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25th March 2020 This fear of death is increasingly apparent around us. We are all being confronted with the reality of our mortality. Our friends and neighbours may fear for their own lives, or their loved ones. And as the numbers increase, more people will be affected by deaths

“Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your sins, and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit.” Psalm 103:2-4

Dear Friends,

I hope this finds you in good health and good spirits. Although it is now cliché to say it, we are in unprecedented times, and need to ensure we navigate through it safely.
I thought it might be helpful if I write a letter, every week or so, with updates relating to St Peters, resources, and food for thought. If there are things you would like me to address, do get in touch.

Loving our Neighbours

Since the children have flesh and blood, Jesus too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death – that is the devil – and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. Hebrews 2:14-15

This fear of death is increasingly apparent around us. We are all being confronted with the reality of our mortality. Our friends and neighbours may fear for their own lives, or teir loved ones. As the numbers increase, more people will be affected by deaths related to coronavirus, or funerals affected by the restrictions. How can we help?

There are many community initiatives coming out to help and support people. These are good to see, and we should support them where we can. But they do little to lessen this fear of death.

As Christians we can offer something else. Jesus has released us from the slavery we were in by triumphing over sin, death and the devil. Alleluia!

We shouldn’t present a false stoicism in the face of death, nor do we have to try and say everything in one go, but we may be able to speak something of our assurance of life after death. The fear may make people more willing to listen.

We can also offer to pray for people. Even if they have no faith themselves, they will generally be pleased, even comforted, by the idea someone is praying for them. It may also lead to gospel conversations.

Why not commit to praying that God would use you as an example and witness to a non Christian friend, colleague or family member in the next few weeks?

Third time a dream


Thank you for bearing with us on Sunday morning, whenw e finally managed to stream our ‘live service’ despite 2 feeds being removed by YouTube for ‘copyright infringement’! I have lodged an appeal against those decisions.

You can re watch by following the same link - https://youtu.be/WOWlr0rCwVs.

Thank you to John Barrs for sending out the various links, and to Jacob for facilitating post church chat on WhatsApp. Thank you to all for encouragements, feedback and suggestions as to how to improve. We will take them on board as we plan for this week. I am thinking about if/how to include music.

We will attempt the same format for this Sunday. I will email a link and service sheet out on Saturday. Should we be cut off, keep an eye on your emails, and hopefully a new link will appear. This time I will only go live just before the service starts, but you can still log in a few minutes before and will see a holding screen. Incidentally, it will be on a new channel, so apologies to those of you who subscribed.

Help needed/offered

Don’t forget we’ve set up a dedicated email address to coordinate needs and offers of help - st.peters-coronavirus-help@ipc-liss.com. or use the website form Alternatively, you can phone me or the deacons. Obviously the help we can offer is restricted by the latest government instructions. But we are still able to go out to ‘help a vulnerable person’.

One simple thing we can do is staying in touch with each other. Phonecall, texts and emails are all good ways to communicate and encourage each other in these strange days - even if you wouldn’t normally call someone like that in ‘peace time’

If there are particular prayer requests for yourself or others you knpw, do send them in.We intend to produce a prayer bulletin. If the individual is not someone in the church it may be necessay to anonymize the request to some extent

Useful resources


Together in His hands,

James Buchanan

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