Latest news and 'Thought for the day'
Thought for the Day by Phil Moon (Vicar)
Sometimes, just sometimes, I read something in the Bible and would love to preach a sermon on it, right away. Wednesday morning was one of those moments.
Psalm 22 is amazing. Now I know you know the first sentence “My God, my God why have you forsaken me?” But how about the rest of it? There is so much here which describes the cross of Christ, from the mocking and insults in v7 to the division of Jesus’ clothes in v18 and back to the very words actually used in the insults on Good Friday itself in v8.
And there’s so much more. How about the pre-echo of Isaiah 53 in v24, and the glorious ending in v29-31, closing with the triumphal “He has done it!”
So today, of all days, please read Psalm 22. Slowly, prayerfully, thankfully, humbly. And be amazed once more, at the cross of Christ.
And I’ll hope to preach on it next Good Friday!
Is He Worthy? (worth a listen)
Pastoral News by Jenny Payne (Pastoral Co-ordinator)
During this time of isolation for many, some of our members have no access to the internet and therefore cannot see the Daily Bulletins, Thought for the Day or join in our Sunday Services. To help them to still be connected, each week we make up packs which include a copy of the bulletins and a CD of both services - there has been lots of encouraging feedback as to how much these are appreciated. Please don’t forget to pray for these folk, give them a call or send a card, all of which really helps when you are feeling lonely.
If you would like to be involved but are not sure how, please email Jenny Payne via the church office.
Butterflies by Phil Moon (Vicar)
With these warmer days of Spring, I saw my first butterfly yesterday, and it just did make me think about spiritual butterflies, who aren't nearly as beautiful as the physical ones!
I guess many of us have been intrigued at what other churches we know are getting up to in these days of COVID19. If we have children living away and we won't see them at Easter, then we can join their services. It's not as good as actually being with them, but it's a start at least. And we can learn from the way that other churches do things, or see what they're doing and (perhaps smugly) think we're doing a bit better.
But there is a hidden danger with this; it can get a bit out of hand. Sundays could even become church hopping day. Just like a butterfly.
Please - never underestimate the significance of your church in the Bible. Your people, your spiritual family, your spiritual home. Where you belong.
Of course it's fine to visit other churches online. But it's not so fine to do an ecclesiastical version of channel hopping via your remote control or mouse on Sunday, flicking through to find one that suits your mood today. That turns church into a form of shopping, and that really is not what church is about, is it? So maybe, a touch of self discipline might be in order, if not now, then in the weeks and months ahead.
Brighton Food Factory
As you are all aware the Youth and Community Centre, as with the main church building, is closed at present. We are, however, allowing the Brighton Food Factory to store produce at the Y&CC in the short term. If any of you see people going in and out of the building at this time that is the reason and please do not be concerned.
Mental Health Awareness 2020
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