Show us, O Lord, the transience of the world in the light of heaven, the shortness of time in the light of eternity and the meaning of death in the light of resurrection; through the merits of Christ the Lord. Amen.
Richard Challoner (1691-1781)
God of love, in whom we live and move and have our being, help us to recognise your presence in the first things:
the sunrise, the newborn child, the green shoot;
the up-beat, the intake of breath, the opening line.
And help us to know your presence in the last things:
the end page, the finished article, the closing remarks;
the final flourish, the dying notes, the gentle goodnight.
Above all, help us to live our lives so totally in your presence, that our beginnings and endings become the same thing.
In the name of Jesus, the first and the last.
Sheryl Anderson, Liverpool District Chair
2 Timothy 4:5-17
"At my first defence no one came to my support, but all deserted me. May it not be counted against them! But the Lord stood by me and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. So I was rescued from the lion's mouth." (vv. 16-17)
"We have this hope, a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters the inner shrine behind the curtain, where Jesus, a forerunner on our behalf, has entered, having become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek." (vv. 19-20)
"In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to the one who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Although he was a Son, he learned obedience through what he suffered, and having been made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him, having been designated by God a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek." (vv. 7-10)
"Then he said to his slaves, 'The wedding is ready, but those invited were not worthy. Go therefore into the main streets, and invite everyone you find to the wedding banquet.' Those slaves went out into the streets and gathered all whom they found, both good and bad, so the wedding hall was filled with guests." (vv. 8-10)
“Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness” (v. 16)
“The word of God is living and active” (v. 12)
“Let us therefore make every effort to enter that rest” (v. 11)
2 Thessalonians 3:1-18
1 Timothy 1:1-20
1 Timothy 2:1-15
1 Timothy 3:1-16
1 Timothy 4:1-16
1 Timothy 5:1-25
1 Timothy 6:1-21