Reflection – Anna Byrne DC

Jesus remember Me
God, help me always to remember that you love every one of us, no matter what we have done. Your Son was given the death penalty, even though he was innocent. I pray for everyone who has been falsely accused and convicted. I pray also for all those who have been sentenced to death. No matter what they have done, they are still your children. Your love knows no bounds. Remind me of that when my heart is too small and judgemental. Luke 23:39-43

Loving God, you dwell deep in my soul. Open me inward to you and outward to those I encounter today. Keep me aware of your presence and power in me. Help me infect everyone I meet today with freedom and joy. Lord that I may experience you love of me today.

God of forgiveness, most of the days of my life. I have asked you to forgive my trespasses against you, but only insofar as I forgive those who trespass against me. Remind me of my need to be forgiven and to forgive. Amen

Good Lord -accept this day as the best I could return for what you have given me. Forgive my slips along the way and remind me to begin to sort them out tomorrow. Until then, I will leave the world in peace to you for a while, to sleep, to heal myself and to wake to serve you yet again. Amen.

Reflection – Anna Byrne DC

Help me Believe
“Sir,” replied the official, “come with me before my child dies.” Jesus said to him, “Go you son will live!” The man believed Jesus’ words and went. On his way home his servants met him with the news, “Your boy is going to live!” He asked them what time it was when his son got better, and they answered, “It was one o’clock yesterday afternoon when the fever left him.” Then the father remembered that it was at that very hour when Jesus had told him, “Your son will live.” So he and all his family believed. John 4: 49-53

Dear God,
You healed the official’s son because he believed in you.
Help me to have that much faith.
Help me to believe in you even when it is hard.
Show me how you work in my life.
Teach me to give you my cares,
like the official in the story.
Lead me to where you want me to be.
Amen

Reflection – Anna Byrne DC

Loving Either Way
“Stop judging by external standards and judge by true standards” John 7:24
God, you love me whether I am skinny or large, tall or short.
Help me to love others who are different from me.
You love me whether I am happy or sad.
Help me to love others who are mean or angry.
You love me whether I am successful or a non-achiever.
Help me to love others when they seem silly or don’t make sense.
You love me whether I win or lose.
Help me love others who compete against me.
You love me no matter what.
Help me to not judge others and to love others the way you do.
Amen.

Reflection – Anna Byrne DC

Take a moment to reflect on the day

A moment of grace
I see God looking at me with love.
A moment of thanksgiving
I count my blessings this day.
A moment of reflection
I recall how I respond to God in the details of my day.
A moment of healing
I receive God’s forgiveness and strength.
A moment of mission
I look ahead to tomorrow’s opportunities and challenges.

Loving God,
Those who advertise on the media make millions convincing us that nothing succeeds like the appearance of success.
Remind me that you look only at my inside.
Yes, Lord, please help me ignore what other people think. Amen

Reflection – Anna Byrne DC

Loving Either Way
“Stop judging by external standards, and judge by true standards.” John 7:24
Prayer

God, you love me whether I am skinny or large, tall or short.
Help me to love others who are different from me.
You love me whether I am happy or sad.
Help me to love others who are mean or angry.
You love me whether I am successful or a non-achiever.
Help me to love others when they seem silly or don’t make sense.
You love me whether I win or lose.
Help me love others who compete against me.
You love me no matter what.
Help me to not judge others and to love others they way you do.
Amen. John 7:24

Reflection – Anna Byrne DC

Are you a clay pot?
“For it is not ourselves we preach; we preach Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. The God who said, “Out of darkness the light shall shine!” is the same God who made his light shine in our hearts, to bring us the knowledge of God’s glory shining in the face of Christ. Yet we who have this spiritual treasure are like common clay pots, in order to show that the supreme power belongs to God, not to us.” 2 Corinthians 4:5-7
Prayer
Almighty God, our potter,
I am the work of your hands.
Even though I am like an ordinary clay pot,
you trust me to carry the wonderful treasure of Jesus, your Son.
Help me keep my body and mind, and soul healthy and strong
so that I am worthy of this great honour.
Keep me humble, always pointing others to Jesus
and not to myself.
Because I am just an ordinary clay pot

Reflection – Anna Byrne DC

PPRT – Easy to pray! –
“First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, requests and thanksgivings be offered to God for all people,” 1 Timothy 2:1
Prayer: – Take a few minutes to pray
Petitions: Pray for your own personal needs
Requests: – Pray for the needs of other people, especially the things people asked you to pray for.
Thanksgiving: Thank God for the things, people, and events you are grateful for.

Reflection – Rev Norman Harrison

Psalm 18:2 “The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”
Do we walk in the shadows, or do we walk in His shadow? Take some time to meditate on the metaphors the Psalmist uses for the Lord here in Psalm 18 v.2. The Lord is… My Rock – My Fortress – My Deliverer – My God – My Refuge – My Shield – My Salvation – My Stronghold.

What do all these metaphors say to us, particularly when we are going through times of transition, of change, of suffering, of illness, of sorrow, of loss, of financial hardship, of job insecurity, of depression, or even pandemic?

They say to me that we have a God who keeps us secure, who protects and defends us, who delivers us out of danger, of trouble, or who enables us to rise above the ill effects of it. They say to me I am guarded, rescued, saved, and that I remain safe in an unassailable position. They say to me I can be assured of my place with God, and that no one and nothing can separate me from His loving protection and care.

What need do you have today to escape the shadows, and walk instead in the shadow of the ROCK?

Reflection – Rev Norman Harrison

Exodus 20:1-3 “And God spoke all these words: 2 “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. 3 “You shall have no other gods before me.”
We live in the age of the individual, of self-interest, where the post-modern person has become the arbiter of their own choices, and the interpreter of their own ethical positons. The notion that there is a universal moral code, that there are objective truths and commandments by which we must all abide, is out of favour, unpopular or even rejected. In spite of this, the declarations of God, contained in the 10 Commandments, written by His Divine hand upon tablets stone, are none-the-less true.
It is wrong to covet, it is wrong to murder, it is wrong to steal, it is wrong to lie, and it is wrong to worship anyone or anything other than the One true God. It is a challenge to the world we live in when we read Scripture which is emphatic about things that are right and things that are wrong. When we arrogantly take it upon ourselves to set our own moral compass, to write or rewrite our own ethical codes, and reject the universal truth God declares, we set ourselves up as gods of our own lives and masters of our own destiny. In so doing we leave ourselves open to the judgement of God. May the Lord grant us the grace to admit we are not gods, the sense to accept that some things are always right and others wrong, and the wisdom to accept that He, and He alone, is the One true God.