Personal prayer and study
“The Impact of God” by Iain Matthew
A recent addition to the library is a book called “The Impact of God” by Iain Matthew. The book is about St. John of The Cross. It is one of the books that Irene used in her preparation for the lecture she gave as part of the ongoing “Mystics Ancient and Modern” course here at St. John’s.
St. John of the Cross (1542-1591) was a poet, pastor and mystic. In Part 1-1 of this book, it says that one aim of the book is “to recover his [John of The Cross] witness to a self-bestowing God. Love changes people, and John’s witness to God’s love may help us to trust and to be brave.”
Please feel free to borrow this book or any other from the library. We also have some copies of the Church Times for you to browse or to take away with you.
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.
On the front page of our Church website there are three links - to the Common Worship forms 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. Common Worship “Daily Prayer” is also available in book form – see the picture.
If you are interested in following one of more of the Daily Offices, we hope that this may be helpful.
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.
Or would you perhaps just like some direction?
The Bible Reading Fellowship produces 3 different books of notes, also available on Audio cassette.
- New Daylight - the most popular notes, also available in large print.
- Day by Day with God is written by women and is particularly aimed at other women.
- Guidelines provide more detailed bible studies.
You may or not be aware that Quench will be closing the doors of its Reading branch sometime in the New Year. They have said that this has not been an easy decision to make, but they feel it is the right one. Please be assured that Quench Wokingham is NOT closing!
This is largely due to the support of local Christians, for which Quench are very grateful. Quench told that recently they were made aware again of the significance of being there when a young man came in intrigued by our strap line "satisfy your thirst for truth" and stayed for half an hour chatting with Ali and a customer. He left with a FREE copy of Andrew Wilson's book "If God, Then What?" and said that if he enjoyed it, he would pop back and pay for it! Please pray for him.
Just recently, Quench were faced with the prospect of having a clairvoyant at Holme Grange for an event. Thankfully, the landlords listened to Quench’s concerns and stopped it from happening. This has led to a number of very positive conversations with other tenants. Quench have also been able to get the village to "tone down" plans for a full on Halloween special at Half Term.
Times are still difficult for Quench, and they would very much value your continued support. As well as thinking "Quench" before clicking online, they would love the opportunity to bring stock to any events you may have, or to provide you with products to run a bookstall. If you have a toddler group, now would be a great time to have some real CHRISTmas resources brought along.
Finally, do please continue to pray for Quench, and if you are able to give financially in order to help them to continue in our ministry here - as Quench in turn support you and yours - then that would be fantastic! We are a registered charity no 1145529, so donations can be gift aided.
The Quench bookshop at Holme Grange is open from 10am until 5pm Monday to Saturday.
Do give them your support at:
Holme Grange Craft Village
Tel. 01189 776715