Day 68 – Sunday 6 September 2020 – Uniformed Groups

Welcome again to Pray For Ryde. Today is the 68th day of the initiative where for 3 months we will be concentrating our thoughts and prayers for Ryde and the surrounding area.

My name is Reverend David Plumb minister of 5 Methodist Churches – Ryde, Binstead, Wootton, East Cowes and Cowes.

The Theme today Sunday 6th September is that of Uniformed Groups

I would imagine many of us has belonged to a uniformed group in our lifetime. I personally was a member of the Boys Brigade in East Cowes where I was born and grew up. I believe we often underestimate the valuable work of uniformed groups as they not only give you enjoyment and fun but so much more. Through these groups we can make friends, learn new skills, work as a team and discipline. I know that the Boy’s Brigade helped myself to prepare for the big wide world for when we went into the workplace.

There are many uniformed groups in the Ryde area – for example Guides Brownies Rainbows, Girls & Boys Brigade, Scouts and Cubs. Added to these are the Cadets, Red Cross and St John’s Ambulance.

With each of these organisations there is something special about putting on your uniform.

The Bible also teaches us to put on a uniform – the armour of God

Ephesians 6:10-18

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armour of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armour of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

Let us pray

Lord God we do give thanks for the uniformed groups. We give thanks for the way the young people are nurtured, taught life skills, discipline, working in a team and so much more. We remember the leaders as they freely give of their time to help and encourage the youngsters. We pray for the safety of the youngsters in their weekly sessions but also on their camps and excursions.

Finally, after months of lock down we pray that not only the youngsters will return to their groups but many more will take an hour away from their computers, phones and tablets and join one of these groups.

We ask this in Jesus name

Amen

I feel it right to share a true story of Alf Moxey from Taunton. He was brought up in a children’s home and joined the Boys Brigade. He turned up with holes in his shoes and his jumper threadbare. He was proud to wear his donated Boys Brigade jumper and even forgot about the holes in his shoes. Within a couple of weeks one of the officers handed him a box with a new pair of shoes and said ‘these are for you to keep’. Tears ran down his eyes. He put them on and felt 10 feet tall. When Boys Brigade was finished he took the new shoes off, put his old ones back on and went home. The following week he came back to Boys Brigade in his old shoes. When he had got through the door he then changed back into his new ones. He repeated this week after week. When asked why he did this he said ‘I didn’t want to get them dirty’.

Alf has always said that act of kindness from a Boys Brigade Officer shaped his whole life.

May I encourage you to join the Zoom prayer meeting at 7pm tonight and to follow the link on the website – just below. Thankyou

Please join us this evening at 7pm for our daily Zoom prayer meeting:
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