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This week's theme

Cosmonaut: first in space

Today's reading

Genesis 2:4b-9

Today's prayer

O God, you created human beings in your own image: assist us by your Spirit to seek, discern and reveal the holy in every person we encounter; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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For further thought

The Voyager 1 probe is currently the human-made object farthest from Earth.

According to recent research, stars, planets, and galaxies make up just 4% of the visible universe. Scientists arent sure what comprises the other 96%.

How does the hope of an eternity spent with God, with a new body, help you to live your life today?

Take some time to give thanks for the life, witness and impact of Christian friends and family members who have fallen asleep in the Lord.

If you prayed this prayer, why not share what you have done with a trusted Christian friend and ask them to pray with and for you?

If you are able, ask those to whom you are closest and whom you trust most if they can help you identify habits that you need to break.

If your routine has been interrupted somehow lately, do you think God may have had anything to do with that? If so, what do you think God might be saying to you?

Consider how you might help another person to experience the reality of new life today and encourage that person to see the signs of new life.

Do I know someone who is trapped in shadows of sadness, grief and depression? How can I show a gentle love towards them?

In the shadows and gloom of Good Friday, the centurion sees Jesus. Where can I see Him today?

Have we ever elevated ourselves above others who are more vulnerable than we are in order to feel better?

When we have said all we have to say, what might silence reveal about our hearts?

In the community around me, are there ways I can look on others who feel condemned, with love and compassion?

Could I see Gods I AM in some situation where I feel afraid or alone?

Do you know what chaplains do? Think of a way your church could support one.

What role can you play in Gods plan for these least?

Ever thought of writing a prisoner or becoming an official prison visitor for those with no friends or family? Check online for your local prison.

Could you put something on social media that could change mindsets about people in prison?

How does Restorative Justice work? Check online to find out.

Is there anything you can do to help a charity to assist those being released from prison? What could your church do?

Put yourself in Josephs shoes, innocent and in prison what choices do you think you would have?

You may not know when or how youre going to die, but you do know itll happen. How can you fully live for Christ today?

What are the missional needs that you see that others dont? Who is missionally misunderstood? Who can you talk to get some wisdom and insight?

In Luke 4:18 Jesus quotes the prophet Isaiah declaring He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners. How can you help the imprisoned? We consider these themes more next week.

In 2 Corinthians 12:9 God says, My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Why has God chosen you?

Who are you prejudiced against? When have you unfairly dismissed a person or a place? Where is God trying to show you something new?

Are you caught in a lie? How will you own up to it? What will the consequences be if you dont? Will you trust God?

What do you think Feed my lambs... tend my sheep... feed my sheep means in your situation? This coming week do something to put that into action.

Find, if you can, a stone or small rock. Hold it, feel its weight and texture, as you reflect on this story and pray this prayer.

In your congregation, church fellowship or Bible Study group, have you ever washed each others feet? If that seems impracticable, then foot or hand massage done with care can be a very moving way of communicating to each other Gods love.

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This week's writer

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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Join us in celebrating 135 years of the work of IBRA!
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Read about our rich history and the origins of our founder Charles Waters, bank manager and Sunday School teacher – not a scholar, preacher, or public speaker – who had a gift for organisation and a vision for making the Bible accessible to all.

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