DAY 131: Sunday 20 September
WALKING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF JESUS
Good morning to all
Today may or may not mark the last of our ‘virtual’ Sunday services depending on whether or not we are all put under complete lockdown again. The uncertainty about the future, nationally, locally, personally and for the church is causing some to worry, unsure about which way we should (or can) go. But we can be confident that the Lord knows and so whatever happens, we can rely on the assurance that – My times are in His hands (Psalm 31:15)
The first lockdown came into effect on 23 March, three days after the Spring equinox. Next Tuesday will mark the Autumn equinox and we will leave behind the weirdest Summer I can ever remember. Will the current deliberations of the Government result in a second lockdown announcement later this week? We can speculate but we just don’t know but the uncertainty is crippling many people in this country. What is needed is to be able to follow a trusted guide and to plant our feet in his footsteps knowing that he will never abandon us or let us down.
God willing, we are planning to restart live services from next Sunday. Most neighbouring churches have already taken this step and we have been learning from their advice and experiences. Attached to this email is a PDF document which should answer some of the questions that you may have regarding the restarting of Sunday services. If you have any other questions, do contact us and we’ll do our best to answer.
We realise that initially the service format and content will be different to what we have been used to in the past, but so many of you have expressed your desire that we can meet together again, albeit in rather unfamiliar circumstances. If you wish to join with us, please remember you must book your place(s) in advance.
After several weeks where viewing numbers have been steadily slipping downwards, last Sunday’s service featuring John’s message ‘God will provide’ saw the viewing/downloading numbers spike upwards to more than double the average of recent weeks. Maybe that’s an indication of how much we are all looking forward to getting back into the place of worship, fellowship and teaching?
In today’s virtual service, Alan Armstrong reminds us of 3 passages from Matthew’s Gospel and how we need to follow the example of Christ. (Be imitators of Christ, as the Apostle Paul put it to the church in Corinth).
The video lasts 40 minutes >>> https://falconlodgechapel.sermon.net/21664641
- Yesterday Karen had a surprise phone call from Vera – ‘surprise’ because we had not realised that Vera had been back home since last week. She is doing OK and managing to look after herself. It’s so good to know that from those dark days back in early June, Vera has battled through with the help of her Lord and Saviour.
- Nye is still in Good Hope recovering from his fall – please continue to pray for Nye and Beatie
More on Wednesday