Thankfulness 25/06/2020 

Thought for the week 24th June 2020
Over the next few weeks we are going to be hearing from one of the church network groups about what they have been learning over the past few month and how they have been learning. Then we shall hear what they would like us to pray for. If you would like to be part of a network then please do get in touch, either by phoning myself or Tim, or through the website or Facebook page. 
This week we are going to hear from Janet’s group. 
Janet comments on a number of things that her group have been learning
Firstly, to give thanks continually. 
They have been learning to adapt and to be accepting and have discovered that people are much kinder. 
One member say that they have been so thankful to be able to cope while another feels blessed and closer to God. 
Family have been important and again another member says there is so much to be thankful for whilst finally people have found that they are praying more. 
Many people in this group have mentioned being thankful which is so important our outlook and our growth as Christians. Paul says in his letter to the Thessalonians “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus”. 
So, where have they been learning this thankfulness and connection with family and with God. When previous methods of face to face communication have had to stop. For some telephone conversations have been useful, but for many the learning has been both practical and spiritual as they have learnt how to use the internet and platforms like zoom and YouTube.  This has enabled them to keep in contact with family and also with their church family through the weekly online services. One member has been able to combine these as their son is a clergyman and they have been following his though for the day each morning. The internet has been such a blessing in giving us this opportunity to communicate. If you want to keep in touch with what is happening specifically with Christ church then do like and subscribe to our YouTube account, and watch our weekly online services. You can find links to them through the website or through our Facebook page. 
So how can we pray for this group this week. 
There are some specific prayers for a 12 year old grandchild with a brain tumour, for a medical consultation, for a new baby born during lockdown and for other grandchildren. So let’s pray for those requests now, and if you do have any prayer requests of your own then do feel free to add them in the comments so that we can pray for you too. 
Let’s pray,
Lord Jesus, we come to you with thankful hearts for all the good things that you have given us, thank you for the beautiful area we live in, thank you for those who have been generous with their money supporting the food bank and their time in taking thing to those who have been shielding. Thank you for the gift of the internet that has allowed us to keep in contact with our families and to be able to worship with our church family. Lord we bring to you those we know who are suffering or ill, especially at the moment those mentioned by this group. We ask that you will being healing and peace to those in need.