- Who we are
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Thank you for the way in which you all have continued to respond to the challenges COVID19 presents to us as a church. It seems as though each fortnight brings new changes to how we do things. Nevertheless, I continue to see in you all a good spirit in facing these trials so far.
Whether we have been in lockdown, reopening, physically-distancing or humming away to the songs we would so dearly love to sing together, you continue to remain focused on the Lord Jesus, and in turn what is best for one another.
This reminds me of Philippians chapter 2. There Paul writes:
Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. (Philippians 2:1-4)
Changes and challenges will continue to come our way. But be encouraged by Christ and grow more and more in the gift of valuing others above yourself.
– SAM PURSELL
Remember 31/12/2019? New Years Eve – a time of celebration, resolutions often broken by 12.01AM on the 1st and optimism or was it “The Day the Music Died” for those who recall that classic line.
None of us imagined what 2020 held. CV19 was already in play with suggestions the first deaths in China occurred in late November as we readied for another Christmas.
We have since been dominated by it with unheard of changes and restrictions, some not seen since Spanish Flu hit in 1919 on return of troops from WW1. Shadows of the Great Depression have been cast while leaders and others have rushed to find precedents.
History is marked by major events; at least three have changed its face:
Whether you accept or reject them, they are still there when you open your eyes.
But what should we pray for in 2020?
The Lord’s Prayer is a good start: “…Your Kingdom Come Your will be done on earth as in heaven…”. God remains in control of all things as Genesis 18:25 reminds us: “…Shall not the Judge of all the earth deal justly?”.
What about His judgement on a rebellious world, i.e. us? The Old Testament reminds us of His actions in the face of disobedience. Numbers 21:6-9 is but one example.
We should pray God might relent of His Judgement and people might turn to Him as some did when Moses lifted the Serpent onto the pole; all they needed to do was look, as we look to Jesus for salvation.
What are we looking and praying for as 2020 runs down? We are people of Faith first not fear.
– GEOFF KYNGDON
John 3:16-17 & Psalm 17:6