Sunday 15th August – 20th Ordinary Sunday

This week, we have the fifth in our Christian Life Inside-Out series, on the theme of Desire.  I think I bit off more than I could chew with this sermon!  Even so, I’m sure everyone will be helped by the examples from Scripture of people (Jesus himself included) who desired God above all things.

Morning Prayer will be held again this Tuesday, 8.30 am. It was encouraging to see a good group online last week, and I’m looking forward to more joining us this week to start the day refreshed by a reminder of God’s grace.

I hope I’m wrong, but I have been sensing that the boredom and loneliness of this lockdown might be starting to bite more deeply with some among us and in the wider community.  We will need to pray for help as to what to do next, if the lockdown is extended further. However, for today, let us remember these words from Lamentations:

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion;
therefore I will wait for him.”
The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him,
to the one who seeks him;
it is good to wait quietly
for the salvation of the Lord.

Lamentations 3:22-25

I’m hoping to see you online this week, remembering Jesus’ promise to be with his people whenever we gather in his name.