Ruach

Updated: Mar 12

Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me, for in you my soul takes refuge; in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge, until the destroying storms pass by. Psalms 57:1.


Dear All Saints and St Mary’s


As I prepare this week's email I am sitting snug in my office overlooking the garden below, where the south west wind is bending and buffeting trees, plants and grass. The wind is in control of their movements. Birds have sought shelter out of sight. Children have been let off school. We wait and sit out the storm, while emergency services are on high alert to protect us from any dangers arising from storm Eunice.


What a coincidence then that this Sunday's gospel reading is one where Jesus' disciples find themselves out on a lake in a storm - the wind and their fears have blown out of control - that is, - until our Lord Jesus stands up and restores calm to waves and hearts. Looking to the future, the New Testament reading from Revelation presents us with a vision of heaven where 'a rainbow that shone like an emerald encircled the throne' of God. The scene captures the essence of a place and time where the storms of life's sufferings have petered out and been replaced by beauty, joy and peace, amid brotherly and sisterly communion.


With this in mind, we warmly invite you to gather in worship at one of the following services.


Services of Worship this Sunday


Sunday 20th February - Second Sunday before Lent 10.00am Creative Church at St Mary’s Church – Bird feeders for gardens! Revd Diane and team 10.30am Holy Communion at All Saints Church - Revd Janey Hiller 6.30pm Holy Communion at St Mary’s Church - Revd Janey Hiller

 

As we look to the week ahead then we have the following times of prayer and worship Wednesday 23rd 09.00 Celtic Morning Prayer at All Saints Church Thursday 24th 10.00 Holy Communion at St Mary’s Church Sunday 27th 08.00 Holy Communion at All Saints Church

10.00 Holy Communion at St Mary’s Church

10.30 Bible Study Worship at All Saints Church

 

* It’s now time to book your place on a Living in Love and Faith (LLF) course*

The courses offer a learning and listening space - exploring the topics of identity, sexuality, relationships and marriage

Face-to-face Groups Evenings: St.Mary's: Wednesdays 7.30- 9.00pm starting 9th March Daytimes: All Saints: Tuesdays 2.00-3.30pm starting 8th March

Alternatively, you are welcome to enrol on any of the following: City Deanery online Mondays 12 -1.30pm ECFC Easton Tuesday evenings 7.30-9.00 pm St Annes Greenbank Wednesdays 4pm- 5.30pm St Annes Greenbank Saturdays 10am -1pm starting 12th March

The LLF courses run for five weeks (except 3 x Saturdays at St.Annes)

To book your place please email Elaine Jones at admin@citydeanery.co.uk

 

Creative wind of the Spirit... (continued from above)


Wind may be destructive, but in Scripture it is also creative. In Genesis 1:2 'a wind from God swept over the face of the waters'. The word for wind is the same as the word for ’Spirit' in Hebrew: ruach. So it is also important to see God's Holy Spirit as an energising wind - sweeping away cobwebs, re-energising people, the church and renewing the faith of our community. You will catch a glimpse of that excitement if you listen to a playground of young children on a windy day, as I did at Fishponds CE Academy this week. 'Behold I am doing a new thing - do you not perceive it?' (Isaiah 43.19).


In your lives, in our parishes may we recognise God as both refuge and risk-taker - in both reassurance and renewal as He builds His Kingdom among us.


Revd Diane, deacon.

_________________ Revd Diane Simms Deacon/Assistant Curate TLG Early Intervention Co-ordinator and Coach Benefice of All Saints and St Mary Fishponds


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