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Greetings Philip, welcome to this week's newsletter!

Blast from the past!

This week saw the return of someone I had not seen for over a year and yet the meeting felt like it had only been days. We sat, had a coffee, and before long were back into the old pattern of lively discussion about life, religion, the universe, everything really. 

It was one of those strange moments when I realised that I had actually settled in to the day, planned a nice duck and hoisin wrap, diet coke, chill out before starting my office hours. All nice and tidy, neatly laid out and ready to settle into the weekly routine. Then along he comes and starts challenging me, questioning me on my faith, my beliefs and asking for my views on a variety of things, Suddenly the same old routine is gone and I am into an interesting and challenging discussion that is stretching my mind and forcing me to articulate my theology, my christology and my faith in a very practical, real in your face kind of way.

That is what I love about doing everything out in the community. The challenges, the questions, the sudden changes that happen. This Thursday went from "Oh, it's Thursday" to "Wow, it's Thursday" in the blink of an eye, and in doing so I went from "OK, got this and this to do for the church" to "Damn, I love being the Pastor of MCC Brighton".

Every day can hinge on the smallest of events, the most chance of encounters and if we are willing to embrace them, make the most of them, engage fully in them, then the day goes from Thursday to YEAH!

I look forward to many more days of YEAH!

Have a blessed, spirit-filled and joyful week.

Andrew Ramage

Gratitude Not Attitude

Last Sunday we started our latest sermon series, a look at the book of Psalms, with a study of Psalm 65 and how it relates to Thanksgiving. Click here for our YouTube channel to hear more!

I'm sure we all remember our parents telling us to "...now say thank you!"? Part of growing up is being taught about our 'Ps and Qs'...or when to say please and thank you. But part of growing up is also that teenage (or threenage!) attitude where we say the words, because we're told to, but don't really mean them.

However that attitude isn't just displayed by teenagers, as adults I'm sure we can all think of times when we've smiled, and been polite, even though on the inside we feel like being anything but polite.

And sometimes, it isn't even about not being polite- being autistic may include a lack of what are called "social graces". A person may not be being actively rude, they may just not think in that way.

When we actually take the time to be gracious, to be appreciative...and really mean it...though, it can have an enormous effect on our own well-being. Taking a moment to think about what someone has done, or is doing, for us, or someone else, and then saying "thank you" (not just a short "thanks") can change our attitude completely, and put us into a much better frame of mind. It might also mean that the other person's day is just that little bit better than it was.

This week, why not take a moment to think about what people are doing for you, and offer a heartfelt "thank you". It might mean the difference between an 'OK' day and a 'great' day, for you and for them.

Blessings and love,
Philip

Loving God, thank you for your amazing power and work in our lives, thank you for your goodness and for your blessings over us. Thank you that you are always with us and will never leave us. Forgive us for when we don't thank you enough for all that you've given.

Help us to grow a sense of gratitude, rather than an attitude, within us for all that people around us do, for ourselves and for others. Help us to be grateful for each hand we hold, and for each journey we are privileged to be part of, whether it be for a moment or for a lifetime.

And may we always keep our eyes open to the beauty of the world around us, both in nature and in the hearts of those we meet.


All this we pray through your mighty name.
Amen

 

THIS WEEK

SUNDAY 20th
Worship Service- Brighthelm Gardens, 6pm. We will be continuing our sermon series based on the Psalms and looking at Trust. Reverend Kate Harford is visiting, she will give the sermon and celebrate communion . Don't forget to check our Facebook page for any new songs.

MONDAY 21st
Pastoral Availability- Where possible, Mondays are Andrew's day off. This means that he is not available by phone or email, except in emergencies.

WEDNESDAY 23rd
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.
Street Church- Old Steine Gardens. 4pm until 5.30.
Informal worship & communion for everyone. Help with setup from 3.30 always appreciated.

THURSDAY 24th
Community Office Hours-  Alcampo Lounge, London Road, 12pm until 6. 
Pastor Andrew is available for advice, chat, and prayer. Please contact him first as he does get busy!
Bible Cafe- Every Thursday evening we hold an informal and friendly Bible study, where all are encouraged to take part in the discussion. Contact us for more details!

FRIDAY 25th
Street Church Hastings- Wellington Place, Hastings, 4pm until 6.
Informal worship & communion for everyone. Help with setup from 3.30 always appreciated.

SUNDAY 27th
Worship Service- Brighthelm Gardens, 6pm. We will be continuing our sermon series based on the Psalms, and SJ will be speaking to us about Life & Death. We will also be recognising Holocaust Memorial Day.

IMPORTANT FUTURE DATES

SATURDAY 16th February-
Christening Service-
 Preston Park, Preston Road, Brighton. (Near the Chalet Cafe.) Our youngest member, Robbie Ogden, is being Christened and his mum, Maz, would like as many of their church family to be there as possible. More details will be available closer to the date.

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