Weekly news for 7.6.20

Dear Friends

Here is the latest news, but do please also check in with the facebook page www.facebook.com/ccpitsmoor/   and website  www.pitsmoor.church/  during the week.

A little word

Mercy and truth are met together, righteousness and peace have kissed each other; Truth shall spring up from the earth and righteousness look down from heaven.

 Psalm 85. 10,11

Oh how we long for this to be true. As the Psalmist looks ahead to a time when all wrongs will be righted, when God’s perfect, just and gentle rule will prevail, so do we.

The events in the USA, are almost beyond words. George Floyd was killed with a casual indifference that borders on the unbelievable. I simply cannot get my head around how anyone could do that, let alone someone who should stand for and uphold justice. For others to then use the resulting protests as some sort of political point scoring without even acknowledging the issue; and to pose with a bible you’ve clearly never read! Please don’t get me started.

I cannot pretend to really know what it is like to be the victim of prejudice and discrimination just because of who I am. But I know some of you have had to endure that, and I am sorry. Events like this can trigger hurtful memories and people can feel understandably angry.

I’d love to say this couldn’t happen here. But that can only work if we all open ourselves up to the redemptive power of God to change us, to make us more like Jesus and to challenge injustice. Then our society can be transformed by mercy, truth, righteousness and peace.

New for this week

Services

Sunday is Trinity Sunday if you’d like to join us here is a reminder of the link

https://zoom.us/j/303159289?pwd=NXdpQkFJQWdLTlpIYTc2alZ6VUhqUT09

Meeting ID: 303 159 289  Password: 597076

Alternatively, for audio only, you can phone in to this number: 0131 460 1196, and follow the instructions.

We start to gather online from 10.00, our service starts properly at 10.30.

Things to pray for

The situation in the USA, and victims of persecution and discrimination around the world

Those still isolating, especially those living alone, because of Covid or shielding

Those mourning the loss of loved ones

A little word on giving

Our finance team are pleased to report that May was much better news than April, thank you to those of you who have changed how you give to help.

If you need that info again look up a previous edition of the weekly news, or ask.

Other Stuff

God’s creation has been one way He has helped so many of us get through this period. Bill and Sara are looking to continue the Lent Course, thinking how to care for Creation, on Zoom, starting Sunday 14/6 at 7pm. 

Please let Sara know on [email protected] if you think you might like to join. 

Useful resources:

If, like most of us, you don’t know what to say to a grieving person – there is a short video clip giving some really helpful advice on how to support them at:

https://www.churchofengland.org/life-events/funerals/funeral-and-bereavement-resources-ministers

or, in more detail:

Care for the family ( https://www.careforthefamily.org.uk/) has all sorts of support and free courses which could be useful for families just now… for example, their four ‘Marriage Sessions’ are free until the end of June. 

Earlier week’s news

Previous editions of this news update are on the website if you can’t find it in your in-box.

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