Grace to you and peace from God who is, and was, and is to come.
And from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and ruler of kings on earth.
The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all the saints.
We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. 2 For since the message spoken through angels was binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment, 3 how shall we escape if we ignore so great a salvation? This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him. 4 God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.
5 It is not to angels that he has subjected the world to come, about which we are speaking. 6 But there is a place where someone has testified: “What is mankind that you are mindful of them, a son of man that you care for him? 7 You made them a little[a] lower than the angels; you crowned them with glory and honour 8 and put everything under their feet.”
In putting everything under them, God left nothing that is not subject to them. Yet at present we do not see everything subject to them. 9 But we do see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honour because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.
What should we give thanks for?
- The release from lockdown – more freedom to circulate, to meet family and friends again.
- For the way God has preserved most of us so far.
- For the new opportunities lockdown has brought
- For the way in which people have pulled together recently and for the dedication of essential workers and medical staff.
- For the opportunity to grow in new ways.
- Pray for our Government as they have to make decisions that impact directly on life and death.
- Pray for Governments of countries like the USA, Brazil, Russia and Belarus where the infection and death rates are rising rapidly.
- Pray that people will not act recklessly as lockdown is released significantly today (4/7/20).
- Pray that new treatments and an effective vaccine may be found
- Pray for those we know are still “sheltering”.
- Pray for those losing jobs because of the pandemic.
- Continue to pray for those in high risk jobs.
Ministries and Mission
- Walton Parish Nursing – PNs, volunteers, contact with clients, Derek’s family
- Hope Trust
- Basic – pop-up shops to reopen
- Boost, Felixstowe Academy and those involved with local schools.
- Churches Together in Felixstowe – for new Secretary and Media and Comms Officer
- Pray for “our” Missionaries
- Pray for our Regional Ministers and the EBA
- For wisdom as we decide how we reopen the building after lockdown
- That we communicate effectively with one another, particularly those without internet access.
- For those we know with pastoral needs
- For our young people as our activities for them remain closed
- For our future ministry into this community
Leader: For all that God can do within us, for all that God can do without us,
All: Thanks be to God.
Leader: For all in whom Christ lived before us, for all in whom Christ lives beside us,
Leader: For all the Spirit wants to bring us, for where the Spirit wants to send us,
All: Thanks be to God.
Leader: Listen… Christ has promised to be with us in the world as in our worship.
All: Amen, we go to meet Him.
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