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A Godly Ambition
‘Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life. You should mind your own business and work with your hands’. (1 Thess 4:11)
As I approached retirement a few years back and after a good deal of prayer and heart-searching, this is the verse that (quite unexpectedly) gave me direction. I needed something to aim for over the next chapter of life and my walk with The Lord – and here it was. ‘To lead a quiet life, to mind my own business and to work with my hands’. Paul’s advice to the Thessalonian believers hit the nail on the head. God can (and does) use a quiet life just as much as a loud and noisy one. Minding your own business keeps you from trying to meddle in that of others. Working with your hands is deeply satisfying and (as it turns out) great fun too. It also can win the respect of ‘outsiders’ and keep us from being dependent on anybody (v12).
You may not be able to do much whilst in lockdown. Perhaps you find it frustrating that you can’t get out and about and be the BIG noise that you once were? Well, here’s the perfect word for you and an achievable, God-pleasing ambition to aim for – ‘Lead a quiet life. Mind your own business. Work with your hands.’ Perhaps they should put that advice on Boris’s lectern?
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Praying for the Diocese with Bishop Martin
As a Diocese, we are marking the 'Thy Kingdom Come' campaign with a series of events from the 21st May through to the 31st May.
On the eve of the Feast of the Ascension which falls this Thursday 21st May, the Bishop will explain, in a video message to the Diocese, why these ten important days can deepen our prayer life together especially in these challenging times. Each day from the 22nd May - 29th May Bishop Martin invites you to join him in prayer. He will be offering a short daily Novena prayer for the diocese from his chapel in Chichester.
An Ascension Day service is being led by the Dean, The Very Revd Stephen Waine and a Pentecost service will be led by Bishop Martin, both at 10am.
All services will be available to view from our website. There will also be a reminder on our social media platforms prior to the services commencing.
Coffee and Chat Reminder
The second 'lockdown' coffee and chat session on zoom this week is this afternoon. Anyone can join. The link and passwords are the same as before. If you are new to the chat and would like to join in please can you email Giles on email@example.com for the link and passwords.
See you at 15.30pm today!!
Mental Health Awareness 2021
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We are unable to meet for our Sunday Services at present. However, the 10.00am and 6.30pm services are being livestreamed on YouTube which can be accessed direct or via MyChurchSuite.