5 Upper Mount, Liss, Hants GU33 7RE  01730 858722  29th April 2020

“God blessed [Adam and Eve] and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it.”         Genesis 1:28

Adah gave birth to Jabal; he was the father of those who live in tents and raise livestock. His brother’s name was Jubal; he was the father of all who play stringed instruments and pipes. Zillah also had a son, Tubal-Cain, who forged all kinds of tools out of bronze and iron.          Genesis 4:20-22

In Praise of Non-Essential Workers

There has (rightly) been a lot of attention in recent weeks on “essential workers” – those who need to keep working to keep the country going. Some are more obvious (NHS workers, farmers) others perhaps less so (delivery drivers, national grid workers). We should be grateful to them all. But I want to say something in praise of non-essential workers.

There’s a danger that in the process of celebrating key workers, others feel left out, unvalued, even worthless. If you’re an artist, musician, actor, pastor(!), bookshop owner, athlete…then frankly, we can do without you. If you must, you can keep “working” from your study. Add to that the retirees, homemakers, those not well enough to work, students, unemployed and millions of workers from all sorts of businesses who have been furloughed. Where do we fit in?

Genesis 1:28 (above) is sometimes called the ‘cultural mandate,’ and could be described as God’s blueprint for humanity. It gives a wide remit of filling and subduing, and the verses from Genesis 4 show that work diversifying into different “trades.” These include the ‘essential’ work of farming, and the ‘non-essential’ work of music! We could also think of the artistic skill given to Bezalel and Oholiab (Exodus 35:30-35) for the work on the tabernacle.

Humans were not made simply to exist. If that were the case, we could all live in hermetically sealed boxes, receiving the optimum nutrition down a tube! No, we were made to thrive - to work (in the widest sense of the word) and relate to one another. Which is why the current restrictions are so hard for us to cope with.

This brings tremendous dignity to our lives and work – from caring for a friend to designing a space probe. So, whoever you are, you matter. Your ‘work’ – paid or unpaid – matters. It all adds to the rich tapestry of life as we enjoy God’s creation, and continue the work of filling and subduing. For now, we are relying on the key workers, but we long for the day when we can all benefit again from each other’s ‘work’.

Virtual Prom Praise: A Festival of Hope – Saturday 2nd May, 7.30pm

From their publicity: “Prom Praise is a highly anticipated annual event at the Royal Albert Hall, so we were so disappointed that it had to be cancelled due to COVID-19.  However, we’re grateful for the opportunity to bring our Festival of Hope, this year’s Prom Praise, virtually, into homes around the world.

It will include some of the best content from the last 10 years, a message from Rector of All Souls, Hugh Palmer, and a spectacular performance from a virtual choir and orchestra from around the world, led by All Souls Director of Music, Michael Andrews… from the comfort of his sitting room! Visit for more information.”

Coronavirus and Christ

John Piper has released a book on coronavirus, which you can download for free, or listen to as an audio book (or buy a paper copy). I haven’t read much of it yet, but based on his other work, I think it would be worth reading. If there’s interest, we could arrange a discussion of the book at some point in a few weeks’ time. Get it at

Prayer Meeting – Thursday 7th May, 8.05pm

Our monthly prayer meeting will be online via Google Meet on Thursday 7th May. We will start just after 8pm for those who wish to join the clap for key workers.

It would be encouraging to have a good number join us – you don’t have to pray out loud if you’re not comfortable doing so. As last month, we will allocate folk to lead us in prayer on different areas, and then have time for open prayer. If you would be willing to lead us in a section of prayer, do get in touch with James.

To join, you click the following link - (or copy and paste it into your browser). You do not a google account or to sign up. If you have not used Google Meet before you will asked to download the app. You can do this in advance. Then on the day, you can click ‘ask to join’ and you will be let into the meeting.


Website (for information, and links to resources) –

To request or offer help - ,

Bible Study Groups – Thurs, 8.05pm, looking at 1 Peter. Contact James to join.

The prayer corner team are available to chat or pray. Details in ‘Public Letter 3’.

Sunday’s YouTube service will be at 10.30am. The link will be sent with the service sheet, but you can find us on YouTube by searching for “St Peters IPC Liss”.

Sunday School (for under 11s) – 4pm Sunday -

Together in His hands,

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