Jesus in a Dressing Gown | 22nd March (copy 07)

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Over the next 6 weeks we are going to be reading through Paul's letter to the Colossians together.
We love this letter, and we hope you find grace and peace whilst in lockdown, just as Paul did whilst in prison.
Colossians 1: 24-2:5
 

Now I rejoice in what I am suffering for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions, for the sake of his body, which is the church. I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness— the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people. To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ. To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me.

I want you to know how hard I am contending for you and for those at Laodicea, and for all who have not met me personally. My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. I tell you this so that no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments. For though I am absent from you in body, I am present with you in spirit and delight to see how disciplined you are and how firm your faith in Christ is.

 

The Reeve Revivalists 
you will go down like a led zeppelin 

2 Chronicles:7 v13

God says: 
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive, and will heal their land.”
Lord teach us how to watch and pray, and listen to your voice daily at this time.
Give us ears to hear and discernment as we seek to pray your will in these strange days.
We pray, “your kingdom come,” and for hearts to turn to you again,  and even nations to turn back to you.
What are you saying to your church in these times? What are you saying to me today? 

Lord we pray for our church family just now,  you know them all,  you know how they are coping with these weeks of isolation .   Thank you God that you never isolate from us, you are always close,  touch us today Lord,  we need to feel your warm embrace.

“I’m in His hands, I’m in His hands, whatever the future holds, I’m in His hands.
The days I cannot see, have all been planned for me,
His way is best, you see, I’m in His hands.”     

Amen.

 

We have a team of people praying constantly for all of those struggling and suffering during this time. If you would like someone to pray for you, or a loved one, please email paulinemdean@yahoo.co.uk

Each week the preacher is going to recommend a podcast for you to listen to during the week. 

Instead of a podcast this week spend 20 minutes each day outside with no distractions. go for a walk, sit in your garden, or sit in your lounge, but with no book, no music, no phone. 
Just listen.

The Franciscan monks say that creation was the first Bible, the first thing that proclaimed God's glory. 
A note from Alistair 

Hi everyone
 
I do hope you feeling safe and well going into our sixth week of lockdown. Thank you from all the staff team for all your words of encouragement for what we have been doing, we really appreciate it
 I thought I would just keep you all up to date as to where things are at.
The building remains closed as per government restrictions, as do outside gatherings, so we can’t use the grounds either for worship or serving refreshments. Shame…. we are thinking through possibilities for outdoor worship and outdoor seating for the time when there is an easing of restrictions. Let’s see what Boris says this week!
 
Our new Lay Pastor Dylan remains locked down in Malaysia, but Joff and I have been in regular touch and he is still keen as mustard!  We are targetting June 15th for him and his wife Jani to arrive with us, but that is aspirational only….lets see what the rules say later in May. They will probably have a quarantine period anyway.  They could do with somewhere to stay for a few weeks (2-4?) for them to find a longer term home. If there are any offers that would be really cool.  Let me know please.
 
Joff and Abi have been furloughed which sounds bad, but is ok really. They are still being paid at the same rate and at the same time. They are doing voluntary work and training during their time off as per the govt rules, and we have made our first claim for the govt funds available. This system will run until June/July.  We may need to think again then…but things should be looking very different and freer by then.  We are also applying for other govt monies/grant  to offset our tremendous loss of revenue over Easter, buy we are not looking to take out any govt loans.
Lucas continues in his role, with help from several volunteers serving our teens with a very effective online ministry…they also have had to adjust very quickly.
The whole team have been undergoing/delivering a lot of training in this time, especially safeguarding, finance systems and new online comms skills. We have not been watching Netflix (well, a bit…)
Joff is gearing up for the final part of his degree, so think of him as he comes to a crucial moment in his life in the middle of the greatest social dislocation we have ever known.
We still rely upon people’s giving to support what we do and although our DD givers remain faithful and there is no imminent crisis, we have obviously received no cash offerings for 7 weeks. So if you are a regular giver we are relying on you to be saving up those gifts to carry us through this Red Sea moment to get us to the other side.  
There are many other concerns amongst us, I know of some, but not all. I cannot be sure of the easing of restrictions or sure of many plans for the future just yet… but I am sure of the one we honour and serve. He has never let down those that love and listen.  In a world that has been very short of both loving and listening,  the lockdown gives us plenty of time to do both… it could be the greatest opportunity we have ever had to love more, and listen more.
Can’t wait to see you all face-to-face again!
Alistair
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