Monday, 29 June 2009

Vestry Prayer ordinary 14 year B

Ordinary 14.
Readings: Mark 6 v 12 - 13; Psalm 48;
2 Corinthians 12 v 2-10;2 Sam 5 v 1-5 + 9-10.

Heavenly Father as we gather today we are reminded that people in your sons earthly home did not want to listen to Him, and we ask Lord that you would help us to both listen and recognize the carpenter of Nazareth and the King of kings and Lord of lords. Help us to worship you in Spirit and in truth and leave here rejoicing because you have spoken to our hearts, minds and souls.
We ask all these things through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Vestry Prayers

I have been looking at the statistics for this blog and note that many of my visitors arrive here after looking for vestry prayers. There was a comment posted yesterday on one of my earlier prayers indicating that the person was disappointed that I had stopped posting them.
I didn't post any for this year because I thought people might by my book and I have to say thank you to the twelve people who have - I really do hope you are finding it a useful resource - a number of the churches in our circuit use it in the less glossy format (the original version was totally self published)and I am always amazed how good the prayers come over when read by stewards.
In view of the apparent demand I have decided to start posting prayers again and hope to continue doing so each week - it would be helpful to get some feedback occasionally so if you are using these prayers you might consider just making a comment.

Friday, 19 June 2009

Local Preachers Meeting - great!!

Now that's probably not a comment that readers will have expected as some of you will know that often Local Preachers meetings like other church meetings can be a little tedious. Well last nights meeting in our circuit was not at all tedious and I will tell you a little more if you want to read on.
We had invited our worship leaders and readers to this meeting which was our annual communion service and when we had discussed this we had agreed to invite Keith Rothery who is a former National Advocate of Leaders of Worship and Preachers Trust to speak. AS far as I am aware we had not really suggested what he might say but thought he would tell us a little about the work of LWPT and perhaps even his interest in the history of Methodism. He did both but was also in my opinion very inspiring as he shared his thoughts on preaching. He said he was a Woodbine man even though he gave up smoking at 11 years of age but went on to quote Woodbine Willie (G.Studdert Kennedy)saying that his view was as summed up in the hymn Awake,awake to love and work where the writer says 'to give, and give and give again'.
I am sure that many of those present felt suitably refreshed at the end of the meeting and maybe even inspired by the passion with which Keith delivered his message for us leaders of worship.

Saturday, 13 June 2009

Glorious Devon

Just thought I would let you all know I haven't posted for a while because I have been away to Devon - first time I have been there and had a really nice time. Been in Beer and it has been really good.

Thursday, 4 June 2009

Thank you and new blog

Thought I should just thank Bob the Black Country Brummie for adding me on to his sidebar - I am hoping it might attract some new readers - will have to watch the flag counter and sitemeter to see what happens.

I have added a new blog on my sidebar which I cam across quite by chance while clicking on the next blog button on the top of my blog - it is called Black Country Kid and I do feel some affinity having been born in the Black Country and lived here all my life - I do realise it may only be interesting to 'local' readers but who knows it might appeal to a wider audience.

Also if you haven't already checked it out have a look at the Vicars Wife blog as there are some interesting posts of there too.