Thank you to everyone for all the words of encouragement and thanks following last week's new style email and Sunday's live broadcast. This week's services will take on a new style again as we are no longer able to meet in the church building - we are looking forward to you joining us as we broadcast this Sunday from the comfort of our own homes!
Both Services - 9am Holy Communion & 10.30am Morning Family Worship will be on line for you to join in by Clicking this link (or copy and paste this text into your browser: http://stpaulsdorking.org.uk/live-stream)
No SixThirty Service this week.
After six days Jesus took Peter, James and John with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone. There he was transfigured before them. 3 His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them. 4 And there appeared before them Elijah and Moses, who were talking with Jesus.5 Peter said to Jesus, ‘Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters – one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.’ 6 (He did not know what to say, they were so frightened.) 7 Then a cloud appeared and covered them, and a voice came from the cloud: ‘This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!’ 8 Suddenly, when they looked around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus. (Mark 9:2-8)
I love routine (except when it comes to haircuts!). Routine helps me know where I am and what I have to do; it gives me a system and a structure to deal with life. So these last couple of weeks have been challenging to put it mildly, scrambling to restore a pattern as day by day, sometimes even hour by hour, restrictions and constrictions change how and where we live out our lives.
Peter doesn't like change either, and it's exacerbated by fear. So as the Jesus he thought he knew transfigures before him and Moses and Elijah appear, Peter’s response is, perhaps, what we would all do in the moment – something, anything to normalise. It may be a lovely gesture in the moment, a coping mechanism in the present but ultimately, they would all be gone by the time he finished – a lot of effort for what wasn't needed. And then God the Father steps into the frame reminds those present what is ‘needed'. "This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him'. ‘Listen to him’ says the Father. Actions will come and they do come for Peter as he heads back down the mountainside but it all begins with listening not doing.
In these confusing, disorientating days we are living through, you may feel be finding yourself busier than ever, frustratingly unproductive, paralysed with anxiety or carrying on regardless, don’t give in to the urge to just do or lament that you can’t do. Make it your priority to be still before Jesus, so loved by his Father, and 'listen to him'. In reading the bible, in listening to Christian songs, in being still and quiet in your favourite chair or garden and listen to him.
'Lord, speak to me today; show me what you would have me do, not what I think needs to be done'. And Lord, help me to value time with you, as the most important time of my day, not a distraction from the real work
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Church @ St Paul's Next Week - Great ways you can enjoy church in the coming week
Join us on-line for our services Click here
If you missed last week's live broad cast - listen to the sermon and download the notes here
Thurs evening join us for the last of our Lent group meetings on-line - click here for details
Tuesday night prayer has moved on line via Zoom - if you would like to join please email Maggie White: email@example.com
Peter Nevins is running a bible study on the Gospel of John - please email him if you would like to join him online: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ways to Worship
Here are some great ways you can pray, sing and worship God - do this alone or as a family
The glorious weather this week has reminded us of the beauty of the world that God has created us to be in. New life is springing up everywhere as the seasons, animals, birds, trees and plants continue with their normal cycle. Let us thank the Lord that although our human world is in turmoil, he does not change - his faithfulness reaches to the skies and his goodness and love remain with us and sustain us as we look to him.
Click here to listen to: For the beauty of the earth by John Rutter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVQFEgT7E6c
Click here for prayers for every occasion
It’s been another adapting, learning curvey week in the world of Children’s & Youth Ministry. We had a great first Wednesday Night Youth online (eWNY) and we’ll be trialling a fun packed Fri Night Chill (eFNC) for 11-14s tonight. And we’re just getting warmed up. As well as the family crafts for cafe church we’ve got coming soon – video story times for younger ones, after ‘school’ and breakfast Bible studies, youth prayer clusters and XL TV. We’ll also keep updating the online doc of ideas to bring you the latest of what’s on offer all around.
As always, if you want any input or just a chat give me a call or email.
Church Family News
As many of you will know Janet Greenhorn had been ill for sometime and last week developed complications. She died in hospital with her son and daughter beside her on the evening of 21st March. Janet's Funeral, led by Jenny Firth, will will be family only at Crawley Crematorium on Monday 6th April at 10.15am. We hope to organise a memorial service at church once the virus has passed and we can get back to normal.
Please pray for Janet's daughter, Fiona, and son, Neil. This has been a tremendous shock for them.
Jenny asks that if anyone has any special memories of Janet that she could share in the tribute, or know which songs or readings might have been a favourite for her, please email: email@example.com.
Ways to be Community
Get involved!- Help us get ready for Palm Sunday Cafe Church (next week) - in one of two ways:
We are asking church members to send in a video of them singing and dancing to 'My Lighthouse' for our Palm Sunday 10.30am cafe church service. Please could you record yourself / your household singing and doing the actions for the chorus only. Click here for the link to the chorus with actions (you will recognise a few faces as this is the clip from the teams trip to Kenya last summer).
Once you have done it, please Upload videos to stpaulsdorking.org.uk/video-upload or email to firstname.lastname@example.org by end of Thursday 2nd April.
Whatever your age, do give it a go, it would be great to have all ages doing their thing!
And if you were worried about missing out on the amazing Café Church crafts at our Palm Sunday Service next week, fear not! Click here for some great craft ideas for both young and old. We'd love you to complete some of these tasks, and email us with a photo or scan your pictures and send to email@example.com by end of Thursday 2nd April. We hope to share them with everyone next week!
In the coming weeks we want to provide practical and prayerful support to all those in our parish who need help. Over the last few days we have distributed almost 1500 cards around our parish, not only offering support, but inviting people to join our services on-line. If you'd like to see a copy (or pass on a copy to a friend or neighbour) click here. If you are healthy and able we would love your help. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll be in touch with ways you can serve.
If you are feeling isolated, are self isolating or ill - let us know - we'd like to support you in prayer and practical ways, email email@example.com
If you live in another neighbourhood, do get involved with your active group locally if you are able to.
Electoral Roll Review
Our new Electoral Roll has been live for a year now and it is time to review it before the APCM on April 30th. If you have been a regular part of our church for over 6 months, and have been baptised, we would love you to join the roll by completing a green form available at the back of the church or from the Reception area. Please return any completed forms to Reception by Friday 3rd April. If you joined last year, thank you and there is no further action for you to take as your name will continue to be held on the Roll. The revised roll will be displayed in church between 14th and 28th April.
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Coronavirus - St Paul's Response
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Please do get in touch if we can be of help.