“Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming.” 1 Peter 1:13 (NIV)
As we continue to look at the book of 1 Peter, one of the things Peter wants is to look to the future. We are to set our hope on what will happen when Jesus Christ returns. I hope that you’ll be able to join our service at 10:30am on Sunday morning, as we explore that more together.
As in previous weeks, we’ll be using Facebook (brief instructions at the bottom of this post). Do feel free to share the links to our services with friends and relatives; everyone is very welcome to join us, no matter where they are in the world.
By about 11:30 on Sunday, the audio should be available to listen to by calling 01707 927907. As well as the ‘dial-in’ service, audio recordings are also available through SoundCloud.
You might find this short video helpful in looking at the whole of 1 Peter.
If you’re able, please pray and read the week’s passage of 1 Peter before the service. This week, we will be looking at 1 Peter 1:13-21. As you read it, have these questions in your mind:
- How does the passage make you feel?
- What stands out to you?
- What surprised you?
- What do you want to find out more about?
Feel free to email me any questions that come up for you. If you send them to me by Friday evening, they can help shape Sunday’s service.
I still have a few of the 1 Peter books available (these are copies of 1 Peter with extra space to write your own thoughts and prayers); if you would like one, please let me know.
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Praying at Noon
I know some have already been doing this. Please can I encourage you, when possible, to stop at noon and spend a few minutes praying - we may be physically separate, but we can still pray together; we’ll email out possible areas for prayer each week. If you would like to make any suggestions, please email email@example.com.
You may have seen the Prime Minister’s statement on Sunday and looked at some of the detail that came out on Monday. At the moment, it looks as though the earliest the church buildings are likely to be open for any kind of services again is the 4th July. At this point, we have no information as to what restrictions might be in place. Please be assured that this is being kept under constant review, and I’ll let you know as soon as I have any further details.
As I indicated last week, there is an outline of how the Church of England is planning to ease restrictions on meeting together in due course. However, for now, the guidance from the diocese says that church buildings must stay essentially closed. We have been instructed that the vicar may now enter them, alone, to say the Daily Offices, to celebrate Holy Communion, to record or live-stream, to ring a single bell, or to check the fabric of the buildings. Sadly, no other use of the buildings is yet available, so we must continue to wait and pray.
How to join us live
The website has the information on how to join our live services and virtual coffee.