Resources to check out:
* Phil Moore has just launched a brilliant idea for a Kickstater campaign called Home for Christmas to produce carols on CD and music videos for churches, small groups, families, individuals to use this Christmas. Give it a backing.
* Time for every thing? by Matt Fuller is The Good Book Company’s free ebook this month.
* New Podcast Alert: Luther: In Real Time
* Colin Adams has put together an excellent 30 days prayer guide. Here’s how you can get a copy.
* A good resource from FIEC on Caring for your pastor.
* I’m liking the look of this new book coming soon – Daily ACTS – A Yearly Guide to Prayer and Praise.
Some things to reflect on:
* Scott Swain writes that “Catechetical preaching (preaching on the Apostles’ Creed, Ten Commandments, Lord’s Prayer) is something of a lost art, which is unfortunate because we need it now more than ever.”
* Richard England describes COVID-19 as a triathlon, of which we are now entering the second leg. Having done Lockdown to unlockdown (Mar-Sept), we are into rolling restrictions (next 6 months until Easter), and then hopefully post-COVID normality (Easter-Summer ’21). This second leg we are in, he says is more complex because our emotional resources are already drained from the first leg. How will we cope? The two suggestion he makes which stood out for me was that we need ‘Simplicity’ (do less, but do it well, keep it simple, simplicity is sustainable) and ‘Self-care’ (because you are exhausted as you have been making strategic decisions almost every week since March). “Just to be standing at the end, having not lost hope, is to win in times like these.”
* Marcus Honeysett muses about whether the decline of the midweek prayer meeting is responsible for the decline in personal prayer. One loss of the prayer meeting is that there is no longer a context where new believers hear role models pray in a small context and which enables them to have a go. Do we actively teach new believers how to pray?
* Whilst getting back to in-person is best, this comment from Nay Dawson is a reminder that online can play an important ongoing role: “Keeping online for us means the following can attend; a single mum with kids, 2 stretched NHS workers, a friend with #Covid symptoms, a friend with #anxiety. Am advocating that we commit to & invest in #churchonline as well as #church in the building.”
* Adrian Reynolds reminds us that Paul’s prayer in Colossians 1:9-14 is a great model to adopt in pastoral praying. Praying for believers to bear fruit, to know God more, to keep going, and to be filled with joy together.