Sing to the Lord, and praise him! Proclaim every day the good news that he has saved us (Psalm 96.2, GNB).

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Speak these words out loud:

Let us not become weary in doing good,
for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

Galatians 6.9 (NIV)

Today’s Proverb

Read the proverb through three or four times, slowly. Pause in-between, maybe write it out by hand – savour the words, let them speak deeply to you.

Like clouds and wind without rain is one who boasts of gifts never given. (NIV)

People who promise things that they never give are like clouds and wind that bring no rain. (GNB)

Proverbs 25.14

Paul said, ‘do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you’ (Romans 12.3).

It’s perhaps a hard question for some of us to answer, but what is your opinion of yourself? Do you see yourself as God sees you?

There are two sides to that. Some of us have a far higher opinion of ourselves than we should, thinking and acting as though we are better, always honest (see yesterday), never wrong, sometimes boasting about gifts we don’t have… and so on.

Some of us have a far lower opinion of ourselves than we should, bringing and talking ourselves down, beating ourselves up, criticising and focusing on the negative side to ourselves.

The truth is in between those two. We are not God’s gift to the world, but neither are we miserable worms. We are made in God’s image, we have a dignity and a calling – all of which is marred and damaged by sin and sinfulness.

The truth is: you are loved by God, and you need to be forgiven by God. May we all learn to see ourselves with sober judgement: ‘We are bruised and broken masterpieces, but we did not paint ourselves’ (Switchfoot, The Economy of Mercy).


Pray for Five – pray for your five friends / family from Thy Kingdom Come.

Our daily prayer sheet includes the names of everyone for whom we have a signed church family directory form – and local parishes and senior church leaders. Today we are praying for:

Roger Myring, JoAnne Griffin, Joyce Madeley

Father, please bless them with your peace, and a deep awareness of your presence with them, every day and in every way.

We also pray for: Knit & Natter

Please pray for our leaders and healthcare workers, and all those working to keep us safe, well, and fed. Please pray that people would unselfishly put others before themselves.

Church Family Prayer

Come Holy Spirit,
and make us one in heart and action,
so that we can serve God faithfully:
abounding in love,
maturing in holiness,
and seeking out the lost.
Help us grow as disciples of Jesus –
in commitment, in depth, and in number –
that we may be a blessing to Amington;
to the glory and praise of God the Father.


The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.

Closing Prayer

Unless the Lord builds the house,
the builders labour in vain.
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus
the only way to the Father.

Psalm 127.1, Hebrews 12.2 & John 14.6

May Christ our Saviour give us peace.