This is part three of Keith Finch's thoughts for Sunday 24th May 2020
Many churches say prayers for those who are leaving – perhaps they are moving away from the area, or going on a long journey overseas. But, most of the time, it is the person who is leaving that these prayers are about. But Jesus is the one going away, and he is the one who did the praying – for those who were staying! Jesus wanted them to know they were not being abandoned, and that he would always be with them – and he said this in his prayer. What do you think Jesus’ prayer for us might be?
In the current climate I think like all of us Jesus would be praying for understanding for hope for shared love & respect for others,
Roots refers to dance as a way of getting closer to God, sometimes this is referred to as “ praise dancing” this is something we definitely do not do at Nelmes, for myself I would find it so hard to let go, I know that at least two of my cousins have in the past worshiped in part in this way. As I say it is not for everyone, but I have noted among many other projects on our televisions during lockdown that “dancing” has been performed via ZOOM and other media outlets, along with sing-alongs, ballet, opera, pop music & keep-fit & sport at home, the purpose of all the before mentioned is to lift our spirits, just as we ask God though Jesus Christ to lift our spirits.
Below you will see a picture, what are the people doing in this picture, we may not dance in our Church but we do hopefully found other ways of glorifying God in our daily lives, and maybe even if were not brave enough to dance in Church we could dance at home in the spirit of the Lord.
A sending our Prayer
Christ the Giver
If Christ be in your heart
Glory fills your days
For he is the King of Glory
If Christ be in your mind
Peace is in all your ways
For he is the prince of peace.
If Christ be in your deeds
Joy your life will raise
For he is the giver of joy.
If Chris be in your will
Strength of purpose stays
For he is the sender of strength.
Taken from Tides & Seasons by David Adam
Other extracts have been taken from ROOTS with permission