Do Not Fear
May 2017

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Start your meeting with Prayer.
Someone read: A reading from Isaiah 41:8-14

"But you, Israel, my servant, Jacob, whom I have chosen, you descendants of Abraham my friend, I took you from the ends of the earth, from its farthest corners I called you. I said, 'You are my servant'; I have chosen you and have not rejected you. So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.  "All who rage against you will surely be ashamed and disgraced; those who oppose you will be as nothing and perish. Though you search for your enemies, you will not find them. Those who wage war against you will be as nothing at all.  For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.  Do not be afraid, ... little Israel, do not fear, for I myself will help you," declares the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel. 

Read the script.
Share using these questions as a starter...

Silently re-read the Scripture as a love letter from God inserting your own name in place of Israel and Jacob. Share how it feels to hear God personally in that way?

What type of prayer is most helpful for you when you feel afraid? What do you think is the best way to encourage someone who is fearful?

How do you treat yourself when you feel overwhelmed, fearful or anxious?

What one thing could you try differently this week?

From Our Charter No 7

A Christian mother knows she is loved by God.
God gives her many personal gifts; Jesus offers His friendship and love; and the Holy Spirit strengthens her.

"What the Spirit brings is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, trustfulness, gentleness, and

Close by praying together and finish with:

LORD grant me

TIME ENOUGH to do all the chores,
Join in the games, help with the lessons,
And say the night prayers, and still have
a few moments left over for me.

ENERGY ENOUGH to be bread-baker
And bread-winner, Knee-patcher and
Peace-maker, ball player and bill juggler.

HANDS ENOUGH to wipe away the tears,
To reach out when I'm needed,
To hug and to hold, to tickle and to touch.

HEART ENOUGH to share and to care,
To listen and to understand,
And to make a loving home for my family.

FAITH ENOUGH to always trust You
And to share Your promises with my family.