Racial tensions have arisen in the United States (spilling over into this country) unlike anything that has been seen for half a century. Those old enough to remember the campaigning of Martin Luther King might easily feel depressed and disillusioned that so many years further on, we seem no further forward. Not to defend racism in any way, but it is human nature to discriminate against the people who are not like us (and the colour of someone’s skin remains one of the most obvious signs of difference). We recall Jesus confronting racism time and again as he marched into Samaria treating their citizens as equals and told stories of their generosity; and yet the church which was founded at Pentecost with a mission to people of every race has discriminated at every turn in the two millennia since. We do well to remember the words of St Paul: “there is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for we are all one in Christ Jesus” Gal 3.28
This Sunday is Trinity Sunday in which we remember and celebrate that God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Join us for coffee afterwards using the zoom link, let Greg know if you need this.
We are grateful to those who have bravely shared a small insight into their prayer lives as a means of inspiring others to pray. We are looking for anyone who can use a phone to record themselves who is willing to speak briefly about their prayer lives and be honest about the joys and challenges of it. If you would like to find out more, please contact Lesley Lee at email@example.com
To Lisa Neale whose birthday it is today.
For your diaries, the churches of Coventry are planning to prayer walk every street in the city during the month of June. We need St Andrews/St Andy’s to be part of ensuring that Eastern Green/Allesley Green is included in this. More streets in Eastern Green have been claimed, but those waiting to be claimed include Morgans Road, Orchard Drive, Garrick Close, Rodway Drive and Coniston Drive. You can download an app from the Open Heaven Coventry website and claim roads for yourself or let us know and we will claim them for you. Please consider claiming your road. You only need to walk the street once any day in June you choose. We are attaching a second document entitled ‘Blessing the City’, which we hope you will find helpful. Don’t forget to let us know when you have done your praying!
If during the period of the corona lockdown, anyone has had pictures, bible verses or any other kind of revelation of what God might be saying to us, please let us know – even if you have no idea what it means! Kate Dagger felt God might be saying to us: “God is winning our hearts back” and referenced Psalm 4 v 4. Let us know if that resonates with you in any way.
Returning to Church
Many of you have been asking and no doubt many more wondering: when will the church be open again? I can only promise that as soon as I hear anything, we will let you know straight away. I am watching the Church of England’s website, visiting on a daily basis, but for now churches across the country remain closed to anyone other than the Vicar (and a member of her/his household to hold the camera if necessary). My own judgement is that we will not return to a full church with social distancing no longer an issue before 2021. In the meantime, we trust you will continue to be fed by the online services we are posting.
A reminder that we are here to shop! Please don’t wait until the cupboards are bare to ask for help. A couple of days’ notice would be helpful. Please contact Julie for assistance on 07756 918847 or firstname.lastname@example.org
We have several 1000 piece jigsaw puzzles and some 500 piece puzzles which may be useful for people during lockdown. If you would like one please contact Julie on 07756 918847 or email@example.com. Also, if you have any jigsaws that you no longer want please contact Julie so these can be passed around in a type of lending library.
“From everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear him and his righteousness with their children’s children” Psalm 103.17 Thanks to Lynnette Clarke for those words.