Every Sunday at 11 am we have a Family Church Service. On the first & third Sunday of the month Holy Communion is celebrated at this service. (Please note that occasionally services take place at Brookmans Park URC – check our Calendar page)
Joshua 1 : V. 9
This is my command : be strong, be resolute; do not be fearful or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
If ever I am need of inspiration or guidance, I can often find an appropriate verse somewhere in the Bible. Contrary to some people’s belief, I don’t know them off by heart, but I am able to search either online or in one of the many church books on my shelf.
Barbara and I are self-isolating trying to keep safe from the virus, we are now into our 33rd day, as I write. We find time on some days to go for a short walk around the block but making sure to cross to the other side of the road if we see anyone approaching. We have taken the opportunity to talk, at a distance, to others who are doing the same as us. We are talking to people whom we may not have talked to before. Yesterday, as I introduced myself to a lady up the road from us, she said… “I do know who you are but haven’t seen you for some years.” On Thursday evenings at 8 o’clock I go to the front door and Barbara the back door to applaud as loudly as possible to show support for the NHS. Some neighbours have frying pans, one has a horn, while someone else has set off noisy fireworks. All with the same idea. We are all so grateful for those in the front line who are doing what they do best to look after the many who have become ill during the past month from Covid19. No-one can fail to give thanks for their service, without which many more of us would not have survived. Captain Tom is 99 years old, soon to be 100. What an amazing show of strength. None of us should be too old to make some active contribution to life in 2020. He has attracted attention and allowed many of us the chance to give money to directly support the NHS by sponsoring him. Currently, £23,100,000. I do like all the zeroes. He started by wanting to reach a target of £1,000. This shows what can be done if we all do a little: one with an idea and many to support the idea.
I expect that many of us have felt frightened during the past few weeks, worrying about what may happen to us or to our families if we are unlucky enough to meet someone who is carrying the virus. It can only be passed on by someone who has already been in contact with it. Sometimes these people may not know that they are infectious. That is why, as we hear every day, we must stay inside our homes unless absolutely necessary to go out for food or exercise. Barbara and I are so grateful for our friends who are bringing food to our doorstep.
In my prayers leading up to Easter I have been reminded of the protection of the Lord and was able to find the verse above: Joshua 1 : verse 9. I think this is one of the verses which I will carry in my heart whenever I am in trouble of being afraid. My faith will give me strength, as it has in the past. I trust in the Lord and place my whole life in his hands now and always. When He decides that my time has come, I hope that I will be ready to join Him.
If our church is to prosper in the coming days, it is important that everyone is in contact with at least one other church person. Please let your Elder know if you have not heard from a church friend for a week.
If you have access to a computer or iPad, then please do join us on Sundays for our ZOOM service. Ask your Elder for help in getting logged on. It has already been quite amazing.
Together we will be strong in our Lord and when all this comes to an end we will meet again.
Christian Love from,
On behalf of the Eldership.
Geoffery Peterson’s Monthly Message
Dear Friends at Potters Bar UR Church,
Another week of lock down closes- that is week 3 – and its likely that by the end of this week Government will have decreed that three more weeks are to be added. I recall that at the beginning of this extraordinary period there was a prediction that for my age group one in every two will land up in hospital, so I would rather spend another three weeks ‘at home’ – it certainly gives me extra time to do other things and I am thinking about another OU study course !
In the current climate I intend to continue with my weekly greeting to ‘yu’all’! In the church calendar the Sunday after Easter Sunday was called Low Sunday because Easter Sunday was such a busy time of services and lots of joy in the Christian story. By comparison the following Sunday was quiet and so some clergy took a ‘holiday’ in order to rest and recover!
In our present lives we look forward to Pentecost which is Sunday 31 May – some six weeks away – and the time when our Lord left his the Holy Spirit as an earnest, or guarantee, of the truth of the Gospel. In between these times we arrive at Ascension Day – Thursday May 21.
My first circular letter was written to celebrate Palm Sunday whilst we were in ‘lock down’. In it I noted that Passover was near and that this event was the reason for the gathering of large crowds of people on the occasion of the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. A friend from Waterlooville wrote back to say that Pesach was indeed next week – Thursday April 9th – i.e. prior to Good Friday 2020 – thank you John! You see both events are linked to phases of the moon!
Last week – Easter Sunday – I took you to the Gospel accounts of Luke and John. This week, having time on our hands, can I suggest that you look at another Gospel account of the Resurrection – the event on which you base your faith and indeed your assurance of your Salvation. Turn to Matthew chapter 27, start at verse 57-61. to set the scene. If your Bible is not to hand then look in the attachments. Read how Joseph requests the body of Jesus from Pilate in order to give Jesus a decent burial. Then a guard is set at the request of the Temple authorities (verses 62 – 66). Chapter 28 tells of His arising – a violent earthquake occurs (presumably frightening away the guards), those guards reporting to the authorities who then bribe them to say nothing. Now read on to the end of the Chapter and you will read of the two Mary’s and the command to go unto Galilee to wait for the Lord to join them there. The disciples duly meet on the Galilee hillside, and that is then the end of Mathew’s account. Notice the final command to ‘go into the whole world and make followers’, Oh!, and the assurance that ’I will be with you always’ – a promise that is so important at the present time.
Here are two songs that come to my mind, two songs for you to sing in and around the house today and during the week ahead:-
1. ‘Go forth and tell! God’s love embraces all’
Go forth and tell Go forth and tell! O Church of God, awake!
God’s saving news to all the nations take:
proclaim Christ Jesus, Saviour, Lord and King,
that all the world His worthy praise may sing.
Go forth and tell! God’s love embraces all;
He will in grace respond to all who call:
how shall they call if they have never heard
the gracious invitation of His word?
Finally, a song for the current situation, a song that
tells that our hope is in Christ alone and that we are being
protected against any power of hell, or scheme of man,;-
(2) In Christ alone my hope is found
In Christ alone my hope is found,
He is my light, my strength, my song;
This Cornerstone, this solid Ground,
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My Comforter, my All in All,
Here in the love of Christ I stand.
No guilt in life, no fear in death,
This is the power of Christ in me;
From life’s first cry to final breath,
Jesus commands my destiny.
No power of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand:
Till He returns or calls me home,
Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand.
So, on this second Sunday of Easter I wish you every
Blessing in Jesus Name, and may God be with you even in ‘Lock Down’
Enjoy your Sunday !