Welcome to another ‘Message from The Manse’, part of our weekly communication which include our weekly Podcasts available every Sunday morning and our Zoom Gathering at 12 Noon on Sundays.
To find a podcast or Youtube version go to our web page www.mbfc.org.uk and follow the links
If you would prefer a copy on CD we can deliver this to you- just let us know!!
SOLIDARITY SUNDAY 31ST MAY PRAYING WITH BMS THIS WEEK
• We pray that God will stop the spread of the virus.
• We pray for the response to the virus around the world.
• We pray for people living and working under lockdown around the world.
Your gifts have helped BMS to provide :
• Equipment in Chad to screen patients so sufferers can go to the designated hospital
• Emergency Food for families in need In SriLanka
• Financial support for hospitals In Nepal
• Soap and hand washing facilities privided for 4644 families whose children attend preschool classes and 16,000 masks to Maputo Hospital In Mozambique
• 4000 meals a day are providerd in Delhi and 400 meals a day in Kolkata
Please keep on supporting BMS in prayer and giving via our Treasurer or direct
We are grateful for your continuing gifts to the church general funds and Project50. Please continue to put weekly envelopes through the door of the or make payments to the bank; Details from our Treasurer.
‘FEED’ FOOD BANK IS IN NEED!! Currently there is a special need for the following items. If you can help by dropping off items at 4 Sherwood Avenue or directly at the Vineyard Church you will be helping many! Coffee; Sugar; UHT Milk; Squash; Rice; Pasta; Tinned Spaghetti; Ravioli; Macaroni Cheese; Tinned Meat Pies; Meat Meals, Tuna, Tinned Veg; Disposable Nappies size 4 and above or give financially via https://www.bankuet.co.uk/feedstalbans Thank You
BAPTISTS TOGETHER WEEKLY GATHERING
Join the national time of prayer by logging on to the Baptists Together Website and following the Coronavirus Link every Wednesday and Sunday at 7pm. The 30 minute session is led by Rev Lynn Green the General Secretary and a different minister/leader at each session with a short biblical reflection.
LOOKING AHEAD .
We want to build on what we are learning during this period of restrictions when we reopen our doors, We welcome any reflections you may have. Please send them to me or to Philip Whitlock. .
ARE YOU WONDERING ????
COVID experience has raised issues for many people about Faith, Life, Death and other things. If you would like to explore them further. I would be happy to start a small group on Zoom with you and others. If you are interested let me know!
IMAGE BOX – THE MBFC ART, CRAFT AND PHOTO PROJECT
The Image Box project is developing!! Kirsty needs photos and artwork that belong to us as a church for use on our website, Facebook, YouTube and printed matter.
Everything from fine art to cartoons, photos to computer graphics are welcome and it would be particularly useful if you could design some artwork for our YouTube presentations e.g. pictures for the prayer slides.
SOURCES OF ENCOURAGEMENT
TOUR OF THE BIBLE WITH HELEN PAYNTER CONTINUES!!
Helen is a Tutor at Bristol Baptist College and has produced a tour of the bible, a series of talks about the content and context of each book of the bible. Easy to listen to and very helpful and informative
https://www.baptist.org.uk/Articles/569271/Tour_of_the.aspx or Search Youtube Helen Paynter Tour of The Bible
Join the Christian writer Adrian Plass and his wife Bridget for amusing and uplifting listening in their ‘No Shore in Sight’ daily podcast and other thoughts and prayers www.adrianplass.com
ANOTHER SONG OF ENCOURAGEMENT!
Rory Carver, the son of Rev Simon Carver of Dagnall St Baptist Church, is a professional singer. Listen to him singing ‘Bowed on my knees and cried holy’. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1fksWufLbV216sI1EMcgJKUaoT1xy4vXU/view?usp=sharing
FOR YOUR PRAYERS
Those who are in care and unable to have visitors
Those who are unwell or receiving treatment and their carers
Those who mourn
Pray for God’s comfort and strength to be with those affected by Covid 19, especially those who have lost loved ones, particularly those whose relatives were NHS and Care workers.
All Medical staff in hospitals and Care Staff in homes and in the community
Those who are anxious about or who are having to make decisions about returning to work, particularly school teachers and pupils
The timing of the lifting of restrictions will not encourage ‘a second spike’
Those with ongoing medical treatments that have been postponed or disrupted by the crisis
Those who have been unable to get out and are missing family and friends
Scientists seeking to understand the virus and how it can be treated and prevented
Those living in countries with poor medical services
Families facing financial and employment difficulties.
Pray for those members of our wider church family involved in working in the crisis
50 QUESTIONS CHURCH QUIZ NIGHT THURSDAY 4TH JUNE 7.30 ON ZOOM OR ON PAPER
As this week ( 28th March ) will be the last ‘Clap the Key Workers’ night , we will be able to have our 50 Question quiz on 4th June We will send a zoom invitation out with this week’s Sunday zoom invitation!
If you would like to join in but do not have Zoom, please ring or e mail and we will send you the questions on paper!!
Donations for each correct answer made at your discretion to Project50 and BMS!!!
ZOOM REFLECTION 24TH MAY JEREMIAH 9:23-24
For those of you unable to join us on Zoom last Sunday here is the Reflection that we shared from Jeremiah 9:23-24.
This is what the Lord says: ‘Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strongman boast of his strength or the rich man Boast of his riches but let him who boasts, boasts about this: that he understands and knows me. That I am the Lord who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth , for in these I delight.’
Jeremiah is reflecting on a national disaster The people of Israel have been taken and are ‘locked down’ in captivity in Babylon and all that they had known as normal has ended with some terrible violence.
Jeremiah is full of sorrow and a sense of hopelessness. In chapter 8;21-22 he laments ; Since my people are crushed I am crushed. I mourn , horror grips me. Is there no balm in Gilead Is there no physician there ? Why then is there no healing for the wound of my people..?
Yet despite this deep sadness and amidst all this suffering, Jeremiah is given this picture of what is really important in life. It is not wealth or strength - but understanding and knowing God.
let him who boasts, boasts about this: that he understands and knows me. That I am the Lord who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth , for in these I delight.’
Even amidst the suffering of the moment God is at work exercising Kindness, justice and righteousness on earth. This is as true in our day as it was in Jeremiah’s.
God is exercising his kindness through the love and care that we are showing one another. He is doing it through the challenges being made to political attitudes as the world is being confronted with obvious injustices that have been exposed through the world wide nature of Covid 19. He is calling many to seek his ways of righteousness as we think about restarting life after the lockdown in a different way than before.
As we look forward to the future and what life will be like after the pandemic has died down these verses make it clear that the health and healing that the world needs can not come from human strength and wealth but by growing and living in in our understanding of kindness, justice and righteousness, for it is these things ‘in which God delights’
We need to consider and pray for the part we can play in bringing these things into our daily living as we strive to delight God
SOME HELPFUL SCRIPTURE READINGS
Why not share with us those verses which have been meaningful and helpful to you?
MESSY CHURCH PODCAST
A special Pentecost Messy Church Podcast will be on the church website!
‘Blessed is he who does good to others and desires not that others should do him good’ Giles of Assisi d 1262