Greetings to you one again!
All over the world talk in recent few days seems to have been increasingly about ending the lockdown and how we might gradually return to ‘normality’. It is, of course, a very delicate balance. No-one wants to prolong unnecessary inconvenience and suffering – but if we rush too quickly to normalising things we risk undoing all the progress that has been made. Our leaders need wise judgment and discernment and we as Christ’s church must pray for them as they grapple with difficult decisions. Please do pray for our governments at this time. Pray too for the church elders as we meet on Monday evening online and will be monitoring the situation and considering our response to recent government instructions about gatherings.
It a great pleasure fo me to welcome Dr Arie Glas as our preacher this coming Sunday. Dr Glas is Medical Director of the Mulanje Mission Hospital in Malawi which our church supports. He and his family are currently here in the Netherlands as he cannot travel back to Malawi at present, so it is good to have contact with him while he is here. Note below in our list of this week’s activities that he is also giving as talk on Zoom on Tuesday evening: please join us if you can.
(or any other time, it’s prerecorded)
For anyone who wishes to consider the text for this Sunday in advance it is Acts 7:51-8:1, the story of the death of the first Christian martyr, Stephen.
Short evening prayers, Compline: Join us on ZOOM
knitting Christmas angels. Contact Gillian Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org
(ideally at this time, but any other time is also fine)
Psalm reciting. This weeks psalms are numbers 110-118
Talk by Dr Arie Glas, Medical Director of the Mulanje Mission Hospital, Malawi:
‘A Global Pandemic: what does Covid 19 mean for Malawi?’ If you would like to participating, please send an e-mail to email@example.com.
Bible Study: continuing this week at the Book of the Acts of the Apostles.
Join us on SKYPE
Short evening prayers, Compline: You can join us on ZOOM
In a time like this there may be people who feel especially in need of prayer either for themselves or for someone else. There is a small group of people in the congregation who take it in turns on Sundays to be available after the service to pray for anyone in need – so, if you would like prayer or have a a particular prayer request please contact Margaret Richards on firstname.lastname@example.org and she and the others will pray accordingly.
A word about finance….
Please note that in this period when we are not meeting together there is a way of giving to the church on the website, www.ercadam.nl.
God bless you all and keep us united as a church family – and safe and well.
Rev. Dr. Lance Stone