Coronavirus wont stop us worshipping. We are using new styles and means of worship whilst we can’t be together in a building. Worship is more than just what happens on a Sunday. Our lives as Jesus’ disciples are at all times an act of worship, reflecting and giving thanks for his incredible, boundless love for all of us.
The government has said that we can reopen for worship from this weekend (5th July) but we will be taking our time to get all arrangements in place to welcome everyone safely. The church will continue, as we have done throughout to serve, to worship, to love and to pray for our community.
Greetings from Rev Ruth and Barry.
As we enter this ninth week of lockdown there is one word which keeps coming to mind, that word is TRUST.
We trust in those who are advising us on the precautions we must take during this pandemic. Listening to the daily briefing and the scientific and medical advice, which is guiding us all through this crisis. Trust is part of life, we put our trust in so many things and often in the people we know and love.
A couple of weeks ago Barry put his complete trust in me to cut his hair! He was very relaxed and confident that I would do a good job, but I felt very nervous that I would mess it up. You will be very pleased to know that Barry survived and said “it was the best hair cut he had ever had”, which made me feel really good. I think he was really happy because when he used to go to the Barbers, they would charge him £6, so with the £6 he saved he has put it towards his tie fund!
I have had to learn to trust more in technology and used it in ways that I would never have thought I would! I have been introduced to Zoom meetings, which I have got used to, but it is strange seeing yourself in a box on a screen with others and talking to a computer screen!
I bought a new mouse mat as I had worn my other one out. I trusted that it would be like the image on the website that I bought it from. When it arrived, it was even better than I thought it would be, although Barry is not very happy because it is an image of the Welsh flag!
Life certainly has its up and downs at the moment and for all of us we are uncertain as to what the future will be like.
As Christians we put out trust in God to be there for us throughout our lives. We are encouraged to trust God completely. We read in Proverbs 3:5 ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insights’.
Trust is at the heart of our faith and life. I remember as child learning the hymn written by Edgar Page Stites, ‘Simply trusting every day’. The theme of the hymn is about no matter what we face in life, if we put our trust in Jesus then that is all we need to do.