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Weekly Sheet 26 September 2021

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Readings for Week 26 in Year 1

Monday:          Zechariah 8:1-8; Psalm 102: 11-22; Luke 9:46-50
Tuesday:          Zechariah 8:20-23; Psalm 87; Luke 9:51-56
Wednesday:     Readings for today on a special sheet
Thursday:        Nehemiah 8:1-12; Psalm 19:7-10; Luke 10:1-12
Friday:            Baruch 1:15-21; Psalm 79:1-9; Luke 10:13-16
Saturday:         Baruch 4:5-12, 27-29-15; Psalm 69:32-36; Luke 9:43-10:17-24

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Hello! Here is this week’s weekly sheet.

Right now I am at the Diocesan Conference in Ty Teilo High School, a Church in Wales School. Well, to be honest, I am not actually there, but at home and watching the live stream on YouTube. I felt I had far too many quarts to cram into a pint pot this Saturday, so I gave my apologies and here I am, typing this email.

What has this got to do with you? Quite a lot really!

The business portion, which was on Zoom only this Thursday evening gone, had as its focus Climate Change. The general theme today is about how church works after the Pandemic. 

The mere fact that you are receiving this via email means you have some sort of computer terminal. It may be a PC – either desktop or laptop, or a tablet or a smart phone or a smart TV and so on. Whatever it is, it will be vital to you and to church in the years to come.

As you know during the start of lockdown, streaming kept our churches open. Our Rector grasped the opportunity to do so, first from All Saints as it was – as we all know – just across the road. Then as the lockdown evolved the locations of the weekday services were added in. I picked up the streaming of Evening Prayer from St John the Baptist and that still continues, as does the streaming of our weekday Eucharists. When Fr Mark came along, because the lockdown had now evolved to allow him to, he brought his strong Social Media skills with him and recently is the driving force behind our state of the art camera streaming from All Saints. The presence of technology in our outreach (mission is a much better word) is obvious.

In addition, just like every other facet of life post COVID-19, church will never be the same. In fact church has to do more, it has to respond to the needs of the changed society in which it has its being. 

In addition to this, there is the role we as Christians have to play in leading the changes in society that will come (note not might) as the moves to a better environment start to bite. We are stewards – all of us – of this planet, which is part of a vast universe created by God.

That same God was incarnate into the local environment and traditions and society 1st century Judea and you know that persons name, Jesus of Nazareth. As the risen and ascended Christ he is now incarnate in our local environment and traditions and society. The way he reacted to manage the changes needed in the minds of his followers and the world at that time, brought about the evolution of a Jewish Sect meeting in synagogues into the body of Christ, or our church. 

This evolution continues and is just as valid today as to was then. The way he responded was a three way action: he noticed, he had compassion and he acted. In 1st century Judea it was his eyes that noticed, his heart that had the compassion which his mind converted into action for his hands and his words. 

Today  we, as the body of Christ are empowered to be those things in his stead. Our eyes, hands, minds, hearts and voices are needed, much as they ever were, but with a greater emphasis on the journey out of pandemic and helping those affected by it as well as the lifestyle changes necessary to save our planet.

One speaker at conference said his local priest was also a prison chaplain and at the end of the service as he finished up and dismissed the congregation, he would say, the service is over, now the worship begins. 

With prayers and warmest wishes,
Geoff