Reading and Reflection – Monday 6 April


Philippians 4: 12-13
"I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength."

In this reading it talks about us as people knowing what it feels like to have everything we need but also be in a situation where we do not have everything we need. We are very lucky to be living under a roof, have warm clothes to wear, have food to eat and water to drink, but we must remember those people who aren’t as fortunate as us, especially during this time of need. It’s the little things that can impact those who are less fortunate than us. For example, not taking more than you need at the supermarket or letting the elderly get what they need first or acts of service such as donating to a food bank. It’s the little things in life that create the biggest impact for those people who need it most. Being at home I’ve had a lot of time to reflect and I’ve realised that maybe I do take the little things for granted and that once we get out of quarantine I will appreciate things a whole lot more. Use this time to reflect and think about your goals for the rest of the school year or think about how you can better yourself as a person and what you can do for the community. The sky's the limit, like the passage said, “I can do all things through him who gives me strength”. As long as you put your heart and your mind to the Lord nothing is impossible. Use the prayers given out by the Special Character committee so you can pray for yourself and those around you and whenever you are in need of guidance, God is always there.

We pray for those around who are less fortunate than us and we ask that you help them during this time of need. We also pray that we all get through this tough time together as a community and that no one is left behind. We also ask that you give guidance to those who are struggling and that you help them see the light at the end of the tunnel. Amen.
Ieuan Esteban – Tutor Leader

Message from the Special Character Committee
Over the next few weeks we will be sending out daily prayers, two readings per week, and two Bible quotes per week. We ask that you take time to read the reading and Bible quotes and really understand what they mean. We encourage you to take time to pray and spend time with God in this time of need with the readings, daily prayers and bible quote.

Weekly quote: Philippians 4: 13:
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Reading of the week: Mark:9: 14-29

Jesus Heals a Sick Boy

When Jesus, Peter, James, and John came back to the other followers, they saw a great crowd around them and the teachers of the law arguing with them. But as soon as the crowd saw Jesus, the people were surprised and ran to welcome him. Jesus asked, “What are you arguing about?”
A man answered, “Teacher, I brought my son to you. He has an evil spirit in him that stops him from talking. When the spirit attacks him, it throws him on the ground. Then my son foams at the mouth, grinds his teeth, and becomes very stiff. I asked your followers to force the evil spirit out, but they couldn’t.”
Jesus answered, “You people have no faith. How long must I stay with you? How long must I put up with you? Bring the boy to me.”
So the followers brought him to Jesus. As soon as the evil spirit saw Jesus, it made the boy lose control of himself, and he fell down and rolled on the ground, foaming at the mouth.
Jesus asked the boy’s father, “How long has this been happening?” The father answered, “Since he was very young. The spirit often throws him into a fire or into water to kill him.
If you can do anything for him, please have pity on us and help us.”
Jesus said to the father, “You said, ‘If you can!’ All things are possible for the one who believes.” Immediately the father cried out, “I do believe! Help me to believe more!”
When Jesus saw that a crowd was quickly gathering, he ordered the evil spirit, saying, “You spirit that makes people unable to hear or speak, I command you to come out of this boy and never enter him again!”
The evil spirit screamed and caused the boy to fall on the ground again. Then the spirit came out. The boy looked as if he were dead, and many people said, “He is dead!”
But Jesus took hold of the boy’s hand and helped him to stand up.
When Jesus went into the house, his followers began asking him privately, “Why couldn’t we force that evil spirit out?” Jesus answered, “That kind of spirit can only be forced out by prayer.”

Prayers for the week

God of Compassion, We ask that you bless us with the gifts of kindness and love. We need these gifts, especially in these times of need. We pray that we can use these gifts to uplift another person’s day and bring joy and happiness to the world. May you also look over those who may not be happy in the world right now, and find them the love and care that they need. Amen.

Jesus, during Your ministry on earth You showed Your power and caring by healing people of all ages and stations of life from physical, mental, and spiritual ailments. Be present now to people who need Your loving touch because of COVID-19. May they feel Your power of healing through the care of doctors and nurses. Take away the fear, anxiety, and feelings of isolation from people receiving treatment or under quarantine. Give them a sense of purpose in pursuing health and protecting others from exposure to the disease. Protect their families and friends and bring peace to all who love them. Amen.

Wednesday - Psalm 91
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the most high will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust”. Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked. If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,” and you make the most high your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent. “Because he loves me,” says the Lord “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honour him. With a long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”