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Craig’s letter of 13 January

Craig Bowman
Revd Craig Bowman

Dear Friends

I hope you and your loved ones are managing to keep safe and well in these days.

This week I attended a Public Health Communities Briefing for London led by the Public Health England regional director for London and some of his colleagues from the NHS. The number of infections and, consequently, deaths in London continues to be very high even if it is hoped the peak is flattening out, although we will continue for a while to experiencing the impact of people mixing over Christmas. Although the vaccination programme is under way this will be a long process and the effect, at least initially, will be to prevent those who have been vaccinated catching the virus or mitigating its effect, but it probably won’t stop them passing it on to others who have not been vaccinated. I urge everyone to continue to be vigilant, minimising physical meeting with others where possible and following the guidance intended to stop the spread of the virus. Now is not the time to be complacent or think we can relax. For the sake of those around us, both within our families and friends and in the wider community, we need to do what we can to keep people safe.

Ernie

As I have looked ahead to the readings for this Sunday I was reminded of the tv programme Sesame Street. In case you are not familiar with it, this was, and still is in many parts of the world, a programme involving both real people and puppets intended to educate and stimulate young children. Each episode was ‘brought to you by the letter …’ which then provides a link to the various activities and sketches in that show.

As I considered the readings from Samuel, Psalms, Corinthians and John’s Gospel, it seems to me that this week’s service could be ‘brought to you by the letter C’.

  • In the 1st Samuel reading there is a Call, there is Confusion, and there is Clarification, as well as Counsel.
  • The psalmist speaks of our God who Chases us, which might be both Comforting as well as Challenging for us.
  • In 1st Corinthians, we are reminded that the Church is a Community.
  • And in John again we have a Call, some Caution, and the marvellous invitation to Come and see.

We won’t be hearing the reading from Corinthians on Sunday, and I won’t be concentrating on all those Cs, but I am certain that ‘Call’ will feature prominently.

The Sunday service can be accessed by calling 020 3870 2810 or by clicking in the appropriate place on the church website.

May we, like Samuel, be attentive to God’s call to us and, like Eli, help others to recognise God’s call to them.

Craig


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Posted on 13 Jan 2021

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