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This week's 'Thought for St James'

My favourite sermon was delivered by a very elderly priest in a small village church in Gozo, Malta. I did not understand a single word of Maltese but was deeply affected by the gentle, pleading, aching love towards his congregation evident in every fibre of this aged priest’s body.
Having my voice badly affected by Long Covid, I have wondered if I may ever deliver a sermon again. This priest’s example comforts and inspires me. It was not what he said but his attitude that was the Gospel message - and that I can exercise.
We might feel like voices in the wilderness just now yet we can still embody the gospel good news by our attitude in these testing times. Isn’t that, after all, what Jesus - the Word become flesh - did?
Paul wrote to a squabbling Church in Philippi;
 ‘Let your gentleness be evident to all, the Lord is near.‘
                                                                             (Philippians 4:5)
We are all experiencing some form of loss just now so I recommend reading the rest of Chapter 4 as there you will find the perfect recipe for comfort and peace.

Liz Pinnock

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Services this week

Ash Wednesday Service Tonight 7.30pm on Zoom
Click here to join St Margaret's Sunday 9am on Zoom
Click here to join Sundays at 11am on Zoom
Click here to join Night Prayer 9pm
Click here to join Morning Prayer Tuesday & Thursday 8am and use this passcode 125503
The liturgy for Morning Prayer can be found under
'Prayer' on the church website

Family Church
Sunday 10am on Zoom

We will be together for about 35 minutes. During our time together, we will be looking at King David. We will sing songs, look at the Bible story and then we will pray together before we finish. 

Youth on Sunday (Y[i]oS) 
Sunday 5pm on Zoom

We will play a few games, pray for each other and for the rest of this term we will look at the Lord's prayer. Each week we will look very briefly at one line in order that we can get to know more deeply this very familiar, yet amazing prayer. This is open to anyone aged 12-18 so please do encourage your young people to join us.

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