Falcon Lodge Chapel
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DAY 27: Tuesday 14 April
Good morning all
Just 4 weeks ago this morning was the last time the Chapel was opened for our weekly Coffee Morning. The national situation was changing almost hourly on the Monday and I was still unsure what to do about the Coffee Morning. If we cancelled it, I didn’t have any contact details for some of the people who ‘turn up’ so I would have to be there anyway to explain. And if some of those had walked across Falcon Lodge, they would certainly need a coffee and possibly use of the loo before returning home.
That morning now seems so long ago – we’ve adapted to the slower pace of life and whilst some are asking when life will return to ‘normal’, I think many of us are going to struggle to speed up the present leisurely relaxed style.
A picture from Linda Smith probably illustrates our new lifestyle…
But some things never change. Jesus was buried in Joseph’s tomb just before 6pm Friday evening, just before the start of Jewish Sabbath. The women arrived at the tomb around 6am Sunday morning and I have sometimes wondered at what time Jesus actually rose. It’s not the most important matter – the fact that Jesus did rise from the grave is the critical truth, but I am just curious (if any of you Bible scholars out there have an opinion, I would be interested to hear).
As I say, the most important issue is that HE IS RISEN as we celebrated again just 2 days ago. As the sun rose on that wonderful morning, the angel announced ‘HE IS RISEN’. Since then there have been more than 720,000 sunrises and HE IS STILL RISEN. Initially very few believed it and scepticism was everywhere. But then the ‘Gospel’ (Greek for ‘good news’) spread across the nations and peoples of every tribe and nations heard the good news that there is reason to hope in a desperate world.
One day (soon?) Christ is going to return, as he promised, so we have everything to live for in eager expectation. In the meantime, His love, His grace, His mercy and His presence are with us every day that passes – however hectic or calm those days may be.
Hebrews 11:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Does that verse remind you of a chorus we sometimes sing? >>>
Thanks yet again to Linda Lord for the following content:
A legend recounts the return of Jesus to heaven after His time on earth. He returned bearing the marks of His earthly pilgrimage with its cruel cross and shameful death.
The Angel Gabriel approached Him and said “Master you must have suffered terribly for people down there”. “I did” said Jesus.
“And” continued Gabriel, “do they now know all about how you loved them and what you did for them?”
“Oh no” said Jesus. “Not yet. Right now only a handful of people in Israel know”.
Gabriel was perplexed. “Then what have you done” he asked, “to let all people know about your love for them?”
“Well I have asked Peter, James, John and a few others to tell people about Me. Those who are told will in turn tell others and the gospel will be spread to the furthest reaches of the globe. Ultimately all of humankind will hear about Me and what I have done on their behalf”.
Gabriel frowned and looked sceptical. He knew people weren’t dependable. “Yes” he said, “but what if Peter, James and John grow weary? What if the people who come after them forget? And what if way down in the 20th and 21st centuries people get too busy to bother telling others about you; haven’t you made any other plans?.
“No, I have made no other plans Gabriel” Jesus answered. “I’m counting on them”.
Open my eyes that I may see the Presence that is all about me.
Open my ears that I may hear the voice that is quiet yet ever near.
Open my heart that I may feel the love of God close and real.
Open each sense, make me aware of the Power and Peace always there.
MAKE YOU SMILE:
Two men are being chased by a bear when one stops to put on his trainers.
The other man yells, “you idiot! You can’t outrun a bear!”
The first man gasps, “I don’t have to outrun a bear. I just have to outrun you”. (I think Marilyn and Lynne would chuckle at this as a bear ran after them once)
An old man was relaxing at his hundredth birthday party when a reporter went up to him. “Sir, what is the secret of your long life?”
The man considered this for a moment, then replied, “Every day at 9pm I have a glass of port, good for the heart”. The reporter replied “And that’s ALL?”
The man smiled, “Well, that and cancelling my voyage on the Titanic”.
Thomas Reading urgently needs to find somewhere to store his gardening tools and equipment. Tom has provided gardening services to several Chapel folks in recent years but unfortunately has now to urgently find somewhere else to store his tools and equipment. If you think you know of someone or somewhere with space in their back garden / garage for a shed that is reasonably secure, please contact either Tom or Mel directly as quickly as possible to save them worrying about this unexpected issue.
John Gilmour’s wife Sylvia has been feeling unwell for the past week and has now been admitted to Good Hope with respiratory difficulties.
Andi Markham was interviewed on UCB Radio last week –
you can listen to the interview here >> https://youtu.be/WHJCd6kWQuk
The annual Spring Harvest conventions would normally have started this week, but because of the situation everything will be online. Perhaps you’ve never been able to attend one of the Spring Harvest venues and it was quite expensive with the cost of accommodation etc. but this year you can be involved from home – online. Andi Markham, Peter Green and other local evangelists and speakers have been involved in Spring Harvest over the past 40 years.
More information here >>> https://springharvest.org/sh-home-essential-information/
Enjoy the rest of your day