This is the DIY Sunday Service Kit for June 28th. 2020
Here's the Word for the Week video, clearing up a popular misconception about grace and 'being good'. Could you share it with somebody else ... on social media, in an email or online? Please feel free!
Here's an oldie and a goldie from Michael Eldridge to set us off in our worship today
Please pray today ...
For new contacts from the 9 a.m. BBC Radio Wales broadcast with Simon being interviewed about the impact of COVID-19 on the outreach in livestock marts.
For a family that has been in touch about moving to the area, for the Lord to bless richly their willingness to come to live and serve Him in Wales and that the Lord will lead us all into His will and ways. May we see many more thinking and praying the same way!
For the young man praying for work in the area to be able to join us in the autumn to work and train alongside us all in the work here.
For the 'powers that be' to allow us to meet once more in some sort of face-to-face way as soon as (and in whichever way) it is safe for us to do so.
For the Lord to watch over His flock, especially those who are tempted to let the discipline of fellowship with the Lord and His people slip under lock-down.
Give thanks for a funeral Simon was able to lead on Friday, where things were pretty awkward in the circumstances but a clear and urgent appeal to look to God on the basis of Psalm 121 seemed to settle into the hearts of about eight young people present. Their attention seemed to open ears amongst their seniors who also listened well, despite their obvious grief and sorrow at the occasion. Please pray that reflection on these things will comfort the hearts of those who mourn and that it will help them find and draw on the true source of all comfort?
Give thanks for folks outside Wales who are happy to help us find new ways to reach out to our rural area and pray that we will find the Lord's will for this so that the Gospel goes forward even under the current pandemic restrictions that we are facing.
Give thanks for the digital means we have available to us to be able to continue to find fellowship and communicate God's truth online, however far short these fall of our desire to meet up again in person ... pray that the technology and the digital infrastructure these require will hold up and that we will see God's Kingdom built through these means into the future.
Finally, let's pray for our Police and emergency services dealing with challenging circumstances as crowds gather in defiance of regulations and as violence breaks out in response to increasing mental health crises and the frustrations experienced during the lock-down period.
3:1 Then Naomi her mother-in-law said to her, “My daughter, should I not seek rest for you, that it may be well with you? 2 Is not Boaz our relative, with whose young women you were? See, he is winnowing barley tonight at the threshing floor. 3 Wash therefore and anoint yourself, and put on your cloak and go down to the threshing floor, but do not make yourself known to the man until he has finished eating and drinking. 4 But when he lies down, observe the place where he lies. Then go and uncover his feet and lie down, and he will tell you what to do.” 5 And she replied, “All that you say I will do.”
6 So she went down to the threshing floor and did just as her mother-in-law had commanded her. 7 And when Boaz had eaten and drunk, and his heart was merry, he went to lie down at the end of the heap of grain. Then she came softly and uncovered his feet and lay down. 8 At midnight the man was startled and turned over, and behold, a woman lay at his feet! 9 He said, “Who are you?” And she answered, “I am Ruth, your servant. Spread your wings over your servant, for you are a redeemer.” 10 And he said, “May you be blessed by the LORD, my daughter. You have made this last kindness greater than the first in that you have not gone after young men, whether poor or rich. 11 And now, my daughter, do not fear. I will do for you all that you ask, for all my fellow townsmen know that you are a worthy woman. 12 And now it is true that I am a redeemer. Yet there is a redeemer nearer than I. 13 Remain tonight, and in the morning, if he will redeem you, good; let him do it. But if he is not willing to redeem you, then, as the LORD lives, I will redeem you. Lie down until the morning.”
14 So she lay at his feet until the morning, but arose before one could recognize another. And he said, “Let it not be known that the woman came to the threshing floor.” 15 And he said, “Bring the garment you are wearing and hold it out.” So she held it, and he measured out six measures of barley and put it on her. Then she went into the city. 16 And when she came to her mother-in-law, she said, “How did you fare, my daughter?” Then she told her all that the man had done for her, 17 saying, “These six measures of barley he gave to me, for he said to me, ‘You must not go back empty-handed to your mother-in-law.’” 18 She replied, “Wait, my daughter, until you learn how the matter turns out, for the man will not rest but will settle the matter today.”