DAY 46: Sunday 3 May
OUR TIMES IN HIS HANDS
Good morning on this the seventh Sunday with no service at the Chapel…
Yesterday I shared some thoughts under the title ‘In Good Hands’ based around words found in Psalm 31. Today, we have another ‘virtual service’ which was sent to me by our good friend Allister du Plessis who has visited the Chapel on several occasions over the years, most recently in Spring of last year. Allister is Midlands Regional Manager of the international charity The Leprosy Mission and I know a number of you do support the Leprosy Mission with your coin collection boxes and Marilyn Ridge has been our church representative for many years.
A few days ago, Allister sent me an email offering a link to a virtual service put together by members of the Leprosy Mission team. When I opened the link, guess what is the title of the message? – ‘Our Times in His Hands’ – it’s Psalm 31 again!
I have tried to combine 3 videos into a single link but unsuccessfully, so I’m afraid you will need to click on each one of the 3 Youtube links that follow.
Before we watch the service, here’s another link from Allister which we will use as our opening hymn, performed by members of Aldridge Parish Church. Look out for Allister playing the tuba in the third verse with the church’s brass/wind band. >>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CseDQksuE8I
Now to the main part of the ‘virtual service’ introduced by Allister with contributions from three of his LM colleagues. >>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2RJVJw8w-o&feature=youtu.be
We used the following hymnalong track yesterday, but given today’s theme here’s the link if you want to try it again >>> https://youtu.be/rF6rG5njI7g
I do miss not being at the Chapel on this Sunday morning sharing with you all and being inspired by the worship and listening to the Word of God being preached. I trust these ‘virtual’ alternatives are keeping you encouraged through unusual times. Remember and repeat to yourself throughout today and into an unknown future –
I trust in you, Lord; I will say, You are my God. My times are in your hands (Psalm 31:14-15 NIV)
Another translation of those verses in the Passion Bible reads –
I’m desperate, Lord! I throw myself upon you, for you alone are my God! My life, my every moment, my destiny—it’s all in your hands. I know you can deliver me.
A couple of further thoughts forwarded by Linda Lord –
- I owed a debt which I couldn't pay. Christ paid a debt that he didn't owe.
- Wash your face every morning in a bath of praise (Charles Spurgeon)
Enjoy your day and continue to stay safe