Thought for the week

Welcome to Thought for the Week based on content from our Sunday 09.15 service 

God’s provision for Rest-Renew-Restore


By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.

QUESTION: How do you respond to the idea that your times of rest and relaxation are blessed and holy, God given?

ISAIAH 40:28-31

The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.

QUESTION: What stands out for you – does it connect to your experience of rest?

MATTHEW 11: 28-29

Jesus said,
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”

QUESTION: Jesus talks about rest for our souls –  in what way is this the same or different to the Isaiah reading above?

MARK 2:27

Jesus said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath”.

QUESTION: What do you think Jesus means when he says this about the Sabbath?


Paul wrote to them:
Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you
have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price.

QUESTION: In what way are Paul’s words important to our understanding of rest?

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever. Amen.

Words of the songs

1. To be in Your presence
To sit at Your feet
Where Your love surrounds me
And makes me complete

This is my desire O Lord
This is my desire
This is my desire O Lord
This is my desire

2. To rest in Your presence
Not rushing away
To cherish each moment
Here I would stay

This is my desire O Lord
This is my desire
This is my desire O Lord
This is my desire

1. Lord I come to You
Let my heart be changed renewed
Flowing from the grace
That I found in You
And Lord I’ve come to know
The weaknesses I see in me
Will be stripped away
By the pow’r of Your love

Hold me close
Let Your love surround me
Bring me near
Draw me to Your side
And as I wait
I’ll rise up like the eagle
And I will soar with You
Your Spirit leads me on
In the pow’r of Your love

2. Lord unveil my eyes
Let me see You face to face
The knowledge of Your love
As You live in me
Lord renew my mind
As Your will unfolds in my life
In living ev’ry day
By the pow’r of Your love

1. The Lord’s my Shepherd I’ll not want
He makes me lie in pastures green
He leads me by the still still waters
His goodness restores my soul

And I will trust in You alone
And I will trust in You alone
For Your endless mercy follows me
Your goodness will lead me home

2. He guides my ways in righteousness
And He anoints my head with oil
And my cup it overflows with joy
I feast on His pure delights

3. And though I walk the darkest path
I will not fear the evil one
For You are with me and Your rod and staff
Are the comfort I need to know

Podcasts and Apps from previous weeks:

Podcast: “The Bible for Normal People”

Podcast: “Ask N.T. Wright Anything”

App: Lectio 365 (Daily Prayer App)

App: Pray as you go (Daily Prayer and Worship App)

App: PrayerMate or Prayer Notebook (prayer lists organiser on iOS)