Hello and welcome to day 52 of pray for Ryde.
My name is Alison Ridout. I am a member of Ryde Baptist Church and a retired Baptist minister.
Today we are praying for groups such as the Womens’ Institute and church based friendship groups.
Naturally, none of these groups are actually functioning at the moment because of the pandemic, but they still need our prayer.
They include 2 Womens’ Institute groups – the Upton Girls Group, based in Ashey and the Bembridge Windmill Group.
Also included are church based groups such as St Johns Time Out Café, Friend2Friend at the Baptist Church and the Mothers’ Union.
These groups provide friendship and support for various people, whether it is those suffering from dementia and their carers, older people or women of various ages. Many of the older folk live alone and can be quite lonely, particularly at the moment.
I spent some time thinking about an appropriate Bible reading and then realized that we have a classic friendship in David and Jonathan. So, let’s read 1 Samuel 18 verses 1-4.
“After David had finished talking to Saul, Jonathan became one in spirit with David, and he loved him as himself. From that day Saul kept David with him and did not let him return to his father’s house. And Jonathan made a covenant with David because he loved him as himself. Jonathan took off the robe he was wearing and gave it to David, along with the tunic and even his sword, his bow and his belt.”
Let’s pray: Lord thank you for the picture we have of friendship between David and Jonathan and we pray that, through the various groups in which we are involved, personally or as churches, we may offer real friendship and acceptance to those who attend, especially those who are lonely and need support. And we ask, too, that, having not had any collections, the groups’ finances may still be maintain, so that they can start up again without problems when the time comes. We pray in Jesus name. Amen
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