WEEKLY UPDATE 5th April 2020

Even though our Sunday morning worship services have closed until further notice we hope that you have been able to watch the online service we prepared last week. If you have trouble accessing this please let us know and we will try to help you through the issues. We want to assure you that lots of thought has already been offered to creative ways to keep our community connected, supported and cared for.

  • Each week we will make available a short, pre-recorded service you can participate in on your computer or mobile phone. You may like to watch it at 10am on Sunday morning – or any time during the week. Stephen has done a lot of creative work to facilitate this. This Sunday’s Palm Sunday service includes David, Andrew, Ross, Judith, Di and Stephen. You can watch the service at:

 https://stkildabaptist.org.au/sermons/ use the following password StKi!d@B@ptist1954

Holy Week will look and feel very different this year, but we will still offer an online ecumenical Good Friday service, Easter Sunday service and hopefully an online reflective service during the week, stay tuned for details.

From the pastors:

Hi everyone. The words “unprecedented”, “strange” and “surreal” seem to dominate our social conversation. Some of us are now living our lives almost entirely within the confines of our units, rooms, or homes. Some of us are in roles that put us on the front line of health care or rethinking how to deliver services to vulnerable people. I suspect we are all under strain as so much that is nurturing for us is lost and many behaviours that are instinctive for us need to be constantly reconsidered.

It’s important to validate the strain we are under. Many people are talking about heightened levels of fatigue or not sleeping well at night. The combination of heavier burdens and fewer resources is significant. This is a time for compassion both for ourselves as we adjust to new realities and for others who are doing the same.

Within the mix of all this, I continue to experience the way we are finding to reinforce community: phone calls, text messages and little gifts delivered to people’s doorsteps are all emerging as important features of community life at this time. We are working on a system to ensure that nobody loses contact. And we continue to remember that God knows us and feels our strain and holds us even in times like this.

So, we enter Holy Week. We will miss Community Kitchen and MOTH this week, we will miss our beautiful, quiet Maundy Thursday reflective service, our ecumenical Good Friday Service and gathering on Sunday morning. But the message remains the same. God stops at nothing in self-emptying love to give life and healing and forgiveness and freedom to us.

PRAYER POINTS

  • Those who are especially vulnerable and those who are very frightened
  • We commend, applaud and uphold all people who are working at the frontline during this time. To all we offer our thanks and support.
  • For our friends from CK who relied on the company as much as the meal
  • Those who have lost their jobs or had their hours cut and the financial stress this brings
  • For our leaders we ask for wisdom in managing these unprecedented times

A prayer for us all

Creating God, open to us

Light for our darkness,

Courage for our fear,

Hope for our despair,

Loving God, open to us

Wisdom for our confusion,

Forgiveness for our failings,

Love for our hate.

Spirit of Peace, open to us

Peace in our turmoil,

Joy in our sorrow,

Strength in our weakness.

Generous god, open our hearts

To receive the gifts of your Spirit.

Amen.

Howard Thurman

We are a community of people drawn together by the love and grace of God

exemplified for us in the life of Jesus.

We welcome everyone.

This includes people of all cultures, races, religions,

mental and physical capabilities,  sexual orientation and gender identity.

We are committed to peace with justice, and the integrity  of all creation.

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