DAY 127: Sunday 6 September
Good morning all
The first Sunday of September and how different from previous Septembers. Had things been operating as before, last Wednesday the Chapel would have hosted Falcon Lodge Gardeners monthly meeting, today would have been a normal Sunday morning service, tomorrow evening would have been the monthly Elders and Deacons meeting, Tuesday morning would have been the Coffee Morning followed by Lunch Club and then the Ukulele Band practicing in the afternoon. Wednesday would have been a 3GF minibus day trip to Llangollen and then Thursday afternoon, Ladies Hour and in the evening Lodge Ladies.
We have really missed the ‘normality’ of those gatherings and whilst some of the group leaders feel they should wait until the New Year before starting up again, our hope and plan is that beginning with a rather different style of Sunday worship gathering later this month, gradually over the next 3 months, a new ‘normality’ will emerge.
You may have been contacted over the past 2-3 weeks asking your reaction to restarting Sunday gatherings and we had suggested that could be from Sunday 20 September but unfortunately due to changing circumstances the restart will be delayed by 1 week. So the current plan is to commence Sunday morning meetings on 27 September, subject of course to us not being under any new lockdown restrictions. When we do start, we want that to be a fresh start – fresh and spiritually revitalising offering everyone the fellowship and worship that we have so missed.
Making a fresh start is what we often do when a project is not working to plan. Karen loves her craftwork, knitting, sewing and quilting but occasionally I hear her say ‘I’m going to have to unpick it and start again.’ Likewise sometimes when I’m writing some music for Karen, or putting together a talk or sermon, I get to a situation where it’s just not coming together as I want so I will scrap it and start afresh. Potters sometimes need to flatten the clay object they’re creating on their potter’s wheel and start again. The idea of a fresh start could be the subtitle of the Gospel of Jesus Christ; we’re wrong (confessing our sin) and inviting Jesus to take over our failed life and start again with His life within us.
The idea of the Potter and clay is also a picture of us and the Lord wishing to mould us, individually and as a church, into something better, new and fresh and more useful. The problem comes when the clay has dried up and turned hard and brittle and cannot be remoulded. May we never allow our hearts and minds to become so dry and hard that we cannot be remoulded. It is probable that the new Falcon Lodge Chapel may look and operate differently to what we remember from 6 months ago as we allow God to remould us and reuse us in His service.
Isaiah 64:8 - You Lord, are our Father. We are the clay and you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.
Jeremiah 18:3-4 - I went to the potter’s house and watched him working at the wheel. But the pot he was making of clay did not come out as he wanted so the potter remoulded the clay to make another pot that pleased him.
And the words of an old hymn that we sometimes sing:-
Have Thine own way, Lord, have Thine own way:
Thou art the Potter, I am the clay:
mould me and make me after Thy will,
while I am waiting, yielded and still.
Today’s ‘virtual’ service is a re-run of a service from last year with Ciaran who took us back to Genesis and the accounts of Adam & Eve and Noah. Having created the perfect world culminating in the creation of man and woman, sin broke the perfectness of God’s creation so that by the time of Noah, the Scriptures tell us that God needed to destroy what had been polluted by mankind and make a fresh start.
The video service includes 4 songs and lasts 57 minutes >>> https://falconlodgechapel.sermon.net/21654924
No other news to report for today so we’ll be in touch again on Wednesday