Michael Moore encourages us when we are faced with a new or difficult situation to take a step back, judge the situation and then act in a positive way.
Michael Moore talks about the abundance and generosity of God and asks us “what can you thank God for today?”
Paul Adams talks about Daniel Jervis who during a BBC interview wanted to thank his church and those who prayed for him and encourage us to think about what we would say
Bev Hollins sends her congratulations to all those who received their exam results and talks about teachers, asking us to pray and thank God for them.
Pete Squires reminds us what qualifies us in life is God, encouraging young people to look at their exam results as opportunities.
“Cat or Dog”
Michael Moore asks us are you a cat or dog lover and which one are you more like in your relationship with God?
Paul Adams reads 1 Peter 3 and encourages us to be prepared and take the opportunities when they come along to share our story of how we became a Christian.
Bev Hollins talks about the race of life and shares with us an inspiring story which took place at the Olympics.
Pete Squires asks us If we looked in a mirror would our lives reflect that of Christ or the pull of the world and reads 1 Peter 2:9 and Romans 12:12.
Richard Ormston talks about the Olympics and the talents of the athletes, reminding us that God has given each one of us a gift too.
Michael Moore asks us to think about our prayers being like rain, gently rising up to God and carried to where they need to go, filling hearts with God’s Love.
Jenny Ingram talks about distractions of the past or things we don’t have yet and asks us “are you able to give thanks for the things you do have today?”
“Compassion and Love”
Paul Adams reads Matthew 9 and encourages us to be more like Jesus in showing people love and compassion.
“Journeying and Prayer”
Bev Hollins talks about the importance of the journey whether it be joyful or difficult and to remember that God is with us.
“Never Leave or Forsake Us”
Pete Squires reads Exodus 12:31, 13:21 and reminds us God will never leave or forsake us, if he can’t part the waves for his people, we just have to Believe, trust and obey.
Richard Ormston references the sculpture of Jesus on the cross at Bouverie Court, reminding us Jesus said I will always be there for you and never leave you.
Morna Simpson reads one of her original spoken words ‘The doll’s house day’ and encourages us to seek an open mind and to seek God’s guidance in all you say, do and think.
Michael Moore encourages us during these awkward times to pray for God’s Protection and to remember Psalm 57 and Heinz 57.
“Get Some Rest”
Jenny Ingram shares with us the calming of the storm story and talks on the importance of getting good rest, encouraging us to relax and enjoy time with God.
“Simpler, Humbler and Bolder“
With today being St. Swithin’s Day, Bev Hollins talks about St. Swithin who was bishop of Winchester from 852 to 862, asking us to pray for all bishops worldwide and in our diocese Bishop Donald and Bishop John.
“In the world not of it, there is a freedom in Christ”
Pete Squires looks at Exodus 5-6 and the way in which people reacted to the position they were in and the similarities to today’s world.
“Walk and Talk”
Richard Ormston talks about finding people to talk and journey with during disappointments or failures in life, sharing with us the Road to Emmaus story.
Morna Simpson talks about football, pressure and the manager of the England team, Gareth Southgate, encouraging us to hand our pressures over to Jesus.
As Christians we think we can do it all ourselves but Michael Moore encourages us to go a little deeper through asking for help or attending a course.
Jenny Ingram asks us “what are you like on holiday, are you able to switch off completely?” and shares with us the lyrics from Gungor – “My father’s world”
Paul Adams encourages us to recognise moments of great joy as he reflects on the last 15 months, asking us to exercise our faith and trust in God alone
Bev Hollins encourages us to look for the positives in life, the glory and blessings are what we need to focus on, “where will you find the glory today?”
“Sharing the Joy”
Pete Squires reads Psalm 24 and touches on the beginning of Genesis. Encouraging us to hold out our hand to those in need and bring the joy to those around us.
Richard Ormston encourages us to put our life firmly into God’s hands the one who is changeless and who walks with us through our changing world.
Morna Simpson talks on the subject of prayer, sharing her thoughts on this in a form of a poem called “The Encounter”
Jenny Ingram talks about things you hold onto in life and don’t know why, using the experience of trying to throw away a recent product which caused an allergic reaction.
Paul Adams talks on how the rain makes such a difference to the grass and flowers, and asks us “How do we get refreshed spiritually?”
Bev Hollins reminds us we are all called by Jesus to make disciples, urging us to pray for those being ordained this weekend, all clergy and yourself too.
Richard Ormston talks about moments in life when you’re at a crossroad and shares with us three characters from the Bible who also had a crossroad moment.
Morna Simpson talks about courage and bravery and encourages us to be who God created you to be today and set the world on fire.
Jenny Ingram asks us “Is there a verse that comes to mind when you think what the ambition of my life is?”
Paul Adams talks about the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control and encourages us to reflect “do I exhibit these things in my life?”
“Dry and Parched”
Bev Hollins uses the image of a water jug to help explain the importance of self-care, asking us “what are you going to do to make sure you don’t empty the jug?”
“Sharing the Hope we have”
Pete Squires reads Isaiah 40 and reminds us to extend our hands out in compassion, empathy and share the love of Christ to those we meet.
“Walking and Chatting”
Richard Ormston reminds us that Jesus walks with us on our journey and to encounter others who are walking that same way, let them encourage you and you be an encouragement to them.
Morna Simpson shares with us a piece of her spoken word titled “Take off your shoes” and encourages us to find that hallowed ground in your garden with bare feet.
Michael Moore shares with us a story from his youth about Motor Racing and reminds us it’s good to stop and think about the past and make sure all is well.
Jenny Ingram reminds us that toddlers like to ask the why question more than once and encourages us to enjoy asking questions to God time and time again.
Paul Adams shares with us three passages from the bible and three steps to help those conversations with people starting to explore the Christian faith.
“Prompts and Prayer”
Bev Hollins shares with us a prompt she received from God, asking us to join her in prayer for the people of Yemen as she talks about the current situation happening there.
“The joy of the Lord”
Pete Squires shares with us an experience he went through and explains so often the joy is taken out of a situation because we don’t want to see what’s going on around us.
Richard Ormston encourages us to treat every situation, encounter and the people we meet as if they really matter and get it right the first time.
Michael Moore mentions some impossible characters from the Bible which God used to do His work, and asks us “What is God using you for today?”
“In God’s Image”
Jenny Ingram shares her thoughts on us being formed in the image of God and how this continues throughout our lives and all eternity.
Bev Hollins talks about the question Jesus asked blind Bartimaeus and challenges us in our intercessory prayer to be specific and have the courage to ask Jesus what do you want me to do for you.
Pete Squires reads Acts 2:25, 42 and talks on the fellowship of the Believers, are our lives attractive for Jesus.
“Encouraged not Discouraged”
Richard Ormston reminds us that being a member of a church is an all age experience and you are not alone, you are supported and encouraged.
Michael Moore encourages us to look at our faith and work at it each day, start with small prayers or read a verse from the bible each day.
“Highs and Lows”
Jenny Ingram talks about the highs and lows of life and reads some of the lyrics from Promises by Maverick City Music.
Paul Adams talks about the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost in Acts 2 reminding us God wants to draw closer to us but we need to respond and pray.
Bev Hollins shares a touching story about a lady’s tribute to her grandfather which she delivered through the help of her dad and asks us “what will you pray for help with?”
“Pray and Work”
Pete Squires reads Proverbs 13:25 and asks “what part do we have to play in prayer?” discussing the importance of putting in the work alongside prayer.
“Keep or Throw”
Richard Ormston tells us a story about a Willow Pattern Tea Set and says if you are feeling worthless, disposable, overlooked or feel you have nothing to offer in God’s hands you are deeply precious.
Lakshmi Jeffreys shares with us a personal experience which made her ponder, reflect and experience waiting differently and asks “what are you waiting for?”
Michael Moore reminds us we need to look to the future and through pray ask what God wants to happen in your church over the coming years.
Jenny Ingram reads 2 Corinthians 5:21 and shares her thoughts on two recently watched documentaries on the church.
Paul Adams reads Romans 14, encouraging us not to criticise but to help and encourage people, living a life of goodness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
“Knowing God and his wisdom through a Bible centred life”
Pete Squires reads Proverbs 2:1-5, 3 and asks “where does our answers and wisdom come from?”
Richard Ormston reads Isaiah 49:16 as well as The Prayer of Sir Jacob Astley (‘The Soldier’s Prayer) and asks us “How do you remind yourself of things in life?”
“Conversations, Silence and the Voice of God”
Lakshmi Jeffreys reminds us to find the time to be quiet with God and asks us “What would happen if you spent five minutes today in silence with God?”
“Stop and Look”
We join Jenny Ingram on her walk as she reminds us to stop and look around and asks us “isn’t God’s voice sometimes like a bird song?”
Michael Moore encourages us not to put things off in our lives if we know they need to be fixed or sorted, if unsure ask Jesus who will help you.
“The Grace of Giving”
Paul Adams shares what he has learnt from 2 Corinthians 8 and prays you will think about how you can participate in the grace and joy of giving.
Bev Hollins shares with us pray, scripture and turning to the wisdom of others are all tools we can use to test our understanding of God’s will.
“Faith and trust in God is key”
Pete Squires talks on the subject of faith, sharing with us the story of Abraham and Isaac from Genesis 22: 1-19.
Richard Ormston explains the difference between knowing someone and knowing about them, encouraging us to get to know Jesus and the depth of his love for us.
Lakshmi Jeffreys talks on the subject of death and asks us If you have a loved one who’s died entrust them to God.
Michael Moore compares sin to an itch and asks us “what do you do when you want to sin, do you scratch it and just do it anyway or ask Jesus to help you?”
Haircut, pub and fun according to a tweet is the Holy Trinity after the restrictions lessened, Jenny Ingram shares how she loves when Christian terminology is used in our daily lives.
There is a lot to learn from the road to Emmaus story which Paul Adams explains and prays that each one of us will experience our own Emmaus moment.
Bev Hollins talks about change and shares with us the Church of England’s vision, asking us “can we be simpler, humbler and bolder as a person of faith?”
“All life is here!”
Next time you ponder what life is all about Pete Squires urges you to pick up your Bible to read, challenge and study.
“God Is Our Constant in Change”
Richard Ormston talks about Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and his faith, sharing with us that our faith must always be personal but never private.
Lakshmi Jeffreys shares with us our stories when told tell of a God of love, healing, hope, forgiveness and peace and asks us “What’s your story been during the pandemic?”
“Share the Good News”
Michael Moore encourages us to go out and tell someone about Jesus and share your journey of faith.
Jenny Ingram reads Psalm 8 and encourages us to look after, bless, celebrate and rejoice being a part of God’s wonderful creation.
Paul Adams reads from Matthew 20:28, reminding us to follow Jesus’ example to serve and asking what might the cost be for you on following Jesus?
“Rooted in Christ”
Pete Squires a shares with us his experience attending a walk through dramatization of the Easter story and urges us to take the Gospel seriously.
“Jesus is Alive!”
Richard Ormston shares with us three bits of information supporting Jesus is alive and well and asks us “what does Easter mean to you?
Lakshmi Jeffreys talks on the confusion the disciples felt at seeing Jesus’ empty tomb, reminding us to read the Bible if we need encouragement and ways to encounter Jesus more.
Michael Moore asks us “what have you been reflecting on this Easter?” and shares with us his reflection on why Jesus wept
Jenny Ingram talks about Good Friday, reading It’s Friday But Sunday’s Coming by S.M.Lockridge. God be with you as you ponder and reflect on Jesus’ sacrifice for us.
When lockdown is lifted and we can meet to share a meal with family and friends, Paul encourages us to share the good news of Jesus for we have so much to be thankful for.
What was he thinking? It’s around this time in Holy Week we think about Judas, but Bev Hollins reminds us that through Jesus’ suffering he gave us hope.
“Are you a Daniel?”
Pete Squires encourage us to read the book of Daniel as we can learn so much from his faith, trust and obedience to God.
Lakshmi talks about the struggles of perspective during the current pandemic and encourages us if we feel the same to pray to God to regain his perspective.
“The Christian Baton”
Michael Moore reminisces running the relay race at school and asks us “have we dropped the baton in the Christian race?” Michael shares with us some ideas to help pick up the Christian baton again.
Jenny Ingram shares with us some questions she has put together to help us reflect on this past year in lockdown, asking us “what habits or lesson will you stick with?”
Paul Adams talks on the life long journey we are on as Christians and encourages us to choose the path that will bring you closer to getting to know Jesus more.
Bev Hollins reads from Job 38: 34-38, reminding us we are Stewards of all Creation and asks us “what can we do to help care for the environment?”
“I’m Alright, Jack”
Pete Squires encourages us to accept the hand of Jesus and whole heartedly follow him, asking us “how are we showing Jesus in our lives?”
Richard Ormston reminds us that living in the now is important and not to be tempted to think your best days are behind you. God has a plan for you for everyday and every year.
“Armour of God”
Lakshmi talks about St Paul and the history of St Patrick, discussing how they both describe the armour of God, also reminding us that God is with us where ever we are and whatever we face.
“Wrestle or Nestle”
Michael Moore gives examples of daily tasks with one option designed to make life easier, and asks us “why wouldn’t you make your life easier by giving your problems to Jesus?”
“Time and Space”
Jenny Ingram reflects on her recent experience introducing Hattie a 7 month year old Yorkshire terrier to her dog Henry. Reminding us some difficult relationships can transform while others may require some space.
“Talking about Jesus”
Paul Adams shares with us lessons we can learn from Saint Francis of Assisi and encourages us to think how we can communicate about Jesus in a way that people will understand.
Bev Hollins talks about mental wellbeing and the story of Elijah refereeing to 1 Kings 19 and asks us “Do you really know how you feel?” and encourages those who feel low to seek help.
Pete Squires reminds us of the story of Daniel and his faith in God, a faith that doesn’t say “if you safe me from this” but trusts in God even “though he may not”. Now that’s Faith.
Richard Ormston talks a little on his family and reminds us that we are never alone when we are part of Gods family.
“Back to School”
Lakshmi in her first thought for the day video talks about schools returning full time today and encourages those who are anxious to read Psalm 131.
Michael Moore reminds us that when we have Jesus in our lives we can blossom and asks us to continue to grow our relationship with him by sharing our problems and worries.
“God’s Parenthood Nature”
Jenny Ingram talks on God’s Motherliness, Fatherliness and Otherliness and how lucky and blessed we are to have God as a perfect parent.
Paul Adams talks a little on the subject of fasting, prayer and giving over the period of Lent and asks “can you spend more time with God this Lent?”
Bev Hollins is in the process of moving house and stops to reflect on the value we can sometimes put on our possessions but reminds us to store up our treasures in Heaven.
Pete Squires talks about prayer with focus on the Lord’s Prayer and reminds us that God knows what we need before we ask.
Richard Ormston reads from 1 Corinthians 13 encouraging us to pour out the love God has freely given to us and asks what identifies us as a follower of Christ?
Maggie Kelly reflects on the guidance and rules put in place during the pandemic and asks do we sometimes approach the Bible like a list of complicated instructions?
“Faith and Lockdown”
Jenny Ingram shares with us how important it is to hold onto our faith and asks us “What does being a Christian mean to you?”
Paul Adams shares with us some good news, the birth of Lydia his first grandchild. Lydia is also a character in the New Testament and Paul shares with us the lessons we can learn from her story in the Book of Acts.
Bev Hollins tells us the story of Hosea and Gomer and explains that a wilderness is a place of focus. Bev encourages us this Lent to find or make our own wilderness.
Pete Squires encourages us not to ‘spiritual pick and mix’ through the bible but to listen, observe and understand all scripture.
Instead of giving something up for Lent why not take something on instead? Richard Ormston suggests 3 things to try this Lent.
Maggie Kelly reads from Revelation 3:20, sharing with us her experience of being locked out and reference to The Light of the World painting by William Holman Hunt.
Michael Moore shares with us the lessons he has learnt in his garden and reminds us to reflect on our lives and learn from these lessons.
Jenny Ingram invites us to send a note of encouragement to someone special this weekend.
“When was the last time you really got excited about something?”
Paul Adams reminds us of God’s immense love for us all as individuals.
“I can’t remove my sin”
Bev Hollins encourages us that Jesus has dealt with our sins, and that only he can cleanse us.
“We plant, someone waters, but it’s God that makes it grow”
Pete Squires encourages us to take a step of faith and let God do the rest.
“Saw this and thought of you”
Richard Ormston examines how people think of us as individuals, and how we think of Jesus.
“He notices the small contribution”
Maggie Kelly reminds us that God notices our gifts, however small – it’s the heart that counts.
“Are you a 3D Christian?”
Michael Moore invites us to pray for ourselves and our churches to have more of the Holy Spirit.
“How do you think God feels about you?”
Jenny Ingram reflects on the wonderful and marvellous love of God for all of us individually.
“A love that has no boundaries”
Paul Adams reflects on God’s incredible love, and asks us to do the same.
“God loves you so much”
Beverley Hollins reminds us that God loves all his people equally, and that all are equal in his eyes.
“Don’t be anxious, find a peace”
Pete Squires offers some godly advice as to how to get through this latest lockdown.
“Time rushes by”
Richard Ormston uses the words of CS Lewis to remind us that “God has infinite attention to spare for each one of us”.
“Pass the blessing on”
Maggie Kelly gives us a blessing, and encourages us to do the same to others.
“If we pray, things change”
Michael Moore encourages us to pray together (even if we can’t be together) so that change can come.
“We know where we’re going”
Jenny Ingram reminds us of the importance of faith, hope and love.
“The prayer of a dying man”
Beverley Hollins asks us to come together in unity as followers of Christ.
“Letting Jesus take over”
Pete Squires asks us to metaphorically take off our masks in our lives to let Jesus lead us.
Richard Ormston asks us to keep our lives underpinned by God’s Word.
“Rest in Jesus”
Maggie Kelly gives us some helpful advice of how we can rest in the presence of Jesus.
“The jigsaw of faith”
Michael Moore asks us to think of one person who has helped us in our faith, and to thank them.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart”
Jenny Ingram gives us hints of how we can use memory verses to help us during this stressful time.
“God blesses those who mourn”
Paul Adams looks at the Beatitudes to remind us that God has a special heart for those who are mourning.
“Removing the ivy”
Bev Hollins asks us to think about the things that constrain us in our lives.
“We need to recognise and fix the problem”
Pete Squires looks at our sin, and challenges us to rectify any problems and stop what is causing us damage.
Richard Ormston looks at how vicars are depicted on TV, and wonders how we all reflect the person of Jesus.
“This is the Way”
Maggie Kelly looks at the disorienting changes of the last few days, and encourages us to be still and listen to God.
“Who are you going to follow?”
Michael Moore looks at the story of the wise men on this day of Epiphany to encourage us to follow Jesus continually.
“Chalking the doors”
Jenny Ingram asks for Jesus to be with us in our households in a unique way – via the tradition of chalking the doors.
“God is with us”
Paul Adams shares his hopes for the New Year, and reminds us to love our neighbours as God loves us.
“Whatever your Christmas holds, God is with us”
All the Thought for the Day team wish you a blessed and peaceful Christmas.
“The hope he brings”
Pete Squires talks about preparations for Christmas and hope and asks what does Christmas mean to you?
“Memories of Christmas”
Richard Ormston shares with us his favourite memories of Christmas growing up.
Maggie shares with us that today is the shortest day and talks of the coming of light in a time of darkness.
“A little change can make a big difference”
Michael Moore challenges us to make a small change every day to make the world a better place.
“Melting our hearts”
Jenny Ingram reminds us that God can continually come in to our hearts and transform us.
“Go and prepare the way”
Paul Adams encourages us to say sorry to God – and to encourage others to do the same.
“Water in the wilderness”
Bev Hollins uses the example of John the Baptist to challenge us to be “instruments of God’s justice”.
“The real cost of bringing the Word”
Pete Squires reflects on the true value of the Bible in our lives.
“God with us”
Richard Ormston looks at the incarnation of Jesus, and why we can celebrate it at any time of year.
Maggie Kelly looks at the story of Mary from Luke 1 and encourages us to take hold of the promises of God.
Michael Moore asks us to say thank you to God for people who have helped us in our faith – and to be an inspiration to others.
“… and with all the company of heaven”
Jenny Ingram reminds us that those who loved Jesus, whom we have loved and lost, remain with us, and that they are safe with God.
“He will remember us”
Paul Adams reminds us that God always remembers, and is with us, even when times are tough.
“What do you need?”
Bev Hollins challenges us to ask people what they need when we are asked for help.
“Do we walk on the other side of the road?”
Pete Squires reflects on the story of the Good Samaritan and modern-day poverty – do we ignore people’s needs?
Richard Ormston reflects on the real meaning of Advent.
“In Him was light”
Maggie Kelly reminds us that the light of Jesus never goes out, and is the life of all mankind.
(The video ends at 5:48)
“There is a recipe”
Michael Moore marks the start of Advent by asking “What sort of Christian are you?”
“Couch to pray”
Jenny Ingram recommends some apps for us to quickly get back into an active prayer life.
“The hand of God”
Paul Adams reflects on the death of Diego Maradona and the influence of God in our lives.
Bev Hollins reflects on the importance of listening to one another – especially if we have differing views.
“Understand, trust, believe, follow”
Pete Squires shares the four Christian principles that we should all live by.
“The Prince of Peace”
Richard Ormston reminds us that Jesus provides “five-star peace”, no matter what else is happening.
“Count your blessings”
Maggie Kelly asks us to think about what God might be teaching us at this time, which we can then pass on to others.
“A measured approach”
Michael Moore looks at the measured, calm character of Jesus, and asks if we are the same.
Jenny Ingram uses the words of Habakkuk to remind us that God WILL one day come and bring justice.
“Are you the one?”
Paul Adams reflects on how Jesus looks for us as individuals when we are lost.
Bev Hollins reflects on kindness and encourages us to be deliberate about being kind to others (it’s a Fruit of the Spirit, after all).
“Out of obedience to Jesus comes an abundance”
Pete Squires reflects on the miraculous catch of fish in Luke 5, and the abundant life that Jesus promises his followers.
“Forgiving and forgetting”
Richard Ormston reflects on memories and encourages us to be forgiving people.
“Let the words of my mouth be acceptable in your sight”
Jenny Ingram reflects on our words and how they should always be in line with our Christian faith.
“God is unchanging”
Michael Moore reminds us that as the seasons change, God remains constantly with us.
“The best wine”
Paul Adams reflects on weddings and the huge generosity of God.
“Think in the way Paul asked us to”
Bev Hollins encourages us to be “intentional about positives”, and to think about things which are good.
“When we come to the end of our hoarded resources, the Father’s loving is just beginning”
Pete Squires encourages us to have the hope of Jesus during this time.
“The person walking alongside you makes the difference”
Richard Ormston reflects on the poem Footprints as we await lockdown once again.
Maggie Kelly encourages us to establish a routine over the few weeks, and to include spending quiet time with God as part of that routine.
Michael Moore asks us to give Jesus all our repairs in our heart and life, and reflects on life-skill classes he took at school.
Jenny Ingram leads us in a special pumpkin prayer to help us show that Jesus is the Light of the World.
Paul Adams reminds us that if we trust in God (and spend time with him), our lives flourish.
“There will be good for us”
Pete Squires explains how we’re in the business of changing hearts.
“We are where we are”
Richard Ormston reminds us that the past has gone, and that God wants us to make the most of the present.
“Rooted in God”
Maggie Kelly encourages us to stand firm in our faith so we can develop deep roots.
“Ironing out the wrinkles”
“What are you like when you’re hungry?”
Jenny Ingram asks if we are a people who are hungry (or hangry) for Jesus, or for justice.
“What can you give to God’s work?”
Paul Adams looks at Exodus 25 and reminds us that we can give to God’s work in a variety of ways.
Bev Hollins talks on the importance of education and reads from Proverbs 4.
“The wisdom of James”
Pete Squires shares with us what he has learnt from studying the book of James – listen, accept, act on it.
Richard Ormston provides some encouragement for those who are missing singing in church, and asks us what our favourite hymn is.
Maggie Kelly encourages us to step out in prayer as she shares with us her experience of God’s healing power.
Michael Moore reflects on being thankful to God for this year’s harvest, and asks us, “Has your faith grown this year?”
Jenny Ingram looks at the introduction of Northamptonshire Sauce to encourage us to bring Jesus into every situation.
“I praise you, Lord”
Paul Adams encourages us to sing private praises to God, for we can find shelter in Him.
“I remember that you are but dust”
Richard Ormston reassures us that when we get things wrong, Jesus understands.
Pete Squires asks us if putting our faith first in every way is second nature to us.
“Love is better than rules”
Maggie Kelly reminds us that putting Jesus first is more important than rules.
Richard Ormston shows his gratitude (on behalf of all of us) to all teachers and support staff for all they are coping with at this time.
Michael Moore reminds us about God’s care for us and His willingness to carry our burdens.
“He is for you”
Jenny Ingram reminds us that God delights in us, so we are deserving of his forgiveness (because of what he has done).
“Build the Church”
Paul Adams reflects on the life of St Francis, and how his work in building God’s kingdom can inspire us.
“Jars of clay”
Bev Hollins reminds us that the light of Christ often shines through the broken places.
Pete Squires uses Luke 7:36–50 to encourage us to be humble and broken before Jesus.
‘Cornerstone’ by Hillsong Live is the ideal song to listen to afterwards.
“Stop, look, listen!”
Richard Ormston reminds us about the importance of taking time to rest and being aware of God’s presence.
Maggie Kelly reminds us to trust and believe in the power of the Word of God at this time of change and difficulty.
“God has made this world for us to enjoy”
Michael Moore asks us to take time to reflect on the beauty of God’s colourful creation.
Jenny Ingram reads from Psalm 139, and reflects on God knowing each and every one of us.
“Heroes and leaders”
Paul Adams shares with us the theme he plans to talk about in school assemblies, and asks what makes a hero or a leader.
“‘Buy a Nun a Book’ Day”
Bev Hollins reflects on the life at St Hildegard and asks us to pray for all nuns and monks today.
Pete Squires reflects on the excuses we can use for not doing the will of God.
“Celebrate our differences”
Richard Ormston reflects on the uniqueness of every single human being, and encourages us to rejoice in them.
“The one anothers”
Maggie Kelly encourages us that we can still make a difference to one another, even during this time of change.
“Shine like stars”
Michael Moore encourages us to follow the advice of Daniel and “instruct those around us in virtue”.
“Not to us, but to your name give the glory”
Jenny Ingram looks at Psalm 115 to remind us to give God the glory for all He has done.
“The chief purpose in life…”
Paul Adams encourages us to increase our knowledge of God, to respond in praise and to tell others about Him.
“We are God’s flock”
Bev Hollins reminds us that as a people of faith, it’s the being – not the doing – that matters.
“Search for Jesus”
Pete Squires talks about the uncertainty of our church services at this time, and why we need to have hope despite the restrictions.
“He shall drink from the brook beside the way”
Richard Ormston encourages us to come to Jesus daily to quench our spiritual thirst.
Maggie Kelly reminds us that God puts things in our lives to bring us joy, regardless of our circumstances.
Michael Moore looks at busy bodies, and the difference between knowing things and gossiping about them.
“The cross stands as the world turns”
Jenny Ingram looks at the cross which hangs inside Peterborough Cathedral, and the eternal promise it reflects.
Bev Hollins reminds us that the love of our creator God enables us to love and be creative too.
“Take God with you”
Pete Squires challenges us to reflect our faith in God seven days a week, not just on Sundays.
“Jesus knocks on the door”
“Who can I trust?”
Maggie Kelly reminds us that God watches over those who put their trust in him, and doesn’t sleep on the job.
“I am with you always”
Michael Moore gets on his bike to encourage us that during the hard slog of life, God is with us.
“How did you first meet Jesus?”
Paul Adams looks at Paul’s conversion in Acts 9 to encourage us to share our individual stories of coming to faith.
“Dancing in the rain”
Jenny Ingram looks at the awesome power of our awesome God.
“Count your blessings”
Bev Hollins encourages us to take time every day to be grateful and to “give thanks to God every moment”.
“A scared world needs a fearless Church”
Pete Squires looks at Psalm 23 to encourage us not to be fearful – during this time and at any time.
Richard Ormston looks at Enid Blyton, Astrerix, Tintin and Psalm 46 to remind us that God is our fortress.
“Letters of commendation”
Maggie Kelly encourages us that the only commendation or exam result that truly matters is the letter of Christ that other people can see in our hearts.
“Does God exist?”
Michael Moore uses a 12-year-old note recently found in a drawer from singer Helen Shapiro to help us answer that question.
“When was the last time you felt beautiful?”
Jenny Ingram examines what true beauty is, reminding us that God sees us in a way that no-one else does.
“Walking across the water”
Paul Adams encourages us to cry out to Jesus and constantly look to Him in times in trouble.
“Try, try, try again”
Beverley Hollins looks at the words of Jane Austen to encourage us to be persistent in prayer and in practice.
Pete Squires looks at Revelation 3:20 and challenges us to always look to the Bible for guidance.
NB: The last line should say:
“I encourage you – when you’re faced with choices in life, remember that Jesus stands at the door. Open that door and let him help you with the choices that you’re faced with.”
“You feed them!”
Archdeacon Richard Ormston looks at the Feeding of the Five Thousand to remind us that we are partners with Jesus in doing His work.
“The fields are ripe for harvest”
Maggie Kelly reminds that those who have Jesus in their hearts are children of God – and are able to share his Good News.
Hannah Jeffery reflects on the question “What does it mean by the way of life is like a narrow path?”
Paul Adams reads from 2 Corinthians 12 and is reminded that even through our tough times, God turns our weakness into strength.
Beverley Hollins explores Psalm 5:8 and asks us if we know who or what our enemy is.
“Journey of faith”
Pete Squires on his birthday (Happy birthday Pete!) remembers when he first came to faith in Christ, and reflects on how we can retain that commitment and passion, years later.
“Parable of the Mustard Seed”
Richard Ormston looks back at the origins of Northampton Saints Rugby Club, from small beginnings set up by the Revd Samuel Wathem Wigg to what it is today (like the Parable of the Mustard Seed).
“The Examen Prayer”
Michael Moore reads through the Examen Prayer and shares with us what he is grateful for.
Hannah Jeffery encourages us to hope in the promises, faithfulness and character of God, during this time of uncertainty.
Paul Adams talks on the importance of giving to help continue the work of God.
“In the acronym of P.R.A.Y, P is for Pause”
Beverley Hollins reflects on Luke 10:38–42 and how we can develop our relationship with God by finding time to pause in our busy lives.
“Look at the birds of the air…”
Pete Squires uses Matthew 6:25–27 to assure us that we can always cast our anxieties on God.
“Come to me…”
Richard Ormston uses Matthew 11:28–30 to remind us that God wants to be with us, teach us and share our burdens with us.
“Training in prayer”
Maggie Kelly encourages us to discipline ourselves to sit and be still before God, contemplating him.
“We pray for them”
Michael Moore encourages us to bring our friends and relatives to God who don’t yet know Him.
“Sometimes I sits and thinks, and sometimes I just sits”
Hannah Jeffery encourages us to actively spend time in contemplation with God.
“A love like no other”
Paul Adams reflects on the apostle Paul’s Prayer for the Ephesians, and the immeasurable love of God it describes.
“Rooted in God”
Beverley Hollins assures us that whether we are in a church building or not, the only thing that matters is to be rooted in God.
“It doesn’t have to be perfect”
Pete Squires reminds us that we don’t need to overcomplicate the gospel – a childlike faith is what’s needed.
“How good it is to sing praise to our God”
Richard Ormston asks us if we really enjoy being in the presence of God – or do we attend in order to leave?
“Come and bring your thirst”
Maggie Kelly encourages us to make time to listen to God, and to pray for those who have already suffered (or will suffer) due to lockdown.
“God picked me”
Michael Moore reminds us that God loves us completely, and has given us all gifts so we can do his will.
“Let’s go for a walk together”
Hannah Jeffery reminds us that God loves it when we make time to spend with him.
An encouragement from Paul Adams that we can trust in the wonderful promises of God.
“Change starting at the fringes”
Beverley Hollins discusses the conversion of Cornelius the Centurion in Acts 10, reminding us that people on the fringes of the Church need to be listened to.
“How we live our lives matters”
Pete Squires uses John 4 to remind us that our testimonies are vitally important.
Richard Ormston uses the Parable of the Great Banquet from Luke 14 to challenge us all to respond to Jesus’ invitation of new life.
Maggie Kelly uses the words of Isaiah 52 to encourage us to bring the peace and good news of Jesus to our communities.
“Living the resurrection”
Steve Benoy reflects on the unexpected promise of these unusual times.
“We all need a reason to keep going”
Hannah Jeffery uses The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse to inspire us during this time.
“Take a step into the river”
Paul Adams uses Ezekiel 47 to remind us that we can always trust God.
“Change is necessary”
Bev Hollins reminds us that, in the light of recent events, change is always needed to help us become more like Jesus.
“God’s order is perfect”
Pete Squires reminds us that God’s way is always the right way.
“When it rains, look for rainbows”
Richard Ormston encourages us to be positive, ‘glass half-full’ believers.
“Renew your mind”
Maggie Kelly looks at Romans 12 and how we might be transformed – during and after lockdown.
“Like a weaned child, I am content”
Steve Benoy leads us in a reflection, based on the words of Psalm 131 and Matthew 6.
“New life out of darkness”
Hannah Jeffery reminds us that we can trust God during this time – and at all times.
“Here I am Lord, send me”
Paul Adams asks what God is calling you to do at this time.
“A dark and stormy night”
Beverley Hollins reminds us that during this difficult time, God is with us and has a much bigger plan.
Pete Squires encourages us to train and condition ourselves in God’s Word.
“What is God saying to me?”
Richard Ormston encourages us to take time to listen to God’s voice, sometimes from unexpected sources.
“The Kingdom of God is come near to us”
Carys Walsh encourages us to relax our vision and look for God in new ways.
“Lord, have mercy on us”
Steve Benoy reflects on the death of George Floyd and the events of this week, using the words of Isaiah 58.
“The battle is not yours, but God’s”
Hannah Jeffery reminds us that in times in trouble, we can look to God.
The song ‘God I Look To You’ (sung by Jenn Johnson) can be found below.
“Children of God”
Paul Adams reflects on God’s lavish love for every single one of us as individuals.
“May we know God’s touch”
Bev Hollins reflects on Mary’s visit to Elizabeth in Luke 2, and how it compares to the social distancing we are currently facing.
“Pray as you can, not as you can’t”
Richard Ormston talks about Charles Haddon Spurgeon and on the importance of prayer.
Carys Walsh touches on Thy Kingdom Come 2020 and using the experience of waiting as a time to stop, reflect and pray.
“Humanity behind the headlines”
Steve Benoy reflects on the current Dominic Cummings story and asks us to think of the humanity behind such stories.
“The lost sheep”
Hannah Jeffery wonders who the “lost sheep” are that God is putting on our hearts to pray for.
“I am the vine”
Paul Adams encourages us to remain close to God at all times – and to serve others in His glory.
“Thy kingdom come”
Beverley Hollins encourages us to pray for the coming of God’s kingdom, and to live this out.
“Jesus is there for you and for me”
Pete Squires encourages us to ‘be Jesus’ to others during this time.
“Fire the starting gun”
Richard Ormston reflects on Matthew 28:18–20 and how we can live this passage out, even during these unusual times.
“Everything has the potential to be fruitful”
Carys Walsh reflects on Rogation Day and reminds us that everyone and everything is precious to God.
“Mission is about seeing what God is up to, and joining in”
Steve Benoy asks how we are looking for God’s signs and listening to God’s voice.
“Blessed are those who mourn”
Hannah Jeffery reflects on these times, encouraging us to make time to grieve.
“Joy and praise”
Paul Adams encourages us to boost our morale by making joy and praise part of our lives.
“What matters is that you pray”
Beverley Hollins encourages us to make time and space to spend time with God.
Pete Squires looks at Esther and asks us if we have a similar ‘on fire’ faith in God.
“Behold, I make all things new”
Richard Ormston reflects on VE Day and the current lockdown, and how change has to be the result of such a situation.
“We are creatures of God”
Carys Walsh reflects on The Coronavirus Diaries and what their findings mean for people with – and without – faith in God.
“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul”
Steve Benoy reminds us that those who belong to Jesus have a hope – firm and secure.
“Hardship as discipline”
Hannah Jeffery asks whether we are willing to approach this period of lockdown as a time of training.
“Reshaping the world that we’re living in”
Paul Adams uses Jeremiah to ask whether something in our lives needs to be remoulded.
“Mayday! Mayday! Mayday!”
Bev Hollins reminds us that we can cry out to God for help whenever we need to.
“He gives strength to the weary”
Pete Squires reminds us that God will sustain us during the pressures of this unusual time.
“How are you going to sing a new song?”
Archdeacon Richard challenges us to find new ways of communicating the good news of Jesus.
“Walking around with fresh eyes”
Carys Walsh reminds us that we are never alone – we are all caught up in God’s love.
“The whole of our life is of interest to God”
Steve Benoy reminds us that all of us has a vocation, whether within the Church or not.
“Do you know Jesus’ voice?”
Hannah Jeffery reflects on the voice of Jesus – the one who provides our safety, comfort and sustenance.
“Our God is a specialist in change”
Paul Adams reflects on how churches have responded to this current situation – and how this could continue into the future.
Bev Hollins encourages us to think positively, based on Paul’s words in Philippians 4.
“Sit at His feet”
Pete Squires encourages us to enjoy what we’re doing during lockdown – and not to worry.
“Don’t things change quickly”
Archdeacon Richard looks at the Resurrection to remind us that God is with us through all the changes of life.
“A living hope”
Steve Benoy looks at the words of Peter to inspire those living in the light of the Resurrection.
“Do you long to experience something new?”
Paul Adams encourages us to ask God for new experiences of him – and to mark those things.
“This lockdown is a chance to see ourselves as God sees us”
Archdeacon Richard encourages us to take a look at ourselves at this time.
“Ordinary people with an extraordinary faith”
Pete Squires challenges us to look at Bible stories and characters as examples to live up to ourselves.
“May this time of darkness be a time where God is – for you”
Steve Benoy reminds us that is God is always there in the midst of troubles.
“How will we be known?”
Paul Adams looks at Galatians and encourages us to show the Gifts of the Spirit to those around us.
“The candle has been snuffed out … but Jesus is just around the corner”
Charlie Nobbs uses art to show that we are never alone, even in the darkest of times.
“What we plant now will be significant in the time to come”
Pete Squires reminds us that we need to “sow the seed” at this strange time as much as we ever have done.
“You’re more than just another brick in the wall”
Archdeacon Richard reminds us just how much Jesus knows us, and how precious we are to Him.
“Slow down, turn on the lights, heed the warnings, hold on to hope”
Steve Benoy gives us encouragement during this difficult time.
Paul Adams encourages us to be generous and to make our own houses “houses of prayer”.
“The Gospel is bearing fruit”
Charlie Nobbs reminds us that God’s Spirit continues to move at this time – in unexpected ways.
“He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit.”
Pete Squires challenges us to look at our lives – past, present and future – now that we have more time on our hands.
“Chaos and Creation in the Backyard; Sigh No More; Riding with the King”
Archdeacon Richard looks at Psalm 23 (as well as three of his CDs) to offer comfort at this time.
“How can we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land?”
Steve Benoy, the diocesan Director of Ordinands, explores the topic of worshipping authentically during this unusual time. (The written text for this reflection can be downloaded here.)
“God continues to do what God does.”
Our Stewardship Officer, Paul Adams, encourages us today not to fear – and to try and spend a bit more time with God during this unusual time.
“Find a way to make a simple rhythm”
Charlie Nobbs, our Director of Mission, talks about how to keep a daily routine during this unusual time.
“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.”
Pete Squires from our Stewardship team encourages us to “embrace our faith” during this difficult time.