Daily email from the Vicar Number 30

Daily email number 30 today, who would have thought it?
Lovely to see you all at our service yesterday, at my rough count we had 28 adults joining plus a couple of children in the background, including guests from Stevenage, Rotherham and Inverness!!
Thank you to Derek for a clear word to us all.
In our daily Bible readings I want to return to 1 Peter, and later in the week to continue from where we left off before Holy Week and Easter Week started.
(And as I have said previously I don’t want this to be a burden to anybody, if you are already using Bible reading notes or you have your own plan, please feel free to skip down to the prayers!)
However, as a link to Easter let us recap by looking again at the beginning of the letter.  Do read 1 Peter Chapter 1 verses 3-9.
Do especially note that we have a living hope (v.3), because of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, and an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade (v.4), and that through faith we are shielded by God’s power (v.5).  ‘Shielded’ being a word that is currently being used today trying to protect vulnerable people from the virus.
As Christians we are not necessarily being shielded from today’s sadness and trials (see verse 6), but rather through faith we are being shielded for the ultimate reward, of heaven and eternity.  Now that is really good news and something to praise the Lord for!
In our prayers this week I will be dipping into some suggested topics suggested by the Christian Institute who are having a Week of Prayer for our nation this week.
They start, quite obviously with the Coronavirus.
Please pray:
– For a swift end to the outbreak;
– With thanksgiving for the millions of key workers in the NHS and elsewhere on whom we depend;
– For our Prime Minister and all others leading the national response to the outbreak. Give thanks for their clear aim of saving lives;
– That our sovereign God will use these extraordinary times for his glory.
In our own extended church family please pray again like yesterday for our overseas contacts, Fidel & Christine and the children in Kenya, Hannah usually in Tunisia but actually back home with her parents in Derbyshire, Saw Myint (our Crosslinks student) in Myanmar, and Frank & Val in Nazareth.
I am conscious that however hard things are here, they could be many times worse in the countries these folks represent.
Please pray too for the family of Alf Lucas whose funeral I am taking at the Crem at 2pm this afternoon.
I am having a day off tomorrow, so will resume the daily emails on Wednesday.
Until then, have a good week,
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