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Craig’s letter of 10 June

Craig Bowman
Revd Craig Bowman

Dear Friends

Thank you to those who stood in for me whilst I had a week off last week – Nigel Dickinson for writing the weekly letter and Alan Cruchley from Wallington for preaching. This coming Sunday I shall be at St Andrew’s. An audio version of the service will be available from 10.30am via the church website or by calling 020 3870 2810 and a video stream of the service is also available via the St Andrew’s YouTube channel.

We are still planning for a relaxation of restrictions from June 21st although we cannot be certain what will be permitted after that date and what will not, however both churches have taken the decision to return to separate in-person live worship from June 27th. This will mean I will lead worship on alternate weeks at Wallington and St Andrew’s and the services on the other weeks will be led by visiting preachers or members of the congregation. This will also mean that we will not be producing a recorded audio service in advance to be available from 10.30am on Sunday. It is hoped that we will be able to put a link to a recording of the service on the website later on Sunday. We hope we have identified those who have been listening regularly to the service via the phone and do not have access to the internet, so we can enable them to continue to feel connected.

More information regarding our worship plans will follow over the next couple of weeks, particularly when we have clarity from the government regarding continuing restrictions.

Samuel anoints David

Two weeks ago I wrote about the choices we make; this Sunday we will hear something of God’s choices as the prophet Samuel anoints the young David to be the next king of Israel. In doing so he passed over those whom others thought more appropriate for the role. This Sunday we shall reflect on the potential God sees in others and us, which may not be recognised by the world around us. In the world there are those who are full of confidence, who are certain they are the best people to fulfil a certain position and sometimes they are correct but too often they are misguided. However there are many people who feel they have little or nothing to offer in certain circumstances yet history is full of those who have found themselves chosen and empowered to do so much more than they ever thought possible. As we journey through this post-Pentecost period we recognise that the Spirit of God is able to do so much more than we may imagine and does it through people like us.

This week may we truly know that we have been chosen by God.


Posted on 10 Jun 2021