jehovah jireh

We thank God for He is our provider – the giver of all things. Let us think of just but a few of the many things He has provided; jobs, family, friends, care/protection, Fellowship, skills, and answered prayers. Let us thank God, for as our Father, He provides the best for us, His children, and at the right time. In Matthew 6: 31-32 Jesus tells us not to worry about what we will eat or drink, what we will put on for we are His most treasured of all the creation.

In thinking of Thanksgiving Offering, I am reminded of Abraham. In Genesis 22 God asked him to sacrifice to Him his only son whom He had promised and given Abraham in a very miraculous way in his Old age. Had it been me, I would have asked God “ why give me a child I did not expect only to ask him back? Really God? Are you serious?...”

Abraham, a man of great faith, in obedience, did what God had asked of him. In return, God honoured his obedience and provided a sheep for him to sacrifice instead and went back home with his son and what God had asked of him, in a way that no doubt must have left him happy and grateful to God.

So, I ask myself, what is God asking me to give as a thanksgiving offering this Sunday? in the current tough times of uncertainty about job situation, job losses, reduced income? What will it cost me?

I am reminded again of Abraham’s story and I ask myself, am I ready to offer what God asks of me through His Holy Spirit as my thanksgiving offering for all he has provided and done for me? and remembering that ultimately, everything I have belongs to Him, am I conscious that in giving the offering I giving back what already belongs to Him!

May the Lord Almighty, our Jehovah Jire bless you for your faithful, generous and sacrificial thanksgiving offering this Sunday.

Psalm 50:23
those who sacrifice thank-offerings honour me, and to the blameless I will show my salvation.’

Psalm 116:12-17
What shall I return to the LORD for all his goodness to me? I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the LORD. I will fulfil my vows to the LORD in the presence of all his people. Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his faithful servants. Truly I am your servant, LORD; I serve you just as my mother did; you have freed me from my chains. I will sacrifice a thank-offering to you and call on the name of the LORD.

Jesus, what can I give, what can I bring
To so faithful a Friend to so loving a King
Saviour, what can be said, what can be sung
As a praise of Your name for the things You have done

Oh, my words could not tell not even in part
Of the debt of love that is owed by this thankful heart

I will offer up my life

 

God heals

God, we thank you that you are our healer, you heal through many ways. You can choose to heal us through miraculous ways. You can choose to use the health workers, doctors, nurses and carers. Thank you for the comfort they bring by tending the seriously ill. We are grateful for the unity shown amongst the communities in appreciating the good work by key workers during the lockdown and after.

We are thankful for the scientists and doctors working on a vaccination and new and better ways to treat Coronavirus, for the experts evaluating data to identify trends to help curb the spread of coronavirus. For the media conveying messages of advice and updates, through which our leaders and specialists advise us on the best ways to stay safe. We thank you for those working in supermarkets who provide masks, and sanitizers; we are grateful that we have adequate PPE to help prevent the spread of the virus and keep safe.

Father we are grateful for the good news about stories of recoveries and lowering infection rates across the country and around the world. We thankful for those taking care of those isolating so they are not lonely, for the notes passed through letterboxes, for the calls and texts offering help and support; for other contacts made through the internet to report illness and keep track of those in isolation or recovering.
We thank you for the NHS COVID-19 tracing app which we can use to trace Coronavirus and help protect our loved ones and community.

Above all we appreciate that all healing comes from you. Jehovah Rapha, we thank you, for being our Healer.

Jeremiah 17:14
Heal me, LORD, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise.

Psalm 103:2-4
Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits- who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion.


I am the God that Healeth thee
I am the Lord Your healer
I sent My word And I healed your disease
I am the Lord Your healer

 

Keep in touch

We thank you God for giving us the gift of technology to communicate with others in a time where everything has been uncertain. Technology has allowed us to stay connected with friends, family, work colleagues, the Church Fellowship, classmates and teachers. It has allowed us to have virtual human contact when we cannot physically spend time with people. Those working from home were able to continue working and provide vital services.

We thank you God for this blessing of being able to stay connected with others, especially during the total lockdown.

God you created us as social beings, to have relations with other and there is always a need to have contact with others. Thank you that this has been made possible through the gift of skills in making and using technology; it has allowed us to do Sunday Services, prayers meetings, Small group meetings and for vital social connections to be maintained during the difficult times.

 

1 Thessalonians 2:17
But, brothers and sisters, when we were orphaned by being separated from you for a short time (in person, not in thought), out of our intense longing we made every effort to see you.

Bind us together, Lord, bind us together
With cords that cannot be broken.
Bind us together, Lord, bind us together, Lord,
Bind us together in love.

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The Covid-19 Pandemic has been an opportunity to serve others. A time to share God’s love and care with our neighbours and friends and relatives. Offering material help, helping with shopping, praying, encouraging and comforting those who are hurting. It presented a time to reflect and appreciate the key workers, the carers, nurses and doctors. Those delivering mails, parcels, refuse collection, working in supermarkets.

Father we thank you for all the key workers who have enabled our lives to move on despite the current pandemic. We thank you for Jenny 

and her work with Willow Tree that has blessed so many families in need of clothes and other baby items. Thank you for all those who have contributed their time and material; Thank you for the opportunity to share with those in need so they may know of your love for them through serving.

Matthew 25:40
The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

 Brother, sister, let me serve you; let me be as Christ to you; pray that I may have the grace to let you be my servant too. 

- Servant song

 

If there is something we have all learnt during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is appreciating the little things we often miss or take for granted. When the pace of life slowed down, and we could notice and appreciate the small moments and beauties of nature that surround us; the birds singing, gentle flow of water streams, plants unfurling flowers of all colours, the flying bees and butterflies. We spent more time with our families, listening to each other’s stories, understanding and helping each other.

God cares

God, we thank you for the opportunity to slow down and appreciate and treasure all things, even the small moments and beauties of nature that surround us, things we have we often taken for granted. We thank you because by observing the intricate and beautiful way you have created the flowers, insect, the grass…all the little things, they tell us of how you care even for the smallest things in our lives that we take for granted and often forget to thank you.

 

Matthew 6:30-32
If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.

Psalm100:3-4
Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.

 

Nothing's too big, big, big for his power; Nothing's too little, little for his care; He is God of the big, God of the little

From Children song: Nothing's Too Big, Big, Big for His Power (by Doug Horley.)

 

Thank God lifeToday we are thanking God for the gift of life!
No matter how you are feeling, you woke up to another new day - a gift of a brand-new day. God created you and knows every fibre that makes up your body. He knows your thoughts, your dreams and aspirations. Inside of you are many special gifts given by God allowing you to do many things, some incredibly unique to you as a person, enabling you to fulfil His purposes in your life. Imagine His gift of wonderful people around you, your family, friends, neighbours, Church. They inspire us, stretch us, challenge us, love us and encourage us. They make life meaningful and beautiful.

Father God, thank you for the gift of another day and for loving me, you have given me another opportunity to praise you and to serve others by the unique talents and gifts you created within me.
Amen

Psalm 139:13-14
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful; I know that full well.

For every day I have on earth Is given by the King.
So I will give my life, my all, To love and follow Him.
My mind is filled with Thankfulness (hymn)

 

Praying together for: Willow Tree

Willow Tree supports families with young children in our community. It is run by Chadwell Heath Baptist Church and helps people in Barking & Dagenham and the surrounding area by providing clothes and items for babies and children up to 2 years old. It is one of a growing number of baby banks across the UK.