Dear Church Family,
The church building reopened for private prayer on Wednesday – praise God! It’s been wonderful to see many of you coming in to pray. We’ve also had a number of people from the local community popping by too. In these uncertain days, we have a great opportunity to speak of the love of Christ – a love that will not let us go!
The hymn ‘O Love that wilt not let me go’ was written by George Matheson in 1882. He was training for ministry in Scotland and was engaged to be married. Sadly his fiancé learned he was going blind and she called off the engagement not wanting to go through life with a blind man! His sister cared for him for many years but eventually she left him and got married herself. On the evening of her wedding after she had departed he was left alone and as he reflected on his own heartbreak the Lord gave him these words:
O Love, that wilt not let me go,
I rest my weary soul in Thee;
I give Thee back the life I owe,
That in Thine ocean depths its flow
May richer, fuller be.
In Romans 8.35 Paul asked ‘Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution of famine or nakedness or danger or sword?’ He answers his own question emphatically: NOTHING! It has reminded me that no blindness, no Covid-19, no social distancing, not even the church building being closed, can separate us from the love of Christ. We’re all having to cope with a great deal of separation from one another but the good news is that nothing can separate us from His love – be encouraged!
The online morning service will be available, as usual, at 10am on Sunday followed by Zoom refreshments (information attached). In the evening we continue with our series on Habakkuk – this week ‘Rejoicing after Judgement’. Hope to see you over the weekend.
In the love of Christ,