Join in this evening at 7:30pm in playing Rev'd Steve Nuth's video link. Hear a few words of scripture and a prayer as we dedicate our new cross for church. The text to Steve's words are below.
We also have a couple of short prayers to lead into a time of peace and reflection if you wish and a couple of links about The Lord's Prayer.
It is a pleasure to share a reading and a prayer as we dedicate our new Communion table cross.
Philippians 2: 6-11
6 who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
7 rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death –
even death on a cross!
9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
‘He himself bore our sins’ in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; ‘by his wounds you have been healed. 1 Peter 2:24
Heavenly Father your Son Jesus Christ laid aside his majesty and became one of us.
He "is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being" (Hebrew 1:3)
He overcame death, brought forgiveness of sins and opened the gate of glory through his death and resurrection.
Bless this cross, that all who look upon it will remember the cost to Him of our life and salvation and with worship Him who with you and the Holy Spirit be glory for evermore. Amen
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 1 Corinthians 1:18
Rev Stephen Nuth.
Rector. Woburn Benefice.
Further suggestions for Prayer and reflection:
After the dedication of the cross:
You are welcome to join with me from the comfort of your home in an hour of peace, reflection and prayer.
How you use your time of peace, five minutes or sixty is completely up to you. God hears all our thoughts and prayers.
If safe to do so, you may wish to light a candle during this time.
Hear is a couple of opening prayers to help you find a place of peace and reflection:
Hear our prayer as we thank you for being a God of compassion,
a God whose love and presence is known,
build in us, we pray, the capacity to cope, in illness, in pain, in heartbreak and in uncertainty.
Help us to become aware of The Christ in our midst. Be in the heart of each to whom we speak, and in the mouth of each who speaks to us.
May your Spirit teach us patience, grant us courage, dare us to dream, of future filled with healing and hope, where all would look to you.
In Jesus name we pray, Amen.
Help me to draw close to you in this time of peace and reflection,
I invite you into my life, my heart and my home,
to bring assurance, love, comfort and healing.
Help me to know you more intimately, to listen for your voice,
and to trust in you in all the days of my life.
A couple of video links about The Lord's Prayer:
If you would like to share, be prayed for or request prayer for someone, please do not hesitate to ask. <span style="font-size: 1rem;">All requests can be treated in confidence.</span>
<span style="font-size: 1rem;">Kelvin White</span>
The 16 inch solid mahogany cross, has been purchased to enable us to open our church up more often in the future <span style="font-size: 1rem;">while keeping our more valuable items (known as 'church plate') locked away, safe and secure. We look forward to when restrictions are gently lifted in the future, enabling open church for private prayer and visits again when you will be able to see the wooden cross in place and along with other future 'open church initiatives'. We also look forward to the day when we can all come together again. The main church plate will be in use in services and all other occasions.</span>