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This week's theme

Into the unknown: the spirit of discipleship – 4 Peter the disciple

Today's reading

John 1:35-42

Today's prayer

Jesus, of the fishermen, show us where you are at work in the lives of others; help us hear you call us by name. Amen

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For further thought

What do you appreciate about gathering for corporate worship with other Christians?

Is there anyone in your Christian community that you are quarrelling with? How might you seek the restoration of unity?

Have you found yourself disappointed by the church? How are you contributing to the unity of the church?

Who are the people you are called to love and serve today?

Do you have a Christian friend from another denomination? Do you talk with them about your differences, and appreciate them?

What difference might it make in our church if we focus on gathering around Jesus? What are the non-essentials that we can disagree on?

What is the fruit you bear when you are rooted in God? What do you need to flourish? And how can your share these gifts in a sustainable way?

How could you make your church culture a safe space for questions? Why not create a question box for people to contribute to anonymously and then have an open discussion in a Facebook group or Bible study?

What emotional/physical state leads you to feel less rooted in Gods wisdom? Is there a way you could invite God into this aspect of your inner world?

Are there ways you engage in the theory of a relationship with God, rather than the holistic practice? Can you change your attitude/practice to acknowledge Gods continual presence in your life?

Is there somewhere Im being drawn to that is drowned out by things that drive me? How can I redress this balance?

What does it mean to you to love your neighbour as yourself? How could you act on this commandment today?

If you are able, make a donation to a charity that rescues and gives people a future.

Which areas of your life are in most need of Gods guidance? Humbly ask God to act. Wait patiently for the outcome.

Who are the people who taught you to walk in the Christian faith? Give thanks for them today.

What spiritual discipline will you take up this Lent in order to deepen your relationship with the God who gives you life?

Spend time today meditating on Psalm 139.

Ponder some of the recent choices you have made. Has the driving force for those choices been shaped by Gods love or something else?

Consider this. The amount of words the Psalmist uses focusing on God instead of dwelling on problems precedes the self-help industry by centuries.

Are you in a position of power? Do your followers ever see you vulnerable needing God? It might be good if they did, periodically.

Having a strong faith is not just for long-gone Bible days. How might you develop a faith so that during troubled times, you can sleep?

Consider this. We all have biases, but God does not. As his people, are we open enough to whom God might send to deliver us?

God is waiting to receive us when we have done wrong. Stop struggling with your guilt. He wants to forgive and release you.

While we are alive we will always be tempted. We must learn ways to be vigilant and discerning when faced with temptation.

Is there is a situation where you have reacted too hastily? Perhaps, you could reconsider how God would like you to deal with the situation.

If it is not painful, you might like to think back to difficult times when God has answered your prayers in his own time.

Read that wonderful poem/hymn by William Cowper. God Moves in a Mysterious Way can be found in most hymn books, or google that first line.

Praising God in prayer is as important as petitions. Alternating our worries with praise, as David does here, will re-affirm our dependence on God.

Is there any part of your Christian discipleship that you have let slide? Jesus said: But seek first his kingdom and righteousness (part Matthew 6:33)

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Catherine is an Anglican priest working for the Archbishops Council in the Church of England. She facilitates the processes by which new clergy are selected to train for ordained ministry. Catherine lives in Tewkesbury and works in London. She is married

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