Updated: Feb 6
Greetings one and all,
I hope you're all managing to stay safe and well - and warm!
We're continuing with our pattern of online-only worship this week, and all the details of what's coming up are below for you.
This Sunday 17th January
At 10am we have a live-streamed Service of the Word (morning prayer) - led by Revd Lizzie, with Mark Simms preaching. The link for the service is: https://youtu.be/qmY80qeXmO8
This will be followed by Zoom coffee and chat at 11.30am
https://zoom.us/j/92226275253?pwd=dUxPTlp1cnE5eGlleWxMWXp6YUs5dz09 Meeting ID: 922 2627 5253 Passcode: 200369
In the week ahead Our (zoom) Celtic morning prayer times this week are:
Monday 18th at 8.15am. Contact Carla at firstname.lastname@example.org for the link
Wednesday 20th at 9am. Contact Mark for details 0117 951 8419 and to be sent the link.
Both churches will be open for Private prayer during the week for a limited time between 10-11am on:
Wednesday 20th at All Saints
Thursday 21st at St Mary's
Here we have:
The Order of Service we will be using on Sunday
This week's Church at Home resource
I've been reflecting recently on how our sense of time seems to feel a bit warped at the moment. Familiar activities and routines help to anchor us in time and as a community, but even though those routines have been stripped back in lockdown, many of us are still feeling a sense of weariness. It could be do do with changes and challenges we are navigating as part of the pandemic, or the events of the news, or simply the longing to come out of the other side of this season! Today's morning prayer Psalm 29 talks inspiringly about the enlivening power of the Voice of God in the world. Worth a read. I was especially touched by the last verse and the prayer refrain.
Verse 11 reads: The Lord shall give strength to his people; the Lord shall give his people the blessing of peace.
And the refrain prayer is
Open our ears, glorious Lord Christ,
to hear the music of your voice
above the chaos of this world;
open our eyes to see the vision of your glory,
for you are our King, now and for ever.
How encouraging to be reassured that God still speaks and reveals his glory! I pray that prayer of refrain for each of us; that we may hear God's voice and know his strength and the deep blessing of his peace. Every blessing, Janey _______________ Rev. Janey Hiller