“‘Well said, teacher,’ the man replied. ‘You are right in saying that God is one and there is no other but him. To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.’
“When Jesus saw that he had answered wisely, he said to him, ‘You are not far from the kingdom of God.’ And from then on no one dared ask him any more questions.” (Mark 12:32-34, NIV)
We ask questions in order to get answers, and so we sometimes feel that the answers are the most important thing. In the reading for Sunday morning (Mark 12:13-34), Jesus is asked lots of questions, but most of them are traps. Only one seems to be genuine. Sometimes it’s the questions we ask that are most important: Who is Jesus? Why did he come? What does it mean to follow him? How far am I from the kingdom of God?
I hope you’ll join us online at 10:30am for our Sunday morning service, as we look at some questions, and some answers.
This Sunday we will be livestreaming the service from St Andrew. This Sunday’s service will start at 10:30am, and can be accessed directly, found on our website, and is advertised on our Facebook page.
Because the service is now live, the audio from the 10:30 service will be available (01707 927907) later in the afternoon, once it has been processed. As well as the ‘dial-in’ service, audio recordings of all services are also available through SoundCloud.
Church Family Fellowship
Wednesday Prayer @ 10am
We have started a short meeting to pray together each Wednesday morning at 10am. We’re still exploring how it works, but at the moment we meet for about 20 minutes, so that there’s plenty of time to make a drink before the Virtual Coffee Shop.
Wednesday Evening Bible Study
On Wednesday evening at 7:30pm, I’ll be thinking a little bit more about the Bible passage read on Sunday morning. I’d love for you to join me for no longer than 60 minutes as we look at little bit more at God’s Word together. Join via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/97466572556.
Praying during the week
The Archbishops have invited us to join together as a nation to pray together at 6pm during February. Please can I encourage you, when possible, to join us each evening to spend a few minutes praying. Our weekly email will reflect the change in time, as well including prayers for our nation. If you would like to make any suggestions, please email email@example.com.
Betty’s funeral is at 1pm on Thursday this week at St Andrew. Current restrictions mean that we can only have 30 people attending the funeral. There are a few spaces available, please be in touch with me if you would like to attend the service in person (firstname.lastname@example.org).
World Day of Prayer
Although plans have not been finalised, there is likely to be a streamed service online for this year’s World Day of Prayer on 5th March.
Would you like to be part of the St Andrew’s contribution to the service? We are looking for people to do a couple of the readings. At the moment it is unclear as to whether this will be prerecorded or live. If you would be happy to help, either from home (we can help record) or in person at the streamed service, could you let Anna know at email@example.com or 07773 392048.
Additionally, Anna is now struggling to attend the planning meetings because of having the children at home full time. Would anyone consider being the St Andrews representative at these meetings, just for this year?
How to join us live
The website has the information on how to join our live services and virtual coffee. 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.