Church of England Diocese of Chichester Shipley

Shipley Church Self-Service Sunday 26th July 2020

25 Jul 2020, midnight
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Shipley Church Self-Service

Sunday 26th July 2020

Thought for the Week – Blessed are those who fear the Lord

One of the most important spiritual concepts found in the Bible is the “fear of the Lord”. What exactly does it mean? Put simply, “fearing” the Lord has a strong connection to an obedience to God’s will; those who obey God by “fearing” him and who walk in his ways, shall be declared “blessed”. (Psalm 128)

The Bible lists seven amazing promises made to those who cultivate a “fear of the Lord” in their daily lives, and who keep his commandments: 

1.Knowledge through God’s Word 

 2.Divine Wisdom 

 3.Resistance against Sin 

 4.God’s complete Forgiveness & Infinite Mercy 

 5.Living of life to its Richest Measure 

 6.Protection for You & your Children 

 7.Friendship with God. 

Scripture makes it clear that the eternal benefits of “fearing” the Lord, with a humble and reverend obedience to God’s will & purposes, and a repentant heart, transforms human lives.

Hymn for the Day 

<span style="font-size: 1rem;">Happy are they, they that love God,</span>

Whose hearts have Christ confest,

Who by his cross have found their life,

And ‘neath his yoke their rest.

Prayers

We pray and reflect on such life-shaping questions as the “fear of our Lord”, and ask ourselves whether we give our time and energy to the things that we value the most. 

The set prayers, readings and Gospel for today can be downloaded from the top right hand of this page.