St Barnabas Church

Is there a God? Yes



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     St Barnabas Church

23rd January 2022

Collect

Almighty God,

whose Son revealed in signs and miracles

the wonder of your saving presence:

renew your people with your heavenly grace,

and in all our weakness

sustain us by your mighty power;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

Amen

Post Communion

Almighty Father,

whose Son our Saviour Jesus Christ is the light of the world:

may your people,

illumined by your word and sacraments,

shine with the radiance of his glory,

that he may be known, worshipped, and obeyed

to the ends of the earth;

for he is alive and reigns, now and for ever.

Amen

 Nehemiah 8:1-12

 

 all the people came together as one in the square before the Water Gate. They told Ezra the teacher of the Law to bring out the Book of the Law of Moses, which the Lord had commanded for Israel.

So on the first day of the seventh month Ezra the priest brought the Law before the assembly, which was made up of men and women and all who were able to understand. He read it aloud from daybreak till noon as he faced the square before the Water Gate in the presence of the men, women and others who could understand. And all the people listened attentively to the Book of the Law.

Ezra the teacher of the Law stood on a high wooden platform built for the occasion.

Ezra opened the book. All the people could see him because he was standing above them; and as he opened it, the people all stood up. Ezra praised the Lord, the great God; and all the people lifted their hands and responded, “Amen! Amen!” Then they bowed down and worshiped the Lord with their faces to the ground.

The Levites instructed the people in the Law while the people were standing there. They read from the Book of the Law of God, making it clear and giving the meaning so that the people understood what was being read.

Then Nehemiah the governor, Ezra the priest and teacher of the Law, and the Levites who were instructing the people said to them all, “This day is holy to the Lord your God. Do not mourn or weep.” For all the people had been weeping as they listened to the words of the Law.

10 Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

11 The Levites calmed all the people, saying, “Be still, for this is a holy day. Do not grieve.”

12 Then all the people went away to eat and drink, to send portions of food and to celebrate with great joy, because they now understood the words that had been made known to them.

 Points for Prayer

* Thanksgiving for the number of children who came to the Toddlers Group on Thursday

* Our Care Homes and supported housing : Lime Tree Manor, Cherry Tree Manor, St Barnabas Court, Holly Tree and Evelyn Sharp House

* Our local shops which need more trade from local people

* The Youth Booth in the Square as they are having funding issues.

* The PCC as it prepares to meet on 27th January

* The Living in Love and Faith discussions to bring healing and understanding within the church

* Our hospitals and all the staff working in them as they manage the winter pressures and increased numbers of covid patients
* Linda R and the Garden Committee as they progress the planned re-development.

* DENS and the Foodbank which is one of our supported charities this year
* All those in our church, our families and our friends who have covid, who are isolating or who are recovering.

* Lou Sainsbury as he recovers from a knee operation

* Recovery for Donna’s mum Jean as she recovers from a hip operation.

* Give thanks that Roy Streets grandson, Nathan, is up and walking.

* Betty Holland's daughter Pat and her husband Mike who no longer have her in their lives.

* For those with health concerns: Sue C, Sue W & Alan, Diane, Heather & Jackie J