It’s still not too late to join the Lent course on Wednesday.
A little word
He must increase, but I must decrease. John 3.30
These words of John the Baptist came up in the readings this week. They seemed to me like a good moto for lent. The season reminds us of our fragility, our need for forgiveness and our mortality. Him increasing and us decreasing is not about self-condemnation but rather about recognising where our help comes from.
I picture John as being exhausted from holding the fort and he can see the cavalry coming and so he knows it is time to bow out as superior relief comes. But he does it not with sadness but joy. To paraphrase slightly his own words, he is the best man rejoicing as he hears his friend the bridegroom marry his beloved.
As we work along through lent the Easter dawn glows on the horizon. Help is on its way.
Things to pray for
- Give thanks for the joy of knowing true forgiveness.
- For a greater sense of our worldwide inter connectedness.
- For all those seeking to gain godliness with contentment this lent
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.
This week’s reading is: Mark 1.9-15
Lent Course – continues Wednesday
This year during Lent we are running The Bible Course from Bible Society. We made a great start last week but it’s not too late to join in, you’ve only missed the intro.
Every Wednesday at 7.30pm
The Zoom link is:
Meeting ID: 863 7919 8829
It’s a mix of video, discussion and readings in the week.
Coffee break returns
Christ Church Coffee break – Monday mornings in February at 10.00am. 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
If joining by phone dial 0131 460 1196 United Kingdom (please be aware this is an Edinburgh area code)
Reading the Bible
We are running a bible study group via WhatsApp. We invite anyone who would like to join to read along with us a chapter a day from Genesis 1 to Revelation 22.
For more details contact Susan 07783055650.
You will hear much more of this over the coming months as we aim to practise what we preach in every aspect of church life.
We are trying to make our grounds animal friendly and so have a job vacancy for someone to keep our bird feeders stocked at Church. No experience necessary! Apply to Sara.
Fairtrade Fortnight starts this Monday.
The focus is on farmers and workers from around the world explaining why they need a fair price for their goods to survive the climate crisis.
Throughout the Fortnight (to the 7th of March) there will be an exciting virtual ‘Choose the world you want Festival’ featuring music, arts, discussions, and interactive workshops.
Sign up on https://action.fairtrade.org.uk/page/73941/subscribe/1?ea.tracking.id=fthp2021
Why not buy one Fair trade item each week as part of a Lent challenge?
The next phase of this includes Pitsmoor, Neepsend and Kelham. If you are interested in improving walking, cycling and bus routes into the city please follow the link to see and comment on the plans.
Earlier week’s news
Previous editions of this news update are on the website if you can’t find it in your in-box.