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6th May 2020

“I cried out to God for help; I cried out to God to hear me. When I was in distress, I sought the Lord, at night I stretched out untiring hands and my soul refused to be comforted.” Psalm 77:1-2

A Cry for Help

How are you feeling? One of the encouraging aspects of the Bible is how real it is about normal human experience. As we’ve seen in Genesis, God’s people are constantly battling their own sin and foolishness, attacks of others, and the seemingly random twists of history. In the Psalms, we see raw emotions poured out to God – joy, fear, anguish, amazement, doubt, comfort.

Psalm 77 is one example. Asaph doesn’t hide his pain from God, and yet as the Psalm goes on, he reflects on God’s faithfulness: To this I will appeal: the years of the Right Hand of the Most High (v10). This is a great model for us, in all our distress (and indeed all our joy) we should cry out, with honesty and confidence, to our faithful God.

Zwingli’s Plague Song

We’re getting used to being told we’re in unprecedented times, but of course, that’s only if we have a short memory. Plagues have struck before. Ulrich Zwingli was a protestant reformer in Zurich, and a contemporary of Martin Luther. He lived through a plague in 1519. Marty Cowan of Union Theological College, Belfast has a good article about it – Zwingli’s Plague Song. He wrote the following song, very much treading in the footsteps of the Psalm writers.

Help, Lord God, help in this trouble!
I think death is at the door.
Stand before me, Christ;
for you have overcome him!
To Thee I cry:
If it is Thy will, take out the dart, which wounds me,
Nor lets me have an hour’s rest or repose!
Will’st Thou, however, that death take me in the midst of my days, so let it be!
Do what Thou wilt; me nothing lacks.
Thy vessel am I; to make or break altogether.

Something completely different: highlights from the Royal Opera House (Royal Ballet)'s Alice's Adventures in Wonderland are available on YouTube for you to enjoy - Caterpillar, the Mad Hatter's Tea Party, and the Tart Adage.

Prayer Meeting – Thursday 7th May, 8.05pm – 2 Options

Our monthly prayer meeting will be split into 2 groups this month. Both will start just after 8pm for those who wish to join the clap for key workers. Do join us – you don’t have to pray out loud if you’re not comfortable doing so.

Google Meet - To join, you click the following link - meet.google.com/nte-eucc-zmt (or copy and paste it into your browser). Contact James with any technical issues.

Skype – To join, contact Andrew Pearman () with your Skype name.

Zoomutopia Free Online Conference – Thursday 14th May, 3pm-6pm.

Suffering and the Glory of God, With Kevin De Young, Garry Williams and the IPC’s own Jonty Rhodes. Will be well worth a listen if you’re available. Details here.

Birds Have Nests

In these days of lockdown, most of us are spending more time at home, and thinking about our ‘homes’ – what we’re grateful for, and what we wished we had (in terms of companionship, space, or facilities). But we are also aware, through personal experience or second-hand, of the ‘housing crisis’. I found this article by David Corbett from the Jubilee Centre interesting and thought-provoking -Birds have Nests.

Compassion Appeal

There are of course plenty of appeals for money going around at the moment, and you may well have particular charities you support. But if you are in a position to give and wondering about where, Laetitia would like to draw our attention to Compassion. They have launched an emergency appeal in light of the coronavirus. Funds will be distributed through local partner churches to those in need. Find out more about their COVID-19 Emergency Appeal at https://www.compassionuk.org/.

Links

Website (for information, and links to resources) – www.ipc-liss.com.

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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 find us on YouTube by searching for “St Peters IPC Liss”.

Sunday School (for under 11s) – 4pm Sunday - meet.google.com/tdg-jofe-dge

Together in His hands,

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