Praying Through Creation

Genesis 1 : 1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

You may wish to complete this creation prayer in one sitting, or you may wish to work through it on the seven consecutive days.

 

 Day 1. Genesis 1: 1-5 Get up very early as the darkness turns into light. Thank God for this new day and remember that whatever happens today God will be with you.

And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.

 

Day 2. Genesis 1: 6-8 Now and throughout the day remember that all you need for life itself has been given to you by God, including the air you breathe.  Slow down your breathing and notice each breath in and out, and be thankful.

And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day.

 

Day 3. Genesis 1: 9-13 Consider the abundance of plant life on Earth and the areas in which they grow. Deciduous forests and grasslands, deserts and tropical forests, high plateaus and coastlines. And join with God in declaring that it is good.

And there was evening, and there was morning—the third day.

 

Day 4. Genesis 1: 14-19 Go outside in the light of the sun and picture the moon, stars, and planets and stand in awe of God’s infinite majesty. Remember that although these images may make you seem small and insignificant, God cares for all his creation and you are loved by Him.

Think about the photo of the Earth floating in space. It is our home and It is beautiful beyond words. It is God’s gift to us and so we must treasure it.

And there was evening, and there was morning—the forth day.

 

Day 5. Genesis 1: 20-23 Imagine standing on the seashore in a storm, watching the waves crash onto the shore and witness the power of Creation.

Think about the fish and other creatures that live in the seas.  Remember the images of plastic polluting our seas and how that impacts on the wildlife. Ask for God’s forgiveness for our disregard of this habitat.

Reflect on the spring we have just had and the abundance of birds and their songs we have witnessed in our locked down lives that has helped to cheered us.

And there was evening, and there was morning—the fifth day.

 

Day 6. Genesis 1: 24-31 Consider the diversity of the animal life that walks on the surface of the earth, each with its part to play in the life cycle of the Earth, and the dependence each has on another.  Resolve to be a better steward of God’s creation

Genesis 2 :15 ‘The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it’.

Be humbled that God made you and all the other people who have ever lived, men and women of all races, in His image.  Ask God to help you to love your neighbour as yourself.

Praise God because he is Almighty and Everlasting and because there is no limit to what he has created.

And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.

 

Day 7. Genesis 2: 1-3 In the evening take time to watch the sun set and be thankful that whatever has happened to you today God was with you.

By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.

Rest in the Lord and together with of all created things, in earth and sea and sky, proclaim God’s glory.

 

Eco Christmas Suggestions

Church is a community of people that celebrates God, and all God has created. When that creation is devalued and desecrated, church needs to shine like a beacon in the night. Let’s be a role model to show how a community can care for creation. Here are a few ideas to get you started this Christmas.

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Rector’s Letter, February 2018

Dear friends

We have passed from 2017 to 2018 and we pray that this year will see the growth of God’s kingdom. The year has begun with a number of funerals, and we pray for those missing loved ones, and we honour the faith of our fellow-believers who have died, giving thanks for all they have meant to us. They have passed, by the grace of God, not from one year to the next, but from life in a fallen world which crucified God’s Messiah, into a world where that Messiah, now risen and glorified, reigns forever, and they reign with him in his loving presence.

Time moves on, another year comes, and our mortality presses on us. Make sure that you know where you are going after you die. Jesus speaks in his own teaching about heaven (he came from it and was returning to it), and about hell (e.g. it is better to cut off what causes you to sin, than to be thrown into hell, Matthew 5:29). He himself died, and then rose, so that all who believe in him should know that they are safe forever. At the grave of his friend Lazarus, he said: ‘I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die’ (John 10:25-26). Amazing words. But he then follows them immediately with a four-word question. Why don’t you look it up in a Bible and see what Jesus’s question is!? It might change your eternal destiny.

And if you know that your eternal destiny is safe, that does not mean you can sit back and do nothing. The New Testament commands us to persevere in faith and love and hope, and to grow in the knowledge of God. How will 2018 present you with opportunities to do that? And will you take those opportunities? Eternal life is not given to those who used to go to church and pray and serve and love God. Hebrews 10:36 tell us: ‘You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God you will receive what he has promised.’ Persevere, keep going, hold on to the Lord, trust him and serve him this year, for he is one who loves us, and gives peace, purpose and joy.

With my best wishes – James.

Christmas Light’s On Event!

On Saturday 18th November, Yeovil Town Centre will be bustling with people for the switching on of the Christmas lights, and there is good news there, one of our members of St John’s will be switching on the lights having won a competition to design a Christmas light. This design is being made at the moment and will be unveiled on the evening as part of Yeovil’s Christmas light display – we look forward to seeing your amazing art work Rosie!

As in previous years, St John’s will be open for this community event, and no doubt packed with people who are cold and need a hot drink, who are interested in the bells and the church building, who have children who need entertaining with craft and puppets and who are families who would like a family nativity photo booth picture once more! What a great opportunity to have our doors open and the church bustling with people, and for those conversations inviting people along to our carol services and church events over the festive season.
We hope to have up and running in St John’s:

  • A nativity photo booth
  • Music
  • Puppets
  • Children’s craft
  • Bells and tower experience
  • Hot chocolate mountains, tea, coffee and cake
  • Church tours

Keep the date free and do come along, and bring your family and friends, church open 5pm to 8pm on Saturday 18th November!

Amazing Grace

Amazing Graceodments

May 26
St John’s Church
Doors 7pm, performance 7:30pm

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Oddments Theatre Company are coming to St John’s Church on Thursday 26th May 2016 with their touring production – Amazing Grace!
Tickets – £7.50 in advance, £10 on the door
Emma Handcock will be selling tickets at the back of church on Sunday – come and buy yours soon!
OR by online now:
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What’s it about?!
The true story of John Newton: a sailor who turned his back on God, a man of no morals, and a trader of slaves. The cast will take the audience on a voyage of discovery, as John finds out about God’s infinite love and saving grace.
We’d love to see you there!

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Adopt a Penguin

penguin-2This has now finished! You will have been sent an email if you were a winner.

After a hard week at the St John’s pole, training up as part of the Polar Explorers holiday club, the waddle of penguins are ready for rehoming.

These penguins are cheap to look after and only need daily cuddles to meet all their nutritional needs, although for fun they do like chasing after carrot fish.

Not the most energetic of creatures, however a little light exercise is good for them and they will waddle along to the theme music from Ski Sunday with a little prompting.

Within the waddle are 16 adults and 4 babies all needing new homes. If you would like to home a penguin please send your name and contact details using the form below or ring Jennifer and David on 01935 862190. The closing date is Saturday 22nd August following which names will be drawn out of a hat. The first 20 names will be the successful adoptees.

Important small print:

  • Please specify whether you are interested in adopting a baby or an adult penguin.
  • There is no charge for the penguins and whilst donations to St John’s from successful adoptees are invited they are not obligatory.
  • Lastly, it is important to remember that penguins are for life and not just for holiday club.

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