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15th April 2020

“Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened towards Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before.” Daniel 6:10

Routine

How have your routines changed in these days of lockdown? Maybe you’ve got into new habits of your daily exercise, elevenses at home, zoom calls with the family. Maybe you struggle to stick to any sort of routine, without the impetus of somewhere to go or somewhere to be. Maybe your work schedule has been thrown off kilter by the need to do more virtually.

I guess we all know routines can be very useful – they help us to do things without thinking about them (like brushing our teeth), and we probably also know the struggle of maintaining spiritual routines (like reading our Bible).

The verse above is from the story of Daniel and the Lion’s Den in Daniel 6. You might like to read the chapter to (re)familiarise yourself with it.

Daniel has a good routine of praying three times a day. Even in exile. Even when a law makes it illegal. Even when threatened with lions. In a world of changing and challenging circumstances, he relied on that regular pattern of time with God. And notice too what sort of prayers he prays – despite the situation, he’s giving thanks!

As the days and weeks start to drag on, I think routines will be very helpful for us to stay motivated. Alongside your routines of work, meals, exercise, cleaning etc, perhaps it’s an opportunity for you to start or renew spiritual routines. Regularly relying on God, and giving thanks.

Bible Study – 8.05pm Thursday 16th April

We will be having an online Bible Study tomorrow night, Thursday 16th April. We’re going to begin looking at 1 Peter – written to Christians experiencing trials of various kinds, 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.

Easter Collection for New Hope, Uganda

A reminder of our Easter Collection for New Hope, Uganda (where Kate Tolhurst is our mission partner). We would like to take a special collection to support their emergency 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.

New Sermon Series

This Sunday we’ll be starting a new sermon series on the life of Joseph. For those keeping a keen eye on these things, this is the third instalment of our “Land of our Fathers” series in Genesis. It would be good to read through the account in the coming days – Genesis 37-50.

Apologies in advance if you spend the next few months humming Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s version, but hopefully we’ll be encouraged by seeing that the story is really all about God.

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 - , 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 Sunday’s service is https://youtu.be/CA3aMrMJ-hM. It will go live at 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/tdg-jofe-dge

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.

Together in His hands,

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