DAY 130: Wednesday 16 September
MOTIVATE ONE ANOTHER
Good morning to all
Yesterday Birmingham entered a new phase of lockdown which will impact all of us and particularly those who depend on family and friends visiting. Hopefully following Andrew Mitchell’s questioning of the Health Secretary in Parliament yesterday, Matt Hancock did suggest that the restrictions for Royal Sutton Coldfield may be relaxed before other parts of Birmingham, but we’ll have to wait and see.
Fortunately, the current rules do not restrict the planned reopening of the Chapel for services from Sunday 27 September, so we are continuing with our preparation planning for that day. The building is slowly coming back to life – yesterday Mike Price and I were there supervising the annual fire safety inspection and at the same time, all the electric circuitry throughout the building was being tested and safety certified. So in practical terms, we are increasingly excited at welcoming people into the church once again and the chairs are now set out suitably spaced ready for Sunday morning services.
As you know, you do need to contact Karen to reserve your seat(s) for 27th and our maximum capacity will be restricted to 30 people. We’ve set up a new email address to book your place >>> firstname.lastname@example.org or you can text to 07850 309288.
Remember that you must not attend if you or any member of your household bubble has travelled in the past 14 days or has displayed any Covid symptoms or have been instructed to self-isolate. This is to protect the most vulnerable members of our church family. Also, if you have already booked a place for the service and are then unable to attend for any reason, please let us know so the place can be reallocated to someone else.
We’re not yet certain exactly what form and content the services will follow, but as many of you have said to us, it will just be great to see one another again (albeit at 2m distance) and to worship and pray together collectively in the Lord’s presence. From next week we will also open the booking sheet for 4 October service, and we will move forward one week at a time for as long as these arrangements need to be applied.
Thanks to those of you who have already been in touch by phone or email to reserve your place, it is encouraging to see this desire for meeting together once again. It reminds me of the passage in Hebrews 10 where the writer encourages the saints not to give up but to press on in their faith, not depending on historic religious rituals or practices, but by living faith in the hope that Christ has brought to us.
Hebrews 10:23-25 - Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of Christ’s return is drawing near.
May we continue in faithful hope and expectation that Christ lives with us and in us and as we heard in John’s powerful message last Sunday morning, the Lord WILL provide for each of us individually and for us collectively as the fellowship of believers at Falcon Lodge Chapel. Whilst our future may look different to what we knew previously, if we follow where God leads, then He will not only direct us but will also provide everything that we will need in his bountiful grace.
I believe some of you got rather hooked on the Jehovah Jireh song from Sunday morning’s virtual service, so here it is again for you to sing or dance >>> JEHOVAH JIREH
Beatie phoned yesterday to say thanks for your love and prayerful support and consideration shown since we broke the news about Nye’s fall. She really does appreciate all your care and love.
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