Welcome again to Pray For Ryde. Today is the 47th 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 16th August is that of Artists and Craftsmen
I am amazed at the wonderful different gifts and skills that God bestows on people.
Today we will be praying for the Artists and Craftsmen.
As someone who was born and raised on the Island the person that fascinated me as a child was Jack Whitehead from Wootton. I remember watching him transform large pieces of wood into Figureheads which were mounted on the bow of many tall ships. With the co-ordination of his hands and eyes along with a creative mind he produced carvings which were proudly displayed on ships all around the world.
We may not all be artists, boatbuilders, cabinet makers, builders, engineers etc. but each one of us is special to God and we have personally been given our own gifts and skills.
In this time of lockdown art galleries have remain closed, craftsman may not have been able to work and there could be a risk of losing businesses which has taken many painstaking years to develop.
1 Chronicles 22v15-16
‘You have many workers: stonecutters, masons and carpenters, as well as those skilled in every kind of work in gold and silver, bronze and iron – craftsmen beyond number. Now begin your work, and the Lord be with you.’
Let us pray
We are reminded in the New Testament that Jesus himself was a craftsman and there are many incidents where items made of wood are mentioned in scripture – the yoke, the fisherman’s boats and especially the cross.
Our Lord knows the hard work and commitment of our artists and craftsmen. Where would we be without these skills.
Lord help us to appreciate this work and the workers themselves. Some pictures may sell for millions but those that may seem worthless can still be priceless to the artist themselves.
Lord we also pray for those artists and craftsmen whose eyesight may be failing and arthritis may have set into their bones. May they be able to look back and be proud of their work.
Finally we give thanks for the Master Craftsman – Our Lord Jesus Christ.
May I encourage you to join the Zoom prayer meeting at 7pm tonight and to follow the link on the website.
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