Today's reflection is from Rev Heegon
Approach to God
Begin the way by focusing on God
as shining beauty
radiant joy, creative power,
all providing love
purity and peace. Amen.
(By Muriel Lester)
O God, save our shores from the weapons of death,
our lands from the things that deny
our young ones love and freedom.
Let the sea of the Pacific Ocean carry
messages of peace and goodwill.
Turn away from our midst any
unkind and brutal practices.
Let each child swim and breathe
the fresh air that is filled by the Holy Spirit.
O Lord Jesus,
bless all who are makers of that inner peace
that breaks down the barriers of hatred,
and unite us with the open arms of your cross,
that all the peoples of the world may live happily together.
(by Amanuka Haven, Tonga)
Reading Philippians 4:6-7
Any point in our lives we have all to deal with worry, stress, doubt and anxiety. More so at this time perhaps, because of Covid 19 pandemic.
However, Philippians 4: 6-7 states: Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known to God. And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
God tells us do not be anxious! Instead, trust in God’s promises and His abilities. It is not easy; I feel and I fail every time but I do easily give up. Because I know God cares for us, even though we are going through a rough time. God encourages us that we should pray to Him with thanksgiving and make our request known to Him.
I think at time like this, our problems look so big there is no way we can solve them because we have taken our focus off God and put all the focus on our problem. But we must remember that He is so much bigger than our problems. The end of our reading encourages and strengthen us that the peace of God will guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
The peace of God we experience fully when we have given our problem or concern to God. The feeling of peace that follows, knowing and believing that God is in control and will work it out all for His glory, is priceless. That is why we are who we are. Amen.
Prayer (by Kathy Galloway)
God of spirit of kindness, in the glory of earth and sea and stars,
in the kaleidoscope of colour and shade and shapeliness,
in the patterns of humour and tenderness and touch,
we celebrate your generosity.
Forgive us when we forget the gift in our every breath,
the care that sustains our every moment,
the grace that can transform our every day.
Set us free from the prison of grudging hearts,
give us the courage to act with justice and generosity,
and draw us into love that does not calculate
or keep scores. Amen.
Closing prayer (Celtic blessing)
Deep peace of the running wave to you
Deep peace of the flowing air to you
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you
Deep peace of the shining stars it you
Deep peace of the Son of peace to you. Amen.