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Week 33 Letter: Fred Ireland

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Dear Friends

Week thirty three. Well done to all who replied back to me saying you cracked the sock question — I was very impressed!

I received in the post (really!) a catalogue from ALL WE CAN (Methodist Relief and development)

This Christmas they are inviting its supporters to buy a gift for our families and friends which takes the form of a relief and development project. Here is an example:

I have two reflections on this. First of all- what a great idea! Well done All We Can for giving us the opportunity to buy for our loved ones a really useful gift for some of the poorest people in the world. In addition to providing water, other gifts include providing toilets in Zimbabwe, education opportunities in Malawi, and help in setting up a honey business in Ethiopia and many more besides. Order before 16th December ensures your loved one receives a gift card explaining what their gift will do is. You can find all the gifts at:

Allwecan.org.uk/Christmas

The second thing I was reminded of is that the next time I feel frustrated that once again I have to wash my hands due to Covid19, at least I can. Millions of people around the world have no access to clean water to wash their hands to help prevent spread of deadly diseases like Cholera and viruses like coronavirus.

I recall going to the Houses of Parliament for the launch of All We Can, hosted by former President of the Methodist Conference, Lord Griffiths. I found that day inspiring and since then I have been keen to promote it's work and I commend ALL WE CAN to you.

With kindest Regards.

Fred

This week's Devotional

Read: Matthew 25: 31-46 (Lectionary Reading)
Read: StF 715

The right hand of God is writing in our land,
writing with power and with love,
our conflicts and our fears,
our triumphs and our tears
are recorded by the right hand of God.

The right hand of God is pointing in our land,
pointing the way we must go,
so clouded is the way,
so easily we stray,
but we're guided by the right hand of God.

The right hand of God is striking in our land,
striking out at envy, hate, and greed.
Our selfishness and lust,
our pride and deeds unjust,
are destroyed by the right hand of God.

The right hand of God is lifting in our land,
Lifting the fallen one by one;
Each one is known by name,
And lifted now from shame,
By the lifting of the right hand of God.

The right hand of God is healing in our land,
healing broken bodies, minds, and souls,
so wondrous is its touch
with love that means so much,
when we're healed by the right hand of God.

The right hand of God is planting in our land,
planting seeds of freedom, hope, and love.
In these Caribbean lands,
let people all join hands,
and be one by the right hand of God.

Patrick Eugene Prescod

Listen to it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUqaj0ND-Xg


Pray:
Let us pray:

God of grace and compassion, our hearts are full of gratitude as we think of the many blessings in our lives:

the gift of faith to believe in you, the love of family and friends, for shelter, clean water and plentiful food, for access to education and health care, for the freedom and speech and the freedom of movement.

As we turn our attention to the world, may we never lose sight of the fact that we are all connected — with those whose race, faith, political beliefs and gender persuasions are different from ours.

The success and failure of others is our success and failure.

The suffering and joy of others is our suffering and joy.

We understand that the privileges that we enjoy are your will for all people and we grieve for those who don't share these basic human rights.

Help us, as we struggle with the ever-present ambiguity of our faith, to see your compassion, and keep us aware of our responsibility to reach out in compassion to those whose lives are a constant struggle for survival. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

A prayer of dedication used at the launch of All We Can

Leader: We choose to do all the good we can.
All: We serve a God who is good to us.

Leader: We choose to use all the means we can.
All: We serve a God who has done his all for us.

Leader: We choose to use all the ways we can.
All: We serve a God who has given us The Way.

Leader: We choose to go to all the places we can.
All: We serve a God who made his place with us.

Leader: We choose to give all the time we can.
All: We serve a God beyond all time.

Leader: We choose to go to all the people we can.
All: We serve a God who took on flesh.

Leader: We choose to do this as long as ever we can.
All: We serve a God who has given us life.
We do all we can for the honour and glory of God. Amen.

Claire Welch

The Lord's Prayer

Our Father,
Who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thing is the Kingdom,
The power and the glory,
For ever and ever. Amen.

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