Good morning and welcome to day 66 in this cycle of prayer for Ryde and the surrounding areas.
I’m Samantha Martell vicar of the parishes of all saints Ryde and st Michael and all angels in Swanmore.
This week is back to school week – but not as we know it, and so today we are praying for college students and their teachers, assistants, and auxiliary staff.
College is that liminal time between childhood and adulthood and that in itself comes with anxieties and stresses, let alone the additional learning pressures.
Christ gave us a stern warning about protecting children and young people
“If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to stumble! Such things must come, but woe to the person through whom they come!” (Matthew 18:6–7)
When Jesus had something important to say, He wasn’t afraid to use shock tactics. This was His way of communicating the sheer magnitude of what He was trying to communicate. You see this in the Sermon on the Mount when Jesus tells the crowd, “And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away” (Matthew 5:30, NIV).
When it comes to life, we’re all responsible for our own behaviour. But here Jesus wants His listeners to understand the dangers of being the vehicle through which temptation and disruption comes. If your behaviour leads those who are vulnerable astray, it’s better to be tossed into the depth of the sea than to face the judgment of Jesus.
So let us pray:
Loving God, we pray for colleges in Ryde and the surrounding areas.
Even though you faced a lot of challenges, you stood firm and fulfilled the purposes that had been laid out for you before the foundation of the world. Lord, having been here, you know the challenges we go through daily. That is why we come before you to ask you, king of glory, to help us to help others to serve God faithfully even when it is hard. Being a faithful servant in college is very difficult because people make fun of those who believe and mock them every day because of their faith in you. Please grant them and us the courage to stand firm in that faith and to serve you faithfully for the rest of our lives.
We pray for the staff and pupils, for the auxiliary staff and all those who have helped to get the buildings open this week, completing ever changing risk assessments, and enduring hours on end of stress and anxiety, doing what they feel called to do, and hope that this continues, and that God can call more to this cause, to teach and show the gospel to generations to come. Amen
Thank you for being with me today, and I hope you can join us this evening at 7pm for 15 minutes of prayer on today’s theme by following the link at the foot of this video.
For now, goodbye.
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