Newsletter 7th June

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Trinity Sunday

 

Do you remember what it was like to actually enter Church, see friends there and take part in worshipping our great almighty God together? Remind yourself of all that with this little cartoon!

We really are keen to get back to Church, aren’t we? Please be assured that we’re working towards that day, throughout the Church of England and with central Government. Here’s a message from Rt Revd Peter Hill, Acting Bishop of Chelmsford:

Dear friends,

Many of us were expecting to hear the Prime Minister say something about places of worship, alongside shops and parks, in his statement on Thursday evening regarding the easing of lockdown restrictions. On scientific advice, the Government has however, decided church and other faith buildings must remain shut to the public until at least 4 July, which is targeted as the next milestone for easing restrictions beyond the current announcements.

 

I know that, like me, a lot of people will feel disappointed and frustrated by that. While, of course, the Church is not a building, for many people our sacred spaces are incredibly significant in their lives and faith as well as being at the centre of community life, especially at times of deep need as at present. 

The Church of England bishops, led by the Bishop of London in this case, continue to work with the Government to ensure that we can begin to reopen our places of worship in a phased way as soon as it is deemed safe and practical to do so. Active planning is in process to that end, and detailed advice is being developed to help local churches plan for the practical challenges of enabling opening for individual prayer, weddings, funerals and other important rites to take place and then, in due course, a resumption of public worship services.

So, hard as it is, I continue to ask for your patience and co-operation as we await further announcements during the course of June.

+ Peter

Worship this Sunday

Lots of people took part in our Pentecost service. It was good to hear ‘new’ people doing readings, and to see a video which helped with our prayers. Let’s aim for another good time as we celebrate the Trinity! With time fairly short, the talk will be only around 5 minutes, but John will be recording a full (totally different!) sermon for Trinity Sunday which will premiere on our YouTube channel here early on Sunday morning. But join us to celebrate live on Zoom using the same numbers as ever - meeting number 474-970-7143 and password 2820.

 

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There was time for a little chat after the service on Sunday, but some of us logged on again and some stayed for a full 40 minutes more! We can do that this Wednesday too, as we ‘meet’ online for nothing more than a good chat. See you there?

 

 

The PCC is also on Zoom this Wednesday

If you are a member of the PCC, don’t forget to join us at 8pm this Wednesday, 10th June. If you can’t join us on Zoom for any reason, please have a word with Kathryn, our PCC Secretary, beforehand to let her know; and please do make your views known about the Agenda items. In fact, if any Church member would like to comment on any Church matter, have a word with any PCC member, and your point will be made.

 

Hayward’s Hope

If you are looking for even more inspiration, look no further than Hayward’s Hope In Isolation, Sarah and Tim’s YouTube channel. The welcome, the singing and the message at Pentecost were really inspiring, and every week’s service is different. Take a seat in their lounge here!

 

 

 

Diocesan Synod this Saturday

Spare a thought and a prayer for Ray this coming Saturday (here’s a photo of him with shorter hair before lock-down… it’s ‘locks-down’ now!) because Ray has Diocesan Synod over Zoom this Saturday. It will be a long and very complicated meeting with several tough topics on the agenda, including the Church’s finances, numbers of clergy and plans for the future. The decisions will certainly affect us, so God’s presence and His power will be vital.

The Diocese have also asked that this Sunday, 7th June, is a Day of Prayer for Discernment, during the consultation process for the appointment of the next Bishop of Chelmsford. Here’s the Diocesan Prayer of Discernment:

God of provision and care, discernment and knowledge:
lead us in your love, empower us by your Spirit, and equip us with your gifts;
give us hearts full of love for all people, minds open to the signs of the times,
and wisdom to know how to respond to the voice of your calling;
We ask this through him whose coming is certain,
whose day draws near, your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

 

David Whitehorn’s funeral

Please uphold Sheila and all the family in your prayers this week, as David’s funeral takes place on Thursday 11th June. You will know that it has to be a small service; we understand that there will be a Service of Thanksgiving in Church when that becomes possible. If you need to know more details of the funeral, how to watch the live stream from the Crematorium, please ask by replying to this email.

 

 

The new issue of Daily Prayer with a Psalm of the Day and a Bible reading is attached to this Newsletter. We hope it helps you to keep to a regular routine of worship. You can worship absolutely anytime of course, but a number of us choose to use the sheet at 10am each day, as a way of remembering one another, and looking forward to the time when we can be truly together!

If you have a smartphone, then the Church of England’s Daily Prayer App can take you through Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer or Night Prayer (Compline). Download it from your App Store.

 

And finally…. A reflection for Trinity Sunday

Published in Vatican News (yes, we value articles by other Christian denominations!)

How complex and mind-boggling is our physical construction! Chemically, the body is unequalled for complexity.  Each one of man’s 30 trillion cells is a mini chemical factory that performs about 10,000 chemical functions. With its 206 bones, 639 muscles, 4 million pain sensors in the skin, 750 million air sacs in the lungs, 16 million nerve cells and 30 trillion cells in total, the human body is remarkably designed for life. And the brain! The human brain with the nervous system is the most complex arrangement of matter anywhere in the universe. One scientist estimated that our brain, on the average, processes over 10,000 thoughts and concepts each day. Three billion DNA pairs in a fertilized egg control all human activities, 30,000 genes making 90,000 proteins in the body. Bill Bryson in his book, A Short History of Nearly Everything, says it is a miracle that we even exist. Trillions of atoms come together for approximately 650,000 hours (if 74 years is calculated as the average span of human life), and then begin to silently disassemble and go off to other things. There never was something like us before and there never will be something like us again. But for 650,000 hours the miracle or mystery that is uniquely us, exists. One could spend years just dealing with the marvellous intricacies and majesty of God's creation. We are, as the Psalmist states "fearfully and wonderfully made." No wonder we cannot understand the mystery of a Triune God who created each one of us as an unfathomable mystery.

Fr Anthony Kadavil

Yours in His name,

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