Last week I enjoyed the privilege of leading worship with the churches of the Forton, Garstang and Lancaster Pastorate, with the service taking place at Garstang URC. The picture is probably a familiar image of what our buildings look like 45 minutes before the worship: a few early birds have arrived to find a moment of stillness, the duty Elders, and musicians, and technology whizzes have almost got everything ready. There is an air of anticipation that something important is about to happen – as God’s people gather together – somewhere, anywhere – and prepare to worship the Lord who has called us to be his holy people. And within our Synod we have 140 congregations worshipping and witnessing in local communities – please remember to pray for your sister congregations as they prepare to encounter God, respond to his call to bear faithful witness to his love and grace where they are set, and enjoy being that worshipping community. In Philippians 1 the Apostle Paul reminds us in his opening words of how powerful that praying is – that in partnership we have a Gospel for the world.