Connecting with the wider church

You may find some of the ideas and resources on the following sites helpful:

Prayers and liturgy based around the current crisis.

Thy Kingdom come

Daily Prayer from the Church of England (also available as an app)

Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray for more people to come to know Jesus. What started in 2016 as an invitation from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to the Church of England has grown into an international and ecumenical call to prayer.

Setting up a prayer station in your home
https://www.thykingdomcome.global/resources/ideas-creative-prayer-stations
 
Podcasts for families – A Prayer Adventure
https://soundcloud.com/thykingdomcomeglobal/sets/thy-kingdom-come-2019-family-podcast
 
Praying through the Lord’s Prayer in 60 minutes
https://www.thykingdomcome.global/resources/60-minutes-praying-lords-prayer
 
A daily podcast from Bishop Tom Wright
https://soundcloud.com/thykingdomcomeglobal
 

Digging deeper into the Bible

Bible discovery App https://discoverapp.org/
Online Bible resource. https://www.biblegateway.com/

Encouraging Scriptures

Psalm 23:4

Even though I walk the darkest valley I will fear no evil for You are with me – Your rod and Your staff they comfort me still.

Isaiah 43:1ff

Fear not for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name your are Mine. When you pass through the waters I will be with you. Do not be afraid for I am with you.

John 16:33

These things I have spoken to you, that in me you might have peace. In the world you shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
 
John 14:27

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you: not as the world gives, give I to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
 
Deuteronomy 31:6


Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD your God, he it is that does go with you; he will not fail you, nor forsake you.
 
Scriptures for difficult times
Psalm 27
Psalm 4
Psalm 60

Books to read (all available online)

For centuries people have been tormented by one question above all – ‘If God is good and all-powerful, why does he allow his creatures to suffer pain?’ And what of the suffering of animals, who neither deserve pain nor can be improved by it?

The greatest Christian thinker of our time sets out to disentangle this knotty issue. With his signature wealth of compassion and insight, C.S. Lewis offers answers to these crucial questions and shares his hope and wisdom to help heal a world hungry for a true understanding of human nature.
 

Pete Greig has been teaching on prayer - and leading a non-stop prayer movement - for twenty years. Now, for the first time, he puts his life's work into a response to the question everybody ultimately asks: how do I pray?


This down-to-earth introduction to life's greatest adventure will guide you deeper in your relationship with God, helping you to become more centred and still, clearer in discerning God's voice, more able to make sense of your disappointments and more expectant for miraculous breakthroughs too. It's full of honest, hard-won wisdom interspersed with real-life stories - some humorous, others moving - to equip and inspire your prayer life.

God on Mute was written out of Pete's own experience of the miraculous power of prayer alongside the pain of unanswered prayer and the common human struggle to find faith with that paradox. Just after the birth of the 24-7 Prayer Movement and of his second child Pete's wife, Samie was diagnosed with a massive brain tumor. Subsequent surgery to remove the cancer was successful but she continues to suffer terrible epilepsy and his deepest prayers for her healing did not work.

Tracking Christ's own unanswered prayer through Gethsemane and Golgotha, the book leads the reader to Easter Sunday where miracles arise - often when we least expect it. Pete is passionate about the message of God on Mute because it will help many hurting people to hang onto God when they need him more than ever before. Our hope is that God on Mute will inspire people to persevere in prayer and to admit to their struggles as well as their encouragements. 

God is love. Crazy, relentless, all-powerful love. Have you ever wondered if we're missing it?

It's crazy, if you think about it. The God of the universe--the Creator of nitrogen and pine needles, galaxies and E-minor--loves us with a radical, unconditional, self-sacrificing love. And what is our typical response? We go to church, sing songs, and try not to cuss. Whether you've verbalized it yet or not, we all know something's wrong.

Does something deep inside your heart long to break free from the status quo? Are you hungry for an authentic faith that addresses the problems of our world with tangible, even radical, solutions? God is calling you to a passionate love relationship with Himself. Because the answer to religious complacency isn't working harder at a list of do's and don'ts--it's falling in love with God. And once you encounter His love, as Francis describes it, you will never be the same. Because when you're wildly in love with someone, it changes everything.

Talking beasts, heroic deeds and epic battles between good and evil await you in C. S. Lewis’s classic fantasy series, which has been enchanting readers for over sixty years.

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