DAY 4: Sunday 23 March††††††† †††††††† MOTHERíS DAY
Good morning all Ė especially to all you mums and grandmas !
Itís an unusual Motherís Day for all of us with social distancing and in many cases social isolation in place. Anne Roberts was planning to lead our Motherís Day service today which weíve had to cancel (but maybe sheíll agree to do it next year?). Whilst mentioning Anne, let us remember her and thousands like her and particularly her daughter Natalie (a paramedic working in Wales) who serve our nation in these difficult days. Anne has sent the following prayer request -
Working at the hospice I don't consider myself to be at any great risk, I'm hardly on the front line, but we'd appreciate prayer for Natalie and other paramedics. I spoke to her on the phone the other night and she sounded really worried which is not like her, she has gone to a few calls where they haven't been given the correct information, or maybe the patient/family hasn't been too honest, she had a blue light call to a chest pain for instance who turned out to have had a cough and sore throat for a few days, she and her technician weren't wearing any protective clothing because they had no reason to think they needed it.
Indeed, letís remember all NHS and private health professionals, emergency service workers, utility service personnel who keep our power, gas, water and phone supplies connected and not forgetting supermarket staff and delivery drivers. But let us also give thanks for a spirit of Ďhelpfulnessí that has come upon this nation at this time.
On this Motherís Day, let us also remember our older generation which includes thousands of grandmas, many of whom will possibly see no-one in person today. There are some in our own church who live alone and are struggling to cope with the current restrictions. Let us give them a call and support them as much as we are able remembering that a number of them do not have email or internet access so are unable to receive these emails or access the online service recordings
We havenít got a Chapel service today, but if you want you can listen to one from the past Ė March 2018 to be precise, when Marilyn led our service with mums and grandmas taking part. Click the following link to listen or download (the whole recording lasts 52 minutes) >> http://falconlodgechapel.sermon.net/main/main/21124805
SOMETHING TO PONDER:
When all this is over, we will possibly remember 2020 as the year when we went out searching for toilet rolls and when we learned to wash our hands again and again and again!
Going back to last Sundayís theme, Psalm 24 says
1. The earth is the Lordís, and all its fullness, the world and those who dwell therein.
2. For He has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the waters.
3. Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who may stand in His holy place?
4. He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, nor sworn deceitfully.
He shall receive blessing from the Lord
Clean hands = not hurting, stealing (or hoarding) but giving generously.
In Biblical days, people did not eat with knives & forks but with their fingers, so Godís rules given to Moses about washing of hands were firstly practical advice for health & hygiene in society as well as later becoming ceremonially symbolic of coming into the presence of holy God.
Pure heart = genuine and good motives. Sometimes hearts become polluted by greed, envy and selfish desire which leads to hands doing the wrong things (stealing, hurting etc). Let us pray for clean hands and pure hearts so that we can stand in the holy place and serve the people around us with Christ-like love and compassion.
And the outcome of such behaviour of heart and hands? Verse 5 = blessing from the Lord. But the blessing is not just to make me feel comfortable and satisfied Ė when God blesses me it is so I can share that blessing with others.
And donít forget to do good and to share with those in need. These are the sacrifices that please God. (Hebrews 13:16)
Click the link and singalong >> https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=freely+freely+youtube&view=detail&mid=B25002052ABCC1BDAC31B25002052ABCC1BDAC31&FORM=VIRE
Finally, continued thanks to those of you who continue to forward suggestions for future emails. Iíve got material for several daysí content - but keep them coming. And do continue to keep contact with each other and particularly those of our church family who are on their own and would value a call and maybe some practical help (eg. shopping)