DAY 28: Wednesday 15 April
WE ARE CHURCH
Good morning all
Someone said how much they are looking forward to the day when we can be together in church again. I know what they meant and I miss, perhaps more than many others, not meeting on Sundays and other times in our building. I miss the sound of the singing on a Sunday morning, of Alan and Maureen clapping to the songs and of course Barbara’s tambourine. I also miss being prodded by Karen’s cello bow when I’ve started off in the wrong key!
But we must remember – we don’t DO church – we ARE church. When the early Christians met as recorded in the Acts of the Apostles, they did so in one another’s homes. Much of the time they met in secret through fear of arrest and execution. As that early Church grew rapidly in numbers, people didn’t notice magnificent buildings or awesome worship music. What the world noticed was ‘how these Christians loved one another’.
These are unprecedented times, filled with uncertainty and fear. The way we meet together as a church has changed, but we will persevere. Because the Church is not a building. It is not brick and mortar. It is the Body of Christ. It is all of us, honouring God, no matter what our circumstance and come whatever…we are still the Church. The doors of our building may be locked but the life of the church continues through each one of us as we care and minister to one another and to our neighbours. Yes we miss not meeting together, but as Joy Philips has emailed me, she is looking forward to the day when we will able to gather together again and we can compare the pony tails that we have all grown through the weeks of isolation!
And let’s not forget those from our church who are serving others: some in their roles within the NHS and other vital services including those who deliver and restock the supermarket shelves. Let’s also thank the ones who are serving us within the church by fetching essential supplies for others, and those who are spending their days on the phone and social media encouraging others.
Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone and in Him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. In Him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit. (Ephesians 2:20-22)
For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. Romans 12:4-5
Suggested Hymnalong for today >>> http://falconlodgechapel.sermon.net/main/hymnalong/21574860
Lovely email received from Jack Jennings yesterday -
Thank you Wesley and Karen for a good start to the day(s) and thank you Linda S for reminding me what day it is today - Christine kept telling me it was Monday!
Theodore Haecker wrote:- "The only light upon the future is faith"
I believe that to be true.
- We’ve heard that Jean Cussons is quite well and reports that as far as she is aware there are no Covid-19 infections reported in any of the residents or staff at Greville House.
- Lillian is still working, visiting her patients in their homes some of whom have been recently discharged from hospital. She says she has all the PPE for protection and sends her love to all her friends at the Chapel
- The next 3-month (May-July) edition of ‘Word for Today’ have arrived. Normally I would leave these around the Chapel for individuals to take but obviously we can’t do that at the moment. So I am happy to deliver a copy to your letterbox either personally or by Royal Mail. The problem is I don’t know which of you normally get your copy from the Chapel. So, I need to know if you regularly pick up ‘Word for Today’ from the Chapel. Just send me an email and I’ll get your copy to you over the next week or so. Also if you know of someone else who is not receiving these daily emails but does normally collect their ‘Word for Today’ from the Chapel, could you let me know who they are please.
Over the past 4 weeks I’ve been posting some Hymnalong songs on our Sermon.net site. However, I’ve now been experimenting with copies of the recordings to a new site on YouTube which may be easier for us to access. If you want to check out the new playlist, try >>>
Let me know how you get on and what you think. I haven’t deleted the other library (yet…) so wait your feedback.
MAKE YOU SMILE: - If you thought queuing for toilet rolls was a pain, just wait until 25+ million women are trying to book a hair appointment!
Enjoy your day and make somebody else’s better by giving them a call