Sunday 3rd May
Our hope as Christians is founded on the hope that there is something greater beyond us. We live, as some theologians have put it, between times – we live in a world where the Kingdom is both here and yet to come. We are called to live as if the Kingdom is already here, we glimpse the future every time we join together in worship. At this present time we are called to worship in our homes and not in our churches. Although we are not physically in the same place we join together with the heavenly host as we pray and this unites us with Christians around the world. John in his vision of heaven recorded in Revelation tells us our prayers rise before God like incense.

‘Another angel, who had a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense to offer, with the prayers of all God’s people, on the golden altar, in front of the throne. The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of God’s people, went up before God from the angel’s hand.’

Our prayers rise up before a God and he hears us when we call on him. He longs for us to to speak with him and share our inner most thoughts. Jesus taught us how to pray and in doing so he gave us the Lords Prayer. As part of your prayers today why not use it as starting or end point to help you talk to God.

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power, and the glory
for ever and ever.