Monday 11 December
8:00pmPrayer Space @ Christ Church Room
Wednesday 13 December
11:30amWednesday Carol Service @ Main Church/Trinity Room
Wednesday 13 December
6:00pmCollide @ Trinity Room
Thursday 14 December
7:30amPrayer Meeting @ Vicar's office
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helpAs I journey through my Christian life there are certain Bible verses that have stood out for me through all circumstances - times when I have celebrated, times when I’ve been worried and when making decisions.
In recent weeks, when hearing heartbreaking news unfold, I recalled hearing a conversation that our Youth and Children’s Minister had with one of my children some years ago when they were particularly anxious about something and couldn’t put into words what or how to pray.
“And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers …” (Romans 8:26,27)
These verses, along with so many others as the years go by, are highlighted in my Bible. They show me that God hears my inadequate mumbling prayers, my scrambled thoughts and the cries of my heart and says “I hear you and you are not on your own.”
Psalm 55:17 says “Morning, noon, and night I cry out in my distress, and the Lord hears my voice.” The answer given to my child, who was about 11 at the time, was “Sometimes my prayer is a simple ‘Help!’”
As we gathered this Sunday morning to worship God and cry out in prayer, I remembered from Matthew 18:20, “For when two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them.” Not only does God hear our voices but Jesus promises by his Holy Spirit to be with us always - His Spirit, also known as Counsellor, Comforter and our Help. 
Sue Jackson (18 June 2017)