In a Start the Day message on the first Friday in October, Bishop Paul and Sarah speak about how to replace fear with love through prayer. They quote Corrie ten Boom: ‘Worry is a cycle of inefficient thoughts whirling around a centre of fear.’ Also the words of an old hymn: ‘How sweet the name of Jesus sounds…he soothes our sorrows, heals our wounds, and drives away our fears.’
In Start the Day on the first Friday in September, Bishop Paul and Sarah read from Psalm 41 and think about those starting at a new school or new job, also the opportunities to show kindness to someone who feels anxious or alone, as God has shown such great kindness to us.
In a barley field above Southwell on a blustery day, Bishop Paul and Sarah read from Psalm 13, and speak about how to keep renewing your trust in God while longing for an answer to some of our biggest prayers.
In Start the Day for the first Friday of July, Bishop Paul and Sarah read from Job 19 and reflect on one of the most difficult questions of faith: where is God in the face of terrible suffering? Also how the hope Christ shines into the darkness so we can know we are loved by God and never alone.
In Start the Day for the first Friday of June, Bishop Paul and Sarah read from Proverbs 3 and speak about how God’s wisdom for life and constant personal care helps us to address our fears and find serenity.
In a special Start the Day message on the first Friday in May, Bishop Paul and Sarah read and reflect on Psalm 122, which for centuries has been sung at the very beginning of the Coronation Service.
In a special Start the Day for Good Friday, Bishop Paul and Sarah speak from a sunny hillside overlooking Southwell Minister – reflecting on the fresh wonder of the cross where Jesus reveals the costly depths of God’s love for the world.
In Start the Day for the first Friday in March, Bishop Paul and Sarah read from Psalm 62 and speak about how to find rest for your soul when life is full of pressure and stress. ‘My soul finds rest in God; my hope comes from him.’ Psalm 62 Check out the special feature in Start the Day this month with the guest appearance of a litter of puppies!
In a Start the Day message for the first Friday in February, Bishop Paul and Sarah read from Psalm 34 and speak about how to renew your confidence in God especially when you feel surrounded by many difficulties: ‘Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.’ Bishops Paul also mentions the invitation to join in the Diocesan Day of Prayer next Thursday, especially with Evensong in the Minster at 5.30pm and
In a first Start the Day message for the New Year, Bishop Paul and Sarah read from Psalm 6, a prayer full of trouble and tears, and they pray especially for those who will be finding it very difficult and painful turning the corner into a New Year.