DAY 113: Sunday 19 July
FOR TIMES LIKE THESE
Good morning everyone
10 years ago today we held the third of our annual Garden Praise events at Middleton Hall featuring Christian composer and arranger, Roger Jones with his worship team.
Now 10 years on, our world has changed and a phrase that is so often used these days, and I heard again only yesterday afternoon, is ‘these are strange times’. The speed of the changes in lockdown restrictions seem to be accelerating sometimes making it difficult for us to keep up to date with the current rules and expectations. When everything was completely locked down it was easier to know what we were allowed to do, but now there is confusion. I can go and get a tattoo but I can’t have my eyebrows threaded! (aargh! what’s that all about!). Similarly, people still aren’t absolutely sure about how many people can attend a funeral or wedding service and reception.
During this past week I have been watching a couple of church leader video discussions about what will need to be put in place before the Chapel and similar places of worship can reopen for services. It was revealed that even senior Civil servants are not 100% sure what can and can’t be done within a church environment like ours, so the confusion continues and we need good guidance and direction for times like these.
About 6 weeks ago, my laptop crashed and locked up requiring specialist attention from the computer shop man who, although the store was closed, was working from his home in Four Oaks. Although the computer was quickly restored, I decided that perhaps the time had now come to replace it with something more reliable.
Last weekend my new machine arrived but by Tuesday I was beginning to question my decision to change as it just didn’t want to do what I wanted. I began to think it seemed to have a mind of its own (well it does have a memory of its own!) or perhaps it’s a female laptop – Adele?
One of the concerns was the video editing program I’ve used for years on the old laptop just wouldn’t work on the new one, so consequently today’s virtual service is in audio format only.
I have edited a recording of a service we held from 18 months ago which features myself, David Green, John Abbott and Alan Armstrong plus several appropriate songs.
I have entitled this virtual service ‘Inspiring Words for Times Like These’ and trust you will indeed be uplifted and encouraged as you listen.
The service lasts 46 minutes >>> https://falconlodgechapel.sermon.net/21627145
1 Peter 1:13 - So be watchful and control yourselves completely. In this way, put your hope in the grace that lies ahead. This grace will be brought to you when Jesus Christ returns.
Just in case any of you missed the news update from Thursday evening, Vera was discharged from Good Hope and is now staying with her son, Michael in Coventry with additional GP and carer support there. We have not received any further update since Thursday but do have a mailing address if any of you would like to write to Vera.
We understand Sheila was discharged from the QE on Friday and is now back home
You may recall on 30 June we told you about Peter Green requiring an operation to remove a very painful kidney stone. The operation took place 3 days ago as scheduled and Peter reports “ I’ve never seen a Surgeon looking so happy as he explained the details of his operation to me. He took the stent out and then the stone ‘almost fell out on its own! He just couldn’t understand how the op had gone so brilliantly. I told him that the fact that I had a few hundred people around the country praying for his success may have had something to do with it! He came up to the ward to visit a few more patients over the two days and gave me a big grin every time he saw me!”
MAKE YOU SMILE:
A Christian guy named Bill saw an ad online for a Christian horse, so he went to check it out. The horse’s owner said, “It’s easy to ride him. Just say ‘Praise the Lord!’ to make him go and ‘Amen!’ to make him stop.”
Bill got on the horse and said, “Praise the Lord!” and sure enough, the horse started to walk. “Praise the Lord!” he said again, and the horse began to trot. “Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!” he yelled, and the horse broke into a gallop.
Bill was enjoying his ride so much that he didn’t notice until the very last moment the sheer drop that he and the horse were about to go over. Bill shouted “AMEN!” at the top of his voice, and the horse stopped right at the edge of the cliff.
In stunned amazement and relief, Bill shouted out, “Phew!! Praise the Lord!”
Continue to stay safe and encouraged