A little word
But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness. James 3.17-18
On Monday it is Martin Luther King Day in the USA. Later in the newsletter you can see how we are using that to inspire and respond.
MLK was committed to the causes of equality, an end to racial discrimination, and peace. He advocated non-violent protest, in a similar fashion to Mahatma Gandhi, and was awarded the Nobel peace prize.
Non-violent certainly doesn’t mean meek and timid. Read his ‘I have a dream’ speech, and you will see how fired up he was with a passion for change. The search for peace, the ministry of reconciliation, is costly; as a Baptist minister and a follower of Jesus he understood that. Maybe we still need to be engaging in that sowing process, but the harvest of righteousness will surely and truly come.
New for this week
In-Church worship suspended for the foreseeable future
10.30am Morning Worship on Zoom
We are continuing our on-line services. This link and will be the same every week.
Meeting ID: 890 3024 9289 Passcode: 238289
Alternatively, for audio only, you can phone in to this number: 0203 901 7895, and follow the instructions.
This week’s reading is John 1.43-51
Things to pray for
- Give thanks for all those working tirelessly for peace
- For families struggling to make ends meet
- For the church around the globe – for a unity of witness
Christ Church Coffee break – Monday mornings in January at 10.00. Zoom coffee and catch up – about half an hour or so. Bring your favourite hot drink and something to dunk or nibble and join Ruth at 10.00 for a zoom coffee and chat
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Meeting ID: 821 6852 3735
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MLK day 2021
Sara says – For a long while I simply knew Martin Luther King was a man who had a dream… and was shot.
Only slowly did I come to realise the horror of the need for such a dream.
Only slowly do I realise how much I have been contaminated by a lie and the hurt that does to others.
But, as Martin said:
‘When people get caught up with that which is right and they are willing to sacrifice for it, there is no stopping point short of victory.’
Let us celebrate the wonder of each other and the man who articulated the dream today.
- Use the Church Facebook page on Monday to watch a message and respond, you can share thoughts, poems, wishes, prayers, pictures.
- or if you use WhatsApp: text Sara (07591411950) to join a dedicated group for the day
- finally, join us in a zoom sharing of thoughts at 4.00 on Monday, link below.
Meeting ID: 871 5256 2276 Passcode: KDuGm5
Earlier week’s news
Previous editions of this news update are on the website if you can’t find it in your in-box.