Keep in Touch: 7th June 2020

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7th June 2020
Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I have been listening to the most uplifting and encouraging program, Desert Island Discs on Radio 4. Normally, a celebrity is interviewed about their life. Then they choose seven songs to take to a mythical desert island. However, this week, listeners have nominated a song and explain why it is important to them. One listener, whose father died, spoke of the pain of loss and the sadness of the funeral. Most people attended online and mourners could not hug one another. Her family arranged an online service of commemoration. They found the experience so uplifting they now got together once a week on zoom to sing spiritual songs.

Another man had ten minutes to speak to his family before being put on a respirator. He realised this might be the last conversation that he had with them. So, he sent them a link to his favourite song on WhatsApp. He lapsed into a coma. Meanwhile, his family went to the park to sing the song and pray for his recovery. When he awoke nine days later he was moved by the number of messages and prayers he had received. He had not realised how many people cared about him. Listening to his story brought tears to my eyes.

These stories show the importance of connection during this time of separation. Connection to other people and connection to God displayed in acts of kindness. A text of encouragement. A WhatsApp message of support. A smile or wave. Or a phone call. This Sunday’s readings include Matthew’s ‘Great Commission’ where Jesus empowers his followers to go and ‘make disciples of all nations’. Holy Trinity has embraced this with love and enthusiasm, I am so grateful to be part of this parish. I’m proud that so many people are sharing God’s love in practical ways. People are supporting their family, neighbours, friends, and even strangers. It is wonderful to be part of an enormous cascade of phone calls, texts, prayers, messages, and food parcels. These flow through our community, and beyond, displaying God’s grace, mercy and kindness.

People who never usually attend church are hungry to know God’s love. It is astonishing. Five times more people watch online services than used to come to church before lockdown! Are you enjoying Holy Trinity’s weekly act of worship on YouTube? If you are, please pray, ask God to show you someone who would also be encouraged and uplifted by it. You could send them a link to your favourite. You can find them on our You Tube channel.

Our evening prayer meeting via zoom during Thy Kingdom Come has also been a real blessing. So, we are continuing to hold evening prayer at 5 pm every Wednesday. If you don’t have an online connection you can join by phone. Let us know in advance so that we can send you a copy of the service sheet. Being church in lockdown is strange and disorienting. Nevertheless, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit are with us all.

Louise Annison


READINGS for Trinity Sunday

Either Isaiah 40;2-17, Isaiah 40: 27-31 or Genesis 1:1 - 2:4a

Psalm 8, 2 Corinthians 13:11-13, Matthew 28:16-20

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 www.holytrinityblacon.org (especially the Coronavirus Support page) or our Facebook page (holytrinityblacon) for updates. We will put further worship and prayer up there 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.

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

FOR THOSE IN NEED
Holy Trinity Church Hall is open on a Monday and Thursday morning from 11:00am to 12:00 noon for families and individuals to come and collect food, and Western Avenue Surgery, Community Shop on a Monday and Wednesday afternoon from 2:00pm – 3:00pm for families and individuals to come and collect food. We are also offering a delivery service for people who are confined to their houses and have no one else to collect or get the food for them. Form online to register for this, on the front page of our website www.holytrinityblacon.org For more information, please contact 07719 960541 or email Blacon Beacon.

HELPLINES
Cheshire West and Chester council have a helpline to advise or support vulnerable adults who need assistance with food, medicines or social contact (open 8am to 7pm everyday) call 0300 123 7031 or email enquiries@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk

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: Fowler Road, Clifton Drive, Blacon Point Road, Dalton Close.