This week’s set Gospel reading is the Parable of the Wedding Banquet (Matthew 22:1-14) and it reminds us that the Kingdom of Heaven is like a wedding banquet – an occasion of great joy and celebration and a time of feasting.
It has been difficult for even the most optimistic of us, to see joy and celebration over the past 6 months and feasting with others is something we again are having to postpone. This is especially true for those of you who are living with bereavement. When we lose a loved one, we are naturally grief-stricken and our predominant thoughts are related to how much we will miss that person, how our lives will be that bit poorer because they are no longer there to share with us and us with them. However, there is hope as God promises eternal life to all who love him. Through this parable we are given this picture of our loved ones enjoying eternal life in this kingdom of joy and celebration and feasting.
There can be joy, even in the most difficult circumstances. There is always something to be thankful for: a glimpse of God’s love or of another person’s compassion or a hint of beauty in our day. May we seek this joy this week, and know something of God’s joy which is grounded in knowing that we are loved by him and promised a place in his kingdom.
Don’t forget that the President of Conference: Rev Richard Teal is preaching at the District Zoom service at 7pm on Sunday evening.
Tuesday’s Zoom Bubble
Information for all leaders whose groups usually meet at Church
Church Family News:
The Funeral service for the late Pat E will be held at Charnock Richard Crematorium on Tuesday morning. Pat had her funeral planned in minute detail and this included a Thanksgiving Service at Leyland Methodist Church. Because we can not fulfil many of her requests (due to the current regulations) her family have decided to postpone the Thanksgiving Service until such a time in the new year when we can all meet together again.
In order to get to Charnock Richard, the funeral director is going to take Pat via Leyland Methodist Church car park at approx.9.45am and then along Canberra Road and Church Road, to Beech Ave and Park Road (where Pat used to live) for around 10am. If anyone would like to pay their respects to Pat, then please feel free to meet at either of those places or anywhere on the road between.
Ann D has asked me to share the following message:
- “We wish to thank everyone for their cards, letters, phone calls, flowers & gifts but most of all their prayer support during these past weeks when Marilyn was so poorly before her passing and then Lynda`s unexpected death. It has been a traumatic time but your support in so many ways has made things easier. We are slowly working through all the necessary paper work and getting used to life without them, We thank God that they are now at rest. The love of the family at LMC is a great blessing and we thank God for it. Ann & Alan”
Please also continue to pray for Ken and Lesley Stazicker as Lesley is back in Chorley hospital.
It has been a particularly difficult time for our church family in the past few weeks with so much sad news, so please continue to hold each other in prayer, and may God’s love, peace and joy shine through.
God Bless you all this week,
From Jeff Whittle which he found in another church’s newsletter:
We have just had some new guidance from the Church of England about Track and Trace, the end bit is about how to tell if the person contacting you is from the NHS I thought you might be interested:
What to do if the NHS contact you.
Contact tracers will:
- call you from 0300 013 5000
- send you text messages from ‘NHS tracing’
- ask you to sign into the NHS Test and Trace contact-tracing website
- ask you to dial a premium rate number to speak to them (for example, those starting 09 or 087)
- ask you to make any form of payment or purchase a product or any kind
- ask for any details about your bank account
- ask for your social media identities or login details, or those of your contacts
- ask you for any passwords or PINs, or ask you to set up any passwords or PINs over the phone
- disclose any of your personal or medical information to your contacts
- ask about protected characteristics that are irrelevant to the needs of test and trace
- provide medical advice on the treatment of any potential coronavirus symptoms
- ask you to download any software to your PC or ask you to hand over control of your PC, smartphone or tablet to anyone else
- ask you to access any website that does not belong to the government or NHS