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SUNDAY March 29th    "Lazarus come out"

Jesus raises Lazarus from the grave but surprisingly waits four days.  Join us for our Sunday worship through the link below

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  • Sunday Matters

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    SERVICES NOW ONLINE          March  29th  2020

    SUNDAY SERVICES

    We have been asked by the Diocese in Europe to cease from meeting together in churches and homes on Sundays for as long as the Covid19 crisis continues.  All the medical advice  and information would indicate that this is going to be for some time, possibly several months or longer. Fortunately Church was never about buildings or institutions but about PEOPLE joined together through the power and presence of the Holy Spirit, and the Spirit has no limitations. 


    Though we may no longer be able to meet together on Sundays in our places of worship, this does not mean that we cannot be joined together in Spirit through the means of modern communications and social media.  So now we are going ONLINE with our worship and Sunday by Sunday we will post here on our website and on email our Sunday worship. 


    This is an exciting opportunity to reach out beyond our normal boundaries and also join together our dispersed community......we hope you will join us on Sundays at 11.00am French time for this.


    Lent 5  Sunday March 29th Sunday Worship

    Four Days Late

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    This Sundays reflection     Peter 

    Why did He not Come

    Amazing Grace, My chains are gone,     Michael W, Smith


    I was Just Thinking . . . . From Jack

    imageOver six years ago, Jack, a close personal friend and support, used to write for this website some articles to make us think.  He died in 2015 of Motor Neuron disease and was a great loss to this church which he was part of since it began in 20005. He had an extraordinary ministry, always on the edge of church. He was chaplain to U2 since the band was formed, and often toured with them ministering to the whole crew of over 150. Some of his articles are still relevant today and I will publish them here again from time to time.....enjoy "I was Just Thinking"
        

    I was Just Thinking . . . . From Jack

    imageI was thinking recently about the fairly familiar description of someone "coming out of the closet". I used the term with a friend and got a strange quizzical look. To him the words meant openly acknowledging one's sexuality. I meant something quite different - though I do confess enjoying leading him on a bit. I was saying to him that I had a decision to make about how much to talk freely about a particular health problem that I not shared with many people.

    So what are the meaning and nuances associated with "coming out" and "the closet"? So much has to do with personality! Some friends of mine are up front and communicate happily on Facebook and Twitter about all sorts of personal details. Others, and this I confess is the camp I am happy in, are reserved, private or even secretive about their lives.

    "Coming out" can be a wonderful escape - a prisoner released from captivity. But it can also be risky, nerve-wracking or dangerous. In some ways it can be both. Coming out about illness, for example, is an opportunity to share the burden of sickness. However, the response and reaction of others can be a serious additional burden to the sick person. I touched on this when thinking about sympathy and empathy.

    "Closets" are imprisoning, confining, punishing. On the other hand they can be secretive, secure, safe. We can be pushed into closets and we can create closets for ourselves. There are so many negatives involved - fear and guilt are probably at the core of most closets. It is interesting to see where churches and individual Christians stand in relation to enclosing their fellow men - believers and non-believers. Attitudes can revolve around judgement, disapproval, punishment rather than acceptance, forgiveness, love. The Gospel tells us that Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead and called him out of the grave. Then he told the disciples to unwrap Lazarus and let him go. There is a great ministry for Christians in unwrapping those who are bound and setting them free. It is sad when Christians choose to bind and constrict those who Jesus would set free.

    As I say, I was just thinking. You may have it all sorted. If you have, can I urge you to think again, and then again  

     

    A Pastoral letter from the Chaplain

    imageLinked here is a Pastoral letter from the chaplain of Lorgues with Fayence the Rev Peter Massey. It reflects on our current situation as a chaplaincy both now and also looking ahead over the next weeks and months.
    Pastoral letter  March 16th 2020

    From our Sunday Intercessions

       


        
  • A Wider View

    A Little Something For Today from the OASIS


    The Church of England has published five tips for tackling loneliness and isolation:

    image1)Light a candle, if safe, and pray for hope, faith and strength to keep loving and caring for each other during this time of struggle.

    2)Talk about how you feel. This may be difficult if you are self-isolating, but do use the telephone, internet, and social media. If you need to contact a counsellor this can be arranged by your GP, or via local agencies, or privately. Samaritans are there24 hours a day, every day, and it’s free to call them on 116 123.

    3)Focus on the things that you can change, not on the things you can’t.

    4)Look after yourself – physically, emotionally, spiritually. Plan in things that you enjoy at regular intervals during the day – a TV programme, a phone call, a book, a favourite dish, a game.

    5)Look after others. Even if only in small ways, but do what you can: a smile, a kind word, writing a letter or an email.

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    A Little Something For Today from the OASIS

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    Travel for 10 Years

    Ian , Anna and Neil set up Go Provence 10 years ago.  They facilitate holidays and travel for people who need help and support.  They support people with autism, aspergers, learning disabilities and other related conditions.  and have an amazing ministry and business creating group and individual holidays all over the world. 

    http://www.goprovence.co.uk/

    Their work is an inspiration to those of us who know and who have supported them over the years and their children were baptised up in the lake near Quinson.

    They are now based up near Riaz and keep in touch with us and have sent a video to keep us all connected and let us know about family life during SOCIAL ISOLATION.   

    Link Here


    A Little Something For Today from the OASIS


    A letter to the UK from Italy: this is what we know about your future

    An author in Rome describes what to expect based on her experiences of lockdown, it is frank, factual and revealing

    imageThe acclaimed Italian novelist Francesca Melandri, who has been under lockdown in Rome for almost three weeks due to the Covid-19 outbreak, has written a letter to fellow Europeans “from your future”, laying out the range of emotions people are likely to go through over the coming weeks.

    I am writing to you from Italy, which means I am writing from your future. We are now where you will be in a few days. The epidemic’s charts show us all entwined in a parallel dance.

    We are but a few steps ahead of you in the path of time, just like Wuhan was a few weeks ahead of us. We watch you as you behave just as we did. You hold the same arguments we did until a short time ago, between those who still say “it’s only a flu, why all the fuss?” and those who have already understood.

    Read the full article in the Guardian here


    A Little Something For Today from the OASIS

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    Atheist Doctor In Italy Turns To God 

    A testimony by Julian Urban, 38 years old, Doctor in Lombardy

    Never in my darkest nightmares did I imagine that I would have seen and lived through what has been happening here in our hospital for the last three weeks. And the nightmare only grows; the river becomes bigger and bigger. At the beginning only a few arrived, then dozens, and then hundreds, and now we are no longer doctors, we have become mere sorters who decide who should live and who must be sent home to die, even if they are people who have paid Italian taxes for their whole life. Up until two weeks ago, my colleagues and I were atheists; this was normal because we are doctors and we have learned that science proves that God does not exist. I always laughed at my parents when they went to church.

    Nine days ago, a 75-year-old pastor came to us for medical help. He was a kind man, he had grave respiratory problems, but he had a Bible with him and it impressed us that he was reading the Bible to the people who were dying and holding their hands.

    We were all tired, discouraged doctors, psychologically and physically spent, and so we found that we were listening to him.

    Now we must admit: as human beings we have reached our limits, there is nothing more we can do, and more people are dying every single day. And we are exhausted. Two of our colleagues have died and others are infected.

    We realized that we have reached the limits of what man can do. We need God, and we have begun to ask for his help, when we have a few moments free. We speak among ourselves and we cannot believe that we who were fierce atheists are now seeking for interior peace by asking the Lord to help us to resist so that we can take care of the sick. Yesterday the 75-year old pastor died. Despite the fact that in the last three weeks we have had over 120 people die in our unit and we are all exhausted and feel destroyed, he succeeded, despite his own condition and our own difficulties, to bring us a PEACE that we no longer hoped to find.

    The pastor went to the Lord, and soon we will follow him if things continue like this.


    A Little Something For Today from the OASIS

    I See your True Colours

    Recorded under individual isolation regulations, Camden choir managed to produce virtual music.The words express the outburst of community spirit and human compassion that surely lies within us all and just needs releasing.....enjoy



    Updates from the Diocese

    Here is a video message from Bishop Robert about the Corona Virus

    imageHe speaks to us all from his office at home.  Both diocesan offices are closed but the work of the diocese carries on despite all the restrictions.

    There are about 45 countries in the diocese so his job is massive. Dealing with all the different jurisdictions alone is an huge challenge so we were indeed fortunate to have him here in Lorgues last year for our annual Ascension gathering.


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    Coronavirus: Public health advice

     

    In this column you will be able to link to the Diocesan advice page

    • Sources of official guidance, health advice, and support provided by the World Health Organisation, EU and national governments.
    • Advice covering how to wash your hands, and guides to coping with stress during the COVID-19 outbreak.
    • Links to find official public health advice provided by national governments across every country in the Diocese in Europe, and the UK. 

    The Diocese in Europe is not responsible for the content of external websites.

    Latest update: 20 March 2020






















  • News From the Vine 

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    27th Mch   FRENCH LOCKDOWN EXTENDED TO APRIL 15th

    New tighter regulations on movement in France decreed by French Prime Minister  Edouard Philippe from 24th March.  Severe penalties if not observed.

    New Derogation Form Here 25/03/20                                                    Link here to see the changes to regulations

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    Then Noah sent out the dove from him, to see if the waters had subsided from the face of the ground; but the dove found no place to set its foot, and it returned to him to the ark … 

    Genesis 8.6-12
    At the end of forty days Noah opened the window of the ark that he had made and sent out the raven; and it went to and fro until the waters were dried up from the earth. Then he sent out the dove from him, to see if the waters had subsided from the face of the ground; but the dove found no place to set its foot, and it returned to him to the ark, for the waters were still on the face of the whole earth. So he put out his hand and took it and brought it into the ark with him. He waited another seven days, and again he sent out the dove from the ark; and the dove came back to him in the evening, and there in its beak was a freshly plucked olive leaf; so Noah knew that the waters had subsided from the earth. Then he waited another seven days, and sent out the dove; and it did not return to him any more.

    Doves are among the birds most often mentioned in the Bible. Noah sends one out to see if the land has recovered after the flood. The dove returns when it finds “no place to set its foot” and later does not come back, having found a new home.

    In our own time, many bird species are in decline as the habitats that provide their homes are lost as a result of climate change, deforestation and intensive farming.
    Intensive farming is associated with hedgerow loss and reduced biodiversity. When you buy fruit and vegetables, look out for produce from less intensive organic or LEAF-certified producers.
    Prayer for the week
    All things bright and beautiful,
    All creatures great and small,
    All things wise and wonderful,
    The Lord God made them all.

    He gave us eyes to see them,
    And lips that we might tell,
    How great is God Almighty,
    Who has made all things well.


    Cecil Frances Alexander (1818–1895)
    Look at the birds of the air
    Watch – and listen – out for birds today. Bigger cities and changes to farming mean there are many fewer than a few decades ago.

    It's Gonna be a New Sort of Community

    Archbishop designate of York Stephen Cottrell speaks on Songs of Praise about the impact of Covid 19 on church as we know it.


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    United in Prayer

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    Pope Francis wrote to Christian leaders asking that the wider church invoke "together the graces from Heaven" and ask "for the end of this pandemic". 

    He used his Angelus blessing on Sunday to invite all Christians together in praying the Lord's Prayer as a response to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

    The Pope asked that Christians, whatever their tradition, respond to the coronavirus pandemic "with the universality of prayer, of compassion, of tenderness".

    "Let us remain united. Let us make our closeness felt toward those persons who are the most lonely and tried," he said.   Read the full article from Christian Today here


    Safely Home.

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    A.G.M's may need to be deferred

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