Each day we will follow the same pattern.
a) 🛑 Stop and be still, to become more conscious of God’s presence.
b) 🍊 Amber light, we focus on a theme specific for the day, led by a word from the bible.
C) 🍏 Green for go! This will be the same prayer each day, our cry for help in this Covid 19 crisis.
 
 
Day 1 - Sunday 17th May
 
Step a) Stop, be still, close your eyes and ask God to clear your head of rubbish and to forgive your sins. Open the palms of your hands outwards and ask God to fill your hands with more blessing than you can hold. Wait until you feel ready to move to the next step.
 
Step b) Psalm 102:1-2 . ‘Hear my prayer O Lord; let my cry for help come to you. Do not hide your face from me when I am in distress. Turn your ear to me, when I call answer me quickly’.
Here the Psalmist sounds a little impatient as he hopes for things to change for the better. We need to think of hope as a reason to be patient, rather than the thing which makes us impatient. What do you feel impatient about at the moment? Identify things which are causing you frustration and ask for God’s help. Think about what you hope for and make a note of those things.
 
Step c) Pray the prayer for the week
Heavenly Father, I give praise and thanks to you now, for you are my maker, my shield and my strength.
You have poured your love 💕 into this world through your Son Jesus Christ and through your Holy Spirit. I believe that Jesus is Lord and that your Spirit is with me now.
 
Today, I lift up my cry to you and ask for your help.
The Covid 19 pandemic has brought great sorrow to the world. People are living in fear and life is restricted and frustrating, like caged birds we long to fly again.
Heavenly Father I ask that your compassion and love will be known by all those who are sad and grieving, I ask that your peace and strength will be given to all people who feel weary and in need of rest.
Merciful God, may the Covid 19 virus be pushed back in your name and in your power. Protect this nation and this city from a strong second surge of infections. We pray that an effective vaccine will be found before the end of this year.
 
And we ask that you will speed the day on when your church will be free and safe to gather together again, to worship you and encourage each other.
Until that day, we ask you Holy Spirit, give us all patience fuelled by hope, that you will come to our help, even as we wait for the glorious day of Christ’s return.
 
AMEN
 

 
Day 2 - Monday 18th May
 
Step a) Stop, be still. Get yourself a glass of water 💧 take a drink then close your eyes. Ask Jesus to restore your soul as you wait in his presence. Remain, until you feel ready for the next step.
 
Step b) John 4:13-14 ‘Jesus answered, “everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
When every home has a tap we can forget what a precious life saving resource that water is. Without water to drink we would rapidly become ill and die. In this current Covid crisis we are more aware of the things we miss, the things we are being deprived of. The ‘water’ of Christ’s presence is NOT in short supply unless we deprive ourselves by neglecting prayerfulness or reflection on his word. As Jesus promises, he is like water to the soul, our own internal wellspring always flowing up into our heart mind and soul. We should seek forgiveness if we have neglected such a precious resource and commit everyday to drinking from the well of Jesus.
 
Step c) Pray the prayer for the week
Heavenly Father, I give praise and thanks to you now, for you are my maker, my shield and my strength.
You have poured your love 💕 into this world through your Son Jesus Christ and through your Holy Spirit. I believe that Jesus is Lord and that your Spirit is with me now.
 
Today, I lift up my cry to you and ask for your help.
The Covid 19 pandemic has brought great sorrow to the world. People are living in fear and life is restricted and frustrating, like caged birds we long to fly again.
Heavenly Father I ask that your compassion and love will be known by all those who are sad and grieving, I ask that your peace and strength will be given to all people who feel weary and in need of rest.
Merciful God, may the Covid 19 virus be pushed back in your name and in your power. Protect this nation and this city from a strong second surge of infections. We pray that an effective vaccine will be found before the end of this year.
 
And we ask that you will speed the day on when your church will be free and safe to gather together again, to worship you and encourage each other.
Until that day, we ask you Holy Spirit, give us all patience fuelled by hope, that you will come to our help, even as we wait for the glorious day of Christ’s return.
 
AMEN
 
 
Day 3 - Tuesday 19th May
 
Step a) Stop, be still. Close your eyes, breathe slowly and steadily, welcoming the presence of God, who is Spirit, in your soul and your conscious thought. Respond to God’s presence. When you are ready move on to step b)
 
Step b) John 6:19-20 ‘When they had rowed 3-3.5 miles, they saw Jesus, approaching the boat, walking on the water and they were terrified. But Jesus said to them “it is I, do not be afraid.”
 
Our default way of thinking is so often worldly, in that, our thinking and responses tend to be based upon what we see, feel and hear in the environment around us. Here we are presented with an intriguing picture as Jesus walks across the surface of the lake. Science dictates that he should sink, but the normal rules do not apply. It is a reminder, that when we pray, that we have a Saviour who is above all earthly things, he is the one who brought this created world into existence. We should worship and trust Jesus whatever we see happening on the earth. Finally remember that Peter famously got out of the boat and began walking toward Jesus on the water 💧. When we meet with God in prayer remember that he has opened the spiritual realm to us, think of yourself as walking into the arms of Jesus as you pray, it’s better than walking on water.
 
Step c) Pray the prayer for the week
Heavenly Father, I give praise and thanks to you now, for you are my maker, my shield and my strength.
You have poured your love 💕 into this world through your Son Jesus Christ and through your Holy Spirit. I believe that Jesus is Lord and that your Spirit is with me now.
 
Today, I lift up my cry to you and ask for your help.
The Covid 19 pandemic has brought great sorrow to the world. People are living in fear and life is restricted and frustrating, like caged birds we long to fly again.
Heavenly Father I ask that your compassion and love will be known by all those who are sad and grieving, I ask that your peace and strength will be given to all people who feel weary and in need of rest.
Merciful God, may the Covid 19 virus be pushed back in your name and in your power. Protect this nation and this city from a strong second surge of infections. We pray that an effective vaccine will be found before the end of this year.
 
And we ask that you will speed the day on when your church will be free and safe to gather together again, to worship you and encourage each other.
Until that day, we ask you Holy Spirit, give us all patience fuelled by hope, that you will come to our help, even as we wait for the glorious day of Christ’s return.
 
AMEN
 

 
Day 4 - Wednesday 20th May 
 
Step a) Stop, be still. Close your eyes, breathe slowly and steadily, what can you hear? It may be completely quiet, you may be able to hear traffic or other people or just birdsong. Even in silence we are not alone when faith connects us to God who is always present. Wait in his presence. When you are ready move on to step b)
 
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
 
Sometimes I think that Jesus words ‘don’t not worry about your life ..’ are, in practice, some of the hardest to obey in all scripture. Here, he is focusing on the material necessities of life, most basically food, clothes and shelter. But at its heart these verses are about the mind; worry turns to anxiety, it creates an unhealthy focus which blurs our daily priorities, worry can make us irritable with others and generally selfish. Worry can even make us ill. One of the things which pausing for prayer does, is to remind us that God is with us and that God loves us. Our soul and spirit he will feed and from this peaceful and well ‘fed’ and ‘clothed’ centre we can face the day with its challenges. Even the Covid Crisis cannot change this powerful dynamic between us and God. Spend whatever time you can thinking about what worries you and for each worry draw alongside the thought, God loves me, he will provide, my greatest treasure is in heaven. When you are ready move on to the prayer for the week.
 
Step c) Pray the prayer for the week
Heavenly Father, I give praise and thanks to you now, for you are my maker, my shield and my strength.
You have poured your love 💕 into this world through your Son Jesus Christ and through your Holy Spirit. I believe that Jesus is Lord and that your Spirit is with me now.
 
Today, I lift up my cry to you and ask for your help.
The Covid 19 pandemic has brought great sorrow to the world. People are living in fear and life is restricted and frustrating, like caged birds we long to fly again.
Heavenly Father I ask that your compassion and love will be known by all those who are sad and grieving, I ask that your peace and strength will be given to all people who feel weary and in need of rest.
Merciful God, may the Covid 19 virus be pushed back in your name and in your power. Protect this nation and this city from a strong second surge of infections. We pray that an effective vaccine will be found before the end of this year.
 
And we ask that you will speed the day on when your church will be free and safe to gather together again, to worship you and encourage each other.
Until that day, we ask you Holy Spirit, give us all patience fuelled by hope, that you will come to our help, even as we wait for the glorious day of Christ’s return.
 
AMEN
 

 
Day 5 - Thursday 21st May
 
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Step a) Stop, be still. Close your eyes, breathe slowly and steadily, say the Lord’s Prayer. Then ask God the Father to send peace for your racing mind, his love into your aching heart, and the joy of salvation into your spirit. Wait on him. When you are ready move on to step b)
 
14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
 
Yesterday we were challenged in Tim Harris’s video message to demonstrate now that we live for Christ. To find the motivation for this we need a revelation of Christ to ‘sock it’ to our soul’s. The bible is full of ‘sock it to ya’ reasons to be true follower of Jesus. Today’s reading presents one such motivation. Today is, in the church calendar, ‘Ascension Day’ when Christians remember the risen Jesus ascending into heaven. This reminds us that we follow a victorious Jesus, a promise keeping Jesus and a Jesus who right now is your Great High Priest in heaven, he hears your prayers, he is your mediator with God the Father. So may we together enact today’s reading in our lives by praying with confidence in Christ, and holding firmly to the faith in words and deeds, even in these difficult times.
 
Step c) Pray the prayer for the week
Heavenly Father, I give praise and thanks to you now, for you are my maker, my shield and my strength.
You have poured your love 💕 into this world through your Son Jesus Christ and through your Holy Spirit. I believe that Jesus is Lord and that your Spirit is with me now.
 
Today, I lift up my cry to you and ask for your help.
The Covid 19 pandemic has brought great sorrow to the world. People are living in fear and life is restricted and frustrating, like caged birds we long to fly again.
Heavenly Father I ask that your compassion and love will be known by all those who are sad and grieving, I ask that your peace and strength will be given to all people who feel weary and in need of rest.
Merciful God, may the Covid 19 virus be pushed back in your name and in your power. Protect this nation and this city from a strong second surge of infections. We pray that an effective vaccine will be found before the end of this year.
 
And we ask that you will speed the day on when your church will be free and safe to gather together again, to worship you and encourage each other.
Until that day, we ask you Holy Spirit, give us all patience fuelled by hope, that you will come to our help, even as we wait for the glorious day of Christ’s return.
 
AMEN
 

 
Day 6 - Friday 22nd May
 
Step a) Stop, be still. Close your eyes, breathe slowly and steadily, say the Lord’s Prayer. Now take a physical position that reflects a heart of worship. Options might be; on your knees, lying facedown on the floor, sit or stand with your hands raised to the heavens; acknowledge the presence of God in your life. When you are ready move on to step b)
 
Step b) Psalm 5
1 Listen to my words, Lord,
consider my lament.
2 Hear my cry for help,
my King and my God,
for to you I pray.
3 In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice;
in the morning I lay my requests before you
and wait expectantly.
4 For you are not a God who is pleased with wickedness;
with you, evil people are not welcome.
5 The arrogant cannot stand
in your presence.
You hate all who do wrong;
6 you destroy those who tell lies.
The bloodthirsty and deceitful
you, Lord, detest.
7 But I, by your great love,
can come into your house;
in reverence I bow down
toward your holy temple.
 
Spend a few moments reflecting on these words from Psalm 5 . The psalmist asks God to listen to his prayer, but in doing so declares the one to whom he prays is his ‘King’ and ‘God’. Consider our need to find humility both to enter God’s presence, but also, how this humility will affect our relationship with others today. Give praise that having met with Jesus we can add a new reflection to the words of the Psalm. ‘but I, by your great mercy, have received you into the temple of my heart’.
 
Step c) Pray the prayer for the week
Heavenly Father, I give praise and thanks to you now, for you are my maker, my shield and my strength.
You have poured your love 💕 into this world through your Son Jesus Christ and through your Holy Spirit. I believe that Jesus is Lord and that your Spirit is with me now.
Today, I lift up my cry to you and ask for your help.
The Covid 19 pandemic has brought great sorrow to the world. People are living in fear and life is restricted and frustrating, like caged birds we long to fly again.
Heavenly Father I ask that your compassion and love will be known by all those who are sad and grieving, I ask that your peace and strength will be given to all people who feel weary and in need of rest.
Merciful God, may the Covid 19 virus be pushed back in your name and in your power. Protect this nation and this city from a strong second surge of infections. We pray that an effective vaccine will be found before the end of this year.
 
And we ask that you will speed the day on when your church will be free and safe to gather together again, to worship you and encourage each other.
Until that day, we ask you Holy Spirit, give us all patience fuelled by hope, that you will come to our help, even as we wait for the glorious day of Christ’s return.
 
AMEN

 

 

We will be running this course through our house groups over the next couple of months starting the week of Monday 7th October.  Each session will be repeated in a different house group on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

If you are interested then please speak to the minister Tim Watson.

 

Our vision is to see our local community, transformed by the widespread experience of God’s grace. This local church being a gateway for the love, hope, peace and joy that come from Jesus Christ. Our vision is to be the ‘salt and light’ Jesus spoke of, right here in Great Barr; and to see the local church grow by the making of new followers of Jesus, who will love him and serve in his Kingdom. We seek the fulfilment of this vision by the Holy Spirit; through clear and contemporary teaching of Scripture, praise prayer and worship, and by sacrificial service to our local community, young and old, rich and poor. A church that will actively take a stand in the name of Jesus Christ against injustice and against evil. And demonstrate God’s love through social concern and action.