Our reading from the Old Testament this week is the last section of the book of Jonah. Jonah gets angry with God because God has already done what God sent him to do. Jonah is a reluctant messenger from God. The task he was set seemed impossible. When he relents and decides to go and do God’s work in Nineveh Jonah finds that God has been there before him. Rather than being relieved he is angry. Often it is hard to accept that God or rather God’s grace is at work in our lives. Sometimes we need to stop and think about what has happened. We can still be angry with God. God can take all the anger we can throw God’s way.
I attach our regular Sunday service which you may wish to follow.
Alternatively you may wish to watch or listen to a broadcast service, to light a candle and say the Lord’s Prayer or simply break bread, slowly saying these words from Paul’s Letter to the Corinthians:
‘I have already told you what the Lord Jesus did on the night he was betrayed. And it came from the Lord himself.
He took some bread in his hands. Then after he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is given for you. Eat this and remember me.”
After the meal, Jesus took a cup of wine in his hands and said, “This is my blood, and with it God makes his new agreement with you. Drink this and remember me.”
The Lord meant that when you eat this bread and drink from this cup, you tell about his death until he comes.’
A prayer for God’s grace
Help me O God, because like all the humanity, I need your daily grace. Yesterday’s blessings can encourage but will not take care of the burdens of today.
May I know you as the Shepherd of my life and eternal soul. May my fears be dissolved by faith in you and through the power of your love.
Help me to love and manifest the spirit of love under all circumstances to all people. May my life be a glory to you, a help to my fellow-man and rewarding to me.
In Jesus’ name,
Masks are compulsory in church, as in many other places. All of the seating is at two metres and the church doors are kept open so the building is well ventilated. Everyone is expected to sanitize their hands as they enter and leave the church.
Have a good week, keep well and take care. If you want to talk to me please free to call me on 873176.
With love, peace and prayers to you all.