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By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.”
Genesis 2:2-3
In the Autumn our Sabbath series taught us about resting with God and the rhythms God has built into his world, from the seven day rhythm of the week, culminating in Sabbath to the longer rhythms of Sabbath years.

Yesterday Nicola Sturgeon gave her First Minister’s briefing, and it can feel like we’re living in a 3-week cycle at the moment, waiting for the latest updates about what we can and cannot do.

But what other rhythms are sustaining you in this time?
  • The weekly rhythms of Sunday and midweek worship?
  • Daily rhythms of time in prayer and with God?
  • Weekly rhythms of meeting with our small groups?
  • Regular check-in phone calls with someone you love but cannot see?
  • Daily trips out to exercise and be thankful for fresh air?
Perhaps there are less helpful rhythms too – compulsive news-checking? Getting stuck in the same argument-rut with those we live with? Comfort eating/drinking/netflix-binging (fill in the gap)
Whatever else is happening in your life, whether it is quiet or busy, lonely or stressful, I pray that this will be a time when God will sustain you in helpful and life-giving rhythms of time with him and with others. I would highly recommend:
  • joining a small group (or forming your own prayer triplet!) to keep some Christian community in your life
  • making weekly worship a non-negotiable which grounds you afresh in God’s presence
  • finding moments each day to be still in prayer and in God’s word (I’m finding the Lectio365 App very helpful)
In the midst of the 3-week cycle of lockdown updates, let’s keep up these life-sustaining practices in our lives so that God might guide us through this time.
“Surely God is my help, the Lord is the one who sustains me.” Psalm 55:4

In the 10 days in the run up to Pentecost and the launch of our online Alpha the challenge is to join with the church around the world and pray for 5 friends to come to faith in Jesus Christ. There is a prayer journal and also the chance to help light up the world by adding your light to the map to show that you are praying.

 

Alpha Online commencing on Sunday, 31st May from 8.00-9.15pm.

Please register your place with NMBC Office – office@newtonmearnsbaptist.org.uk

 

 

Please click here for this week’s kid’s resources – read the story in Acts 1:6-14 about Jesus’ ascension to heaven.

 

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