- Church Lane East,
- GU11 3ST
This devotional thought was prepared for the April 2020 edition of Park Life magazine, but because of the corona virus crisis production of the magazine has been suspended. Nevertheless, here is the thought.
I had several thoughts in mind for the Focus article this month, but I have shelved them when the Corona virus changed our daily lives so much. Suddenly, we must stay indoors and away from one another. It all feels alien and weird. In fact, it feels a little bit like the opposite of how we have always done church. We meet, we worship, we pray and we serve in community. And thankfully, even if it is in a new way we still can.
We are still God’s church in Aldershot, we can meet with each other, perhaps by phone text, group calls or just at stopping at the same time on a day to pray and worship. We can still serve each other and the community by keeping in touch, doing what we can and caring.
The leadership are doing our best to keep people connected and it is clear the rest of the church are doing this too. We are still together. If you need anything, practical, spiritual or other please contact someone. We are here.
This weekend I was due to give the talk on Hearing from God. In the busyness of our thoughts, it hard to stop and hear the still small voice. I won’t spoil the service in case it comes later but I was struck once about the lovely banner at church which reminds us “Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46 v 10. If we want to hear from God now at the point of great need we can pause first and review the foundation of our faith. Our God is Lord and he is with us, our families and friends. He is here. We often take that one powerful verse but the whole chapter is worth our meditation. It is subtitled “God the Refuge of His People” and the few verse says “God is our refuge and strength, a present and well proved help in trouble.”
When I wrote the crisis guidelines for a previous employer intended to help deal with major events such as death, kidnapping, natural disaster, I included this chapter. It recognises current difficulties and calls us to look to God our help. Let’s seek him; maybe he will use this time to radically speak with us, change our thinking, draw us closer.
So, we can’t do church exactly as we did but our foundation is unchanged and we are still serving him together.
Past Focus Items
March 2020 - Change
February 2020 - Change of Trajectory
January 2019 - To Live Again
December 2018 - Shine Bright
November 2019 - Remembering, Lest We Forget
October 2019 - Autumn
September 2019 -Happy Anniversary!
July-August - Prayer
June 2019 - Look, Enjoy and Give Thanks
May 2019 - A Change of Ways
April 2019 - Community
February 2019 - I Wanna Be Like You
January 2019 - In God We Trust
December 2018 - The Supporting cast
November 2018 -Collaboration
October 2018 - Do We Trust Him?
September 2018 - Community Outreach
July/Aug 20118 -Mission Impossible
June 2018 - Barnabas
May 2018 - Living Bricks
April 2018 - Togetherness
March 2018 - The Beauty is in the Present Moment and in the Seeing
January 2018 - Moving On
December 2018 - Christmas Lights
November 2017 - Autumn
October 2017 - The Red Box
September 2017 The Way Ahead - Part 2
July/August 2017 - Summertime
June 2017 - Steering the Boat
April 2017 - Change Ahead
March 2017 - One Way - Jesus
January 2017 - Beyond the Fog
December 2016 - Be Still and Know that I Am God
November 2016 - Autumn
October 2016 - Questions
September 2016 - Olympic Values
July/August - Follow the Leader?
June 2016 - Passports and Priorities
April 2016 - The Power of Love
March 2016 - Giving Up For Lent
February 2016 - What's At The Core?
January 2016 - The New Year
November 2015 - Back to the Future
October 2015 - Autumn
September 2015 - Standing in Their Shoes
July/August 2015 - Summertime
June 2015 - Free Gifts
March 2015 - Another Brick in the Wall
February 2015 - Distance Management
January 2015 - Changing Perspectives