All creation rejoices in your presence, O God. The sun sings your praise. The moon gives you glory. The stars proclaim your presence. The angels worship your Godhead and all humanity offers you its blessing.Orthodox Blessing
Loving God, all around us your amazing creation reminds us of your ability to bring about change and transformation. We see it in the caterpillar that becomes a butterfly and the acorn that becomes a mighty oak.
Your word encourages us to be transformed "by the renewing of our minds”*. Forgive us for the times when we don’t believe that transformation is possible or when we resist it when it begins to happen.
Help us, by your Spirit, to be open to your transforming work in us, that through the lives we lead, we may work with you to bring about transformation in your world, for the benefit of others and for your glory. Amen.
* Romans 12:2Gill Newton, Sheffield District Chair
“My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.”
Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all. (v. 35)
2 Timothy 1:1-14
But I am not ashamed, for I know the one in whom I have put my trust, and I am sure that he is able to guard until that day what I have entrusted to him. (v. 12)
2 Timothy 2:1-15
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved by him, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly explaining the word of truth. (v. 15)
2 Timothy 3:10-17
All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work. (v. 16-17)
2 Timothy 4:1-8
As for you, always be sober, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, carry out your ministry fully. (v. 5)
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all, training us to renounce impiety and worldly passions, and in the present age to live lives that are self-controlled, upright, and godly, while we wait for the blessed hope and the manifestation of the glory of our great God and Saviour, Jesus Christ. (v. 11-13)
… Michael and his angels fought against the dragon. The dragon and his angels fought back, but they were defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. (v. 7-8)