Please do join me in a simple challenge:  to set your alarm for 12.00 noon every day and pray for our developing vision, and the new appointments we are seeking to make (Pastoral Assistant, Worship and Creative Minister, Operations Manager and Youth Minister – particularly now we are re-advertising this post).  It does not have to be a long prayer, but when you pray, you know that all over the parish and beyond, others are joining you in prayer also. It sometimes helps to read a verse of scripture, and it that works for you, please make use of the suggested verses below, all on the theme of discipleship, which take us to the end of October.

Thank you so much for your partnership in prayer,
David (vicar)

21 October – Matthew 11:29
“Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”

20 October – Matthew 10:24
“A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master.”

19 October – Mark 8:34
And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”

18 October – Mark 11:23
“Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him.”

17 October – Mark 1:35
And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.

16 October – Luke 14:33
“So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.”

15 October – John 8:31
So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples.”

14 October – John 6:68
Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.

13 October – John 3:16
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

12 October – John 15:8
“By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.”

11 October – John 15:16
“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.”

10 October – John 13:35
“By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

9 October – John 13:15
“For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you.”

8 October – Isaiah 50:4
The Lord God has given me the tongue of those who are taught, that I may know how to sustain with a word him who is weary. Morning by morning he awakens; he awakens my ear to hear as those who are taught.

7 October – Hebrews 13:17
Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.

6 October – Galatians 6:6
One who is taught the word must share all good things with the one who teaches.

5 October – Galatians 5:24
And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

4 October – Acts 20:24
But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.

3 October – Acts 1:8
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.

2 October – 2 Corinthians 5:20
Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.

1 October – 2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

30 September – 2 Corinthians 5:15
And he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.

29 September – 1 Timothy 1:5
The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.

28 September – 1 Peter 3:15
But in your hearts honour Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defence to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.

27 September – 1 Peter 2:21
For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps.

26 September – 1 John 3:16
By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.

25 September – 1 Corinthians 11:1
Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.

24 September – Acts 2:42
And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.

23 September – Luke 9:23
And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.”

22 September – Luke 14:27
“Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.”