Dear Church Family,
‘How long, O LORD?’ – Psalm 13.1
How long will it be before schools reopen, how long before business can operate again, how long before we can go somewhere different, how long before we can see family and friends, how long before we as a fellowship can be back together again … how long?
This Psalm of David is a lament for circumstances where the worshipper is on the verge of despair, his powers of endurance spent. I know many of us are struggling in this way, feeling that we’ve just had enough! I am thankful to God for the Psalms as they share our honesty before the Lord. It is good for us to rehearse our troubles before him in prayer.
Even though our questions and struggles are rightly poured out before our loving Father, we must also remember that ultimately they will only be resolved by trusting in his character. Charles Spurgeon beautifully put it ‘When you cannot trace his hand; you can always trust his heart.’ Similarly David ends Psalm 13 with ‘But I will trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing the LORD’S praise, for he has been good to me.’
Ask the Lord ‘How long?’ But then allow him to make your heart long for something greater than answers to our questions. Below I link to a song for your own reflections based on a similar question found in Revelation 6, which was written to Christians who were also struggling and wrestling with ‘How Long O Lord?’. May it bless you as it blessed me: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5c65B3JUmos
9.15 & 11.15am for the final part of our series on Haggai: ‘Future Hope’. The 11.15 service will be live streamed via the St John’s YouTube channel.
10.30am Virtual Refreshment – join via the zoom link below for some fellowship time together:
Meeting ID: 814 2447 3923
6pm Unplugged via zoom led by some of the young people. Please join using the link below:
Meeting ID: 871 3762 3729
FOODBANK at St John’s
We continue to be open for anyone from the church or the community.
Tuesdays 2pm – 4.30pm
Saturdays 10am – 12.30pm
If you would like to know more or wish to help, please contact Julia Wright via the Office.
CALL TO PRAYER
Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to endorse the Archbishops ‘Letter to the nation’ calling us to pray. They write:
“One thing we can all do is pray. We hope it is some consolation to know that the church prays for the life of our nation every day. Whether you’re someone of faith, or not, we invite you to call on God in prayer. Starting on 1 February we invite you to set aside time every evening to pray, particularly at 6pm each day.”
The full letter can be found here: https://www.churchofengland.org/news-and-media/news-and-statements/coronavirus-archbishops-invite-nation-pause-pray-and-remember
May I encourage us all to pause and pray for our nation in this crisis that many will call on the name of Jesus and be saved.
Yours in Christ,