Sunday 8th March 2020
2nd Sunday in Lent

Genesis 12:1-4; Romans 4:1-5, 13-17; John 3:1-17; Psalm 121

One resounding theme through this week’s readings is that of trust. Abram is called to abandon the security of the familiar and to place his trust in God, the writer of the Psalm speaks of being able to trust in God’s oversight and concern.

In the world of work there are many who “watch over” others. These might be health and safety officers, regulators, security guards, event stewards and many others. This might be an opportunity to explore with a congregation how our lives function by trusting the oversight of others. For example when we board an aeroplane, we trust in the technicians and mechanics who are responsible to have ensured that the craft is air worthy. Through engaging in this way with the world of work, we learn more of what faith and trust is all about. Human beings are made in God’s likeness, by trusting and being trusted, we reflect in a small way this aspect of God’s nature.

There is an obvious opportunity to pray for the world of work: to pray for those institutions and sectors where trust has been lost; to pray for those whose professions require them to protect and oversee the well-being of others; to pray for those who are embarking on projects and professions that require them to explore new and unfamiliar horizons.