Collect (prayer) for Palm Sunday
Almighty and everlasting God, in tender love towards mankind you sent your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ, to take our nature upon him and to suffer death on the cross, that all mankind should follow the example of his great humility: grant that we may follow the example of his suffering, and also be made partakers of his resurrection; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen
Barraba Anglican Church
Our partner church in the Armidale diocese has a service video for Palm Sunday here.
Thoughts and Prayers – A Message from Janine
My mind has been working overtime as I try to adapt to the changes, and then more changes, and other changes, to how we live in this time. I’ve been feeling overwhelmed.
Part of me says: I’m responding in a normal human way to a crisis; it’s OK to think and feel like this. Another part of me says: this is not OK. As a leader I should have something to offer to others, but I’m having trouble focusing. I start to pray then find I’m thinking rather than praying – or worse, worrying!
I needed to find another way to pray. I sat at my computer and typed out my prayer. This enabled me to slow my brain down.
1 Peter 4:7 says ‘Be clear-minded and self-controlled, so that you can pray’ (NIV 1984). Like other people, I find that writing or typing enables me to become clear minded enough to pray. I started with talking to God about how I was feeling and how my thoughts were running so fast. Somehow God’s Spirit then enabled me to talk to God about the fact that he is not surprised or overwhelmed by this crisis. I started to ‘be still, and know that God is God.’ (Psalm 46:10).
From there I was able to move into thanksgiving and to praying for those in special need at this time.
You might find that writing or typing your prayers is valuable to you! If you do:
- Don’t worry about how the writing or typing looks (spelling, handwriting, formatting etc). This is about praying not producing a document. Let it flow.
- You don’t even have to use paper or a keyboard. You can ‘write’ on a table with your finger.
Be genuine and start from where you’re at. Trust God’s Spirit to lead you.
In fellowship, Janine
Church News & Prayer Requests
Pray for our link missionaries. Those serving overseas face particular challenges. This week’s focus is on Dave, Leoni and their family.
While Cambodia seems to have so far missed the worst of the effects of COVID19, the economic and social effects are all around us. Most of the city’s population live hand-to-mouth, and have little or nothing to fall back on as the local and world economy grinds to a halt … We live in a local community full of office and small business owners. Now they are out on the street in the front of their houses wondering what to do with themselves … The question we most get asked these days is, ‘Aren’t you afraid?’ This provides opportunities for Dave and Leoni to share their hope in Jesus, and the battle won on the cross. Grace is studying year 11 online. The students at the Bible School have returned to their home provinces for at least 5 weeks. Dave will spend this time preparing lessons for new subjects, and working on various translation projects. Leoni’s PTC teaching is on hold.
Creative Ideas While We Are Physically Distancing
(More suggestions welcome)
- Visit an art gallery on line.
Some galleries have great virtual tours and you can take your time reading the information about each work. Try the NSW Art Gallery:
- Listen to Colin Buchanan playing and talking about his song “The Lord is King” based on Psalm 2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFNVCvGaZv8
- Consider joining a virtual classroom and doing the Moore College PTC course “Introduction to the Bible.” Greg Burke will facilitate this if you are interested. Email the office to register. You can enroll online or Greg has limited numbers of physical notes.
- “Go out” for a virtual Thai meal logging in to WhatsApp or other video technology.
- Use “ZOOM” App to “meet” for coffee after church on Sunday after watching the church video.
- MAKE SURE you have installed the government’s smartphone App. Search your App store for Corona-virus Australia.
On the Lighter Side
Prayers for those in need:
- Pray for wisdom for our government and public health experts as they manage Australia’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Pray that we and our fellow citizens will respond calmly, and by putting the needs of others above our own for the good of our community.
- Pray for medical staff and others involved in caring for vulnerable and infected people – for their safety and for the resources they need to do their jobs well.
Prayer for those in need:
Ask God to comfort, strengthen and deepen the trust of those who are sick, grieving, or in special need at this time.
What are the longest and shortest Psalms?
SOAP Bible Readings
Read Scripture daily, write a few thoughts, an application and then pray.
Week beginning 6th April
1 John 4
1 John 5
* Mark 15:1-41
* Mark 15:42-16:8
Week beginning 13th April
* Mark 4:1-20
Week beginning 20th April
Philippians 3:1 – 4:1
* Mark 10:17-31
Week beginning 27th April
* Sermon Reading
Though rulers sit together and slander me, your servant will meditate on your decrees. (Psalm 119:23)