Dear Redeemer Family,
Given that Bill was in a doctoral class last week and could definitely use today’s holiday time, he asked me to let you in on a few things for this week. As many of you know, yesterday was “Sanctity of Life” Sunday, and Jeanne gave an excellent sermon that you can listen tohere. Also, we watched a portion of this clip from First Coast Women’s services, one of our ministry partners, and invite you to view it in full to learn more about the great work they’re doing for the lives of so many. And they’re always grateful to welcome volunteers! You can also check out their website at: https://fcws.org/. The principle of the Sanctity of Life touches many societal issues, and this Wednesday night on Zoom, Dcn. Jeanne will be leading us in a Bible study to see what God’s word says about the gift of life. Connect with us at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom by clicking the link to Zoom meetings on our website at: redeemerlives.net. (The password can be found in last Saturday’s email.)We’d like to end by giving the following prayers for your use this week (as we prayedtogether yesterday), centered on the sanctity of life:
“Almighty God and Father, you are the Lord of life. We praise you, for we are fearfully andwonderfully made. All your works are wonderful. By the power of the Holy Spirit, renew in us aconviction that all human life is precious, and that each person is created in your image andlikeness. Help us to teach by word and example that life is a gift from God.
Give us courage to work for the protection of human life against every influence that threatensor weakens it.
Grant us grace to demonstrate God’s love and compassion to those in crisis or need, especially to women who are pregnant and feel uncertain and alone. Open the eyes of their hearts to the depths of your love for them and their unborn children, that they may be open to your love, and find grace in time of need.
We pray for all who are dealing with unplanned pregnancies, unwanted children, and potentialcomplications.
We pray for those contending with end-of-life issues, including chronic pain, mental illness,terminal illness, and diseases of cognitive degeneration.
We grieve for those countless souls who have lost their lives, because they were unloved,unvalued, or unwanted. We grieve for those who suffer in the aftermath of abortion andsuicide.
Guide our public officials to seek your wisdom and truth as they serve to protect thefundamental good, which is human life itself. Help them to defend the most vulnerable,especially the defenseless unborn.
We pray for all who cannot speak for themselves, at any stage of life. We pray for all those whoare vulnerable and in need of help; whether rich or poor, regardless of nationality, or faith. Allthis we ask through our gracious Shepherd and Lord, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever. Amen.”
Dear Redeemer Family,