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Caring Letters

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Decades ago, Dr. Jerry Motto discovered the power of a 'carer letter'. His research found that simply sending a letter expressing care to discharged patients, who had previously attempted suicide, reduced the rate of recurrence by half. Recently, health care providers have rediscovered this power when sending 'caring' texts, postcards and even social media memes as follow-up treatment for the severely depressed. Twenty-one books in the Bible are, actually, letters – epistles – caringly written to the first-century believers who struggled for a variety of reasons. Paul, Peter, James and John wrote letters to explain the basics of faith and worship. Also, how to resolve conflict and build unity. The apostle, Peter, however, specifically wrote to believers who were being persecuted by the Roman emperor, Nero. Peter reminded them of their intrinsic value to God, describing them in this way in 1 Peter 2:9 : "You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood

Prayer for Palm Sunday

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God whose love endures, Hear us as we welcome the One who comes in the name of the Lord. Hear us, as we remember All that You have done in times past And give thanks that Your enduring love has embraced even us. Lord, in Your mercy, Hear our prayer. God whose love endures, Hear us as we welcome the One who comes in the name of the Lord. Hear us, as we gather in the company of Your people, Or in company alone with You, And lift up our voices to cry: Hosanna! Lord, in Your mercy, Hear our prayer. God whose love endures, Hear us as we welcome the One who comes in the name of the Lord. Hear us, as we journey Through the week that is to come. May we journey in the presence of the One who goes before us, even to the Cross. Lord, in Your mercy, Hear our prayer. God whose love endures, Hear us as we welcome the One who comes in the name of the Lord. Hear us, as we listen to the voices Who now cry: Crucify! And may we know it was for us He hung and suffered there. Lord, in Your mercy, Hear our

Prayer for Lent (Rt. Rev. Dr Martin Fair : Moderator of the General Assembly)

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Loving Lord, Today we set out to walk towards Easter To the cross and eventually to an empty tomb. As we travel, open our senses, we pray, To what you would have us see and hear and taste along the way And all that Jesus might come more clearly into sight. Our desire is just that; To see him more clearly That we might love him more dearly and follow him more nearly. Amid the talk of giving things up for Lent, Forgive us for ways in which we have trivialised spiritual discipline And lead us to what you would have us take up for Lent And not least that desire for more of Jesus. As we travel, shape our souls by your Spirit And inspire our living by your Word. We pray in Jesus' name, Amen                                         Rt. Rev. Dr Martin Fair : Moderator of the General Assembly                            

A prayer for Lent

Lord Jesus Christ, I am sorry for the things I have done wrong in my life. I ask your forgiveness and now turn from everything which I know is wrong. Thank you for dying on the cross for me to set me free from my sins. Please come into my life and fill me with your Holy Spirit and be with me forever. Thank you, Lord Jesus. Amen"

Count your Blessings

 Count your Blessings!   Recently, I sat for just about an hour, looking out of my window, and enjoying the sunset. You may well have seen similar sunsets, when the sky is pale golden over Arran, and then changes through orange to red as the sky grows darker and darker.  It gave me a real boost after a particularly fine day, a real blessing.  And that brought to my mind an old hymn, rather out of fashion nowadays:-   When upon life's billows you are tempest tossed, Do not be discouraged thinking all is lost, Count your many blessings, name them one by one, And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.   Count your blessings, name them one by one; Count your blessings, see what God hath done; Count your blessings, name them one by one; And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.   We have been through and are still going through quite a tempest.  Every news bulletin seems more and more depressing.  We thought w

A prayer for the New Year

Thank you Lord for giving me the brand New Year ahead. help me live the way I should           As each new day I tread Give me gentle wisdom that I might help a friend.        Give me strength and courage so a shoulder I might lend The year ahead is empty help me fill it with good things each new day filled with joy and the happiness it brings Please give the leaders of this world the courage born of peace that they might lead us gently and all the fighting cease Please give to all upon this earth a heart that's filled with love a gentle happy way to live with Your Blessings from above

Taken from King's College Choir : Carols for Christmas

Submitted by Graham Philips When the song of the angels is stilled, When the star in the sky is gone, When the kings and princes are home, When the shepherds are back with their flock, The work of Christmas begins: To find the lost, To heal the broken, To feed the hungry, To release the prisoner, To rebuild the nations, To bring peace among others, To make music in the heart.                                                Howard Thurman Father, thank you for providing salvation through the gift of Your Son. Holy Spirit, open my eyes to those I can serve for Jesus' sake