Keep in Touch: 2nd August 2020

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2nd August 2020


Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

I was taught as a child how to budget with my pocket money – how much was in my purse dictated the price of what I could buy in the shop. God’s economy doesn’t work like that. He looks not at the amount in the purse, he looks instead at the potential based on the amount of faith and trust there is.

That is how a small boy’s packed lunch can feed thousands of people, with baskets of crumbs left over. It is with God’s economy in mind that the writer of the book of Isaiah quotes God inviting the poor to come to Him – ‘you that have no money, come, buy and eat’ (Isa 55.1).

That same principle has been behind how as a small church congregation we have been enabled to provide food parcels and meals for thousands of local residents since lockdown. That is how we were enabled to do alterations with the church building a couple of years ago, and we have been able to make alterations to the church hall building this year. (At time of writing, builders are on site, enlarging the parish office and also creating a new room on the church side of the building
In Matthew 9.27-28, Jesus says ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest.’ If we are doing God’s mission, God will always provide for it – He will provide the right people, and He will also provide the financial means for that mission. We have experienced just that here in Blacon. When lockdown happened, aside from the Sunday services stopping and the Outreach Project coming to a screeching halt, as many of you are aware, we also very rapidly set up a system for distributing food parcels to those in need during the emergency. This was because we had become increasingly aware of levels of food poverty in this neighbourhood. So, feeding the poor felt completely right to do – it was God’s mission indeed.

We had very few volunteers at the start (indeed, several of the Outreach Project volunteers were going to be unable to assist) but we prayed, we trusted, and we put the word out. Today we have over 50 volunteers involved in the project. Similar could be said for the financial resources needed to buy the food needed to top up food donations, or indeed the time we needed to work on this as well as everything else happening within the project. God has all through graciously provided for our needs – indeed, he has provided overwhelmingly and abundantly far more than we could ever dream of or imagine.

This has taught me to regard God’s economy as so much more important than worldly economic considerations. We have so much to learn about trusting Him, and not focussing too much on what we have in our pockets today. Let us place our needs before the Lord of the harvest – He is in charge, He knows precisely what our needs are (he knows before we do). He will always provide for our needs, and for His kingdom harvest, which is what he calls us to join in with bringing in for Him, in Blacon.

Tina Upton


READINGS for the 8th Sunday after Trinity (Year A)

  • Isaiah 55:1-5
  • Psalm 145:8-9. 15-22
  • Romans 9:1-5
  • Matthew 14:13-21

Readings available to read online (New Revised Standard Version - NRSV)


NOTICES

Holy Trinity Blacon are the living church of our living God, and we continue to be at work here!  If you are able, do check the parish website (especially the Coronavirus Support page) or our Facebook page  for updates.  We will put further worship and prayer up there (and on our You Tube channel) each Sunday morning by 10am.

JOIN US FOR EVENING PRAYER
every Wednesday at 5pm.  If you are not on the internet, it is possible to join us over the telephone – please contact us in advance if you would like to do that.

DAILY HOPE
is a free phone line for hymns, prayers and reflections – 0800 804 8044

FOR THOSE IN NEED 
Holy Trinity Church Hall is providing emergency food for families and individuals in need at this time. To register for this, please use this form.   For more information, please contact Blacon Action Team by email or 07719960541.

EMPOWERED BY THE SPIRIT
is the subject of a course a number of us are doing on Thursday evenings, by Zoom internet link. The next session is 7.30pm on 6 th August. If you are interested in taking part, do contact Tina or Louise for details of the link.

ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER
We would love to hear from you!  Do share with us any photos, poems, verses, pictures, songs, reflections, to keep in touch and encourage the rest of us.

PRAYING FOR BLACON
During lockdown, Louise and Tina are taking our exercise particularly along those streets we are praying for each week.  Do join us in praying for those residents.  This week we pray for: Venables Road, St Chad’s Road, Church Hall Close and Cedar Mews.

CHURCH OPENING
PCC met last week and after long discussion, decided that we will restart worship in church (with many precautions to prevent transmission of Covid-19 infection) on Sunday 6th September 9.30am. It will be a said service of Morning Prayer, and this will be the only service initially, though after a while we hope to return to two morning services and a Eucharist.

FOR YOUR DIARY
On Saturday 3rd October Louise will be ordained priest at the cathedral (with very limited attendance), but there will be a special service more can attend in church 9.30am on Sunday 4th October.