This Sunday 16 May, 2021

Psalm 1: 1-3

"1.  Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take     or sit in the company of mockers, 2.  but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night.  3. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither — whatever they do prospers".

The SOAP program is as simple as this. You receive a verse of scripture via a text message on your mobile phone.

S stands for scripture

you take the time to read the verse…allowing God to speak to you.

O stands for observation .

What sticks your attention as you read that verse…. what is God actually trying to say to you as an individual/? You may ask the Holy Spirit to teach you, you may paraphrase the verse writing it down in your own words in a journal or just keeping it in your heart.

A stands for Application.

The next step is asking yourself what this actually means to you and how does this verse apply to you right now. Perhaps it is encouragement, instruction, revelation or a new promise for your life or the life of someone close to you. Perhaps it gives guidance and correction in an area of your life that troubles you.

P stands for prayer

Prayer can be as simple as asking God to help you use the scripture in your life, or it may be a greater insight into what He is already revealing to you. Remember prayer is a two way conversation and you must be sure to listen to what God is saying to you. Then perhaps you will have an opportunity to pass that simple scripture text message onto someone else.

Our SOAP messages are mainly drawn from the Uniting Church Lectionary readings each week

 These weekly verses from the bible are collated and sent by a congregation member for the SOAP program – feel free to share them with others!

Last Sunday

John 15: 10-13

"10.  If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11.  I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12.  My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends."

      [To subscribe to SOAP devotional texts or to provide feedback or your personal reflections, email: 1gamigu@gmail.com ]

I pray you will be blessed each week as participate in this personal time of study and reflection until we are able to meet again as a family of believers.

Blessings,  Maureen.