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Prayer and reflections


As churches are no longer able to meet together in buildings, we want to encourage and help people to pray, both within our own churches and in the wider community.   This section provides many ideas that could be used to lead people to prayer, both personally and corporately. 
 
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Living stones


By Gary Clayton, Copywriter and Editor at Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF)

Masked like a bandit or the Phantom of the Opera,
Strangers in LEGOLAND-length bread queues,
Washing our hands like Lady Macbeth,
We follow the rules and so ‘cheat’ death.
 
The Wise Men of SAGE and ‘glad tidings’ of vaccine
Should really remind us of our need for God.
So we refashion, refine, or find new ways to worship,
Spirituality supplanting entrepreneurship. 
 
Though cinemas closed and playhouses shut,
We have all the humdrum drama we need.
As we follow the beat of a different drum,
Our pulses still pounding, may God’s Kingdom come!
 
So, due to His love, and through His great mercy,
God uses such times of unwanted adversity
To bring selected saints-to-be
Into His arms, and onto their knee.
 
And so God came to the unchurched and churchless,
To those seeking the Saviour in their houses and homes.
Places far simpler than coronavirus-closed churches,
New life now breathed into once lifeless stones.
 
 
Gary Clayton
is married to Julie and the father of Christopher (16) and Emma (14). He is Copywriter and Editor at Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) whose 138 aircraft bring the love of Christ to 26 developing countries.
 

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