Monday, July 19, 2010

Sad but Encouraged

It's been a very emotional few days. Thursday's prayer meeting, the Friday night LIFE event with over 400 young people there and then Sunday's three meetings - all against the backdrop of Annie no longer being with us.

It was so good to have Bill and Anne with us both Sunday morning and evening. Church should always be a place we run to rather than avoid in moments like this. Let's continue to lift up Bill and Anne in prayer in what must be an unimaginably difficult time for them and their family.

We will start this week planning the thanksgiving service for Annie, which will be at 2.15pm in The Kerith Centre on Monday 2nd August. Everybody is invited as we draw together to remember and celebrate Annie's life. There will be laughter and happy memories amongst the many, many tears - Annie would have had it no other way. Parking as always at The Kerith Centre will be limited so please plan to leave enough time to park in the town centre car parks.

A number of people have said how helpful they found Sunday's message. If you missed Sunday, or want to listen to it again, you can find it here. Please find time to get alone with God this week. I suggest meditating on either 1 Corinthians 15 or 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18.

Finally let's continue to pray for Rory Allen. I spoke to his dad John on Sunday night and he said that Rory had the operation on his broken legs which went well, and that they had now removed all of his sedation and were waiting for him to come round. That could take anything from hours to days - let's pray that he comes round quickly and that there are no lasting effects from the accident.

Simon.

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