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For those of you who are away this month let me remind you that the word ‘holiday’ comes from the two words ‘holy’ and ‘day.’ ‘Holy’ is a word that comes from the old English and is thought to be related to the word ‘whole’ and possibly the word ‘healthy’ both of which are thing we are happy to pursue as a culture. So if you are able to enjoy a ‘holy day’ this month may you take time to revaluate your life in the light of the things you love and value and may it be a time when you draw closer to Jesus, your family and your friends.

This also seems an appropriate time to remind you of the prayer for our places of work that I send out at the beginning of each year:

My Heavenly Father, as I enter this work place, I acknowledge your presence ahead of me.

I speak Your peace, Your grace, Your mercy, and Your perfect order into this office.

I acknowledge Your power over all that will be spoken, thought, decided, and done within these walls.

Lord, I thank You for the gifts you have blessed me with. I commit to using them responsibly in Your honour.

Give me a fresh supply of strength to do my job. Anoint my projects, ideas and energy, so that even my smallest accomplishment may bring You glory.

Lord, when I am confused, guide me. When I am weary, energise me. When I am burned out, infuse me with the light of the Holy Spirit.

May the work that I do and the way I do it bring faith, joy, and a smile to all that I come in contact with today.

And Oh Lord, when I leave this place, give me travelling mercy.

Bless my family and home to be in order as I left it.

Lord, I thank you for everything You’ve done, everything You’re doing, and everything You’re going to do.

In the Name of Jesus I pray, with much love and thanksgiving….Amen.

Those of you who were unable The Birmingham Payer Breakfast on Friday 22 June will be pleased to hear that this was attended by around 120 members of Birmingham’s professional, business and faith communities.

The speaker, Malcolm Duncan, spoke on ‘Faith in a Flourishing City’. Malcolm emphasised that for any city to flourish we need The Commercial Sector; The Arts, Culture and Media Sectors; The Public Sector and The Faiths Sector with all of these communities playing their part.