Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory in the heavens.
READ AND REFLECT: 2 Corinthians 5:1-10
For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. Now the one who has fashioned us for this very purpose is God, who has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. For we live by faith, not by sight. We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due to us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.
“For I do not seek to understand in order that I may believe, but I believe in order to understand. For this also I believe - that unless I believe I shall not understand.” ― Anselm of Canterbury
- For our outgoing Vineyard National Directors John and Eleanor Mumford and their successors John and Debby Wright
- For the Right Reverend Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury
- For all schools, prisons and workplace chaplains in East Anglia
Dear Lord, thank you for giving us the confidence to know that you have our lives safely in your hands and have provided for all our needs. Although our bodies and minds will take a battering on earth, it is outweighed by the glorious prize of being eternally with you in your Father’s house. Thank you for the gift of the Holy Spirit and for always being present with us. In you will I trust for my future. In you will I hope for my today. Amen.