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

Holocaust Remembered?
 
Next week, starting the 27th, there will be a number of events marking the 75th Anniversary of the end of the atrocities carried out against European Jews in WWII. This will probably come as a surprise to many, as recent studies show that a large percentage of people (even in Europe) have little or no knowledge of the Holocaust.

It seems to defy logic that something so huge, so horrific, could be forgotten, or missed out somehow, but that is what happens. In a world that seems to constantly rush towards the next big thing, the next must-have item, the next big fad, we seem to gloss over the past, forget the lessons of history.

As someone once said "Those that forget History are doomed to repeat it". I, for one, never want to witness a repeat of that particular historical event. I hope and pray that we never will see its like again, but the only way to be sure is to stand up for everyone's rights, to fight against hostile environments created by fear and misinformation, to not see people as "The Other".

Christ lived in a time of fear, uncertainty, a time of Roman occupation, yet he didn't bemoan it, he didn't rail against the Romans, he didn't give in to uncertainty and fear, he held true to himself, and by his example showed us all how to make this world a better place, a place where people could live without fear, a place where there was no OTHER, where all were loved and welcomed.

Is that a dream? I believe it is a challenge and a target. Set before us by that awesome Jewish man so long ago. Can we rise to it? I hope so, if not perhaps we are doomed to repeat a history we have tried to forget.

Have a truly blessed week.

Andrew

 

Awake, Thou That Sleepest

On Sunday the 19th of January SJ brought the 3rd of our Epiphany sermons- Awakening To Sin. To listen to this and our other sermons, click here for our Youtube channel.

The title above is both the title of a Charles Wesley sermon from 1742 and a quote from Ephesians 5 and it refers to being awake so that Christ can give you his light.

A modern term, which I've struggled to understand(!), is 'woke'. It means to be aware of things, to know what's going on, to see how racism, classism, sexism, and homophobia affect our daily lives

I think if Jesus was alive now we would describe him as 'woke', and to be his follower today we need to be the same. We need to let his light shine through us and  illuminate the racist, sexist, homophobic...and other ist/phobic....attitudes that surround us so that we can work on combating them.

Can you hear Jesus' alarm clock?

Blessings and love,
Philip

Heavenly Creator, to you who are able to do more than we can ever imagine, through your mighty power within us, be glory throughout all time; world without end.
May we always be awake to your spirit within us, to your power, love and grace. May we always be willing to do your bidding, and to follow the example set for us by Jesus. May we always be faithful messengers of your mighty word.

In the many names of God we pray,
AMEN

(inspired by the words of the Reverend Charles Wesley)
 
If you have any ideas for worship songs,
readings, sermon themes, or study topics,
please drop us a line at
 suggestions@mccbrighton.org.uk
MCC Brighton's Social Calendar will be released soon. Activities are open to all and most are funded by MCC Brighton. For further details, please contact Philip.

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



THIS WEEK

MONDAY 27th-
Holocaust Memorial Day
Brighton & Hove Holocaust Education Project-
Pastor Andrew will be attending an event commemorating those who suffered in the holocaust under Nazi persecution.
Pastoral Availability- Mondays are Pastor Andrew's day off, please do not contact him except in an emergency.

TUESDAY 28th-
MCC Brighton in HastingsThe Quaker Meeting House, South Terrace, 4.30pm. This will be the last regular worship service in Hastings for the time being. Discussion on the future of MCC Brighton in Hastings is taking place and Andrew will be attending weekly meetings on Friday in February. See him if you are interested in joining him.

WEDNESDAY 29th-
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 30th-
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!
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 31st-
Street Church Hastings- Wellington Place, Hastings, 4pm until 6. Informal worship & communion for everyone. Help with setup from 3.30 always appreciated.

SATURDAY 1st FEBRUARY-
LGBT History Month
World Interfaith Harmony Week


SUNDAY 2nd-
The Fourth Sunday After Epiphany
Worship Service
The Level, Ditchling/Lewes Road, 5pm. Join us for the fifth in our Epiphany sermons, Andrew will be speaking about Awakening to Hope. Click here for the flyer.


IMPORTANT FUTURE DATES

SUNDAY 9th FEBRUARY-
The Fifth Sunday After Epiphany
Worship Service
- The Level, Ditchling/Lewes Road, 5pm. Join us for the sixth in our Epiphany sermon series- Awakening To Growth.

TUESDAY 11th FEBRUARY-
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.

THURSDAY 20th FEBRUARY-
Brighton & Hove Faith Council-
Pastor Andrew & Philip will be attending on our behalf.
Board Meeting- Alcampo Lounge, London Road, 5pm. This is an open meeting and all are welcome to attend.

TUESDAY 25th FEBRUARY
Shrove Tuesday

MCC Brighton in HastingsThe Quaker Meeting House, South Terrace, 4.30pm. This will be a Lent special and worship will be followed by a shared meal, funded by the Church. Please contact Andrew or Philip if you would like to attend.

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