who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning:
help us so to hear them,
to read, mark, learn and inwardly digest them
that, through patience, and the comfort of your holy word,
we may embrace and for ever hold fast
the hope of everlasting life,
which you have given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Marilyn’s Thought for the Week
Perhaps it’s because the choir can now sing during our services but for whatever reason I’ve had hymn tunes going round in my head recently. One of the most persistent has been 'My Song is Love Unknown'. A hymn which always makes me feel a bit weepy.
And that’s fine because tears are like a prayer which we can offer to God. God hears all our prayers but I’m sure he also enters into our tears – whether it’s the tears of a child who has fallen over or the tears of someone forbidden to be with a loved one in intensive care. After all, Jesus wept.
I wonder how the disciples felt as they watched him cry over Lazarus in Bethany, and over Jerusalem itself after his triumphal entry to the city on a donkey. Was this the kind of leadership they were used to, I wonder?
Peter ‘wept bitterly’, of course, after denying his Master three times before the cockerel crowed.
“Woman, why are you weeping?” asks the ‘gardener’ of Mary, at the empty tomb, as her tears of grief merge into disbelief and then rejoicing. Tears don't discriminate between separation and reunion, between pain and its lifting. Tears sanctify so many of our deepest longings.
You may like to listen to the wonderful choir of King’s College, Cambridge singing ‘My Song is Love Unknown’. Click to follow this link:
The choir of King's College, Cambridge sing My Song Is Love Unknown. The choir are joined by the congregation in singing Samuel Crossman's words to the beautiful melody "love unknown" composed by John Ireland.
Vicky Hill is now on annual leave, she will answer all emails and phone calls upon her return.
Home for Good are working with Bexley churches to urgently find foster carers for Bexley Borough Council. Before the start of the COVID-19 crisis, Bexley Borough Council had more than 227 children in their care and were already stretched to meet the need. COVID has only added pressure on finding homes for vulnerable children. During the first lockdown domestic violence rose significantly and more than 2 million children have been living in hugely vulnerable situations – as schools have returned and professionals are seeing children once more, the hidden impact of lockdown is starting to become apparent.
Bexley, like many local authorities, have been experiencing increased number of referrals to children’s social services. New foster carers are urgently needed to be able to care for local children who need it. We want to help see this need met.
Working together to step up to care for the most vulnerable children in our society. We are seeking individuals who will meet this need and church communities to wrap around in support of them and the children they will care for.
If you are interested please join our ZOOM call being hosted by Home for Good on Wednesday 4th November at 3.30pm, where we will be joined by one of Bexley’s frontline social workers to share more about the challenge they are facing.
We’ll email you joining instructions by 3rd November, but please save the date now.
We have a range of resources ready to go and support those in our communities who could be the safe and caring homes that local children need. Home for Good has piloted similar schemes with communities across the UK and we have been inspired by the Church’s response, seeing significant numbers of people stepping forward to foster in this critical period.
We urgently need volunteers to welcome people
as they arrive at all of our services.
Please talk to Roy Humphreyabout joining our Welcome Team.
PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR MISSION PARTNERS
The work of the Leprosy Mission and for our link with Kidoka in Tanzania
PLEASE PRAY FOR THOSE IN NEED
Dave Long Lucie Balche Christine Kelly Dawn Brooks John
Ann Batchelor Michael Baker
John Ruth Wyatt
PLEASE CONTINUE TO KEEP IN YOUR PRAYERS
Ron & Pat Wiltshire
PRAYING FOR THE FAMILIES OF THOSE WHO HAVE DIED:
Vivianne Morgan (6/11)
Joyce O'Neill (6/11)
FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF THOSE WHO HAVE DIED
Catch up with our celebration event to find out all about our new mission framework to help you and your church connect and journey with non-church children and young people.
Head on over to http://www.su.org.uk/revealingjesus for more information.
**Skip to key segments** 03:38 Worship with Lou Fellingham 10:03 Our National Director, Myles MacBean shares his heart for reaching the 95 18:24 Inspiration from Guvna B 24:10 The launch of the Revealing Jesus mission framework 37:56 Faith Guide interview 43:30 Spoken word performance 47:20 Prayer segment 50:08 More worship with Lou Fellingham
Thank you to Sheila Hancock for the Christ Church Bexleyheath photos in this weeks newsletter.
Sunday 25th October
9.15am - Holy Communion - BCP
9.30am - Facebook Service
11am - Service of the Word + APCM
Psalm 119: 9-16
Col 3: 12-17 (NT) Matt 24: 30-35 (Gospel)