Behind the theme of this new volume in the popular annual Pray Now
series, is the belief that everyone has a story to tell, no matter
what age or stage of life they are at, and that in worship we weave
our stories into the bigger story of God. Our stories are shaped by
encounters with other people, with the physical world, with the
variety of our own experiences and emotions, and with God. This
volume offers a dynamic resource for prayer and reflection that
will enable a deeper understanding of how all these kinds of
encounters shape us. More than seventy short sections, each
containing a scripture quotation, prayers for morning and evening,
a short meditation, suggested scripture readings and a blessing,
explore a rich variety of encounters: * Between Jesus and others in
the Gospels - disciples, women, the young, the old, critics,
enemies * The people we encounter - friends, neighbours,
colleagues, family, strangers, the hostile * Encounters with the
physical world - animals, weather, traffic jams, crowded cities,
empty spaces * Encounters with ourselves - success, disaster,
loneliness, identity, hope, fear, mystery and more * Encounters
with God in prayer - how Christians across the centuries, including
Julian of Norwich, St Benedict, Martin Luther, Wesley, C S Lewis
and others understood and practiced prayer. Stories of Encounter is
the Church of Scotland's theme for 2018 that will inform its
worship and its mission throughout the coming year. At its heart is
a desire to help people to tell their stories, to share those
stories with others and with their communities, to reflect on their
journeys of faith and ultimately their stories of encounters with
God. This dynamic collection of newly written prayers, meditations
and blessings will be a welcome aid for worship, for small group
devotions and for personal discipleship.
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