Wednesday 3rd March – Tuesday 9th March
‘…He has cancelled the bond which was outstanding against us with its legal demands; He has set it aside, nailing it to the Cross. There He disarmed the cosmic powers & authorities and made a public spectacle of them, leading them as captives in His triumphal procession…’ (Colossians 2, 14 – 15)
There is a green hill far away, outside a city wall,
where our dear Lord was crucified who died to save us all.
We may not know, we cannot tell, what pains he had to bear,
but we believe it was for us he hung and suffered there.
He died that we might be forgiven, he died to make us good,
that we might go at last to heaven, saved by his precious blood.
There was no other good enough to pay the price of sin,
he only could unlock the gate of heaven and let us in.
O dearly, dearly has he loved! And we must love him too,
and trust in his redeeming blood, and try his works to do.
During this 3rd week of Lent, which contains within it on Friday 5th the ‘World Day of Prayer’ prepared, organised & facilitated by the women of VANUATU, we pray…
- Giving thanks for, ‘the great and wonderful things in our lives & in our nations. Realising that God has given us authority, wisdom, knowledge & understanding to care for all our beautiful islands & countries.’
- Confessing, ‘that we have polluted the environment & harmed the sea creatures by throwing rubbish into their habitats, endangering marine life & ruining sustainable livelihoods.’
- For, ‘the young women of VANUATU, searching for work, hoping for a better life, that they might have opportunities to develop the skills they need to find employment, & that they might choose wisely & so fulfil their dreams.’
- For, ‘the children of VANUATU who do not have the chance to go to school; for those on the streets, who feel unloved & unwanted, that they might find shelter & nourishment in their communities, within the embrace of God.’
‘…Now our life lies hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then we too will be revealed with Him in glory…’ (Colossians, 3, 3 – 4)