#wpcu2020 – Day 1 – Reconciliation

Day 1 Reconciliation

  • Acts 27: 18-19, 21

“We were being pounded by the storm so violently that on the next day they began to throw the cargo overboard and on the third day with their own hands they threw the ship’s tackle overboard… Since they had been without food for a long time, Paul then stood up among them and said, “Men, you should have listened to me and not have set sail from Crete and thereby avoided this damage and loss.”

  • Psalm 85
  • Luke 18: 9-14

Reflection

To live an untethered life means that we may well find ourselves at the mercy of wind and wave. Besieged by storm and circumstance, carried by the tide, thrown off course, we can find ourselves run aground, clinging to the hope – that we might loosen our grip of individual claim and right, and hold to a shared ownership of this rock of truth.

Fissure cracks unearthed by seismic change, fresh and raw – now open to the elements – make it easy for fracture and the heartbreak of division and disunity to split our truth apart.

But as we find each precious piece, like flotsam and jetsam washed up on distant shore and held safe in the hands of someone else, might we come together and re-form?

As a new picture emerges a re-seeing re-imagining reconciling of ourselves and each other.

We are all at the mercy of the storm regardless of where we stand.

Port or starboard, aft or stern it’s the same boat, traversing the same waters.

Whether we sink or swim might well depend upon who or what we cling to or let go of.

Prayer

Reconciling God, as we feel the pain of past mistakes, shy away and retreat to individual strongholds; help us surrender a false sense of who we are, all that tethers us, and all that we hold precious.

Bind us to humility and compassion, as we learn together, to receive from You, abide in You and Your love. Amen.

Questions

  • What are the important things we need to carry with us as we journey together towards unity?
  • What things might we need to let go of as we journey together towards unity? What challenges does that bring?
  • What are our shared hopes for our community? What might our common prayers for our community be?

Go and Do

(see www.ctbi.org.uk/goanddo)

Global: Be inspired to unity by the churches of South Sudan and their work for reconciliation.

Local: How might the churches in your area dialogue around the issues affecting your wider community?

Personal: Seek reconciliation for a broken relationship in your life.

#wpcu2020 – DAILY PRAYER SERVICES

We invite our Christian Brother’s and Sister’s in our town and local area to join together in the unity of prayer, during the Week of Prayer of Christian Unity.

Details of these services, all held in Bellshill Central Parish Church, are listed in the poster and we encourage everyone to come along when they can, regardless of race, age, background or faith as we come together to pray.

Each day during Week of Prayer for Christian Unity – #WPCU and #WPCU2020 – we will post daily readings and reflections to help you in this week’s prayer journey if you are not able to join us in person each day.

Weekly News from Bellshill Central Church – YOUR CHURCH

Sunday worship continues at 11am each Sunday morning at 346 Main Street – Bellshill Central Parish Church. Our church is Central to Christ, Central to Bellshill and Central to YOU! For 147 years we have shouted out the Good News of Jesus Christ and of His love for one and all. We offer a warm and generous welcome to all, on Sundays or throughout the week at any of our week day activities and groups. Our minister, Rev’d Kevin de Beer, loves being in our Faith Family and reaching outwards into the communities of Bellshill Town Centre, Mossend and Orbiston. As the Church of Scotland Parish for Central Bellshill, including the Town Centre, we want to you be part of what is a wonderful community of fellowship and faith. Please simply #comeasyouare!

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Sunday morning at 11am our minister continues his 7 week series of Jesus in Samaria – this week The Neighbour! Just come along and join us at 11.00am at the church at 346 Main Street right at the Centre of our town. The readings are Genesis 4:1-11 and Luke 10:25-37. Our hymns include: Jesus calls us here to meet him, When I needed a neighbour, Make me a channel and Love is the touch of intangible joy.  We finish with a South African song – Amen we praise your name O God.

Our Sunday services are live streams via our Church Website and YouTube Channel and are uploaded for viewing later at your leisure.  Services are able to be reproduced on Tape, CD and DVD.   Portable DVD players are also available.  Please just get in touch with Drew Aitken at the Church. 

WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY

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Takes place from 18th to the 25th January. To mark the end of Christian Unity Week there is an ecumenical service here at Bellshill Central Parish Church on Sunday 26th January at 7pm. There will be an offering for St Andrews Hospice uplifted. The service is organised by the Lanarkshire Organists Society. If you would like to join the augmented choir, please come along on 17th January at 7.15pm.

Town Services for Week of Prayer for Christian Unity takes place here in Bellshill Central Parish Church as follows throughout the week of prayer. Please join us and share the info as widely as possible to ensure our Christian Brothers and Sisters can take part in community corporate prayer.  

THESE SERVICES WILL LAST AROUND 30 MINUTES AND WILL BE LED BY DIFFERENT FOLKS FROM BELLSHILL.

  • Saturday 18 January at 12.00 NOON
  • Monday 20 January at 1PM
  • Tuesday 21 January at 7.30PM
  • Wednesday 22 January at 1PM
  • Thursday 23 January at 7.30PM
  • Friday 24 January at 3.00PM
  • Saturday 25 January at 12.00 NOON
  • Please enter the church via the main front doors or the side door access down the path where disabled access is available.

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email us at bellshillcentral@gmail.com

#wpcu2020 Prayer Services

We invite our Christian Brother’s and Sister’s in our town and local area to join together in the unity of prayer, during the Week of Prayer of Christian Unity.

Details of these services, all held in Bellshill Central Parish Church, are listed in the poster and we encourage everyone to come along when they can, regardless of race, age, background or faith as we come together to pray.

Each day during Week of Prayer for Christian Unity – #WPCU and #WPCU2020 – we will post daily readings and reflections to help you in this week’s prayer journey if you are not able to join us in person each day.