This Week's Prayer Theme:

17th. March 2019

As we approach Spring, we rejoice at the signs of new growth, and light, on the earth and in the sky.

Please pray;

- thanking God, for signs of new life on the earth.

- that we will take good care of the earth and sea's resources.

- that all people will get a fair share of the world's resources.

"God saw all that He had made, and it was very good".

Genesis 1; 31a.

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This Week's Readings:

Genesis 15:1-12 & 17-18
 
The Lord’s Covenant With Abram

1After this, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision:
“Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, a your very great reward. b

2But Abram said, “Sovereign Lord, what can you give me since I remain childless and the one who will inherit c my estate is Eliezer of Damascus?”
3And Abram said, “You have given me no children; so a servant in my household will be my heir.”

4Then the word of the Lord came to him: “This man will not be your heir, but a son who is your own flesh and blood will be your heir.”
5He took him outside and said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring d be.”

6Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness.
7He also said to him, “I am the Lord, who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land to take possession of it.”
8But Abram said, “Sovereign Lord, how can I know that I will gain possession of it?”
9So the Lord said to him, “Bring me a heifer, a goat and a ram, each three years old, along with a dove and a young pigeon.”
10Abram brought all these to him, cut them in two and arranged the halves opposite each other; the birds, however, he did not cut in half.
11Then birds of prey came down on the carcasses, but Abram drove them away.

12As the sun was setting, Abram fell into a deep sleep, and a thick and dreadful darkness came over him.

17When the sun had set and darkness had fallen, a smoking firepot with a blazing torch appeared and passed between the pieces.
18On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram and said, “To your descendants I give this land, from the Wadi e
of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates.


Genesis 15:1-12 & 17-18

Jesus’ Sorrow for Jerusalem

31At that time some Pharisees came to Jesus and said to him, “Leave this place and go somewhere else. Herod wants to kill you.”
32He replied, “Go tell that fox, ‘I will keep on driving out demons and healing people today and tomorrow, and on the third day I will reach my goal.’
33In any case, I must press on today and tomorrow and the next day for surely no prophet can die outside Jerusalem!

34“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing.
35Look, your house is left to you desolate. I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’ b

Prayers:

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