Sunday 22nd March

Two passages to reflect upon…
 Read this passage in your garden first. Have a good look at the signs of spring.
 Then go to your kitchen and look at your stock of food. Have you enough for today?
 Think of those you love. Think of how God in his kingdom provides for them. Trust God
for today and everything else will fall into place.

Matthew 6. 25-34 – chosen by Bishop Robert (Friday 20 th March)
25 ‘I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or
about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more
than clothing?  26 Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into
barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than
they?  27 And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life?  28 And
why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they
neither toil nor spin,  29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like
one of these.  30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and
tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you—you of little
faith?  31 Therefore do not worry, saying, “What will we eat?” or “What will we drink?”
or “What will we wear?”  32 For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and
indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.  33 But strive first for
the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as
34 ‘So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own.
Today’s trouble is enough for today.



 In this story there are 6 water jars used for washing, something we are doing all the
time right now.
 Say the “Lord’s Prayer” next time you wash your hands for 20 seconds
 Let it be a kingdom prayer, transforming the cleansing soapy water into the wine of
serving others, in a creative life affirming way.

(B) John 2. 1-11 – chosen by Bishop Rachel (Tuesday 17 th March)
2On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus
was there.  2 Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding.  3 When the
wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, ‘They have no wine.’  4 And Jesus said
to her, ‘Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet
come.’  5 His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you.’  6 Now standing
there were six stone water-jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding
twenty or thirty gallons.  7 Jesus said to them, ‘Fill the jars with water.’ And they filled
them up to the brim.  8 He said to them, ‘Now draw some out, and take it to the chief
steward.’ So they took it.  9 When the steward tasted the water that had become wine,
and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water
knew), the steward called the bridegroom  10 and said to him, ‘Everyone serves the
good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But
you have kept the good wine until now.’  11 Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana
of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.

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