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'Distant’ Malcolm Guite:
Reading: John 14:15-17
‘If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you for ever. This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you.'
John will be sharing a message for us tonight from these familiar words of Jesus, who promises to stand alongside us, something that we all need to do with each other.
We have thought of refugees fleeing conflict and oppression in their own home neighbourhoods. But there are also those who have come through conflict and need the support of others. In 2016 Gareth Malone worked with ex military personnel who were themselves recovering from PTSD or physical injuries and were being supported through the Invictus Games.
A Russian Orthodox Prayer:
O Lord we pray for all those who contribute to maintaining good government and to upholding the law in these difficult times. Give them courage, wisdom, understanding and a sense of proportion in all things, that they may strive for what is right, take courageous and ethically correct decisions, and work for what is just, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
A prayer of William Barclay (1907-78):
We remember today before God those who work to promote and advocate justice in our world; those within the legal system defending people accused of wrongdoing to ensure that they have a fair hearing; those fighting for human rights or as spokespeople for oppressed minorities in parts of the world which do not enjoy the freedoms we often take for granted; those campaigning for the interests of the elderly, the sick and those who cannot fight their own battles, and those who investigate and expose the wrongs of corrupt organisations and evil regimes. May they always show good judgement, using the power of their public voices responsibly in their efforts to make our world a better place, for Jesus’ sake. Amen
O Lord who said ‘Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed’, we pray that you will increase our Faith. We thank you for your promise to send us the Spirit of Truth to live within us, and we pray that you will help us to live out your example in our daily lives, for Christ’s sake. Amen
Jesus asked God to provide for all of us, for those who have had to run, for those who have gone through unspeakable trauma, and for those of us now in the midst of coronavirus who face uncertainty, anxiety and some the end of their lives in a way they did not expect.
But Jesus stands next to all of us, in all of this.
And so we can stand with this virtual coronavirus choir to proclaim that with God as our advocate: ‘it is well with my soul.’
The following video has been produced by Arlette for children. It is also visible on The Family Page: