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8th April 2020

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” 1 Peter 1:3

Which curve are you looking at?

There is a lot of focus on death at the moment. Statisticians are keeping a close eye on death rates, trying to predict where the curves are heading; scientists are working on various fronts to reduce the number of deaths, and governments are implementing the strategies they think will best help save lives. Individually, too, we are perhaps thinking more about our own mortality, or that of loved ones.

The Easter story of course has a death front and centre, and yet ultimately, it’s about life, not death. As Peter writes in the verse above, it’s about new birth, living hope, resurrection. Jesus walked out of his grave, so that we need no longer be held captive to the overwhelming fear of death. As Jesus tells Martha, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me shall live, even though he dies,” (John 11:25).

The way we mark Easter this year may look very different, but the truths we’re celebrating are just the same. It’s my hope and prayer that we, as a church family, may be able to lift our eyes above the current focus on death, and instead rejoice in the new life available to us in Christ. That is one glorious curve, ever on an upward trajectory.

Bible Study – 8.05pm Thursday 9th April

We will be having an online Bible Study tomorrow night, Thursday 9th April. As it’s ‘Maundy Thursday’ we’ll be looking at the Last Supper from Mark 14:12-26. We will be using Skype. It will start just after 8pm so those who wish to can join in the applause for the NHS. Please let James know if you would like to be involved.

These groups will be on every Thursday during the lockdown, apart from the first Thursday of the month which will be a prayer meeting.

Good Friday – 10.30am, Friday 10th April

Our joint Good Friday event with Trinity Church, Liphook. This is obviously now cancelled. However, we are working on a pre-recorded service which will be available on Trinity’s youtube channel (TRINITY CHURCH LIPHOOK) at 10.30am on Friday morning. We will send round the link when we have it.

Easter Collection for New Hope, Uganda

Increasingly, concern is turning to how the developing world will be able to cope with the coronavirus. You will have seen the email we sent round last week from New Hope Uganda (where Kate Tolhurst is our mission partner). They have an emergency appeal to help them prepare for, and deal with the consequences of, the virus.

We would like to take a special collection over this Easter time to support this appeal. If anyone would like to contribute, and is in a position to do so, you can make online transfers to the church account (sort code: 206749 account: 50508489), with “New Hope Easter” as the reference, or put cash or cheques (clearly marked) through the Pearman’s door – 17 Old School Road, Liss.

Reminders

For up to date information, and links to previous services and letters – www.ipc-liss.com. You can also sign up here to get on the admin and prayer email lists.

To request or offer help for any practical needs - st.peters-coronavirus-help@ipc-liss.com, or phone James or the deacons.

John Barrs is sending out regular prayer one-liners. To receive these, or send any requests, please email .

The prayer corner team are available to chat or pray on the phone. Contact details in ‘Public Letter 3’.

The link for Easter Sunday’s service is https://youtu.be/kmFmfD3iq4I. It will go live just before 10.30am, but you will also be able to watch it at a later date.

Contact Jacob Smith to be involved with post church WhatsApp chat.

Sunday School (for under 11s) – 4pm Sunday meet.google.com/ynr-ivaq-wbe

Cynthia’s Birthday – Cynthia will be 90 on 22nd April. If you would like to send a card, the address is - 34 Fulford Road, Epsom KT19 9QX.

Useful Resources

A lot of us our using our ‘devices’ even more than usual in lockdown. Phillip Johnston (who was previously a L'Abri worker, and recently appointed by Hope Church, Greatham) has written this interesting article Love In An Age Of Information Overload (thanks to Andrew Crick for suggesting).

Many of us will be missing singing together at church. You can find all sorts of Christian music online (or even dig out old CDs/minidiscs/tapes/records…). Susie Hoffman has highlighted the Getty family hymn singing sessions, and the FIEC have put together an Easter playlist (thanks to David Legg for sharing).

This blog from the Christian Medical Fellowship has specific points to pray for Christian healthcare workers.

Acknowledging The Guardian again – here’s ten virtual tours you can take of world landmarks from the comfort of your own home.

Together in His hands,

James Buchanan              Home: 01730 858722               Mobile:07828 845084

A minister, a priest and a rabbit walk into a bar. The rabbit says, “I think I might be a typo.”