30th July

30th July

Happy Friday everyone!

I do hope you are out enjoying this brief blast of sunny mild weather. I think the forecast is for wet & sloppy again starting tomorrow…so let’s revel in this blessing before we have the other one!

As we move into preparing for worship, we’re aware that the circumstances in Sydney are not progressing as our elected & appointed leaders have hoped. So the restrictions on worship & movement persist. We are blessed to still be able to meet together & worship in the same space so while you’re praying for God’s intervention at the wider level, don’t forget to say “Thank you” for the many freedoms we still enjoy.

This Sunday is the 1st Sunday in August (it’s actually the 1st of August) so we will have morning tea together. We know how to do that according to the best safe practice guidelines. Make plans to grab a chair & something to eat and hang around for a few minutes after worship. We’re managing numbers pretty well…so don’t be afraid to come.

A reminder…there may be someone you haven’t seen in worship in some time…It may be they’d enjoy a phone call. I’ve tried to do that some again this week and am out & about popping in to visit…Maybe you can reach someone I miss & together we care for one another more effectively. And as always…if you’d like to have some time or a coffee…please ring. I’m happy to do whatever I need to ensure we’re all looked after the best way possible.

I was reading through Psalm 61 this morning and it seemed just right:

Verses 1 & 2 are how I feel some days

 1 O God, listen to my cry!
Hear my prayer!
From the ends of the earth,
I cry to you for help
when my heart is overwhelmed.

But verses 3-4 are right there & I hang on to this assurance

Lead me to the towering rock of safety, for you are my safe refuge,
a fortress where my enemies cannot reach me.
Let me live forever in your sanctuary,
safe beneath the shelter of your wings!

That assurance…greater than any from our political or medical establishment…is trustworthy and true for all of us.


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