Dear Church Family,
Recently, it seems as if every time I write to you I only have sad news and today is no exception. I need to inform you that our dear sister Deanna Burrell died last week following complications in heart surgery. I know for many this will come as a shock. We will always recall her positive outlook to life despite many difficulties, and her strong faith in the Lord Jesus. Please remember her family and friends in prayer and praise God she’s now with Jesus.
Death seems to be all around us at the moment whether it’s from within the church family, from the daily death toll from Covid-19, or the shocking injustice of the murder of George Floyd. At the church weekend away we learnt the song ‘Where, O Grave, is your Victory?‘ quoting Paul’s famous words in 1 Corinthians 15. I’ve found great comfort in its lyrics:
Through all life’s sorrows and despairs,
I will not be moved.
When facing death, I need not fear –
I have this hope secured:
Because Christ died at Calvary,
sin has on me no claim.
Because He overcame the grave,
with Him I will be raised.
It reminded me that death is not able to crush us, it only brings us to new life, and so we become something extraordinary in Christ. Perhaps you might find it as encouraging as I have, follow the link: Where, O Grave, is your Victory?
As I think of that new life in Christ, it also reminded me that its Pentecost Sunday tomorrow. Although the new life will only be fully known after death, the coming of the Holy Spirit brings the first fruits of that new life – so please do join us online at 10am as we celebrate this important day in the life of the Church.
Finally, we also have the return of the Evening Service via Zoom. Please look out for that at 6pm. I’m very excited about this as we experiment with this new format and as we delve into the book of Habakkuk, under the title ‘From Wrestling to Rejoicing’. I look forward to seeing you there, see the website or social media for further details.
‘May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.’ – Romans 15.13.
With love and prayers, Eddie