Daily email from the Vicar Number 59

Good to see a good number of you this morning.
Deliberately sending this email later today so it didn’t get in the way of the service.
It is the 4th day of Thy Kingdom Come, and using the material that they suggest to help us in praying for others, especially our 5.  Today’s overall theme is Sorry.
Our Bible reading is Romans Chapter 5 verses 6-8.
What’s beautiful about the Christian story is that God loved us before we came to the realisation that we’re not perfect or righteous in our own strength, and before
we turned to accept His love.
The love of God we see shown in countless Bible stories comes from a broken heart. It is a love for someone which feels like an ache in the pit of the stomach. The kind of
love which would do anything, however irrational it may seem to others, to find what is lost. As we shall read in tomorrow’s reflection, it is the love which risks everything for the sake of one who is lost.
Loving God, I am sorry for the times when I have not loved others as You love. Thank You that, before I thought of confessing, You had forgiven me. 
I confess all that is not right in my life today and ask for the forgiveness You so lovingly give. May this love transform my friends’ lives also.
During this week, how can I lay aside something important to me, so as to better serve one of my five?
There are also 2 short and very moving youtube clips on the Thy Kingdom Come resources under today’s theme of Sorry.  I commend them very much to you.
Until tomorrow,
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