Newsletter 14th June

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Second Sunday of Trinity

https://www.churchtimes.co.uk/media/5669099/web_online-service-05-20.jpgZooming along

The lockdown is gradually easing, but it seems our Zoom services will be continuing for a while longer. We’re getting better at Zooming, and this week we’ll even have an opportunity to sing - words will be on screen, so it will be like old times! Please note there is new Meeting number 250-589-2419. The password is the same: 2820. The ‘doors’ to the service will open at 10:10am, so that we can all join and the service can start promptly at 10:15.

Cartoonist Dave Walker has such a good understanding of Church, as well as a great sense of humour – we don’t know how closely your home follows the pattern on the left!

A tough week for St. Michael’s

If one of us suffers, we all suffer (1 Corinthians 12:26). Our hearts go out to Revd Hazel Greenland and all the family, following her mum Margaret’s death this week. Hazel thanks us all for our prayers and the comfort of our friendship and support. Thursday was also the occasion of David Whitehorn’s funeral, and Sheila and her family remain in our hearts and prayers. Added to that, we know that others among us are struggling because of family health problems. May we uphold one another in our prayers.

 

Congratulations!

There are happy occasions to celebrate, too! Congratulations to Matt Bucchianti, who reaches the wonderful age of 85 this Sunday, 14th June. And also to Kevin Hindle who will celebrate being 20 years younger than Matt on Thursday 18th. We hope you both have a wonderful day!

 

What’s happening in Church

Quite a lot, actually! For a few years, the Church organ has been in need of renovation, and we have been able to start work during the closure because of a very helpful grant. The work is due to finish on Friday 26th June.

The following Monday, work is due to start on the Church toilet! We’ve all been frustrated that the composting toilet was no longer working, and all permissions are in place for us to have a flushing toilet for the first time. The work is planned to start on Monday 29th June. It has only become possible because of some large grants and the massive generosity of a Church member.

Church finances

So all this is happening without affecting the Church’s finances. That’s just as well – we, like most Churches, are suffering greatly because of the closure. Perhaps this is the right moment to mention that it’s still possible to set up a Standing Order to the Church, and to make single payments direct to the Bank account:

Bank: Santander Sort Code: 09-01-55

Account Name: St Michaels Myland PCC Account Number: 53653601

Reference: Giving

On behalf of our Churchwardens, PCC, Clergy and the Lord – thank you very much!

 

Re-opening the Church for private prayer

You’ll also have heard the Government announcement that Churches can re-open for private prayer. We want to open as soon as we can for as long as we can – we’ve been closed too long, and want to invite the community in. As you might expect, there are rules to follow and there is more government guidance to come, so we’ll let you know when we’re opening, the moment we know!

 

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In the meantime, we can still get together online during the week, and we’ll continue our ‘Afternoon Tea’ on Zoom, using the meeting details above. Join us for free-and easy chat, and find out how other Church members are coping during lockdown.

A message from our Acting Diocesan Bishop

The Rt Revd Peter Hill presided at Diocesan Synod last Saturday, and we encourage you to watch his presidential address by visiting this link. You can also read a transcript of the message on that page. His first words are to say thank you to us all for the many ways in which we have responded to the current crisis. He goes on to mention Jesus’ words in Matthew 13:52: ‘Therefore every teacher of the law who has become a disciple in the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old’. It will be necessary for all Churches including ours to consider how the ‘new normal’ should differ from how things used to be – what should we stop doing, and what benefits can we keep from the way we have ‘been Church’ since March?

Hayward’s Hope

If we are looking for new ideas for developing our Church fellowship, a good starting point would be the experience and work of Sarah Hayward, our very own Pioneer. Her and Tim’s weekly videos are inspirational for Church and community; spend a few minutes being inspired on their YouTube channel here!

And finally…. A reflection

By Revd Hazel Greenland

LET THE LORD HOLD YOU

Five words – five simple words but what power and comfort they bring. These five words first came to my attention at the beginning of lockdown. They came at the end of an email from Ray. They struck me so forcefully and as many of you will know, I have shared them with you along the way.

What can we gain from these five words?

These words are first and foremost an invitation; an invitation to come, to sit, to be, to stay in God’s presence, here we can be held, loved, healed and refreshed. Here we can lose ourselves in God’s love and care; here we are held, by those everlasting arms:

The eternal God is a dwelling place,

And underneath are the everlasting arms;

Deuteronomy 33 v 27

These words remind me of other wonderful verses of scripture about resting in God and finding refuge:

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” … He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge.

Psalm 91 v 1-4

But these words are also about power and strength. They remind us of all that we can achieve when we allow God to hold us, when we admit that we cannot be fully ourselves, fully human without divine intervention. That this divine intervention is God’s plan, God’s desire for us. So that we can say confidently:

I can do all things through Christ, who gives me strength.

Philippians 4 v 13

Allowing God to hold us both comforts and strengthens us. In these continuing uncertain times, when we cannot see what the “new normal” might look like, it is tempting to fear, to doubt, but when we let God hold us, we receive strength and power to live confidently and to trust God completely.

So in these coming days and weeks – Let the Lord hold you!

 

Yours in His name,

Ray, Hazel, Sarah, John, Lesley, Jill, Sarah