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SUNDAY March 29th    "Lazarus come out"

Jesus raises Lazarus from the grave but surprisingly waits four days.  Join us for our Sunday worship through the link below

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  • Sunday Matters

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    NEXT SERVICE ONLINE          April  5th  2020

    SUNDAY SERVICES

    Though we may no longer be able to meet together on Sundays in our places of worship, this does not mean that we cannot be joined together in Spirit through the means of modern communications and social media.  Fortunately Church was never about buildings or institutions but about PEOPLE joined together through the power and presence of the Holy Spirit, and the Spirit has no limitations. So now we are going ONLINE with our worship and Sunday by Sunday we will post here on our website and on email our Sunday worship. 


    This is an exciting opportunity to reach out beyond our normal boundaries and also join together our dispersed community......we hope you will join us on Sundays at 11.00am French time for this.


    Lent 5  Sunday March 29th Sunday Worship

    Four Days Late

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    This Sundays reflection     Peter 

    Why did He not Come

    Amazing Grace, My chains are gone,     Michael W, Smith


    I was Just Thinking . . . . From Jack

    imageOver six years ago, Jack, a close personal friend and support, used to write for this website some articles to make us think.  He died in 2015 of Motor Neuron disease and was a great loss to this church which he was part of since it began in 20005. He had an extraordinary ministry, always on the edge of church. He was chaplain to U2 since the band was formed, and often toured with them ministering to the whole crew of over 150. Some of his articles are still relevant today and I will publish them here again from time to time.....enjoy "I was Just Thinking"
        

    I was Just Thinking . . . . From Jack

    imageI was thinking recently about the fairly familiar description of someone "coming out of the closet". I used the term with a friend and got a strange quizzical look. To him the words meant openly acknowledging one's sexuality. I meant something quite different - though I do confess enjoying leading him on a bit. I was saying to him that I had a decision to make about how much to talk freely about a particular health problem that I not shared with many people.

    So what are the meaning and nuances associated with "coming out" and "the closet"? So much has to do with personality! Some friends of mine are up front and communicate happily on Facebook and Twitter about all sorts of personal details. Others, and this I confess is the camp I am happy in, are reserved, private or even secretive about their lives.

    "Coming out" can be a wonderful escape - a prisoner released from captivity. But it can also be risky, nerve-wracking or dangerous. In some ways it can be both. Coming out about illness, for example, is an opportunity to share the burden of sickness. However, the response and reaction of others can be a serious additional burden to the sick person. I touched on this when thinking about sympathy and empathy.

    "Closets" are imprisoning, confining, punishing. On the other hand they can be secretive, secure, safe. We can be pushed into closets and we can create closets for ourselves. There are so many negatives involved - fear and guilt are probably at the core of most closets. It is interesting to see where churches and individual Christians stand in relation to enclosing their fellow men - believers and non-believers. Attitudes can revolve around judgement, disapproval, punishment rather than acceptance, forgiveness, love. The Gospel tells us that Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead and called him out of the grave. Then he told the disciples to unwrap Lazarus and let him go. There is a great ministry for Christians in unwrapping those who are bound and setting them free. It is sad when Christians choose to bind and constrict those who Jesus would set free.

    As I say, I was just thinking. You may have it all sorted. If you have, can I urge you to think again, and then again  

     

    A Pastoral letter from the Chaplain


    imageLinked here is a Pastoral letter from the chaplain of Lorgues with Fayence the Rev Peter Massey. It reflects on our current situation as a chaplaincy both now and also looking ahead over the next weeks and months.
    Pastoral letter  March 16th 2020

    From our Sunday Intercessions

       


        
  • A Wider View

    A Little Something For Today from the OASIS


    The archbishop of Canterbury has said people face a choice between “pulling up the drawbridge and looking after ourselves” or turning towards others in the coming weeks as the coronavirus crisis escalates.

    imageHis message was delivered in a special church service recorded at Lambeth Palace and broadcast via Facebook, BBC Radio 4, and 39 local BBC radio stations. The Church of England has suspended public services of worship, but thousands of parishes have turned to livestreaming morning services.

    Justin Welby said: “At difficult times we have a choice. We can focus on fear, on ourselves and what we cannot do. Or we can turn to God and let God lead us into praying for the world, and let prayer flow into us, taking creative and loving action.

    “That’s what we want to do today, to remind ourselves that life carries on and that there is much to celebrate in our communities.

    “To listen to the voice of God’s caring love for us, and his encouragement to turn ourselves towards others, and how we can care for those around us, in person or virtually.”

    He added: “The temptation is to pull up the drawbridge and just look after ourselves. That’s the kind of thing that leads to panic buying, to growing fear, and to spiritual and emotional as well as physical isolation.”

    As part of a national day of prayer and action on Sunday, the C of E has urged people to place a lighted candle in their windows at 7pm. It is also asking people to “ring someone who is isolated and vulnerable; buy an extra item and place it in your local food bank, keep your night shelters open”.

    A Little Something For Today from the OASIS


    The Church of England has published five tips for tackling loneliness and isolation:

    image1)Light a candle, if safe, and pray for hope, faith and strength to keep loving and caring for each other during this time of struggle.

    2)Talk about how you feel. This may be difficult if you are self-isolating, but do use the telephone, internet, and social media. If you need to contact a counsellor this can be arranged by your GP, or via local agencies, or privately. Samaritans are there24 hours a day, every day, and it’s free to call them on 116 123.

    3)Focus on the things that you can change, not on the things you can’t.

    4)Look after yourself – physically, emotionally, spiritually. Plan in things that you enjoy at regular intervals during the day – a TV programme, a phone call, a book, a favourite dish, a game.

    5)Look after others. Even if only in small ways, but do what you can: a smile, a kind word, writing a letter or an email.

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    A Little Something For Today from the OASIS

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    Travel for 10 Years

    Ian , Anna and Neil set up Go Provence 10 years ago.  They facilitate holidays and travel for people who need help and support.  They support people with autism, aspergers, learning disabilities and other related conditions.  and have an amazing ministry and business creating group and individual holidays all over the world. 

    http://www.goprovence.co.uk/

    Their work is an inspiration to those of us who know and who have supported them over the years and their children were baptised up in the lake near Quinson.

    They are now based up near Riaz and keep in touch with us and have sent a video to keep us all connected and let us know about family life during SOCIAL ISOLATION.   

    Link Here


    A Little Something For Today from the OASIS


    A letter to the UK from Italy: this is what we know about your future

    An author in Rome describes what to expect based on her experiences of lockdown, it is frank, factual and revealing

    imageThe acclaimed Italian novelist Francesca Melandri, who has been under lockdown in Rome for almost three weeks due to the Covid-19 outbreak, has written a letter to fellow Europeans “from your future”, laying out the range of emotions people are likely to go through over the coming weeks.

    I am writing to you from Italy, which means I am writing from your future. We are now where you will be in a few days. The epidemic’s charts show us all entwined in a parallel dance.

    We are but a few steps ahead of you in the path of time, just like Wuhan was a few weeks ahead of us. We watch you as you behave just as we did. You hold the same arguments we did until a short time ago, between those who still say “it’s only a flu, why all the fuss?” and those who have already understood.

    Read the full article in the Guardian here


    A Little Something For Today from the OASIS

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    Atheist Doctor In Italy Turns To God 

    A testimony by Julian Urban, 38 years old, Doctor in Lombardy

    Never in my darkest nightmares did I imagine that I would have seen and lived through what has been happening here in our hospital for the last three weeks. And the nightmare only grows; the river becomes bigger and bigger. At the beginning only a few arrived, then dozens, and then hundreds, and now we are no longer doctors, we have become mere sorters who decide who should live and who must be sent home to die, even if they are people who have paid Italian taxes for their whole life. Up until two weeks ago, my colleagues and I were atheists; this was normal because we are doctors and we have learned that science proves that God does not exist. I always laughed at my parents when they went to church.

    Nine days ago, a 75-year-old pastor came to us for medical help. He was a kind man, he had grave respiratory problems, but he had a Bible with him and it impressed us that he was reading the Bible to the people who were dying and holding their hands.

    We were all tired, discouraged doctors, psychologically and physically spent, and so we found that we were listening to him.

    Now we must admit: as human beings we have reached our limits, there is nothing more we can do, and more people are dying every single day. And we are exhausted. Two of our colleagues have died and others are infected.

    We realized that we have reached the limits of what man can do. We need God, and we have begun to ask for his help, when we have a few moments free. We speak among ourselves and we cannot believe that we who were fierce atheists are now seeking for interior peace by asking the Lord to help us to resist so that we can take care of the sick. Yesterday the 75-year old pastor died. Despite the fact that in the last three weeks we have had over 120 people die in our unit and we are all exhausted and feel destroyed, he succeeded, despite his own condition and our own difficulties, to bring us a PEACE that we no longer hoped to find.

    The pastor went to the Lord, and soon we will follow him if things continue like this.


    A Little Something For Today from the OASIS

    I See your True Colours

    Recorded under individual isolation regulations, Camden choir managed to produce virtual music.The words express the outburst of community spirit and human compassion that surely lies within us all and just needs releasing.....enjoy



    Updates from the Diocese

    Here is a video message from Bishop Robert about the Corona Virus

    imageHe speaks to us all from his office at home.  Both diocesan offices are closed but the work of the diocese carries on despite all the restrictions.

    There are about 45 countries in the diocese so his job is massive. Dealing with all the different jurisdictions alone is an huge challenge so we were indeed fortunate to have him here in Lorgues last year for our annual Ascension gathering.


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    Coronavirus: Public health advice

     

    In this column you will be able to link to the Diocesan advice page

    • Sources of official guidance, health advice, and support provided by the World Health Organisation, EU and national governments.
    • Advice covering how to wash your hands, and guides to coping with stress during the COVID-19 outbreak.
    • Links to find official public health advice provided by national governments across every country in the Diocese in Europe, and the UK. 

    The Diocese in Europe is not responsible for the content of external websites.

    Latest update: 20 March 2020






















  • News From the Vine 

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    27th Mch   FRENCH LOCKDOWN EXTENDED TO APRIL 15th

    New tighter regulations on movement in France decreed by French Prime Minister  Edouard Philippe from 24th March.  Severe penalties if not observed.

    New Derogation Form Here 25/03/20                                                    Link here to see the changes to regulations

    Fruit of the Spirit ???

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    Janie generously gave one of her jars of excellent marmalade to her sister who entered it into a competition.......congratulations Janie. . . . . ( ps,I've only 1 jar left! Vic )   


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    Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, at your altars, O Lord of hosts … 

    Psalm 84.1-4
    To the leader: according to The Gittith. Of the Korahites. A Psalm.

    How lovely is your dwelling place,
        O Lord of hosts!
    My soul longs, indeed it faints
        for the courts of the Lord;
    my heart and my flesh sing for joy
        to the living God.

    Even the sparrow finds a home,
        and the swallow a nest for herself,
        where she may lay her young,
    at your altars, O Lord of hosts,
        my King and my God.
    Happy are those who live in your house,
        ever singing your praise.     Selah

    The tree sparrow population in the UK has declined by 95% since 1970, in large part because of the loss of habitats due to urban development. As we have increased our building of homes for people, we have reduced habitats for birds.

    The psalmist describes sparrows nesting in the Temple, much as bats live in many churches today. Jesus taught that God notices and cares when a sparrow falls to ground, despite them being small, common and “two a penny” (Luke 12.6-7).
    Can you create or restore a habitat for birds in your garden – or in your local churchyard or other community space?
    Prayer for the week
    All things bright and beautiful,
    All creatures great and small,
    All things wise and wonderful,
    The Lord God made them all.

    He gave us eyes to see them,
    And lips that we might tell,
    How great is God Almighty,
    Who has made all things well.


    Cecil Frances Alexander (1818–1895)
    Feed the birds
    Jesus tells us that God not only cares about every person but even the smallest sparrow. Can you put out some food and water for the birds today?

    It's Gonna be a New Sort of Community

    Archbishop designate of York Stephen Cottrell speaks on Songs of Praise about the impact of Covid 19 on church as we know it.


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    United in Prayer

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    Pope Francis wrote to Christian leaders asking that the wider church invoke "together the graces from Heaven" and ask "for the end of this pandemic". 

    He used his Angelus blessing on Sunday to invite all Christians together in praying the Lord's Prayer as a response to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

    The Pope asked that Christians, whatever their tradition, respond to the coronavirus pandemic "with the universality of prayer, of compassion, of tenderness".

    "Let us remain united. Let us make our closeness felt toward those persons who are the most lonely and tried," he said.   Read the full article from Christian Today here


    Safely Home.

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    Rev Ralph and Helen Goldenberg, finally got home to the UK this evening after being stuck in Florida. Their trip to celebrate Ralphs's brothers 80th birthday was planned months ago but went badly wrong when their return trip got caught up in the global travel crisis through covid19.  Anyway, all is well, ......welcome home  to Ralph and Helen,.....answered prayer!..

    A.G.M's may need to be deferred


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    As Covid 19 continues to cause mayhem across every aspect of society and our lives, the diocese is having to review the legal timetable for the annual elections which are normally held around Easter time. 

    As we are likely to still be in the grip of the virus with many countries prohibiting any form of social association the elections cannot be held at the usual time and we are waiting for advice on exactly what we need to say our congregations........watch this space!

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