Hello brothers and sisters,
Come unto me all who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest! Matthew 11:28
Little did we know, in mid-March when this verse was posted outside our church building, that on May 1st we would still be in lockdown. I’m beginning to hear about lockdown weariness. Weary of our own company, longing for a hug. Weary of the relentless demands of entertaining small children; weary of juggling conflicting priorities of home working and home schooling; weary, dare I suggest of too many online socials. Come unto me all who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest. An invitation and a promise. Perhaps we feel burdened by the impact of this global pandemic on our future. Burdened by lives lost, by the suffering of so many who struggle to make ends meet. Burdened by a frustration that Covid-19 seems uncontrollable. In the midst of all the lockdown opportunities, it’s fine to acknowledge that it’s hard at times. The good news is that we have somewhere to go with our weariness! This is not about sleep, or lack of it. When we come to Jesus, he promises us rest from our deepest weariness, rest from our heaviest burdens. He promises you and me ‘rest for your soul’. (Matthew 11:29)
But what does coming to Jesus look like? It means once again, or perhaps for the first time, coming to the realisation that Jesus is who he says he is. The Son of God, who died and rose again, who promises forgiveness of sins and eternal life, who alone can bring us a ‘peace which transcends understanding.’ (Phil 4:7) It’s an open invitation – ‘come’ – with a simple promise, ‘rest’. Let’s share the good news, there is somewhere to go with our weariness!
A reminder that although Small Group ‘relaunch’ is on hold, taking time to ‘refresh’ and ‘refocus’ has rarely been more timely! Let’s keep reaching out to one another, strengthening existing links, making new ones.
St Johns continues to be an official Foodbank Referral Centre. If you know of anyone in need of a Foodbank Voucher please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday Service online at 10am – do use our media platforms to invite friends near and far. In fact, why not get together for coffee online after the service!
Keep in touch. I’m always happy to chat.
Love and blessings,