Weekly Reflections

Reflections for Sunday 2nd August

Contributed by Janet and Mike Asher

Reflection

This pandemic has given us all a jolt – a real wake up call. It has made us think about lots of things, especially our lifestyles and how we take things for granted.

In almost every news bulletin, we have heard the word “change”. We know that we must indeed change – we have to change our mind set. Worship will not be the same, nor theatre/cinema/restaurants/sport etc. Everyone will have to adhere to strict guidelines. It will be an exciting and challenging time for us at Christchurch as we try out new ideas of worship. Let us look forward with anticipation.

 

There have been many disappointments over the last eighteen weeks, special events cancelled, plans postponed but we have so much to be thankful for. We live in a beautiful world and each day we are amazed at God’s goodness. Observing the rules of lockdown, we have taken daily exercise. During these times, we have enjoyed the beauty of the parks, green spaces, meadows and arboretum. We have had time to stop, stare and listen and more time to chat with our pastoral Link people.

 

We know that we must change in ourselves, letting God work through each of us and we in return, must keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, the one who loves us and gave Himself for us, Jesus the Saviour of the world. We thank you Lord, that you never change, always there for us twenty-four hours of the day, ready to hear our prayers.  Best of all is – God is with us.

 

Prayer – Mission Praise 69

Change my heart O God, make it ever true

Change my heart O God, may I be like You

You are the potter

I am the clay;

Mould me and make me,

This is what I pray.

 

Hymn Mission Praise 825

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 time 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