31st January 2021

Hello everyone

Another week has past.  I would love to tell you today about the sunshine, and warmth, and the new bulbs shooting through .. but I can't.  I'm looking out of the window at a grey sky, with sleety rain falling, it's rather gloomy and we'll get wet when we go out for a walk but we are fit and well and for that we give thanks to God.  In these days we give thanks for the small things in life..for they are so precious.  We are very fortunate to be able to walk and to get a breath of air.  There have been times when neither of us were well enough to do this and so we are grateful each day for the breath in our bodies and for the steps which we can take... but it also gives us greater understanding of those who are not able to.

There have been some very special moments in our week, we have seen some wonderful snowmen, and a snow cat(!), people sledging, and we have loved walking in the crispy snow.  We also came across a cluster of snowdrops peeping up on a verge.  How lovely they are... and we talk more about snowdrops in our sermon in the recorded service this week as we celebrate Candlemas - the bringing of Jesus to the temple, where he was blessed by Simeon and Anna.  Candlemas is a church festival which moves us forward from the Crib to the Cross of Easter. From birth to death and to new life.

This week has also been a week of walking alongside folk in their sadness and of hearing of the death of loved ones.  Sadly, Paul Scrivener of Westoning died on Friday, and we are still absorbing the enormity of his loss, and of his incredible legacy and gift to us all in life. What an amazingly faithful witness to God he has been and what an inspirational creative man with his poems, and laughter and so much more. He will be very sadly missed by so many in our villages. We thank God for the time he shared with us.

I wonder what blessings you have received this week?  Have you any special moments that you can share with us?  Where have you seen God in creation or at work in your life this week? Do send us some of your special photos to cheer us and others.

This Sunday's Services -  Whilst four churches continue to be closed for Covid safety reasons, we offer a mixture of services: 

  • 9.30am Morning Service at Harlington Church for the people of Harlington - social distancing measures will apply.

 

Epiphany 3 service Sunday 24 January - Harlington St. Mary's Parish Church

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  • Westoning, our first families zoom service takes place at 10am. Please contact Nigel who can direct you with entry details.
  • The 11am Morning Quintet worship by Zoom service will focus on Candlemas and we thank members from across the Quintet for reading and offering the prayers. You are warmly invited to join us.  Come and have a good sing in the privacy of your own homes. Please ask for zoom details
  • The 6pm Upper Room Service by Zoom will continue its journey into the Old Testament as we hear talks on the OT characters of Abraham and Sarah. There will be worship and praise, prayer and opportunity to share testimony. All welcome. Please ask for zoom details

If anyone has difficulty in accessing a zoom service, please give Nigel or Linda a ring on 01525 714442 or 07715 603557. We will respond asap and will be keen to help you.

Other Services this week:

9.30am Monday Morning Prayer by zoom   Time: Feb 1, 2021 09:30 Please ask for zoom details

9.30am Tuesday Morning prayer (Presentation of Christ in the Temple) by zoom. Time: Feb 2, 2021 09:30 AM Please ask for zoom details

8.30pm Tuesday Night Prayer (Compline) by zoom (newly introduced this week). Please ask for zoom details

9.30am Wednesday Morning Prayer by zoom. Time: Feb 3, 2021 09:30 AM Please ask for zoom details

10.30am Wednesday Harlington Morning service by zoom (newly introduced this week) Time: Feb 3, 2021 10:30 AM  Please ask for zoom details

60 minutes with God - an hour of prayer and reflection (contact Nigel for more information)

Please also pray for the families of Mr Owen Richards and Mr Alan Jamieson whose funerals take place this week and for the family of Guy Hincks whose funeral took place last week.

Afternoon Teas this week (zoom links to be sent out nearer the time)

Toddington Wednesday 3rd February 4pm

Westoning Wednesday 3rd February 3.45pm

Harlington Thursday 4th February 4pm

A Call to Prayer at 6pm each day has been issued by the Archbishop of Canterbury starting 1st February, in response to the very sad statistic of 100,000 deaths from the Coronavirus pandemic.  We will circulate materials linked to this, in a separate email.

There is so much information contained in this email. Do please ring us if you have any queries. 

We send you our love and prayers.  May the Lord walk alongside you and your loved ones this week, and bring you comfort, hope and peace.

God bless

Linda and Nigel