Weekly Email w/b 29th January 2024
I’ve rediscovered one of my favourite podcasts of old this week. Simon Mayo “Confessions” podcast is back. Do you know it? It’s an occasion where people write into him and confess stuff in their life, and then Simon – or should it be Father Mayo – decides whether to grant forgiveness or not. More memorable ones over many year include one about an unsuspecting goat, another involving Hammy the Hamster, the one about a runaway milk float, or even the incident with Uncle Eric’s ashes.
“Have mercy on me” says King David in Psalm 51, in the most simple words of confession. As we saw in Just10’s session this week, he had blown it big time. A bored afternoon sunbathing on the temple roof turned to adultery. Adultery turns to pregnancy, which turns to murder, which in turn becomes lies. (He’s not doing very well is he if there was a pass-rate for the ten commandments.) But then – like in every good soap opera where past events always catch up – everything begins to unravel until he finds a place of confession and the beginnings of grace.
We go through life with many things weighing us down. With our guilt around us and our fallenness and frailty all too easy to see. Perhaps this week we need be reminded of what David says, that “As high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.” As a wonderful lady called Corrie Ten Boom wrote. “God takes our sins and throws them in the bottom of the deepest ocean… and he puts up a sign saying “no fishing.”
Revd Phil Cansdale Vicar
We’re well underway now with our spring morning series called “AMAZED”. Phil Cansdale will be our speaker at the 9am and 11am services at Holy Trinity Meole Brace, and Shirley Stevens at Christ the King. And Keith Moore is speaking at Belle Vue.
Our evening service is at 6.30pm in the Trinity Centre. It’s our monthly Presence gathering as we take a bit more time and space to share communion together alongside time to praise, worship and rest in God’s presence.
Our latest copy of Trinity Life is out now, covering February and March 2024. In it you’ll find our usual roundup of our Sunday life, as well as latest news, some midweek events, details of work with young people and children, and a reminder about the really great work of Cafe Connect and the Trinity Centre. There’s also a page of resources – podcast, book and online TV – if you want to take a step or three of faith. And you’ll find the big theme of Holy Week and Easter 2024.
Pick up a copy from church, the Cafe or the Trinity Centre. And take a sneak preview online by clicking below.
Our next welcome event takes place on Sunday 17th March at 9am. We’ll start from 9am with some continental breakfast etc. We’ll then have some time together to get to know each other better, meet some of the team here at Trinity, and to hear something about the wider life of the church. We finish by about 1030am for those who would either like to head home or be slightly early for the 11am gathering.
Let us know please you’re coming, and we’ll start ordering some croissants! We look forward to you being with us.
This year Ash Wednesday shares its calendar spot with Valentine’s Day, taking place Wednesday 14th February. Fitting perhaps? We’ll be hosting a service at Meole Brace on that Wednesday evening at 7pm.
“Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” These are always humbling words to hear, a reminder of our frailty in life as well as our beauty in Gods’ eyes. Our service will include a chance for the imposition of ashes and to share in communion together. We’ll be meeting in the Trinity Centre
Want to join a group who get together every couple of months to share a meal and “do life” together?
Suitable for all ages and ‘stages’, and whether old-timer or newcomer, you’d be very welcome at the next “Big Sunday lunch”. For those already in a group then details should be winging their way to you over the next few days. And if you’d like to join a group – and make the most of opportunities of getting to know other people at Trinity – then let us know and we’ll find some space around a Sunday lunch table near you!
We love the writing of Pete Greig, who – amongst other things – says “The best bit of advice I ever received about how to pray was this: keep it simple, keep it real, keep it up.”
There are lots of different ways in which we invite people into this journey of prayer. You’ll find on our website some of the weekly or monthly rhythm of gatherings, both in person and online. These include tonight’s “Prayer time for ministries with youth and children” at 8pm online, as well as a reminder of prayer for Radbrook, Meole Estate, schools, Cafe Connect etc.
Don’t know where to begin? You’ll also find on the website some resources to support you, including the 24-7 prayer course, Lectio 365, and finding a ‘soul friend’ to journey with.
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