Prayer and Reflection
Welcome! We hope you will enjoy using these reflections with us!
In this Easter week, we are reminded of the death and resurrection of Jesus which is symbolised by baptism.
The attached reflection from Dr Ian Barns looks at baptism in terms of the larger salvation narrative into which we are all incorporated as believers.
'In this larger narrative, the death and resurrection is not simply a single event that has occurred for the salvation of each individual sinner. Rather it is the climax of God’s purpose for Israel, for humanity and for the creation, crystallised in the confession that Christ is Lord of all things.'
The statement above is based on Col 1: 15-20 which points to the supremacy of Jesus as the Son of God.
'He was supreme in the beginning and—leading the resurrection parade—he is supreme in the end. From beginning to end he's there, towering far above everything, everyone.
So spacious is he, so roomy, that everything of God finds its proper place in him without crowding.
Not only that, but all the broken and dislocated pieces of the universe—people and things, animals and atoms—get properly fixed and fit together in vibrant harmonies, all because of his death, his blood that poured down from the cross.'
(Colossians 1: 18-20 – The Message)
We pray along the lines of the above-mentioned verses from Colossians 1:
§ Let us praise Jesus for being supreme and leading the 'resurrection parade'.
§ Our prayer focus this week is for Zimbabwe. Let us remind ourselves that Jesus is towering far above everything, everyone.
o that ultimately the broken and dislocated pieces in this country will get properly fixed and fit together in vibrant harmonies.
o For God's protection and wisdom as Christians of various denominations speak up and raise their voice.
o That the press release that was drafted by African Micah Challenge coordinators and church leaders will be seen as our strong support for the church in Zimbabwe. http://www.micahchallenge.org/english/tell/Press/
o That the negotiations of the Southern African leaders, especially South Africa's Thabo Mbeki, will strive to seek justice, human rights and freedom for the African people of Zimbabwe.
§ Rev Gahungu Bunini, Micah Challenge coordinator for Rwanda writes:
'Could you please pray for Rwanda on 7th April 2007; it is the national memorial day where we remember the genocide. This is a difficult day for our country as many people are still traumatized at what happened in April 1994.'
Meditate on the Statistics
As you spend time in prayer and reflection, you may like to take a moment to silently understand with your heart the focus statistic we include each week (see below). Our hope is that you will find this series of statistics a useful resource in preparing presentations.
Goal 2: Ensure access to primary schooling for all children
Target 3: Ensure that, by 2015, children everywhere, boys and girls alike, will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling
'Millions of children remain excluded from classrooms for diverse reasons, such as: AIDS, poverty, conflict, natural disaster, abuse at home, gender bias and the language spoken in classrooms.'
Source: Who is being left out of EFA in Asia and the Pacific? , UNESCO 2006
Yours in Christ,
Regine, Jill and Michael
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