UNITED REFORMED CHURCH
News from St Andrew’s
Craig’s letter of 23 June
Revd Craig Bowman
This week will be the first time since April 2020 when we have not pre-recorded an audio service and made it available via a phone number or church website. This has been done in partnership with Wallington URC but now that more people are returning to worshipping in our buildings we have taken the decision to end the advance recording. It is hoped that a recording of the Sunday service will be available on the website later. For those who have internet access the Sunday service will be streamed live via our YouTube channel.
Another change from this week will be a return to the pattern of worship we followed prior to the arrival of Covid-19. I will lead worship at Wallington URC on the 1st and 3rd Sundays and at St Andrew’s on the 2nd and 4th Sundays. (5th Sundays will be shared out over the year.) The other services will be led by visiting preachers and our own members so there will be ‘live’ worship every week but for the time being hymns and songs will continue to be recordings. It has been good to see more people returning on Sunday mornings and we look forward welcoming back more folk in the coming weeks.
This Sunday I will be at St Andrew’s when our Gospel reading is a story within a story. There’s an outer story regarding the healing of a girl and an inner story concerned with the healing of a woman. The one, a female child who was regarded as having no value, and the other, a woman whose disease meant she had no place in society. Observant Jewish men of Jesus time said a prayer every day thanking God they were not born Gentile or female but Jesus makes a special trip to save this girl child and commends the outsider for her faith. Once again Jesus is challenging the expectations and boundaries of his time and doing it through compassion and care.
As the warm weather returns let us give thanks for the light and colour that blesses our lives.
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Posted on 23 Jun 2021