Our service next Sunday at 11:00 will be led live on Zoom by Dr Stephen Tomkins, editor of the URC’s ‘Reform’ magazine.

You can join from wherever you are, online or by telephone. Joining instructions will be sent out to Trinity members who have subscribed to our mailing list.  

Stephen is a writer, broadcaster, editor and speaker. His books include seven of religious history, most recently The Journey to the Mayflower published in 2020 by Hodder & Stoughton. He has made numerous appearances as a commentator on UK television and radio. His newspaper and magazine work includes contributions to the Guardian, the BBC, the Wall Street Journal, History Today, the Yorkshire Post and the Church Times. 

According to his website, Stephen has performed stand up comedy for 15 years, most recently Speed Christianity, a comic lecture that covers 2000 years of church history in an hour. He plays lead guitar, harmonica and keyboard for The Pinheads, a Lewisham-based dad rock band. 

Explore the Holy Habits through the life of Jesus. This resource provides seven weeks of material for church groups to use during Lent. Each session includes the printed Bible passage, a suggestion for a simple symbolic worship centre, music suggestions, reflection, poem, questions, prayer and take-home ideas. Additional material for Holy Week provides daily reflections that can be used as the basis of a gathered act of worship, or for personal devotion.

This is available from the URC Bookshop or from Eden.

One of the Lent resources mentioned in our recent email is “Broken Bits & Weirdness”. Read more about it here:

Bible study like you’ve never seen it!  Meet nine of the Bible’s most dismal failures and find out how God still loves them, even with their Broken Bits & Weirdness. Explore their stories through Bible notes, craft, cooking, outdoors activities, mindfulness colouring, and lots of other imaginative resources. Suitable for all ages (and that does not mean ‘for kids’), this is the perfect resource book for Bible study groups, personal devotions, youth work, schools and family ministry and Messy Church. You can use these resources at any time of year or as a Lent series, with special studies for Good Friday and Easter Day. Written by best-selling author of ‘Walking to Bethlehem’ and ‘God Is With Us – Everywhere!’ (which was our Nativity play in 2020).

Broken Bits & Weirdness is available from Amazon as a paperback or Kindle edition.

Here’s another resource for Lent that you might like to consider:  “The Big Story” by Fay Rowlands (author of our 2020 nativity play, “God is with us – everywhere!”.

This Lent, discover the Bible as one Big Story of God and God’s people. This book follows the story from the very beginning up to the wonder of Easter morning.

Day be day, from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday, we read part of The Big Story, with space for you to respond, Bible readings, a reflection and a short prayer. Each week covers a section of the Bible and finishes with the story seemingly crashing to an end, but by God’s grace, it continues.

Gain an overview of the whole story of the Bible, and see how some familiar (and some less-familiar) parts of the Bible fit together.

Perfect for personal devotions, discover The Big Story today.  Available as a paperback or as Kindle edition from Amazon.

 

This Lent resource comes from the Institute for Contemporary Christianity (LICC).

Sabbath rest is essential to our identity as God’s people: a gift to refresh us and equip us for good work.

But many of us find it hard to do – either because life seems unstoppably busy, or because the pressures and demands we are faced with seem overwhelming.

This 40-day prayer journey will help you explore the reasons for restlessness, God’s gift of rest, and how your work – in your job, your home, or your street – can flow from that place of rest and connection with him.

As you pray and reflect on examples from the Bible, you’ll develop fresh habits of godly rest, learn how to work fruitfully instead of relentlessly, and grow in trust for the loving heavenly Father who holds your days in his hands.

When you sign up, you’ll receive a short ‘prompt to pray’ each day, together with a brief thought helping you explore how to work from the rest God provides.

The YouVersion App (Coming Soon)
If you prefer to use your smartphone for devotional time, sign up for the ‘Working From Rest’ prayer journey on the YouVersion app. YouVersion is the most popular Bible app that many people use for looking up passages – so you may already have it on your phone.

Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the Church’s annual season of Lent – traditionally a time of prayer and preparation. The idea that we are all at prayer with one another, even if from within our own homes, is the way in which we are kept together as the Body of Christ at this particular time.  We pray that we will all walk faithfully with Jesus in these forty days before Easter.

Remember that you are dust,
and to dust you shall return.
Turn away from sin and be faithful to Christ.

There is a centuries-old Christian tradition for Ash Wednesday of being marked on the forehead with ashes in the sign of the cross.   Ashes are an ancient symbol of penitence (recognition of the ways in which our actions and our character can fall short of our ideals, and acknowledgement of our human need for acceptance and love). This year, of course, we are unable to observe this tradition in church,  but you are encouraged to choose one or more of our recommended Lent resources for reflection and prayer.

May the Lord enrich us with his grace,
and nourish us with his blessing;
the Lord defend us in trouble
and keep us from all evil;
the Lord accept our prayers,
and absolve us from our offences,
for the sake of Jesus Christ, our Saviour,  Amen.

Please join us for a few minutes each Wednesday, between noon and 2pm, to pray with the Trinity community.

Local:
Pray for those struggling with their health and fitness, especially those who can’t carry out their normal exercise because it entails too many people meeting together or would need facilities which are closed.

National:
Pray for those administering the Covid vaccination programme; for those impatiently waiting their turn; for those hesitating; and for those determined against accepting the vaccination.

Global:
Pray for Austria, Liechtenstein, Switzerland (World Council of Churches Ecumenical prayer cycle)

Would you like to write a prayer for the United Reformed Church (URC’s) Prayer Handbook 2022?

In 2022, the URC celebrates its 50th birthday, and in keeping with this special anniversary, and reflecting on the meanings of jubilee in our biblical texts, the URC’s Prayer Handbook 2022 has the theme ‘Jubilee: Free to live…

Editors, Karen Campbell and Ian Fosten, invite you to consider the ways in which we experience jubilee in our everyday lives through our knowledge of God and the relationships we share with God.

You may feel free… to praise… sing… lament… rage… grieve.  Perhaps you feel moved to give thanks for a particular event or occasion. Maybe there are situations where, on reflection, you realise it was only God’s grace which brought you through. Or perhaps the difficult time is now; today is when you are experiencing God’s liberating peace in the midst of turmoil.

Wherever you are, wherever you have been, whatever the journey which moves you to write, we would love to hear from you.

You are invited to write as you would pray – no special words or format – and allow us the privilege of sharing your prayers with others in the URC and beyond. Read More

Today’s worship will be a live ‘Worship At Home’ service held on Zoom, which you can join from wherever you are, online or by telephone. Please join the Zoom call between 10.45am and 10.55am ready for an 11.00am start.

The service for Transfiguration Sunday will be led by members of our Elders’ Council.

The Bible readings will be 2 Kings 2: 1-12 and Mark 9: 2-9.  You can read/download the Order of Service here.

After the service there will be an opportunity to chat and share fellowship – bring your own coffee!

Here are the activities for tomorrow’s Junior Church on the theme of transfiguration.
You might also like to make iced biscuits to show the scene: green icing spread over the biscuit to represent the mountain, three coloured sweets to represent Peter, James and John, two more for Moses and Elijah and a white mint for Jesus. Add squirting cream to represent the cloud. Sounds delicious!

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Activity sheet
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