Dear Friends

This Sunday is the feast of Christ the King in the church calendar. The Church of England has only marked this event in more recent times but it is a reminder to us all that Jesus is King of Kings and Lord of Lords, both in heaven and on earth, even as we wait for his kingdom to be fully realised here on earth as in heaven, as we pray each week in the Lord’s Prayer.

Some of you will know that our very own Steve Parish is a hymn writer and I so I am sharing below (with his permission) a hymn that he has written for the occasion (and I hope that next year we can sing it in church!):

We hail the feast of Christ the King.

We celebrate his reign,

acclaim him Lord of all the earth,

and heaven’s kingdom gain.

Jerusalem, your king appears!

In lowly joy he rides,

Rejoice as in God’s name he comes

And for your peace provides.

Yet in the depths of lonely fear

And facing pain and loss

His glory as the king of kings

Is marked upon his cross

Raised from the dead, in majesty,

Our Lord ascends his throne,

And royal priests declare his praise

A people of his own.

In this Sunday’s service on Zoom, as well as celebrating Christ the King, we also welcome Paul Moores, the regional manager for the Leprosy Mission (one of the charities we support) as our guest speaker. If you are not yet familiar with the important work the charity does, do join the service and we will be delighted to see you. Kathryn Hayward will be leading and I will be celebrating communion.

Finally, a word about the reflection morning on coronavirus with Rev. Kevin Roberts on Saturday 28 November from 10am-1pm. The format will be that Kevin will share half an hour of input at the start of each hour and then there will be the opportunity for us to individually reflect and pray upon that by going for a walk, having a cup of tea, finding a  quite space at home, as we wish. There will also be some opportunity to share together our thoughts on the day. So the programme will look like this:

10.00am          Welcomes and Session 1: Looking Back: Singing the Lord’s Song in a strange land?

11.00am          Session 2: Looking Up: What is the Spirit saying to the churches?

12.00pm          Session 3: Looking Forward: What are we leaving behind & what are we carrying with us?

1.00pm            Finish

It’s not too late to sign up if you wish to come. Do let me know if you are interested.

Take care and stay safe.

Best wishes

 

Jeremy Tear