As we cannot meet together as church at this time we have provided a place where we can share our thoughts and readings, as we normally do in our Sunday morning meetings. Please click hereto submit your own thoughts and they will be added to this page.
On 17th August Cathy wrote: 'Talking with a friend I was reminded of God's grace and I can't stop thinking about it, especially in the light of some of muddles I get into. That God would run to restore us to his favour, as the father did in the story of the Prodigal son, that he would visit us in the person of his son to show us what that grace looks like in everyday life, that he would be personally present with his son in reconciling us to himself through the suffering on the cross (2 Cor. 5;19), is almost too wonderful to comprehend, well it is too wonderful to comprehend, what a God to kneel before in adoration.'
The following thoughts which were shared during Zoom church on Sunday morning 16th August linked to John's talk 'Christ in us': 'What does it mean to see more of Jesus? We use the phrase 'Being born again' when we come to know Jesus as our Saviour. As a new-born baby looks into its mother's face and forms a bond, so that first transaction between a new believer and their Saviour is precious and continues for a lifetime, growing in depth and understanding. We were encouraged to live a 'fully extended' life with Christ each day, regardless of our circumstances, and to make it our responsibility to choose to be at peace with God. When we have God's peace inside we become peacemakers in the world around us. 'You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me.' (Psalm 139:5) The world's systems are based on performance, yet the Kingdom of Heaven is based entirely on grace. We need to be aware of what's going on in our hearts in order to receive God's grace. When the Lord is at the centre of our hearts we can use the things that go wrong around us to help us grow and develop in our walk with the Lord. 'Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.' (James 4:8) The sharing tied in with the talk that John had previously recorded - click here to go to the talk.
The sense of community and the ability to hear from and share the Lord together that is at the heart of church has continued throughout the pandemic. It is lovely now to be able to meet together for socially distanced fellowship and a walk, which we enjoyed in the afternoon.
John has written two articles for the Halesworth Community News during the COVID-19 pandemic - see blow to read:
Peace in the storm In his 1st article John writes about the difference between the storm around us and the storm within and challenges us to hold steady and let the experiences of life change us. Click here to read John's article.
A safe place John writes about the challenges of coming out of lockdown, highlighting the importance of sharing what we feel and seeking to keep a positive perspective, knowing that we have a safe place with the Lord. Click here to read.
Merle has written about too much of a good thing: 'The above title is a fitting description of my garden at this present time. Almost 10 years ago I designed a low maintenance garden. I, and others, have been very pleased with the result. There’s colour throughout all the seasons and each season displays an abundance – bulbs in the spring, early and late summer perennials and annuals, various scents and a wide variety of insects and birds. However, this year, although it looked wonderful at first glance, the garden had reached the point of untidy overgrowth.' Click here to read Merle's latest reflection.