Start each day by thinking about the story:-
A great gale arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. But he was in the stern, asleep on a cushion; they woke him up and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” Then the wind ceased, and there was dead calm. He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?”Mark 4:37
Take time to remember that God is still the same and while we may have feel alone and vulnerable, He is still Lord of heaven and earth.
Sunday 22 March
Try and tune in to a service or Songs of Praise on TV. Radio 4 has a service at 0815 this morning. The BBC are to include a worship service at some time in the future. Give thanks for these opportunities and for the fact that even although we cannot meet together we can be one in the spirit. Think of others joining in with you at 10.30am today and give thanks for all we mean to each other.
Monday 23 March
Remember Peter and Leandra. Leandra has not been well. Pray that she may be safe during the outbreak. Give thanks for all that Peter does for us and for the ongoing messages that we will receive from him on line and in this thought for the week while the outbreak continues.
Tuesday 24 March
Let us remember those working in the NHS. Remember doctors and nurses. Many are having their training changed and are to be transferred to do different work. Help them to work together well with new colleagues in different disciplines. Pray for them to have strength and stamina after long shifts. Give thanks for the fact we have a NHS and all the dedicated people who work in it.
Wednesday 25 March
Let us remember those in our fellowship who are ill or in hospital. Remember in particular Retta and Georgie. Give thanks for all that they have done and rejoice in all that they mean to us. Think of all the work Georgie did in Kenya at Kampi and for the benefits that has brought to so many Kenyan children. Continue to remember the work of the centre. Remember also today those in the Haven who are unable to meet today. Think of particular people and bring them before God in prayer. Give thanks for Liz and Retta and all that they mean to people in the Haven.
Thursday 26 March
It has been good to have had Cassie with us for almost 5 years now. She has done a lot of work in the community and in the Church. Think of any of the young people you know in the Church. They are also suffering from the uncertainty over exams and what this will mean for their future. Give thanks for all that teachers are doing to maintain education.
Friday 27 March
Pray that the outbreak may be an opportunity to rediscover community spirit. Give thanks for many people who are looking out for neighbours and are willing to help. Michael our egg man in the café is willing to do home delivery of eggs. (07841 972114). (He normally asks for a minimum order of 2 dozen but will do a delivery of 1 dozen minimum for us.).
Saturday 28 March
Pray for the Prime Minister and the First Minister. Give thanks that they appear to be working together and there is a desire to work for the common good. Pray for wisdom in dealing with this new situation. Difficult decisions are required and often there is no clear way ahead. Pray that they may have wisdom and unity in their decision making.