This weeks Sofa Service opens with the Shaker song ‘Tis a gift to be simple’ sung by Judy Collins.
Church groups have been asked to mark this second lockdown with ‘Prayer for the Nation’. Jane reflects on how good it has been to join in Harbour Churches morning and late evening, which has given her the chance to share with real people, in real time, real prayer as part of praying for the nation. You are very welcome to join in this time of prayer everyday of the week at 8am and 9am. Just follow the link below or find it on the website: www.chichesterharbourchurches.org
The Gospel reading is from Matthew 25. 14-30 ‘The Parable of the Talents’. We reflect through the quote from L.R. Knost, on how we have been given the immensely valuable talents to love intentionally, but knowing that to do this we will have to let go of the fears and false securities that too often lock us down and make us bury away in the dark what we have been given. Pope Francis calls this ‘tomb psychology’ and says: Let us not allow ourselves to be robbed of the joy of evangelisation – of sharing the good news of Jesus!” (Evangelii Gaudium I, 3; II, 83). When, trusting to the Giver of all Gifts, we love intentionally with extravagance and unconditionally, we can be that light for which a broken world in darkness waits. That’s ‘being good news’ and a real evangelist for the life with have in Jesus:
“Do not be dismayed by the brokenness of the world.
All things break. And all things can be mended.
Not with time, as they say, but with intention.
So go. Love intentionally, extravagantly, unconditionally.
The broken world waits in darkness for the light that is you.”
The service ends with Lou Fellingham singing ‘Everlasting Arms’.
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We continue to pray for :
Judy Page, Clive Yeomans, Angela and John, Charlie Gray, Caroline and Anthony Goddard, Clive and Jessie, Derrick Pope, Anne-Marie, John Steadman, Stella Boyse, baby Rupert mum Katie and dad Sam.
We give thanks for those we have loved but see no longer and for those who have died in recent days, praying by name of Patsy Watney and Jean Smith.
The collect for the second Sunday before Advent:
you long for the world’s salvation:
stir us from apathy,
restrain us from excess
and revive in us new hope
that all creation will one day be healed
in Jesus Christ our Lord.