This week saw the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther nailing his theses to the church door in Wittenberg, effectively launching the Protestant Reformation. Give thanks for all that flowed out from this insightful and courageous act, not least for the rediscovery of grace as the basis for our faith and salvation.
Jesus says Blessed are the peacemakers: pray for the peace-making so badly needed in todays world, in Syria, between Israel and her Palestinian neighbours, in Iraq, Myanmar, Catalonia, among the supporters of IS wherever they are; pray for the work of reconciliation that continues through Coventry Cathedral, and the Community of the Cross of Nails.
Give thanks for the start of Messy Church last Sunday, for every person who came, and all who helped; pray for next time, at the end of January.
Give thanks too for funding we have received for starting up an after school Youth Café in the New Year, for youngsters from our local secondary school.