Come to me all who are weary and heavy-laden and I will give you restMatthew 11 v28
To those who are familiar with the Book of Common Prayer these are well-known words. In fact ,the Prayer Book calls them "Comfortable". They come at a point in the service where we have confessed our weakness and failure and acknowledged our unworthiness and yet have also heard a prayer of forgiveness. This and other verses are read out to encourage us to receive that forgiveness in our hearts and minds. We are called upon. Having heard them we are encouraged to take comfort and "Lift up our hearts".
When we really learn to cast on Him our cares and worries and the weariness our failures can bring, we can find a rest that is deep and profound; but we can't cast on Him that weariness without recognising where it comes from. When we come to that recognition, we can indeed, as St Peter puts it "Cast our cares on Him for he cares for us" and that gives us cause to "Lift up our hearts!"
Lord Jesus Christ, help us to come to you the Way the Truth and the Life and to cast our cares on you and find the rest for our souls you promised. Amen
Tony Berry, 2nd August 2021
St James' is now open for private worship on Wednesdays from 2pm to 5pm - look at the Diary here for formal and Zoom (virtual) services with this recurring link.
You can see here some that would have been heard at Saint James' and other Benefice churches, including all the weekly thoughts that you see here. Also, you can see from Coldharbour here.
Early in the 2020 coronavirus outbreak, the Abinger & Coldharbour Parish News was published electronically. It is now published physically and distributed within the parishes. Electronic versions from May 2020 are available here as a PDF version.
See the Covid-19 page for the latest on the impact of Covid-19 on the parish, and where to look for help (supplies, support, etc.).
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As you will gather as you browse over these pages, we are a church with a long history and, as a community, Abinger goes back even further. Even if we take the Domesday Book as a start point, we have been a Christian worshipping community for a very long time. So, we are very proud of our church building. It has had a very chequered history, not least in the 20th Century. But now we are doing our best to meet the challenges of the 21st both for our building and church community.
Worship, praise, prayer and the reading of God's word are all part of our regular Sunday services, and if you are ever passing and would like to join us, we'd love to see you and make you feel welcome. But we don't believe that our church building any more than our faith, is just for Sundays. We are always looking for ways which enable the building to be a community resource during the week. We use the church for a Café morning on Wednesdays in term time from 8.30am until 10.00am. We also believe in developing our understanding of the Christian faith, so we meet in small groups to study what practical things the Bible has to say about living out the Christian faith in today's world.
Again, if you would like to join us you are more than welcome; you should be able to find the dates somewhere on the website, failing that then do by all means get in touch. Thank you for visiting the website; I hope you find it helpful, informative and enjoyable, and we look forward to giving you more than a virtual welcome when you visit us for real!
Tony Berry, Rector
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