We’ve included some important info about live-streaming.
A little word
Now there was a disciple in Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, ‘Ananias.’ He answered, ‘Here I am, Lord.’ Acts 9.10
Monday commemorates the Conversion of St Paul. He is a bit of a love him or loath him character. He is, I think, often unfairly criticized. For his time, he was amazingly progressive.
Anyway, the point I wanted to draw out, as the verse suggests, is about a minor character in the story Ananias. Read vv 1-31, it doesn’t take long. Ananias responds well initially. But on receipt of the message, he questions. Ananias knew Saul (as he still was) by reputation. Surely God must be mistaken? Upon reassurance he goes and finds Saul. v17 is beautiful as Ananias greets Saul as ‘brother’. I called Ananias minor earlier, but he is instrumental. He is the means of God’s grace and healing for Saul/Paul.
If I hear God call, will I respond? If the call is hard, will I accept it? And will I do it with good grace? Maybe, then, I could be part of God’s amazing plan for someone else. Whom I can call brother or sister.
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 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.
We are experimenting with live-streaming the service on the Church’s facebook page. You can watch it that way, but you cannot interact as you can on Zoom. The livestream doesn’t show the gallery, only the person talking or the screen share. If you have any concerns about this talk to Pip and we can explain more fully.
If you know people for whom this might enable them to join us, please spread the news.
This week’s reading is John 2.1-12
This week we are going to be looking at the Wedding banquet at Cana. So, you might like to supply yourself with a little of something banquetish to eat and even a glass of wine. But most importantly, this week’s thing is to draw an empty wine glass… having it ready- drawn would work best.
And… to imagine before you come… you are a musical genius (imagine!); what would you do to launch your career?
Things to pray for
- Give thanks for times we have ministered or received God’s grace
- For wisdom for government and our local authority
- For the struggle to balance the needs of the economy, the health of the nation, and our commitments to reduce carbon output.
Coffee break returns
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
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 821 6852 3735
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Earlier week’s news
Previous editions of this news update are on the website if you can’t find it in your in-box.