Welcome again to Pray For Ryde. Today is the 75th 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 13th September is Independent Shops.
I am not the world’s best shopper. B&Q and Screwfix is probably where I shop most, but if I accompany my wife on a shopping trip I do like to go into the independent shops. There is variety which often cannot be found in the larger franchise shops. In so many places we visit on holiday it is often the same shops selling the same things as you could buy anywhere else.
Today we pray for what is usually the smaller independent family run shops. Some of these shops may have been very popular during the lockdown whereas others may have struggled. As shops start to get back to some form of normality may we try to support these shops even if it means paying a few pence more.
Our reading is taken from Acts 16v13-15 which mentions Lydia seller of fine fabrics.
13 On the Sabbath we went outside the city gate to the river, where we expected to find a place of prayer. We sat down and began to speak to the women who had gathered there. 14 One of those listening was a woman from the city of Thyatira named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth. She was a worshipper of God. The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message. 15 When she and the members of her household were baptized, she invited us to her home. “If you consider me a believer in the Lord,” she said, “come and stay at my house.” And she persuaded us.
Let us pray
Lord we do pray for the independent shops. For those who struggled through this lockdown but also for those that has thrived. In each of the premises there are individuals going about their work, which for many can mean very long hours. Lord we do pray that although the bigger franchises are on the Island there will always be a place for the independent shops.
We ask this in Jesus name.
May I encourage you to join the Zoom prayer meeting at 7pm tonight and to follow the link on the website – just below.
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