DAY 117: Sunday 2 August
MORE THAN CONQUERORS
Good morning everyone – here we are again for the 20th consecutive Sunday with a ‘virtual’ Chapel service.
We had been thinking of what preparations we need to make to be ready for a partial reopening of the Chapel but given the announcements on Friday, that is once again uncertain. And uncertainty is one of those factors along with fear that is causing so much stress in the population through these difficult days.
The Covid crisis is waging war on thousands through physical attacks but affecting far more people through extreme mental and emotional stress. It is a war that is being waged against everyone in this country and indeed across the world. But Paul’s words in Romans 5 gives Christians the assurance that whatever may attack, we shall be more than conquerors through Christ.
There are some things in life we cannot change. We say we can’t do anything about the weather and that’s true, but we can do things to make it easier to live with the weather we have. When it’s cold, we can put on a coat. When it rains, a raincoat helps. These things don’t change the weather but enable us to survive and carry on our life and activities.
Jesus recognized this in His intercessory prayer for His disciples recorded in John 17:15. "My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one."
In these words, Jesus indicates Christians will have to live in the midst of trials and sorrows, but they needn’t be overcome by it. We can be more than conquerors because we belong to God.
Today’s virtual service features a message recorded by John Abbott in early 2017 entitled ‘More than Conquerors’ taken from Romans chapter 8; verses that will no doubt be familiar when you hear them.
The whole video service lasts 42 minutes and includes 3 songs and a short video clip that is both amusing and encouraging >>> https://falconlodgechapel.sermon.net/21637317
· Vera phoned us a few days ago for a chat which was lovely and she said she was progressing well and was asking if Karen could make her some facemasks, girls on a beach design! She was also hoping to be brought over yesterday to pick up some things from her house but she wouldn’t be staying, at least not for the time being.
· Charlotte Green was discharged from hospital on Thursday evening, just in time for her to be able to have some birthday cards and presents at home. The doctors are working on the possibility that Charlotte's having non-epileptic seizures needing further testing and follow up appointments. She is still experiencing difficulties as before but she’s glad to be home. Needless to say, Racheal and David are also relieved to have Charlotte back home.
· On August 15th, Janet & Alan Birchall will be celebrating their Golden wedding and Juliette, their daughter, would like to surprise them with some video messages from people who knew them in the past. Obviously, as much of their youth right up to getting married was centred around the Chapel, we would like to send a video of greetings from the Chapel and individual members who remember them from those days. Please forward your messages to Wesley in the next 2-3 days and not later than Thursday so I have time to put them together into a Chapel video message.
· Geoff Spencer, a faithful member of our Mainly4Men group, was due home from hospital yesterday after surgery to fit a new hip following his fall from his bike.
· Next Sunday, 9 August, Karen has been invited to display her range of designer facemasks at the monthly Artisan Market held at Buzzards Valley, Drayton Bassett between 10:00-2:00pm – free parking and free entry if you would like to pop along and support her.
· Also to remind you that you can access all the previous email messages and Hymnalong songs by clicking >>> https://www.falconlodgechapel.org.uk/index_files/Dayemails.htm and any of the recorded Virtual services, both audio and video at >>> https://falconlodgechapel.sermon.net/main/virtualchurchservices/
· The Chapel building works are progressing on schedule and all being well should be completed by next weekend.
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