Dear Hope family,
Thought for the Week
Mark 16v19 “ After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God.”
It was 10 weeks ago this weekend that we last met in person on a Sunday morning!
Jesus is no longer constrained by the limitations of this world. He is now in heaven. To be honest, I do not know exactly what that means in terms of the science, but I do know what it means in terms of politics. Jesus is now sat at God’s Right Hand. Jesus is in a place of authority and power. Jesus is in ultimate control. All other powers and authorities are beneath him. The power by which he was raised from the dead is still very much in action. The politics of this world has always been uncertain: in the long view, there has always been trials and traumas of suffering, rising and falling of nations, and the ebb and flow of societies. But the Christ’s kingdom and His Church are continuing to grow. In fact times of uncertainty and difficulty is where the love of God and our love for our neighbour shines through.
Tony has published a new lockdown release of “God is my Rock” (see link below). It expresses the truth of the certainty God gives us in uncertainty. Let’s commit in this time of uncertainty to focus our minds on Jesus, and to maintain that stance when times seem more certain too.
Another key reminder with Jesus’ ascension is that he is coming back “in the same way” (Acts 1v11). When will that be? I don’t know, but the day is definitely getting closer. Let’s keep a look out (Matthew 24v42).
With love and blessing,
If you would like to join any of the Zoom meetings, please contact Roland.
Sunday morning worship is live-streamed at 10.30am on: YouTube – In the Hope Community Church Admaston Songs channel; Facebook – On the Hope Community Church Admaston Page.
Fri 22-May 2.30pm Alpha on Zoom (20s); 6.45 for 7pm Hope Quiz evening – on Zoom
Sat 23-May 10.30-11.30am Crochet, Craft and Chat with Lisa on Zoom
Sun 24-May 10am Hope Kids on Zoom with Sue and Helen; 10.30am Hope Worship on YouTube and Facebook; 11am Hope Family time on Zoom – Communion; 7pm Roland & Sue’s Disciple Group on Zoom
Tue 26-May 7.30pm St Cs Men’s Group on Zoom
Wed 27-May 8am Hope Community Prayer – on Zoom
Fri 29-May 2.30pm Alpha on Zoom (20s)
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