Weekly Reflections

Reflections for Sunday 9th August

Contributed by Alison and Kathy

Reflection

As I am sure you are aware last Thursday night Leicester’s fate on the local lockdown was eventually revealed. For those of us following it on social media, it was a long wait for the details to be revealed. Clarity finally arrived on Friday, with a mixture of good and bad news for the city. It was relief to know that the numbers of people contracting COVID-19 was still coming down, so we knew, or rather hoped, that some of the restrictions were going to be lifted. For those us battling with wayward hair we finally had the green light to book with our favourite hairdressers. The thought of being able to celebrate missed birthdays and anniversaries at our Local even if it was without the rest of our family and friends brought a smile to our faces. On the other hand, we had lost the freedom to invite friends and relatives into own private gardens, this led to many plans being scuppered or at least delayed again. Thank goodness we have God in our lives, as it must be very difficult without Him.

On Friday with temperatures over 30 degrees we reached for our summer clothes, suntan lotion and fans. It was a great opportunity to spend some time in the local parks and with Gods creation. But of course, the day ended with thunder and lightning and a few showers, a reminder if needed of God’s power.

As we write this it is only Tuesday, and we wonder what this week will bring? Perhaps wondering when we can start to meet again at the Church and see familiar faces that have graced a computer screen for weeks or in some cases faces we have not seen for ages. We know that the church is more than the building, but it is our home, where we see family and friends and the place where we come together to worship, socialise and love to be. Hopefully, or should that be prayerfully, we will be back there one day soon.

 

Hymn, Singing the Faith 628

(There are many versions online, try this one)

Faithful one, so unchanging
Ageless one, you’re my rock of peace
Lord of all I depend on you
I call out to you, again and again
I call out to you, again and again

 

You are my rock in times of trouble
You lift me up when I fall down
All through the storm
Your love is, the anchor
My hope is in You alone

words by Brian Doerksen

Prayer

A prayer from the Church Urban Fund (Follow the link Changing Lives and Communities Together for more information)

 

Dear Lord,

Help us to follow your example, by looking out for those who each day feel that they are marginalised, who cannot find hope, who believe that they have little to offer, who are overcome by the challenges of isolation.

Help us to widen our horizons, to make space for the stranger, to watch out for those who feel invisible, to give time to the outsider, to talk to the person facing silence, to restore justice and value.

Give us the courage to undertake this, the determination to join with others in seeing grace in every human face, and the faith to embrace the opportunity in your name.

Amen