Dear brothers and sisters,
16 “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Hebrews 4:16
What a wonderful invitation. We come before the throne of grace, just as we are. Because we can. We don’t need to knock, send a Zoom invite, create an agenda, put our ‘game face’ on. Because of Jesus’ death on the cross we have unlimited access. Always. Because of Jesus, God has an open door policy for each of us, individually and together. Just come in. Come to the throne of grace. Be felled to your knees by his love. Be astounded by his forgiveness. There’s never ‘not a good time’ to stand in awe, in tears, in anger, in confusion, in wonder, in all that we are, before the throne of grace. Our need is very great. God’s mercy is greater. And we can approach with confidence. Because “we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who was tempted in every way that we are, yet was without sin” v.15. Jesus gets it. He gets us. His sacrifice opened the Way to the throne of grace, to God our Father. The week ahead has at least two significant events for our city and our nation. Tomorrow (17th April) the Duke of Edinburgh will be laid to rest. As with countless others this past year, his funeral will comply with Covid restrictions. As it begins, at 3pm, a national minute’s silence will be observed. Then Thursday (22ndApril) is Stephen Lawrence Day. Many in the church family will remember vividly the events of that day in 1993 when this young black man was murdered just a couple of miles from St Johns, in an unprovoked racial attack. The City of London will mark the day with an online event – Silence Is Not An Option.
Whether honoured by silence or by speaking out, both these national events, and other prompts in our April prayer diary, invite our response.
And what is our first response? The invitation is there, to come, to approach the throne of grace, individually and yet united by the Cross. However great our need, we shall find grace, because God’s mercy is greater.
Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) – Monday 19.45
On Monday (19 April) we will have our APCM, which is being held via Zoom. You are very welcome to join us and if you are on the electoral roll you can vote if required. Zoom meeting details are below and the papers are attached for your reading. These are important meetings in the regular life of the church, so we encourage you to attend and ask that you continue to pray as we seek the Lord’s guidance going forwards.
Join Zoom meeting:
Meeting ID: 817 4311 5652
Morning Services at 9.15am in person; 11.15am both in person and livestreamed via St John’s YouTube channel.
Evening Service at 6pm in person; a recording will be available on our YouTube channel.
Zoom refreshments at 10.30am
‘Beyond Racial Gridlock: Embracing mutual responsibility’ by George Yancey
First meeting – 27th April | 8pm | Zoom
Isaac Mugenyi is coordinating this group, starting with discussing the first half of ‘Beyond Racial Gridlock’. If you would like to be part of this group, please email the office to say you would like to be involved and buy & read the first part of the book (available at Eden, Amazon or AbeBooks). If you have trouble purchasing the book, we can provide you with a copy.