All dates are cancelled.
Secretary: Miss A. Shaw, 27 Whernside Road, Lancaster, LA1 2TA.
Treasurer. Mr. G. Shaw: 27 Whernside Road, Lancaster, LA1 2TA,
If anyone needs a minister please contact the Church Secretary.
Sadly, there will be no services in Church until further notice.
Again, we are in lockdown and do not know how it will end this time. Hopefully, it will be the last time it happens, but none of us know. Fortunately, the present lockdown is not a severe as the last one.
Below is the thought for the week that our URC minister forwards to our secretary to send on to those of us who can read them on our computers.
It has certainly felt very odd this year for Remembrance. The Festival at the Royal Albert Hall, watched by many of us each year on our televisions, had to be shortened and social distanced. It seemed strange our not being in church and going along to the War Memorial for the whole village act of remembrance. Nobody had been around selling poppies.
However, some of us were able to attend a local service without leaving our homes. For some time now, there has been a weekly service on Zoom, which a number of us have been able to access, so we were able to take part in that.
Having Zoom, I have found, is a bonus as it lets those who are part of various organizations be able to meet up and virtually take part, even though it is just in our own homes. Although it is not the same as being able to meet physically, it does enable us to keep in contact ready for when we can meet again.
Thought for week beginning 15-11-20
Make me channel of Your peace – Where there is hatred let me bring Your love…
During this month of remembrance and praying for world peace; Make me channel…is often sung or read. This is a widely known Christian prayer for peace, called the ‘Prayer of St Francis’. Even though anonymous, it is recommended by the Franciscan Order, founded by St Francis of Assisi.
Francis of Assisi, 1181-1226, was the son of a prosperous merchant who had hopes that Francis would one day follow in his trade. However, Francis was renowned for drinking and partying in his youth. After fighting in a battle between Assisi and Perugia, he was captured and imprisoned for ransom. In prison he began receiving visions from God. He heard the voice of Christ, calling him to repair the Christian Church and live a life of poverty. When he heard the call, Francis, abandoned all worldly possessions, and with passion and commitment, resolved to embrace simplicity of life, poverty and humility before God. Prayer, love and action formed part of his daily routine, as he set out on a mission to restore Jesus’ own original values to the church that was in decline. Francis’ reputation spread all over as one who was a channel of peace to the world,
‘Make me a channel of your peace’, is a prayer that has an enduring quality, and universal appeal – It was widely used during the 1st and 2nd World Wars, it is used by political leaders, it is used by individuals, and in acts of group worship, and by the AA. This prayer is much needed in today’s world, of conflict and discord where the pandemic of self-centredness and selfishness is a destructive force on human value and dignity. The prayer is encouraging us to let our individual lights shine to lighten the darkness in our world. It is challenging us to be self-giving and not self-seeking, putting the needs of others first. Imagine the difference there would be in our world if we say and mean this prayer, allowing it to inform our living.
Make me a channel of Your peace
Where there is hatred let me bring Your love
Where there is injury, Your pardon, Lord;
And where there’s doubt, true faith in You…
Where there’s despair in life let me bring hope;
Where there is darkness, only light;
And where there’s sadness, ever joy… (Sebastian Temple)
Take care and blessing
Christ Church (United Reformed)