UNITED REFORMED CHURCH
News from St Andrew’s
Craig’s letter of 25 February
Revd Craig Bowman
This week the government has outlined its road map towards a more normal life, providing progress in the battle against Covid-19 continues as expected. There is much to which we can look forward but we need to be wary of rushing ahead. Many in our community have received no vaccination yet and most of those who have had one dose are awaiting the second. There are also those who, for differing reasons, are reluctant or unable to be vaccinated. Throughout this pandemic we have tried to be sensitive to the needs of others, both within the church and in the wider community. Just because we are permitted to do certain things does not necessarily make it the right thing to do and we need to act with love as well as faith.
The Elders meet next week and will discuss scenarios for the future and we will keep you informed regarding what might happen as well as what will happen when we have that knowledge. In the meantime please continue to do what you can to keep yourself and others safe whilst we continue our journey in uncertain times.
This Sunday we shall hear two unbelievable promises.
First, in Genesis there is God’s promise to Abram and Sarai that, in their old age, they shall be the parents of nations. It comes with a name change and reminds us that when we encounter God and his promises we are changed.
Second, in Mark’s Gospel we reach the midpoint of the book and Jesus’ promise that he going to die in Jerusalem. Peter will not believe him. Jesus stresses that when we are on the journey with God we do not get to set the agenda but we are assured that we are held by the one who matters.
As we follow the journey out of our Covid-19 wilderness let’s hold on to these: God has promised to be with us on our journey so we will be and have been changed and we are held in all that we are going through.
The Sunday service can be accessed by calling 020 3870 2810 or by clicking on the link on the church website.
As we journey through Lent let us reflect on what is God is teaching us in these wilderness days.
Posted on 25 Feb 2021