Pastor’s letter Epiphany 2019
Epiphany is about opening our eyes to see the Jesus we discovered at Christmas. Have you thought about using a computer or phone app to strengthen and deepen your Christian walk? Tens of thousands of commercial and educational apps have been created, and you probably have a few dozen on your phone already, even if you don’t use them! Why not download one from the Church of England specifically designed to assist you in daily prayer and bible study? Type this address into your phone or computer or search for ‘C of E apps’ and you will find six useful apps, which might be of great benefit to your growth as a Christian.
A good place to start is ‘Daily Prayer’ whichis the official app to help you follow Morning, Evening and Night Prayer, wherever you are. For every day of the year, it presents the three services in full and includes Bible readings (NRSV translation), psalms, canticles and seasonal variations.
You can make Bible study and reflection part of your everyday routine with the Reflections for Daily Prayer app – compatible with smartphones and tablets
Providing daily Bible reflections based on the Common Worship Lectionary readings, it also allows you to:
- Read the text of the day’s Morning Prayer Bible readings in full
- Integrate the Reflection into a simple pattern of Morning Prayer
- Search by Bible reference, contributor and date
You might also find an audio bible useful. You can listen anytime through Bible gateway at https://www.biblegateway.com/resources/audio/I know several members of CCB who listen to the scripture while driving or doing mundane chores. We are challenged in Ephesians 5:15 “Redeem the time because the days are evil. Be careful then how you live, not as unwise people but as wise, making the most of the time, because the days are evil. So do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”
During the year I hope you will take every opportunity to dig into the scriptures. We plan a church, wide nine-week, sermon series on the book of Philippians. It should be complemented with bible study groups and online resources. It will be accessible to anyone whatever your current level of knowledge.