SUSPENSION OF SERVICES
With great reluctance but on the advice of the Baptist Union and the Government, we have decided to suspend our Sunday worship services. Instead, we will tune in to services being broadcast by Biggleswade Baptist Church and Ampthill Baptist Church (see their websites for details of how to do this).
We will continue to pray for those in this town and surrounding villages that they might know God’s comfort, peace and security at this time.
7 things to pray for in a coronavirus age:
1. Calm assurance in God's sovereignty.
2. Dispelling of fear and worry.
3. Opportunities to serve neighbors.
4. Wisdom in decision making.
5. Global gospel advance.
6. Willingness to follow instructions.
7. Healing for those affected.
Seven day prayer diary for, March 15th – 21st 2020
Prayer series in the time of coronavirus
Let us pray for health care workers and those on the frontline of responding. For GPs, nurses, care home staff, hospitals. For God’s power and protection. For wisdom in decisions, for their resources, dealing with patients, and peace of mind for themselves.
Psalm 46:1-2 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea.
Let us pray for governments and those in authority as they lead, respond, advise and support. For our nation and how we relate to one another in attitudes, action, conversation – to 'love God and love our neighbour'. For peace – shalom – God's wellbeing in us, not fear and disorder. For God's wisdom for all with authority.
1 Timothy 2:1-2 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.
Let us pray for those who have lost loved ones and are grieving. For those who are anxious for themselves or for elderly parents, friends or relatives. For healing for those affected. For those struggling physically, emotionally or otherwise with isolation or the changes in this time.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.
Let us pray for our community and neighbours. Ask the Lord to reveal opportunities to serve, show practical care, to connect with and reassure those who live around us or those we work with. Pray for protection for those most vulnerable.
Galatians 6:9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
Let us pray for businesses, organisations, charities, for the owners and staff of shops, restaurants, café etc. For those organising events, planning projects or festivals, adapting to lost business. For schools, staff, children. For students away from home, even overseas, and staff as normal schedules and practices are disrupted. Pray for peace, wisdom, generosity of spirit and good leadership.
1 Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
Let us pray for churches to reflect God’s words of hope and reassurance, to speak of his comfort available now and ultimate hope in the face of any threat or emergency. For God’s Holy Spirit to protect, awaken and empower the church in this time. Pray for boldness and creativity as we seek to love God and love our neighbours. Let us pray for confidence in the gospel which every nation can be changed by – God’s good news in Christ which offers transformation at every level.
Galatians 5:22-23 The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Finally, let us pray for ourselves: let us use this time to reflect on our life and give thanks, to find our security in God’s ultimate promises and presence, to evaluate all of life’s priorities or pressures with a fresh perspective. Let us to look to grow in our love for Jesus and others, to draw strength and direction from his word, and to pray for our church family.
Philippians 4:4-7 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Shefford Baptist Church is a family friendly church seeking to serve the local community. Please have a look around the website and see who we are, what we're up to and where to find us.
Everyone is welcome at Shefford Baptist Church!
Our Mission Statement...
"To follow Jesus Christ and make him known to others”.
To that end we base our core values on biblical principles and seek to be a community which, by the power of the Holy Spirit, is increasingly Christlike."
We seek to build community by meeting together not only on a Sunday but through the week. See the Midweek section for details of groups and meetings.