DAY 123: Sunday 23 August
Good morning all
If there’s one thing that seems to be in short supply in our world today, it’s wisdom. There is no shortage of people in all parts of society who have opinions and express them, often loudly and forcefully. There are those we consider as intellectuals who will ponder a situation and then make a profound statement, sometimes based on fact but often on theory or prejudice. Then there is the scientific approach where matters are only decided on the basis of evidence, but often that ‘evidence’ is itself not 100% certain and prone to adjustment when new evidence comes to light.
The current pandemic situation across most of the world is one where the evidence is constantly evolving which then causes confusion, conflict, uncertainty and depression because we then question anything that anyone says as it becomes evident that nobody seems to know for certain. So in this situation, what is desperately needed in these times is trustworthy wisdom from someone we know we can trust. As we look at political leaders in this country and rulers across the world, wisdom is not the word that we would associate with most of them.
The only source of utterly reliable wisdom is God and the scriptures remind us that with the indwelling of God the Holy Spirit, we can have direct access to that divine wisdom that knows all things, sees all things and rules all things from the beginning to the end.
Today’s virtual service features a talk given a few years ago by the late Les Hardwick from Halesowen who did preach at Falcon Lodge Chapel on several occasions years ago. Les went to be with his Lord last year but was preaching in churches and the open air and teaching from the Scriptures right up to the end of his earthly life.
In this recording Les focusses on a passage from Paul’s letter to the believers in Corinth (1 Corinthians chapter 2 verse 6 through to chapter 3 verse 4).
The whole service lasts 40 minutes >>> https://falconlodgechapel.sermon.net/21647974
No family news updates to report today.
Having studied advice and guidance from FIEC, Church of England and other national bodies, Karen is now working on the Risk Assessment documentation that needs to be completed before we can reopen the Chapel for meetings and groups and hopefully that will go to the Trustees shortly for their approval. Of course, planned reopening dates will still be subject to any new local lockdown restrictions that might be reintroduced by the City Council or the government if the infection rate continues to rise.
We mentioned a couple of weeks ago that we would be ready for some volunteer cleaners this week to remove the thick layers of dust and generally clean up the building following the recent construction work. We are now ready to move forward on that, so the proposal is to invite just a few able-bodied people for Tuesday or Wednesday morning this coming week, starting from around 9:30am and finishing by 12:30.
Because we need to carefully limit the number of people in each area of the Chapel to maintain safe distances etc., we ask that you ring or email Wesley if you are able to offer help, even for an hour or so but please don’t just turn up without letting us know.
As well as interior cleaning, dusting, vacuuming, window-cleaning, there are also some outside tasks if the weather is suitable including hedge cutting and repainting the front railings, so plenty to do.
Please let Wesley know if you are able to help out for an hour or more on either Tuesday or Wednesday morning.
MAKE YOU SMILE:
· Wisdom is the quality that keeps you from getting into situations where you need it
· When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around; but when I got to twenty-one, I was astonished at how much wiser the old man had become in just seven years (Mark Twain)
· Nothing wise was ever printed on a kitchen apron
· A word to the wise ain’t always necessary, it is the stupid ones who need all the advice (Bill Cosby)
· Why is it called ‘Common Sense’ when it seems to be so rare?
More on Wednesday