Chapter 55 of Isaiah opens with an invitation. An invitation to engage with God and find something of lasting value. It paints a glorious picture for those who respond. But then comes this verse and the challenge it contains. In today's world there is the temptation to think that everything will last and God is easily available, but the warning of this verse is that circumstances may change, indeed the listener themselves may change and that will mean that it will be harder to discover God in the new circumstances and the changed perspective of the listener.
It goes on to say that God has an entirely different perspective to us and it would be foolish to think otherwise.
We need to make sure we make the most of the opportunities to seek the Lord while we can, it may be that it will be harder to find him if we choose to ignore those opportunities now.
The pandemic may in some strange way have been a good opportunity to seek the Lord, but as things head slowly back to the new normal it is entirely possible that we will not have taken the chances we had, and will miss out on a closer relationship with God.
God our Father, help us to seek you with our whole heart, and find the goodness of God in our daily lives. Amen
Tony Berry, 22nd June 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.).
Press Ctrl+F5 to refresh this page so you see the latest. See Site Map for all the information available on this site (parish registers, history, pictures, music etc.). Click on the address header to see a random page.
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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