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SUNDAY 27th OCTOBER

Don't forget to put your clocks back one hour!

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

Dying of the light

It is the time of year when days get so much shorter, nights close in, darkness takes over much of our time. So, I immediately thought of the quote above, “Rage against the dying of the light”, not originally aimed at autumn/winter but seems to fit how many people feel at this time of year.
However, whilst working on some stuff for a ceremony my mind drifted (as it often does) to tangential matters around night-time, darkness, winter, and how some people seem to view these things as bad. But are they? The answer of course is no, they aren’t bad, they aren’t good, they just are. There is no malice in them, no intention, they just are.
Then I started to think about it further, and realised they are truly beautiful in their own unique ways. If you have ever stood on a hill at night, away from light pollution, and looked out over the landscape, the usual view takes on a whole new look, a true beauty only night can bring to it. The same can be said of winter, even a stormy, cold day,with ominous grey skies and roiling clouds is truly lovely to see, awe-inspiring to witness, and let’s not even get started about snow.
So, I guess what I am mostly thinking about this week, is how we prejudge things. How we often see the dark as scary, threatening, even evil, when in fact the only evil in it, is what we (mankind) bring to it. There is a unique beauty in all of creation, which includes us, perhaps it is just that we need to be in the right space ourselves to see it and fully appreciate it.
 
Just a thought!

Have a truly blessed and thoughtful week.


Andrew

 

How Much Do You Love God?

Last Sunday Andrew spoke to us about the Greatest Commandment. To listen to that again, and our other sermons, click here for our Youtube channel.

The most loving thing we can do for others is love God more than we love them. For if we love God most, we will love others best. Those who know God know the depth of love and breadth of grace that flows out from them toward others when they themselves are filled with love for God. If we love God with all our heart, we will love our neighbour as ourselves. But if God is not the love of our life, there is no way that we will truly love our neighbour as ourselves. For we will love ourselves supremely.

Love in its truest, purest form only comes from God, because God is love. It's an uncomfortable truth: How we love others, particularly other Christians, reveals how we love God. Our love for each other is an indicator of the place God is holding in our hearts. God designed things this way: our faith is revealed by our works, our beliefs are revealed by our deeds, and our love for God is revealed by our love for others.

Perhaps the best thing we can do today is take an honest, lingering look at the way we love others, allow what we see to have its effect on us, and ask God what they would have us do in response.

Blessings and love,
Philip


 

Heavenly Creator, thank you that you are a loving, gracious God. Thank you that your love is perfect, it never fails, and that nothing can separate us from your love.

We pray that our lives would be filled and overflowing with the power of your love so we can make a difference in this world, bringing honour to you. Help us to love you and to choose to love others.

Help us to love as you love. Fill us with your Spirit so that we can choose what is best. We are weak Lord, but we know also, that even when we are weak, you are strong within us. Thank you that it’s not all up to us. Thank you that you equip us to face each day with the power of your love, your forgiveness, and your grace.

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
Please send your suggestions for an MCC Brighton Social Programme to Philip.
All ideas are welcome. There is some funding available.

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



THIS WEEK

MONDAY 28th-
Pastoral Availability- Mondays are Pastor Andrew's day off, please do not contact him except in an emergency.

WEDNESDAY 30th-
The Hub- The Hub is closed this week.
Street Church- Old Steine Gardens. 4pm until 6pm. Informal worship & communion for everyone. Help with setup from 3.30 always appreciated.

THURSDAY 31st-
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 us for more details!

FRIDAY 1st-
Street Church Hastings- Wellington Place, Hastings, 4pm until 6. Informal worship & communion for everyone. Help with setup from 3.30 always appreciated.

SUNDAY 3rd-
Worship Service- The Level, Ditchling/Lewes Road, 6pm. Andrew will be exploring what All Saints and All Souls means to us.


IMPORTANT FUTURE DATES

TUESDAY 12th NOVEMBER-
MCC Brighton in Hastings
The Quaker Meeting House, South Terrace, 4.30pm. Our twice-monthly Hastings worship service is an informal blend of Bible Cafe & our Sunday worship in Brighton. All are welcome to join us on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month.

SATURDAY 30th NOVEMBER-
Worship Training/Planning-
We will be holding a training session for ALL people currently on the Worship Rota, topics covered will include leading, reading, celebrating Communion, and prayers. After lunch, for those who wish to stay, we will be planning our Advent Carol service and services in January. Further details will be available soon.

THURSDAY 19th DECEMBER
Christmas Meal-
Alcampo Lounge, London Road, 7pm for 7.30pm. Let Philip know if you would like to join us.

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