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The Bulletin Insert Sunday 24th July, 2016 Year C Let us pray…..

BULLETIN INSERT   Lismore Anglican Parish Sunday 24th July 2016 – Pentecost 10C

Let us pray….   Luke 11:1-13

We can easily feel overwhelmed by the state of affairs in the world, and in our community, and the pressing need for positive change. Where to begin? What can I possibly do?

The message of this week’s readings is a difficult but important one – as we are called to remain faithful to Christ, to continue to pray earnestly, and to work persistently, celebrating the small victories along the way – honouring how far we’ve come – yet with still so far to go. For it’s in the small things of everyday life that justice is served, and lives are changed for the better. Jesus calls to us from the pages of Luke’s gospel – no matter what issue or injustice we pray for, no matter what work we may perform, the challenge is to stay faithful, persistent and above all – prayerful. The wheels of lasting change turn slowly but surely.

As we reflect on our ministries, our involvement in our local community, and those at the forefront of proclaiming justice, we might detect signs of fatigue and frustration. How might we lend our support, if not in prayer?

What new things might God be calling us to become involved with in our church or community? What old things might be allowed to pass away – things that are no longer fruitful or serve God?

Perhaps we may find encouragement and motivation in this week’s readings to recommit ourselves to that basic, vital matter of prayer that must underpin our whole lives as Christ’s disciples.

Without prayer – persistent, constant conversation with our Lord – how is possible to align ourselves to our Father’s will?

Let’s pray for ourselves and for others for strength, wisdom and encouragement as together we continue to work for justice, loving kindness, and to walk with humility in our Lord’s footsteps.

     Adapted from http://sacredise.com/lectionary/2016/07/proper-12c-ordinary-17c-9th-sunday-after-pentecost-2/

 

‘What does the Lord require of you but to seek justice, love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?. [Micah 6:8]

 

Colossians 2:6-19   NRSV

6As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live your lives in him, 7rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. 8See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the universe, and not according to Christ. 9For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, 10and you have come to fullness in him, who is the head of every ruler and authority. 11In him also you were circumcised with a spiritual circumcision, by putting off the body of the flesh in the circumcision of Christ; 12when you were buried with him in baptism, you were also raised with him through faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead.

13And when you were dead in trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive together with him, when he forgave us all our trespasses, 14erasing the record that stood against us with its legal demands. He set this aside, nailing it to the cross. 15He disarmed the rulers and authorities and made a public example of them, triumphing over them in it.

16Therefore do not let anyone condemn you in matters of food and drink or of observing festivals, new moons, or Sabbaths. 17These are only a shadow of what is to come, but the substance belongs to Christ. 18Do not let anyone disqualify you, insisting on self-abasement and worship of angels, dwelling on visions, puffed up without cause by a human way of thinking, 19and not holding fast to the head, from whom the whole body, nourished and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows with a growth that is from God.

 

Luke 11:1-13 NRSV

111Jesus was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.”

2He said to them, “When you pray, say: ‘Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. 3Give us each day our daily bread. 4And forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us. And do not bring us to the time of trial.’”

5And he said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; 6for a friend of mine has arrived, and I have nothing to set before him.’ 7And he answers from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door has already been locked, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot get up and give you anything.’ 8I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, at least because of his persistence he will get up and give him whatever he needs. 9“So I say to you, Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. 10For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. 11Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for a fish, will give a snake instead of a fish? 12Or if the child asks for an egg, will give a scorpion? 13If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”