Lord, I pray today for those people who staff the sea rescue services around our coastline. Thank you for their dedication. Help them to be conscious always of the importance of their work, and to ensure that the maintenance of their equipment is always up to date. Give them courage in all situations. I ask it in Christ’s name – AMEN.
I pray today Lord for all the people who assist in the administration of services of worship in your church. I bring before you ushers at the church door welcoming people in, people who are present with preachers in the vestry before services and people who see to the security outside buildings. I ask it in the name of Jesus Christ – AMEN.
Lord, it is Saturday and I have a day that is different from my working week. Help me to plan it in such a way that I will get important duties attended to and enjoy relaxation from the leisure hours at my disposal. Help me to cherish my off-work time and to be wise and responsible in my stewardship of all time. In Christ’s name – AMEN.
“Would you do me a favour, friends, and give special recognition to the family of Stephanas? You know, they were among the first converts in Greece, and they’ve put themselves out, serving Christians ever since then”.
1 Cor 16:15 EHP
There was a saying in the early church that went, “The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church”. There might also have been another one that would have said, “The faithfulness of the stalwarts is the foundation of the churches”. Here, in the closing sentences of his letter, Paul mentions Stephanas and his family. They were the stalwarts in Corinth. There were others elsewhere.
The Christian community depends on the stalwarts. They are steadfast. They work behind the scenes and seem never to grow tired. They “go labour on, spend and be spent, their joy to do the Master’s will”. When there is a need to get things moving, they “work their socks off”. They do not jib when they are asked to go the extra mile. And usually all the family work as a team, supporting one another and encouraging one another. They are not put out if someone else gets the limelight. When things go well, they give praise and glory to God. Where there is trouble they go and quietly put the fires out. When someone goes through deep waters, they act as unofficial pastors and pray the troubled people through. If they are thanked for their hard work they accept the thanks graciously. If they don’t get thanked publicly they don’t com- plain. They never think about what they will get out of any situation, as long as the work of God prospers. Thank God for them. And be one.
Lord, raise up more stalwarts to bring honour to your name.
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