Welcome to our @11 virtual worship journey… More than a livestream, this page will grow during the week and be ready for your journey through, with whoever you are with, on Sunday morning at 11am.

The welcome will appear here on Sunday:

Thank you to Elizabeth Carter who has put our @11 journey together this week.

Here is an opening prayer we can say together:

Gracious Father, you gave up your Son out of love for the world:
lead us to ponder the mysteries of his passion, that we may know eternal peace through the shedding of our Saviour’s blood, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Let us continue by spending some time in sung worship together:

Jesus told a parable, a story to illustrate a point, to help us understand something very important about God.

As we read the story and do the activities today I pray you will all find a little more insight/ understanding about who God is and how special He sees you.

Activity – can you right a short parable or story about being persistent, keeping on about something until you get it? Think about what the difference is between nagging your parents for a new pair of trainers or to stay out later than they want you to because all your friends are and this story?

Was what the lady wanted for her good or the good of the people as a whole? Would the lady benefit as well? 

I love the fact that in the Message Version of the Bible it says that Jesus says “Do you hear what that judge, corrupt as he is, is saying? So what makes you think God won’t step in an work justice for his chosen people, who continue to cry out for help? Won’t He stick up for them? I assure you he will. He will not drag his feet. But how much of that persistent kind of faith will the Son of Man find on the earth when he returns? Luke18 v 1-8.

Are we persistent in prayer. I certainly find it hard to be. Once the urgency of the moment has gone I am liable to forget. Life gets busy and I forget to pray.

I recently had a visit to a church in Poundbury and picked up a little book Try Praying. I have distributed copies to as many people as I can this morning and I invite you to try some of the ideas for praying. Anybody who has not received a copy, drop me an email (clevegoldcarters@yahoo.co.uk) and I will try and get a copy to you.

One idea is to carry a stone in our pocket and everytime we put our hand in our pocket we can pray for something. This week I am going to carry the stone in my pocket to remind me to pray for our church community in this difficult time.  Let us know on the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/StMarys11/ which ideas you found in helping you to be persistent. 

https://thereishope.co.uk/product/use-it-and-lose-it-video/   When you have finished with the booklet what about passing it onto someone else who may be a bit sceptical about prayer or simply doesn’t know what it is.

Maybe if we also thought of recording the things we pray for on the kitchen fridge or by our bed we might remind ourselves to look for the answers. This week with all the COVID 19 concerns for business I have suddenly seen that God answered prayer two years ago. We were looking to buy a farm with our son and make it into a café and holiday lets. We were bitterly disappointed that it didn’t come off and this week I was able to thank God that he had protected us from being in huge financial trouble now as the business would have to close but the loan payments would remain.

If you would like to think a little more about this here are two links that you might find helpful

This is my niece (the one who sang with my brother at Mums funeral). Sent out last week:

Tips for spending time with God.

Lets end by saying the Grace as a prayer for each other.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,

and the love of God,

and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit,

be with us all evermore.

Amen.

Thank you for joining us on the journey, do pop back to this page next week for another @11 worship journey together.

Stephen.