Daily Prayers Wednesday, 4 May 2022
Good morning Cornerstone friends on this May morning. The first week of May and that means that tomorrow we have the privilege and duty to vote for our local councillors. Meanwhile in our lush parks the trees are in full blossom and the birds are busy raising a new generation.
Psalm 66 verses 1-6
1 Be joyful in God, all the earth;
sing the glory of his name;
sing the glory of his praise.
2 Say to God, ‘How awesome are your deeds!
Because of your great strength
your enemies shall bow before you.
3 ‘All the earth shall worship you,
sing to you, sing praise to your name.’
4 Come now and behold the works of God,
how wonderful he is in his dealings with humankind.
5 He turned the sea into dry land;
the river they passed through on foot;
there we rejoiced in him.
6 In his might he rules for ever;
his eyes keep watch over the nations;
let no rebel rise up against him.
How generous is your goodness, O God, how great is your salvation, how faithful your love;
help us to trust you in trial and praise you in deliverance through Jesus Christ our Lord.
St. John chapter 6 verses 35 – 40
Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. Everything that the Father gives me will come to me and anyone who comes to me I will never drive away, for I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me.
And this is the will of him who sent me; that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. This indeed is the will of my Father that all who see the Son and believe in him may have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day.
The psalmist sings, ‘How awesome are your deeds!’ The section from John’s gospel comes after the account of the feeding of the five thousand and Jesus walking on the Sea of Galilee. Even after all that there were people who did not want to believe in him, and it is to them that he was talking in our passage for today.
It is a reminder to us not to limit in our minds what God can do in our place today.
We pray for the church throughout the world celebrating the risen Christ and for our mission to be an Oasis of Hope in our city.
Almighty Father, who in your great mercy gladdened your disciples with the sight of the risen Lord;
give us such knowledge of his presence with us today,
that we may be strengthened and sustained by his risen life
to serve you continually in righteousness and truth;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Let us pray for our world suffering so much tumult in these times. Let us pray that we may be truly thankful for our own peace and relative prosperity. We pray for all those who offer themselves to serve our community in local government and for the new administration of Milton Keynes Council and local authorities elsewhere in our land.
Give us, O God, a vision of your world as you would make it;
a world where the weak are protected and none go hungry;
a world where benefits are shared, so that everyone can enjoy them;
a world whose different peoples and cultures live with tolerance and mutual respect;
a world where peace is built with justice and justice is fired with love.
Risen Christ, for whom no door is locked and no entrance barred,
open the doors of our hearts that we may seek the good of others
and walk the joyful road of sacrifice and peace,
to the praise and glory of our God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
(C of E website)
Have a day where you can enjoy the beauties of the spring and one where you can share those joys with others.