Day 8: Saturday 21st March 2020 Prayer for the elderly and carers
Over the last few days, I’ve had the privilege of talking to our more mature members of our church and what a joy it has been!!! Due to the coronavirus what we’ve been doing is trying to ensure people are as connected as possible. So we have spent time ringing people trying to get them set up on Whatsapp, Facebook and Zoom, if they are not already.
I never expected IT tech support would be in the job description of church elder!! 😊
Its amazing how God works! Due to the wonders of technology Zoom etc… I suspect people who normally struggle to attend small groups and prayer meetings may now be able to participate, so I’m expecting a bumber turn out on for our prayer meeting on Sunday night between 6:30pm – 7:30pm. Isn’t that exciting!! 😊
We have a great bunch of mature people in our church. They are funny, clever, resilient, caring, encouraging, open to new ideas, humble, positive and most importantly Godly! Our older guys have fantastic faith and love of God and are a great example to us all.
Youngies if you don’t know the oldies you are missing out!!! They’re awesome!!
Pray for them, text them, WhatsApp them or call them at this time, as well as they may feel worried and isolated.
As a church can I encourage you to look out for your more mature neighbours where you live. Knock on their door, introduce yourself (from a Distance!!). Check if they need shopping or a chat!! One of the ways we can show the love of Jesus as Christians is by caring for our elderly and most vulnerable in our locality not just in our church.
Finally please, please pray for our church members who work in the care profession or carers in general. It’s interesting when the nation experiences a crisis like this, it comes to light who and what are the essential services and what is not. With the essential often not always being the best remunerated or honoured in society.
A lot of you may have seen a video an emotional video of a nurse struggling to get hold of food after her shift. If you know or are anyone in a similar situation, please contact us.
I just want to honour all those who care for the elderly you do an amazing, invaluable job and as a church let’s spend a little time today praying and thanking God for them.
Helpful Bible Verses
Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.
Stand up in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly and revere your God. I am the LORD.
1 Timothy 5:8
Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.
Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say, “I find no pleasure in them”— before the sun and the light and the moon and the stars grow dark, and the clouds return after the rain; when the keepers of the house tremble, and the strong men stoop, when the grinders cease because they are few, and those looking through the windows grow dim; when the doors to the street are closed and the sound of grinding fades; when people rise up at the sound of birds, but all their songs grow faint; when people are afraid of heights and of dangers in the streets; when the almond tree blossoms and the grasshopper drags itself along and desire no longer is stirred. Then people go to their eternal home and mourners go about the streets. Remember him—before the silver cord is severed, and the golden bowl is broken; before the pitcher is shattered at the spring, and the wheel broken at the well, and the dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.
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Stephen Norcross is an elder, married to Lisa and living in Blackburn. Stephen works full time for Community Church Blackburn. Stephen studied music at university and uses his musical gifts leading worship. He also has a passion for bible teaching.