Over this past week I (Jon) have been reading a short book in the Old Testament called Habakkuk.
Habakkuk is a prophet living in a world of injustice, violence, corrupt leadership and greed and he has had enough! So, he addresses God and complains and laments questioning whether God is good when there is so much evil in the world.
Habakkuk is not a happy prophet by any means. In his complaint he is asking God to act and to defeat evil, exercise justice and to rescue the poor and oppressed.
At times it seems that Habakkuk is becoming completely overwhelmed by life as he seems to think that the world is falling apart. But then, in chapter 3 of this book it appears that he makes a decision to trust God despite the circumstances and to hope that God will defeat evil because God loves this world more than he does.
In chapter 3 Habakkuk prays this prayer:
Though the fig tree does not bud
and there are no grapes on the vines,
though the olive crop fails
and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen
and no cattle in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
I will be joyful in God my Saviour.
Despite all the bad stuff that is going on Habakkuk chooses to rejoice and trust in God afresh.
Easier said than done I know but this is the path that disciples of Jesus are called to take - that even in the midst of confusion and complaint to radically trust that God will work all things together for good. If you find yourself in a similar place to Habakkuk may God give you strength to trust Him even when everything is falling apart.
So, we are adjusting to a new phase and way of life in Guernsey. For Trinity, phase 5 did come sooner than we anticipated so we had booked in the builders to carry out some essential and major refurbishment work. This is why we are continuing with Trinity Church at Home and Online.
However, we are hoping to gather for worship at Trinity on a Sunday at the beginning of August. The main preparation work (which will create a lot of dust and mess!) will have been completed and the scaffolding will still be up in the balcony and chancel but we think that we can work our way round that! More details on the building work and other things taking place at Trinity below:
Church at Home and Online
Trinity Building Work
We talk a lot these days about phases so we have divided up the building work into 3 phases!
We have been saving money for this essential project for some years and have a good amount of what is needed to complete most of the work. We still need a bit more money to see the project through to completion and if you would like to give £1 or £50000 or anything in between then please do let us know ;-)
Below is a brief description of the work that needs to be carried out and if you would like more details on giving financially or about the work that needs to be done then please contact Cynthia
Phase 1 - Internal repairs and decorations to the main church (ceilings and first floor walls plus scaffolding) - to be completed by the end of August 2020 - £50,066
Phase 2 - Internal repairs and decorations to the remainder of the church - to be completed by October 2020 - £96,412
Phase 3 - External repairs and redecoration to the church and centre (works to commence in Spring 2021) - £76,648
Trinity Church at Home has now been running for two weeks and nearly 250 people are gathering in 16 locations across the Island for coffee, worship, prayer, a talk from the Bible and discussion. It's still not too late to be a part of a Trinity Church at Home gathering and if you would like to join one then please let Anna know on email@example.com
. Trinity Church at Home will finish on July 26th.
We will also continue with some of our online content as well with weekly YouTube services and Facebook Thoughts for the Day and discipleship resources. Small groups are also meeting during the week as well and if you would like to join a small group please email Bebe on firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday Roast Meal Delivery - on Wednesday a team from Trinity delivered meals to 66 people in their homes in our final Lockdown meal delivery!
Agape Meal on Zoom this Sunday 28th June at 4pm. We will say some prayers, sing some hymns, look at the Bible and share a 'meal'.
What is an Agape Meal? Also known as a ‘Love Feast’, it is a fellowship meal recalling the meals Jesus shared with his disciples and expressing the ‘koinonia’ or community enjoyed by the family of Christ. The Agape Meal derives from early church meals such as are referred to by Paul and symbolise the unity of fellowship in the love of Christ which we share.
You will need at least one candle, bread and wine - the primary symbols of the Agape Meal.
Download the order of service here
Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82310523225
Meeting ID: 823 1052 3225
Have a good week!
With our love and prayers
Jon, Paul and Anne