Dear Brothers and Sisters
‘We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf.‘ Hebrews 6:19-20a
Early in the morning I often run past a number of ships’ anchors on display outside the Maritime Museum just off Park Row in Greenwich – you may know the ones! I’m always struck by their size, but I suppose it goes without saying that if a boat’s crew want to have confidence that they’ll make it through a storm, the anchor has to be big!
The idea of being well anchored was a metaphor used by the early Christians to express the security and hope of being securely anchored in Jesus. The writer of Hebrews was well aware of the difficulties & trials that his readers faced and wanted to encourage them to remain anchored in Jesus. Of course what was true for them is true for us today. We must also continually grow in confidence in Jesus our anchor so we don’t end up with a faith that is shipwrecked by the difficulties and trials we face.
I suppose the thing about a ship’s anchor is that you can’t see what it’s doing, you just drop it and hope for the best! But the good news for the believer is we have a hope that is ‘firm and secure‘ because our ‘forerunner, Jesus’ has entered the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, ‘on our behalf’. As we face turbulent times, may we know we are safe and secure in him, our anchor!
Sunday Evening – Open to Questions 6pm ‘Race & Racism’ Speaker: Ray Brown from Grace Church Brockley
Questions will be taken on the night and submitted anonymously by text message to a number given out in the evening.
This is a ticketed event and spaces are limited, so please book by going to Eventbrite link – https://sjbraceandracism.eventbrite.com
The event will also be livestreamed on our YouTube Channel here: https://youtu.be/YsI-U-3lhfQ
Please make sure you’ve read the guidelines for attending our services
Tuesday 29th at 7.45pm ‘Love your neighbour by sharing the gospel’
We all long for our ‘neighbours’ to know Jesus. For the last 4 years many of us have been praying this for our friends, family, and work colleagues through our ‘Pray for 3’ initiative. A great way to share your faith is by using a ‘one-to-one’ guide book on John’s Gospel. Andrew Beswetherick has been using this successfully with a few people, it’s fun and accessible and everyone learns something new. There will be a one-off Zoom training session on ‘sharing’ the gospel on Tuesday 29th September at 7.45pm for 8pm – join via the link below:
Meeting ID: 869 0140 3404
It will be chaired by Andrew Beswetherick and led by Mark Campbell from ‘Word One to One’. The guidebook can be viewed here: https://www.theword121.com/
This Sunday the 27th is the deadline for submitting forms for you to be included on the Electoral Roll register. This allows you to fully participate in the forthcoming delayed Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM), which will now be held on Monday 19th October at 7.30pm. This will be via Zoom and I appreciate that this is not satisfactory for everyone but given the circumstances seems an appropriate way forward. Details and agenda will follow.
With my love and prayers, Eddie
Don’t forget to join us for our weekly virtual refreshments at 10.30.
Join us on Zoom (Meeting ID: 875 8169 6484, Password: 547453)