‘If we’re to live up to our own time, then victory won’t lie in the blade, but in all the bridges we’ve made.’ From The Hill We Climb by Amanda Gorman.
The Sofa Service today comes in the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Jane reflects on ‘unity’ recognising the divisions and disorder that need to be addressed in the United States of America with the inauguration of President Joe Biden. She reads part of the poem written by Amanda Gorman, US National Poet Laureate, and the youngest person at 22 to speak at a presidential inauguration.
In this the third Sunday after Epiphany, the service opens with the Taizé chant ‘See I am near’ and how in Epiphany we celebrate Jesus making himself known as the Christ – ‘See, I make all things new’.
Harbour Churches are presently reflecting on those ‘characteristics’ (virtues/values) which build up a Church alive to ‘being Good News’. The well-known reading from John’s Gospel 2.1-11 ‘The Wedding Feast at Cana in Galilee’ is explored through the characteristic of nurture. We consider how the actions of Jesus in changing water into wine whilst miraculous, were also transformational in saving the groom from shame and recrimination. Jesus in all things built people up – even if at times they couldn’t be spared being shown to be those who brought others down.
With Lent only a few weeks away, Jonathan invites Harbour Churches and those who are part of the Sofa Service family, to join together through Lent in reading a book that has been described as ‘an instant spiritual classic’ How to Pray : A simple Guide for Ordinary People written by Pete Greig. More details will follow soon.
The service ends with a new song for Sofa Services ‘There is a Longing in Our Hearts’ by Anne Quigley. In this week of prayer for unity, we hear the words both in English but also in another language…. But which one is it?
We continue to pray wholeness and healing for Gay Boyse and her daughter Stella, Lorraine Ellis, Angela Portlock, Anne-Marie, Caroline Goddard, Charlie Gray, Eloise and baby Elijah.
Its good to hear that Elijah’s recent operation went well and that he is doing well and will be coming home.
We commend to God’s gracious keeping those who have died praying by name for Helen Kydd, Phillip Ellis, Owen Hawkes and Malcolm Archibald.
The Collect for the 3rd Sunday after Trinity:
whose Son revealed in signs and miracles
the wonder of your saving presence:
renew your people with your heavenly grace,
and in all our weakness
sustain us by your mighty power;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.