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

"It's a mad, mad, mad, mad, world" is a film I saw many years ago, I loved the crazy slapstick comedy in the film so much it left a lasting impression. It was also the first thing that popped into my head this week when thinking what to say in the newsletter. 

It really is a mad world just now, things just seem to get crazier by the day. we have Lockdown 2.0, the sequel to the previously disliked Lockdown. Mind you, even the guys on the streets knew it was coming, it was pretty obvious, given the behaviour of some people in ignoring the simplest of things like wearing masks in shops, it didn't take a genius to figure out that things were heading downwards. It just amazes me that so many people are surprised by the lockdown and are railing against it. If it saves just one life then surely it is worth it? Anyway, this time more places are ready for it, there are procedures in place to still allow us to do stuff, now it is up to all of us to make it work, get through it and start to claw our way out of situation.

Then we have the obsession with the US elections. Although it is clear Joe Biden is now the new president, Trump has yet to concede. In fact he seems to be denying the reality. I mean, seriously, when it is time exit gracefully, dont dig your heels in and drown out reality with loud NAH NAH NAHs. Crazy.

It truly is a mad, mad, mad, mad, world because one mad is not enough to describe the way things are currently. However, that doesn't mean we have to add to the madness, in fact it is at times like these that people of faith can have the greatest impact, being calm voices amid the shouting, a peaceful presence midst the accusations and hatred, a light when things seem darkest and a small piece of sanity amongst the madness. 

I believe that these crazy times call us even more to action, to be more like Christ, to embody that message of love in all we do. What better way to redress the balance than load the other side of the scales? In the face of hate, demonstrate unconditional love. In the face of anger, be a calm voice. When faced with turmoil, be still because in that stillness the voice of God is heard more clearly.

It might seem like the world is circling the pan and a big hand is on the flush but it isn't and with every person that says no to the negative messages, the shadow spin put on events, and who steps out to make a difference, it becomes clearer that we will get through this and with luck come out the other side wiser and better people.

It really is up to each one of us.

Have a truly blessed, positive and safe week

Andrew

TUESDAYS, from 7pm-8.30pm
Our online discussion group,
Bible Cafe - Take away,
click bit.ly/MCCBOnlineBibleCafe
from 6.50pm onward
if you wish to take part.

THURSDAYS FORTNIGHTLY
Worship planning
at bit.ly/MCCBrightonPlanning,
from 2.30pm, all are welcome.
The next scheduled meetings are on the
12th and 26th of November.
Check our diary HERE to look further ahead.

SUNDAYS, from 5pm-6pm
Street Church @ The Level is our weekly food ministry for the homeless and vulnerably housed, it happens in the Level, between the play-area and the Level Cafe.

During the current restrictions,
worship will be online only, broadcast live at bit.ly/MCCBOnlineWorship
from 4.50pm. A recording of this service will then be posted on Youtube by Tuesday evening, watch out for the link on our Facebook page.

Pastoral care and Spiritual Counselling is still available. Please call, text or Whatsapp our Pastor Andrew Ramage on 07905 537618.

You can also email any prayer requests to prayers@mccbrighton.org.uk

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