I waited patiently for the Lord - and He inclined to me and heard my cry. Psalm 40 v 1
Patience, is a virtue in short supply, I find. Not just personally, but within society as a whole. I can't lay the blame completely at Nescafe's door, but it seems to me that instant coffee was just the beginning of what is now a lifestyle. Instant noodles may seem innocuous enough, but it all goes towards downgrading patience. The advertising slogan of "taking the waiting out of wanting" flies in the face of what the Psalmist is saying here.
God is not a slot machine. The relationship with him is not about getting what we want when we want. It is about sharing our hopes, aspirations and - yes - needs with Him; and then waiting patiently to see how He may work in our lives. David who wrote this Psalm found God "lifting him out of the pit" and "putting his feet on a rock" instead of the miry clay he felt he had been struggling with. But clearly it took time, waiting patiently before he found God at work.
Heavenly Father, grant us the gift of patience as we learn to wait for you to act and show us a way forward. Amen
Tony Berry, Rector 4th May 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.
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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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