Chapter 163 [Day 319]: Sunday 31 January
OVERCOMING ANXIETY WITH PEACE
Good morning everyone
More than 102 million people across the world from 219 countries have had confirmed coronavirus over the past 12 months and of those 74 million have since recovered leaving 26 million still currently infected and 2.2 million sadly died. Such statistics can be scary for many people who then become extremely anxious or even panic about the risks. Such anxiety then leads to emotional and physical damage so in our nation there are many more people suffering with anxiety than Covid-19.
But how do we counter the rumours and scaremongering that can so easily drag us down? Our service today is entitled ‘Overcoming Anxiety with Peace’ where Dr David Jeremiah outlines the part of the Christian’s armour that can protect us from the worst effect of anxiety. We are tempted to become anxious about things that we believe ought to be under our control rather than trusting the One who is actually in control.
We put our trust in the motor mechanic or washing machine repair man, the builder and plumber, and bus or train driver that they know what they’re doing. Remember in the good old days when we could go to a restaurant or come to Chapel for a meal, did we become anxious about how the food preparation was going in the kitchen? Of course not! So why do we hesitate to put our trust in the Almighty Creator of the universe who promises to never leave us nor forsake us (Heb.13:5)
Of course, that does not mean that we should not be careful and even sometimes cautious about future events but as we were reminded on Wednesday, following Jesus’ command that we should not worry about tomorrow, but to live one day at a time and leave tomorrow’s problems until tomorrow, knowing that God knows everything about our future so we can trust in Him and enjoy His perfect peace. Not only do we need to know Peace with God, which is our salvation that brings peace of heart, but also the Peace of God which is our daily strength and sustaining as well as our peace of mind. The remedy for worry and anxiety is to know and experience that peace of mind.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Phil.4:6-7)
Back in December, we showed Hugh Bonneville narrating the story of the Spafford family tragedy in 1873 and how through it all, Horatio Spafford penned verses that later became the hymn ‘When peace like a river’ which has the memorable chorus ‘It is well with my soul’.
So many of you expressed how you were moved and inspired from watching that film that we are repeating it in today’s service as it seems very appropriate given today’s topic of ‘knowing peace’.
The service video lasts 50 minutes >>> https://falconlodgechapel.sermon.net/21735405
· Reg Gunnell’s funeral will be on 22 February but as numbers permitted to attend will still be restricted, the family would like to put together and print an extended account of Reg’s life including a selection of short 2-line memories and tributes. If you have a special memory of Reg to share, please email to us within the next 2-3 days and we will collate and forward to the family who will decide what goes into the booklet. Please keep it to 2-3 sentences max.
· Barbara Tough continues to recover and improve but will be confined to home for the next few weeks, so she appreciates your care and concern.
· Mike Smith says a big ‘thankyou’ for all the birthday cards he received yesterday
· If you are walking or driving past the Chapel this week you may spot scaffolding down the drive-side which is to enable some emergency roof repairs, weather permitting of course!
· We have been delivering the latest edition of ‘Word for Today’ to those who we know have it each quarter and we still have spare copies. WFT provides a short inspirational thought for each day and takes less than 5 minutes to read but could really encourage you for the day. If you would like a copy we will gladly get one delivered to you – just ask!
· Falcon Lodge Churches Together group is organising ‘Prayer for the Lodge’ online event on Tuesday 9 Feb from 7:30pm for anyone who wishes to join in either via Zoom, or by telephone if you don’t have access to Zoom. Details are shown below -
More on Wednesday and in the meantime, stay home, stay safe and don’t get anxious!