I hope you are enjoying the signs of spring bursting out this week.
A little word
Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Saviour and my God. Psalm 42 & 43
These two Psalms, that form one piece, are an old favourite and came up in MP today. It starts ‘As the deer pants for streams of water’ I found myself singing, you may remember the song, it is all about longing for God in a sense of abandonment. The Psalmist recounts their tears as they remembered how in the past, they joined others in joy and praise in the house of God. The Psalm seemed to speak right into our current situation. But it is an exercise, a bit like CBT, of teaching yourself coping strategies. They remember God’s faithfulness, His unchanging nature, and talk themselves into seeing hope. I will praise him. The warmer weather, the crocuses and busy birds are a visual aid of hope, of better times coming. May hope keep you going if you feel like the psalmist.
Things to pray for
- Give thanks for hope, may we never lose it.
- For patience as we wait for an ease on restrictions, so as not to lose the gains being made.
- For all who continue to struggle with reduced income and opportunity
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: Romans 4.13-25
To think about for Sunday
What does your Faith mean to you?
Anyone who would be brave enough to say in the service please text Sara… love to hear from you. (Health warning… the livestream is recorded, though nothing bad has happened to me yet!)
Also, try to read Genesis 17. 1-8 & 15-16, putting yourself in the shoes of Abram and Sara.
Lent Course – continues Wednesday
This year during Lent we are running The Bible Course from Bible Society.
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 continues
Christ Church Coffee break – Monday mornings 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.
Mike’s bird boxes are up & Jemimah has volunteered to take care of feeding the birds… thanks you two. Derwent cleared all the ivy off the triangular bed, so if anyone with spare spring flower would like to pop them in there…that would be smashing!
Fairtrade Fortnight continues for another week.
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.
Why not buy one Fair trade item each week as part of a Lent challenge?
Last chance to comment – closes 3/3
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.