does that. God doesn’t just wait – He comes out to us in His love and He stretches His arms in welcome. God is stretching His arm out right now, moving down the road waiting for your friends to come home. Prayer: Loving God, please get my friends on the road where they see You running to meet them. Thank You that You welcome us with joy however far or however long we have been away. Action: Think of how you have been hurt by someone, or disagreed with them. How could you reach out and meet them where they are, just as Jesus does for us?
 Bible 2020 Day 150
Psalm 150:1-6 Read together. Every time you say ‘Praise’ do something active e.g. jazz hands, stamping your feet, jumping or clapping. Praise God together!
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Saturday 30th May 2020 Thy Kingdom Come Day 10
Day 10: Silence A gentle whisper Reading: He said, “Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Now there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of sheer silence. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. Then there came a voice to him that said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 1 Kings 19.11-13 Reflection: Silence has always been a big part of spiritual practice, but many have never tried it! Solitude and silence can help us hear from God, because we can easily lose sensitivity to that still, small voice in all the noise and activity of our lives. In silence, you realise how little you hear that voice at other times. Silence can be hard. Life is busy and finding a space and time for silence can be difficult. You have a thousand thoughts, like “what’s for dinner?”! But the beauty of silence is that it’s not God speaking through someone else, such as in a sermon or a Christian book, but God speaking directly to you. Prayer: ...[be silent]… Action: Try silent prayer for five minutes – even if it’s difficult! Make a note afterwards of anything God seemed to say to you, through thoughts or feelings that came into your mind.
 Bible 2020 Day 151
Zechariah 4:6 Read together and then try and remember off by heart the words God say to Zerubbabel. Keep them in your head and say them to yourself whenever you feel weak or useless.
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Sunday 31st May 2020 Thy Kingdom Come Day 11 - Pentecost
Day 11: Pentecost The Spirit in us Reading: When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability. Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? Acts 2.1-8 Reflection: On the Day of Pentecost, God sent His Holy Spirit, as Helper and Comforter, and enabled the disciples to proclaim – in different languages – the wonders of God so that people from all nations could understand. This shows us that the Spirit of God is present for every situation. When we share our faith with our friends, we can ask the Spirit to help us ‘translate’ the good news of God’s love so that they can understand how it affects them in their situation. At Pentecost we remember that the Holy Spirit is living in us. Let’s not get too used to that amazing fact! What a privilege we have. The Spirit awakens us to the love God has for us and helps us to love others. Prayer: Holy Spirit, thank You that You are living in me, showing me God’s love and helping me share that love with others. Action: The next time you have an opportunity to share your faith and talk about the love of Jesus, consciously remind yourself that the Holy Spirit lives within you.
 Bible 2020 Day 152
John 15:26-27 Read together and chat through anything about God or Jesus that confuses you or you don’t understand, ask the Holy Spirit to help you with these questions and doubts.
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Almighty God, by your Spirit, you brought order from chaos. By your brooding Spirit, hovering over the void, you spoke and there was … something rather than nothing. Create and recreate in and through us, we pray. Almighty God, by your Spirit, you equipped and gifted and led our ancestors to know you and to serve you and to glorify you. Continue to equip and enable us, we pray. And then, Almighty God, as promised by the prophets and as never before, you poured out your Spirit on these first believers - on men and women, on the old and the young; and they were transformed and made alive, as dry bones brought to life. Pour out your Spirit on us, we pray. Almighty God, in these turbulent and uncertain times, send us the Comforter, that we might know you to be near. Grant us your healing touch and help us to know the rest that comes from resting in you. For the loving touch of your Spirit, we pray. Almighty God, by what seemed as a rushing wind and as tongues of fire you brought your Church to life. Come to your Church now, we pray, that by the same Spirit we might be renewed and refreshed and remade and revived. Yes, Lord, grant us a fresh outpouring of your Spirit, we pray. And all our prayers we offer in the name of our Lord and Saviour, none other than Jesus Christ. Amen.
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