Welcome

A Prayer for Ukraine

God of peace and justice,

we pray for the people of Ukraine today.

We pray for peace and the laying down of weapons.

We pray for those who fear for tomorrow,

that your Spirit of comfort would draw near to them.

We pray for those with power over war or peace,

for wisdom, discernment and compassion to guide their decisions.

Above all, we pray for all your precious children, at risk and in fear,

that you would hold and protect them.

We pray in the name of Jesus, the Prince of Peace.

Amen.

Welcome to the Atlantic Coast Cluster web site 

We are living in strange times, and we are permitted to open our churches for private prayer and worship.
The Churchwardens are working hard to ensure that the churches will be safe places for people to visit.

Currently there are no Sunday Services being held in the cluster, one line services are aviable, via zoom or on the audio page of this site.   

If you wish to obtain the zoom link for Sunday worship please email atlanticcoastcluster@btinternet.com  

if you know of someone who has not got internet access then the daily service can be
accessed by phoning 01872 308750 it is charged as local call,
the service will start after a moments pause, please share this with those you know who may like this.  

I will contine to post things that I have found helpful below as well as the Sunday Reflection

above is a photo the blessing which is in my hall, the celtic blessing,
produced by the wonderful calligraphy artist, Tess Cooling

Useful links

From the Times - Ways to Improve your Mood

A 3 minute meditation 
Singing out loud or joining a virtual choir
A kitchen disco - 35 minutes of dancing
Drawing for 45 minutes
Take a hot bath - May be more beneficial than exercise for people with depression
Gardening - 20 minutes of gardening can reduce stress and boost cognitive function
Deep sleep  - 7 hours at least 3 times a week
A 20 second hug - if you’re lucky enough to live with someone or some creature that can provide it.
One to one phone calls. (Happier people have more meaningful conversations with much less small talk)

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Reflection for 8th Sunday after Trinity
(you can listen to this reflection as part of the Service of the Word for 8th Sunday afterTrinity can be found on the Audio page of this site) 

Reflection

Reflection

I don’t know about you, but I rather feel the gospel from Luke today is a composite of snippets from a selection of stories that Jesus told. Almost a taster for other longer stories.  The first, do not be afraid little flock, points me to the do not worry, lilies of the field, birds of the air passage.   The treasures in heaven, to the story of the fortunate farmer and his bigger barns, that we had recently, and finally the bit about the lit lamps, to the story of the wise and foolish bridesmaids.  Little tasters, Luke pulls together all to tell and remind the readers that Jesus is trying to reassure his followers that although life will be difficult and tough, it is the Father’s good pleasure to open up the Kingdom of God to them.  In these words, we have hope and reassurance that no matter what, God is always there for us.  We need to live by faith.

Our passage from Hebrews says much the same, faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.  These are some of my   favourite words and ones which always rattle round my mind when I am being challenged and feel unsure of the future.   We are reminded then that faith means holding firm to the promises of God, and opened to us through the life, death and resurrection on Jesus.  Even if we are unsure and uncertain of our earthly life, and let’s be fair life is as uncertain now as it has ever been for most of us. 

With all the worries and distractions of this world we need to hold fast to the promises of God, made through Jesus.  To be the good and faithful servants, because we do not know what will happen next. 

Expect the unexpected, is an odd saying, which is actually not possible,  because if you expect it, it cannot be unexpected  but I think you get my drift.  Just when you thought it was this, that happens, for that is life.  As followers of Christ, we are called to be ready for action.  To be good and faithful servants, alert, to both the needs of those around us and the movement of the spirit within us.  To hold firm to the promises given by God to us when we live by faith.

So my prayer for all of us, is that living by faith we will find peace and meaning in our lives each and every day,   even when faced with the unexpected.

Amen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

St Cubertus by Sue Parkington
Written about her favourite church.   
Photo taken from happier times when the church was open

“Tis closed”, the old man said,

“Locked and cold within”, 

‘Why’s that?’I asked

‘I can’t make sense of thee’.

“Tis the virus; and the Bishops,

So they say, 

They’m scared we might get sick.

 I’m only ninety three”

‘Let’s chat outside a while’ I said,

Though raining heavily. 

“No good”, he said, then added,

“Just come along with me,

‘Tis cosy in the south porch,

And sheltered from the breeze”.

And so we shared our crib there, 

Saffron bun and mug of tea.

Keeping social distancing!

A friend and company.

 

 

Precious Life   (An Acrostic for Easter Time 2020) by Liz Cleves 

Perhaps we are listening, and

Remembering what is dear to us

Each of us recollecting Spring times, and the promise of nature bringing its gifts

Conscious too that the beautiful Earth is suffering from our ‘overload’.

In the morning I listen to the robin and the wren guarding my garden, and

Out early I see the mighty sun lift over the horizon

Unfettered and free in it’s course.

Softly I give thanks for all in my care and all that I receive.

 

Let me give thanks

In every way let me treasure my life and all that is dear to me

Fearing only fear itself and

Enjoying all while I may.