We might be distant from each other physically, but we needn't be spiritually - and we certainly need not be distant from God...
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SUNDAY 21 JUNE
Led by Revd Bryn Rickards
Thank you Lord!
Sunday 21st June is Suffolk Day, so I would like to give thanks for the opportunity to live in this beautiful county. This year, Suffolk Day should have been celebrated and broadcast live from Hadleigh, but obviously it is not to be. However, BBC Radio Suffolk came to record members from Hadleigh Community Choir who, at a social distance, recorded a Suffolk Day Song which will be aired on the Mark Murphy Show this coming Friday.
I would like to say thank you for all the love and care and all the acts of kindness both large and small which I have received during the last 3 months. Each phone call, help with shopping and visits at a social distance helped so much at this difficult time.
Thanks to the Doctors and caring medical staff for the new medication which keeps me on even keel. So happy for the safe arrival of a new great granddaughter born in hospital on the 18th June. No visitors, not even Daddy, but is surrounded by loving carers. Thanks for all the prayers for Rachel and baby.
It was Robert's birthday on June 9th and we are also very grateful that he is able to be in our bubble so that he can come in our house and we can be in his flat.
I should like to give thanks for the first virtual TFM 2020 mission which ended on 7th June.
I was "based" with All Saints Church Huntingdon and would like to give God all the thanks for the kind reception our team received from the leadership and congregation of that church. The highlight for me was the healing service where I was teamed up with Kate a curate and prayed for those who came forward for prayer in a "Zoom Room" which was different but delightful, a great experience.
So do give grateful thanks.
I'd like to give thanks for...
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One of the things we can give thanks to God for are the different gifts that we have. During lockdown maybe you've discovered a gift you didn't realise you had!?
Today, we’ll be reading about how Peter wants us to use those gifts to let God work amongst us as we serve each other. So, before we read, let’s continue giving thanks to God by singing an old favourite…
Read by Sarah Thompson
(Good News Translation)
Be on watch, be alert, for you do not know when the time will come. It will be like a man who goes away from home on a trip and leaves his servants in charge, after giving to each one his own work to do and after telling the doorkeeper to keep watch. Watch, then, because you do not know when the master of the house is coming—it might be in the evening or at midnight or before dawn or at sunrise. If he comes suddenly, he must not find you asleep. What I say to you, then, I say to all: Watch!”
1 PETER 4:1-11
Since Christ suffered physically, you too must strengthen yourselves with the same way of thinking that he had; because whoever suffers physically is no longer involved with sin. From now on, then, you must live the rest of your earthly lives controlled by God's will and not by human desires. You have spent enough time in the past doing what the heathen like to do. Your lives were spent in indecency, lust, drunkenness, orgies, drinking parties, and the disgusting worship of idols. And now the heathen are surprised when you do not join them in the same wild and reckless living, and so they insult you. But they will have to give an account of themselves to God, who is ready to judge the living and the dead. That is why the Good News was preached also to the dead, to those who had been judged in their physical existence as everyone is judged; it was preached to them so that in their spiritual existence they may live as God lives.
The end of all things is near. You must be self-controlled and alert, to be able to pray. Above everything, love one another earnestly, because love covers over many sins. Open your homes to each other without complaining. Each one, as a good manager of God's different gifts, must use for the good of others the special gift he has received from God. Those who preach must preach God's messages; those who serve must serve with the strength that God gives them, so that in all things praise may be given to God through Jesus Christ, to whom belong glory and power forever and ever. Amen.
Message: Living Hope #7 - Re: Orientation
(Previous messages in the 'Living Hope' series are available on the Talks page)
Time of Reflection & Prayer
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(About serving each other)
Prayers of Intercession
Offered by George Barnes
As we offer our prayers, Lord, so we offer ourselves to be used in your service. Where possible, use us such that we might be part of the answer to these prayers. We offer you our gifts: human, spiritual and financial
We ask that through them your bright presence would be evident in the world.
In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.
(About being orientated in all things towards God)
The traditional version:
A modern rendering:
News and Blessing
Letter about reopening the church building for private prayer
A new hymn by John Bell expressing some of the hopes and longings of these days:
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