18 Jul 2020 • Weekly Notices
Hazelwell Weekly Contact 19th July 2020
Prayers are requested for:-
Residents of Granton Road & Granton Close.
Clergy and church councils as they work on arrangements for resuming worship under the new requirements.
All those currently in hospital or care homes and their families who continue to be isolated from loved ones as a result of Coronavirus.
Return to Church
Moira and the JCC have been discussing the implications, new systems and new technology which need to be put in place to facilitate the reopening of the church building for services. Due consideration will be given to risk assessments and we will take the time necessary to do this properly.
We are hoping to resume Sunday worship from the beginning of September- to be confirmed nearer the time.
Sunday Worship resources
There are broadcast Sunday services each week on radio & television as follows:-
Radio 4. 8.10am. Sunday Worship
BBC 1 1.15 pm. Songs of Praise
This week's Hazelwell 10.00am Sunday service on Zoom will be led by Rev Moira Forbes
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Currently the amount raised by sales of services and items from the “Hazelwell Brochure”, plus donations in lieu, amounts to £1,030 including proceeds from Joan Hart’s efforts. This is a great total but It is important that we remain solvent and unsurprisingly there are significant additional expenses to make a return to worship safe and compliant with guidelines (We are currently hoping to return to worship on September 6th.)
Reflection from Moira
Genesis 28 verses 10-19
Have you ever got yourself in trouble with someone else? Have you ever upset someone really badly? That's the position Jacob was in in today's reading.
Jacob had cheated his twin brother Esau out of his inheritance. Esau was understandably fuming angry. Their mother quickly sent Jacob away to her family to find himself a wife...to get him away to safety.
Jacob had only himself to blame. He probably went to sleep with a guilty conscience after having had two days walking to think about what he'd done. Unlike his father and grandfather, Jacob hadn't had a personal encounter with God. Jacob only had only heard about God from others, not known God for himself. So he'd tried to make his own way in the world by antagonising, cheating and lying...and this is where it had led him. What a mess. And now he was retracing Abraham's steps back to Abraham's home town. I wonder if it felt like two massive steps backwards, rather than the leap forward Jacob had imagined when he went for the inheritance?
Two days into a 500 mile journey, Jacob was a stranger in a strange land; too scared to stay in the town he'd reached. So Jacob decided to sleep outdoors, in the wilderness, with a rock for his pillow. Scared, lonely, Jacob with his guilty conscience. I wonder how hard it was to sleep? But when he does, he discovers that God is with him.
He sees a staircase with angels going up and down delivering messages to God from the earth, and from God to the earth. Just imagine discovering that the "distant" God has never been distant but is intimately involved with and interested in the world.
Have a read of the passage and think about the promises that God makes to him, reassuring Jacob that God is interested and involved in Jacob's life too.
What I love about this passage, is that this is God reaching out to someone who's in a mess, who's caused the mess himself, who's lonely and scared. And God meets him just where he is, on the road, in the middle of the mess. Even more amazing, God is just letting Jacob know that God is real, God cares and that God has a plan and a purpose for Jacob. This encounter with God changes something in Jacob. As we see in the passages after this, Jacob stops taking the easy sneaky choices. Instead he turns back to God, works hard and keeps his integrity.
No matter what's going on in your life, God cares about you and has a purpose for you. And if you feel more like Jacob did before he had his dream, then why not ask for God to be made known to you this week?