Over the half term I decided to memorise the words of a favourite Psalm of mine, Psalm 121:
I lift up my eyes to the hills—
from where will my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.
Little did I know how pertinent these lines would be as we approach our second lock-down. If you are anything like me there will be sadness and disappointment at the fact that our lives will become more restricted. However I am challenging myself to lift my eyes above this situation and focus my heart ever more strongly on God.
A consequence of the second lock-down does mean that we will no longer be able to worship together in church which means that our Sunday and Thursday Communion services are cancelled until further notice.
It has been a real joy to worship together online over these last few months and share coffee time together. Sunday Worship will continue online and so can I encourage you to connect when you can via Facebook and invite others to our live 9.45am Kids Church Service and then our live 10.15am Morning Worship Service. Anyone can connect on Sundays whether you have a Facebook account or not by clicking on this link from 10.15am.: https://www.facebook.com/pg/allsaintsmarple/videos
The Church of England are encouraging us all to make this month of lockdown in November a month of prayer for our nation. We are encouraged to pray each day at 6.00pm starting tomorrow with special prayers for the NHS and other key workers. Please click on this link for resources and daily themed prayers.
‘We know that we are in the faithful hands of the risen Christ who knows our weaknesses, tiredness and struggles and whose steadfast love endures forever.’
There is power in prayer and so again can I encourage you to join in and maybe set an alarm on your phone for 6.00pm everyday.
Also don’t forget that you can send personal prayer requests to be prayed for by using the email: email@example.com
In other news the Church Mission Society warmly invites you to a free Event of Thanksgiving on Zoom to celebrate our long standing mission partner Jenny Green on Thursday 3 December 2020 at 6.30pm.
You are invited to come along to hear from Jenny as she talks about her final tour of service in Bradford and her plans for the future. You will be able to gather together with fellow supporters and CMS family to ask questions and pray for Jenny and her next steps. It will be a wonderful, unique opportunity to spend time together in fellowship with all of those who have been following Jenny on her journey. The Eventbrite link for this event is here – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/jenny-greens-event-of-thanksgiving-tickets-126056998877
And finally, during this second lock down please remember that we are here to help and please don’t hesitate to contact us. If you need, or know of someone who needs, any practical help such as picking up shopping, posting mail, urgent supplies or a friendly phone call then please don’t hesitate to call the church office on: 0161 4272378 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Every blessing and much love,
Daniel and Lesley.