Shipley Church Self-Service
Sunday 28th June 2020
Thought for the Week – On this Rock I will build my church
Today we celebrate the lives of St Peter the Keyholder and St Paul the Teacher. Peter was one of the first disciples, and responded to the call to follow Jesus with all his heart: Jesus referred to him as “the rock”. Paul never met Jesus during his time on earth and initially opposed the Christian community, until a dramatic experience converted him to the faith. Both men dedicated their lives to sharing the gospel and nurturing the early Christian Church. Peter was given the “keys of the kingdom of heaven”, thereby being invested with Christ’s authority in his teaching. This meant that his decisions would stand, in contrast to those of the Pharisees and Scribes.
Hymn for the Day
Lord of all hopefulness
Lord of all hopefulness, Lord of all joy,
Whose trust, ever child-like, no cares could destroy
Be there at our waking, and give us, we pray,
Your bliss in our hearts, Lord, at the break of the day.
We pray that, being instructed by the teachings of the apostles Peter and Paul, we in our own time may stand firm upon the Church’s one foundation, Jesus Christ, our Lord.
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