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Personal prayer and study

The Library

Lent is a good time to think about our faith; and in the library there are a number of books specifically written for Lent. Some of which have daily readings for Lent. If you take one such book out you are welcome to borrow it for the whole of Lent. 

Alternatively, you could take out one of our books on the environment, to enhance the 40 day challenge in the “Live Lent Care for God’s Creation” booklet, produced by the Church of England for Lent 2020. Our books on the subject include both fiction and non-fiction.

One non-fiction book that has recently been donated on this subject is: Greta Thunberg’s “No One is Too Small to Make a Difference”. The introduction says “It is Greta’s first book in English, collecting her speeches from Climate rallies across Europe to audiences at the UN, the World Economic Forum and the British Parliament”. I think it is an inspiring book.

The books are there for everyone to use so please do borrow one or more books.

To borrow a book, just sign it out in the note book that is on the Library shelves.

Anne Pelham

The office of daily prayer

One of the glories of the Church of England is its worship. There are currently two collections of services and prayers authorized for use in the Church of England: The Book of Common Prayer and Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England.

For each collection, the services of Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer and Night Prayer for today, yesterday and the next four weeks are also available in full on the Church of England website (www.churchofengland.org) to help you find time for God during your day.

The Church of England publishes daily services of Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer and Night Prayer (Compline). These include the text of the psalm and the two Bible readings, and the appropriate Collect. You can easily print the service in an attractive format for reading later. 

 If you are interested in following one of more of the Daily Offices, we hope that this may be helpful.  

Aids to reading the Bible

For many years now members of St John’s have used Bible Reading Fellowship notes in print form, however, I recently discovered that are other ways in which the notes are available from the BRF.  “New Daylight” is available as a daily e-mail or iPhone or iPad App, “Guidelines” is available as a download, a weekly PDF e-mail, an iPhone or iPad App, “Day by Day with God” is available as an iPhone or iPad App and “The Upper Room” is available as a download.  Also, because the downloads are in PDF format they can be loaded onto a Kindle.

So if you go to: http://www.biblereadingnotes.org.uk/subscriptions/ and then click on the notes you are interested in and keep clicking you can find the information you want.

Also don’t forget that Anna Forbes would be very pleased to hear from anyone who would like to start receiving any of the notes in print form.

Are you interesting in reading the Bible in one year? If so, check out the websites which help you do this. Here is one of the sites to help you see what is available: