Patience!

calendar_todaySun 5th July - 5:51pm
person_outlineRebecca Roberts

It’s officially summer!  Although for some of us it probably feels as though the last few months have all merged into one, and with the good weather we have had it feels like summer has been around for a while!

In many years gone by we would probably still be longing for summer to start; bright balmy sunshine days when we can sit in the garden and hang our washing out.  There are many things we have been waiting for this year, but thankfully sunshine hasn’t been one of those things.  

In the coming months, the lectionary Bible readings focus on the book of Romans; a letter Paul wrote to the Christians in Rome.  In this season where we are still waiting and longing for many things to happen I wasn’t us to fast forward to the reading that comes right at the end of August.  

Romans 12

10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honour one another above yourselves. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervour, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need.  Practice hospitality.

As we have longed for the easing of lockdown in recent months, many of the actions Paul talks about have been incredibly evident to see in the lives of ourselves and our community.  The danger is we rush back to try to make things normal again, and forget all that we have learned and all that has been good about this time in lockdown.  It has been a tough time for many of us in many different way, and I am sure it has challenged many of us in our patience.  Paul calls us to be “patient in affliction”.  You may not call the lockdown and affliction, but for most of us it has certainly been an inconvenience!

As we journey out of lockdown, may we remain patient, and may we take with us that which we have learned in this time of challenge.  Let’s not rush to try to put everything back, in our own lives and the life of our church, exactly how it was before.  But, let us patiently take stock with faithful prayer and joyful hope that our lives, our church, and the world around us will be a better place because of all we have experienced. 

As the magazine goes to press the Government has announced that churches may reopen for worship again from 4th July.  However, we still await guidance on the measurers we will need to put in place to safely recommence services.  It is therefore unlikely we will have a service on Sunday 5th July.  Once we have everything in place to restart services we will make announcements through our weekly communications, website and Facebook.