'Give God no rest'

Wed September 13 2023

This was our first 'real' time as a community on our new journey.

The theme was Isaiah 62:1,4,6-7

We had with us our prayer journal, which has notes from Friday 4 January 2019 to 18th March 2020, but we have now started using again.

Summary of the meeting

For our meal together, there were 20 of us crammed into the little kitchen/diner at the back of the building. 

After the meal Sally and Jim led us in reflecting on Isaiah 62:1,4,6-7

They had both heard this passage being used on Lectio 365 the week before, and both independently felt strongly that these verses are the starting point for our new journey at SoHOP.

What are the themes and imagery that we notice as we read the passage? Dwell on these. 

Notice Jerusalem and enquire whether that could be Southampton...

1 For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not be quiet,

until her vindication shines forth like the dawn and her salvation like a burning torch.


4 No longer will you be called “Forsaken,” nor will your land be known by the name “Desolate.”

Rather you will be called “My Delight Is in Her,” and your land will be known as “Married.”

For the Lord will take delight in you, and your land will be his spouse.

6 Upon your walls, O Jerusalem, I have stationed sentinels.

Neither by day nor by night will they be silent.

You whose responsibility is to call upon the Lord, give yourselves no rest,

7 and also give no rest to him until he restores Jerusalem and makes her renowned throughout the earth.

Feedback - what came out to you from this passage?

(if you notice any errors or omissions, please let us know on info@sohop.org)

Future meeting dates/times

The SoHOP leaders are on a rota to coordinate the meeting each week and as time goes by they will involve others in the community in preparing our prayer activities. 

The emphasis is on discerning what God wants us to do. 

We will have a shared meal at 7.00pm every week, and begin the meeting time approx 7.30pm.

Sept 20 (Elaine and Richard)
Sept 27 (Fran and Jim)
Oct 4 (Fran and Richard)
Oct 11 (Elaine and Sally)