A little word
I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him. Psalm 40.1-3
We were part way through Lent when lockdown kicked in. And now we start, Advent not quite sure how it will evolve before Christmas. It will certainly aid the advent themes of waiting and longing! We’ve been doing this so long now I can’t remember if I’ve used this Psalm before or not. It is a Psalm of hope. A movement from the slimy pit to the firm rock. Whatever news the PM brings we know our longing will be fulfilled, is fulfilled, in Jesus; God with us, God amongst us
New for this week
No more services in Christ Church during November
10.30am on Zoom.
We are continuing our on-line services for the foreseeable future. The link is the same every week.
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.
This week’s readings are Isaiah 64.1-9 & Mark 13.24-37
Things to pray for
- Give thanks for bright Autumn days & the wonderful colours around us
- For all waiting for delayed operations and treatment
- for refugees longing to be able to return home
We are now shut again for the four weeks of national lockdown. As soon as we have details of what is allowed under the new tiers, we will post it. It seems likely that we can restart physical church on 6 Dec.
We have so far come up with lots of fun ideas to keep in touch across the congregation. Do let us know if you would like to join/organize any of them or you have more ideas of your own.
An Advent Calendar of thoughts. During each day of December head to our facebook page or website for a daily message on the themes of waiting, hoping, longing, and expecting. They will be more satisfying than chocolate and less fattening!
Light in the Darkness
A four- part Advent Course reflecting on our experiences in this strange year in the light of Scripture.
The theme for the first Session is ‘Distance,’
followed by ‘Safe,’ ‘Trust’ and ‘Normal.’
A group of us are going to be looking at it together on Wednesday evenings 7.15 to 8.30. You will be very welcome! (If possible, look at the material before you come on the link above, but this isn’t essential.)
Even if you can’t manage to come to the group, it is still really worthwhile doing the course by yourself.
For the Zoom group meeting:
Meeting ID: 848 2775 1035
Earlier week’s news
Previous editions of this news update are on the website if you can’t find it in your in-box.