Keep in Touch: 5th July 2020

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5 th July 2020

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

If while on a journey you take a turning off a motorway, at first the spur road and the main carriageway are going in more or less the same direction. You can even see the main part of the motorway from where you are on the side road. But after a short while, the two roads have diverged so much that you cannot see any of the main carriageway from the turning. In fact in time, there is nothing to indicate on the side road that there was anything relating to a motorway anywhere near.

So it can be on our walk with God. Sometimes we divert ourselves away from where God was leading us. At first life can seem fairly similar, but as time goes on, our lives are very different indeed from how God wanted them to be. God has a path for our lives that he wants us to follow. It can feel hard work to be doing that - but in the end, it is always better for us, always more fulfilling, always more fruitful, if we do what God is wanting us to do. He offers us a way to live that is easy, and is perfectly good for us. In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus tells us that his yoke is easy and his burden is light. When we go about things in our own strength, they can quickly become complicated, they can feel very problematic, and even small things feel very hard to do, a heavy burden to bear. But Jesus has a way for us that is easy, that is light to take on board.

When we attempt to do things on our own, we will not only more often than not end up going down a wrong path, but we will also find the task very hard going, and very tough to bear. When we instead follow where God wants us to go, the path is invariably easier, will be un-burdensome, and will lead us ultimately to perfect peace with God.

Yet God sees us foolishly making such wrong turns, all the time. Even when we do not choose to recognise it in ourselves. He sees all our faults. He knows all our very worst habits. Yet in spite of that, He still loves us. His love and faithfulness are steadfast, and never change. He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. If God feels far away, it is we who have moved. If God’s way for us feels tough, that is only a measure of the extent to which we have diverted from His path for our lives.

A good way to ensure we do not deviate from His path, is to ensure we have a regular (daily) habit of prayer and Bible reading. That keeps us tuned into him at least once a day. That enables us to grow in our knowledge and love of His ways, so that we can discern more easily what He is wanting for us. And when we do what God wants, we are always going to be happier!

Let us return to the Lord, in obedience, so that we may be drawn into harmony with His will, and so that we can praise and glorify His name.

Tina Upton


READINGS for the 4th Sunday after Trinity (Year A)

  • Zechariah 9:9-12
  • Psalm 145:8-15
  • Romans 7:15-25a,
  • Matthew 11:16-19. 25-30

Readings available to read online (New Revised Standard Version - NRSV)


NOTICES

Holy Trinity Blacon are the living church of our living God, and we continue to be at work here! If you are able, do check the parish website (especially the Coronavirus Support page) or our Facebook page for updates. We will put further worship and prayer up there (and on our holytrinityblacon2020 You Tube channel) each Sunday morning by 10am.

JOIN US FOR EVENING PRAYER
every Wednesday at 5pm. If you are not on the internet, it is possible to join us over the telephone – please contact us in advance if you would like to do that.

DAILY HOPE
is a free phone line for hymns, prayers and reflections – 0800 804 8044

FOR THOSE IN NEED
Holy Trinity Church Hall is providing emergency food for families and individuals in need at this time. To register for this, please use the form on the front page of our website For more information, please contact 07719 960541 or blaconactionteam@gmail.com


HELPLINES
Cheshire West and Chester council have a helpline to advise or support vulnerable adults who need assistance with food, medicines or social contact (open 8am to 7pm everyday) call 0300 123 7031 or email enquiries@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk

NEW COURSE
We will be running another online course weekly on Thursday evenings starting 7.30pm on 23rd July, called Empowered by the Spirit. It looks at different passages in the bible to help explore the ways the Holy Spirit works in and through us. If you are interested in joining us, do contact Rev Louise Annison or 07861 490410.

PRAYING FOR BLACON
During lockdown, Louise and Tina are taking our exercise particularly along those streets we are praying for each week. Do join us in praying for those residents. This week we pray for: Dinas Close, Tregele Close, Caernarvon Grove, Conway Grove, Beaumaris Grove.

CHURCH OPENING
You may have heard that churches are now allowed (but not obliged) to open for worship. Standing Committee discussed the possibilities, and given the restrictions required to maintain social distancing, and prevent spread of the virus, we decided not to open for regular worship immediately. This decision will be reviewed by PCC later in the month.