Sunday 19 January
11:00      Morning Worship
Title:  “Come & See”.  Bible reading:  John 1. 29-42 and Isaiah 49.1-6

Monday 20 January 

Tuesday 21 January

Wednesday 22 January
12:00-14:00     Trinity Angelus

Thursday 23 January
20:00      Finance Team

Friday 24 January
10:00      Trinity Toddlers
20:00      Friday Fellowship
20:00      Choir practice

Saturday 25 January

Sunday 26 January 
11:00     Morning Worship led by Mark Dennis
14:00     Merton Winter Night Shelter at Trinity

The materials for the 2020 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity have been prepared by the Christian churches in Malta and Gozo (Christians Together in Malta)

On 10 February many Christians in Malta celebrate the Feast of the Shipwreck of St Paul, marking and giving thanks for the arrival of Christian faith on these islands. The reading from the Acts of the Apostles used for the feast is the text chosen for this year’s Week of Prayer.

Hospitality is a much needed virtue in our search for Christian unity. It calls us to a greater generosity to those in need. The people who showed unusual kindness to Paul and his companions did not yet know Christ, and yet it is through their unusual kindness that a divided people were drawn closer together. Our own Christian unity will be discovered not only through showing hospitality to one another, but also through loving encounters with those who do not share our language, culture or faith.

In such tempestuous journeys and chance encounters, God’s will for his Church and all people comes to fulfilment.  As Paul will proclaim in Rome, this salvation of God has been sent to all peoples (see Acts 28:28).

You can download the Week of Prayer readings and reflections here (please note this is a large file).

Since September 2019, the world has watched with shock and horror as bushfires have torn across parts of Australia, leaving a trail of destruction in their wake. More than 2,000 homes have been razed to the ground, and according to reports, at least 25 people and millions of animals have died.  Having recently returned from Australia, the Revd Neil Thorogood, Principal of the United Reformed Church’s Westminster College in Cambridge, reflects on his visit and offers a prayer for everyone affected by the tragedy:

“Over Christmas I paid a hastily planned visit to my father in Sydney. Ill health saw him in hospital, and I wanted to be closer than the phone calls were allowing me to be.

“We spent the Christmas season in a room in the Sydney Adventist Hospital. On most of the days I was there, the sky was hazy with smoke from the raging bushfires around New South Wales.  The sun was often a bloody red ball glowering at us. Some days, as soon as I stepped outdoors, my eyes would sting and I could smell the burning gum trees.

It was while I was there that two firefighters died. The news was always dominated by reports on where fires had reached and where they might go next.  We had a gale at one point which fanned the flames and sent embers across highways to start blazes leaping from mile to mile. Most of the state hasn’t had real rain for a couple of years so the bush is just awaiting the smallest spark.

“It was heartbreaking to listen as families returned to homes that were piles of darkened wood and twisted metal; everything was being lost.  Australians are used to bush fires. They are part of the seasons in the way that we get used to rain and frost. But this year’s are unprecedented in their scale and ferocity.

“There’s a big debate across Australia surrounding climate change and its consequences. But no one can doubt the reality of loss being endured by people and by nature.”

Prayer
Your creation tests us sometimes, Lord of all.
We build and plant, tend and grow, harvest and mine.
We cut roads across the landscape and drill deep into the earth.
We tend to assume our dominance over your world; until our vulnerability comes home again, until we see the scale of forces that overwhelm us.
Be with those now facing fire.
Help communities coping with devastating loss and fear.
Give strength and endurance to the firefighters offering all they have to save life and property.
Give to those with leadership the wisdom they need to face the emergency and the much longer journey of rebuilding and recovery.
Help us, so distant, to sustain the bonds of love and care that cross the world.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayers.
Amen

Why not join us for a few minutes each Wednesday, between noon and 2pm, to pray with the Trinity community?

Local:
Pray for the Merton Winter Night Shelter, especially as it opens its doors at Trinity. Pray for all those who have no safe and comfortable home to call their own.

National:
In this week of prayer for Christian unity, pray for all Christians working together at joint projects and those working to find closer relationships in our faith. Pray especially for Christians who find it hard to understand the beliefs of other equally sincere Christians and pray for all to listen to one another.

Global:
Pray for Cyprus, Greece, Turkey (World Council of Churches Ecumenical prayer cycle)

Photo by Clark Van Der Beken on Unsplash

Trinity will open its doors to around 14 homeless men and women at 2pm on Sunday 26 January.

Thank you to all who have volunteered.  There are still one or two slots for the breakfast shift (06:30-09:00) during February so it is not too late to get involved.

We are generally well supplied, but the game ‘Connect 4’ is very popular with guests this year so we would appreciate a set if anyone can spare theirs for seven weeks. Chess sets would be similarly appreciated, as would pairs of hotel slippers.

Contact ralphgoodchild@gmail.com and/or robin.goodchild@sky.com if you can help.