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Greetings <<First Name>>, welcome to this week's newsletter!

May you live in interesting times

An old saying which is supposed to be a curse as it points to living in difficult times rather than calm boring ones. 

Well, we certainly live in interesting times, the cartoon above is not an uncommon view of things, and there certainly seems to be a lack of trust abounding these days.

Then of course we have the current issue with the Corona virus, hitting all levels of society around the world.

Truly these are very interesting times, well within the meaning of the saying above.

But they are also times of great goodness, great hope. There are already many people starting groups to help people get food in, look after themselves and stay safe, during the current problems. It always seems that in times of great difficulty true humanity rises up and meets the challenge. In the darkest of days the greatest lights shine.

So, while we worry and scan the news about viruses, economic issues, bans on this and that. lets not forget that this too shall pass, and out of it new lessons will have been learnt and we will be the stronger for it.

Have a truly blessed week.

Andrew

 

God Works In Mysterious Ways

Last weekend Andrew explored the question "How Can This Be?", part of our Living In The Tension Between Grief And Resurrection Lent series. To listen to that, and our other sermons, click here for our Youtube channel.

The question explored in last week's sermon reminds me of the conversation between Mary and Gabriel, as reported in the Gospel according to Luke- 
'the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus." "How can this be,” Mary asked the angel, "since I am a virgin?"'

Whether we believe in a literal virgin birth or not, this passage illustrates the fact that we can never hope to understand the methods of God, we can never understand fully the way that God works in our lives.

What I believe is certain though is that as hard as it may seem at times...in that tension between grief and resurrection...God IS working in our lives.


Blessings and love,
Philip

Heavenly Creator, let your light expose the cause of our hardships and give us the wisdom to know what to do. Give us a persevering heart so that we will wait with patience as you work in our lives. Help us to keep our minds focused on you and your all-encompassing love.

In the many names of God we pray,
AMEN

 
If you have any ideas for worship songs,
readings, sermon themes, or study topics,
please drop us a line at
 suggestions@mccbrighton.org.uk
Click here for our Social Programme!

Activities are open to all and most are funded by MCC Brighton.

The next event is a quiz night on Thursday the 2nd of April.

For further details, please contact Philip now.

philip@mccbrighton.org.uk
Click HERE for our Google Calendar.



THIS WEEK

MONDAY 16th-
Pastoral Availability- Mondays are Pastor Andrew's day off, please do not contact him except in an emergency.

WEDNESDAY 18th-
The Hub-
 Salvation Army Congress Hall, Park Crescent (by the Level), 8.30am until 1. An advice & support chaplaincy for the homeless & vulnerably housed, with free food. Volunteers always needed. See Andrew if you would like to help.
Street Church- Old Steine Gardens. 4pm until 6pm. Informal worship & communion for everyone. Help with setup from 3.30 always appreciated.

THURSDAY 19th-
Community Office Hours- Alcampo Lounge, London Road, 12pm until 5pm.  Pastor Andrew is available for advice, chat, and prayer. Please contact him first as he does get busy!
Board Meeting- Alcampo Lounge, London Road, 5pm. This is an open meeting and all are welcome to attend.
Bible Cafe- The Passenger Lounge, Brighton Station, 7pm until 8.30pm. Every Thursday evening we hold an informal and friendly Bible study, where all are encouraged to take part in the discussion. Contact Andrew or Jonathan C for details.

FRIDAY 20th-
Street Church Hastings- Wellington Place, Hastings, 4pm until 6. Informal worship & communion for everyone. Help with setup from 3.30 always appreciated.
MCC Brighton in Hastings- McDonalds, Wellington Place, 7pm. A weekly discussion group to explore the future of MCC Brighton in Hastings. Contact Andrew if you'd like to attend.

SUNDAY 22nd-
The Fourth Sunday Of Lent
Mothering Sunday

Worship Service
- The Level, Ditchling/Lewes Road, 5pm. Join us for the fourth in our Lent sermon series- "Why Did This Happen?" Click here for the flyer.


IMPORTANT FUTURE DATES

SUNDAY 29th MARCH- BRITISH SUMMER TIME
The Fifth Sunday Of Lent
Trans Visibility Sunday

Worship Service
- The Level, Ditchling/Lewes Road, 5pm. Join us for the fifth in our Lent sermon series- "Who Am I?" Click here for the flyer.
Please note that the clocks go forward which means the service will SEEM earlier than normal, don't be late!

THURSDAY 2nd APRIL-
Quiz Night- The Level Cafe, Ditchling/Lewes Road, 7 for 7.30pm. Teams of 2 or 3, £4/person, inc drinks and nibbles. Contact Philip now to book your place!

SUNDAY 12th APRIL-
Easter Sunday

Worship Service- Ditchling Beacon, 5.30am. We will be holding a short sunrise service which will be followed by a light breakfast. Transport may be available, contact Philip or Andrew for further details.

TUESDAY 14th APRIL-
Worship Planning-
Newhaven, 11am. Our Worship Planning team will be meeting at Andrew & SJ's to look at worship themes, readings, and songs. Contact Andrew or Philip if you would like to join them, transport from Newhaven Station is available.

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