In the reading from John 21:18-25 today, Peter is restored into relationship with Jesus, but as Jesus calls him to “Follow Me” Jesus warns Peter about the type of death he will suffer because of his faith.
Stephen Johnston reminds us
All of us, ... are called to carry the cross. We are each called to a daily dying to ourselves and a living for the Lord. So, as we face heightened uncertainties of life at present, whatever number of days or years we have left on this earth, let us commit to following him with self-denial and humble zeal.
Drawing attention to verse 4
‘With every breath, I long to follow Jesus.’
The Presbyterian Church in Ireland (PCI) has said that for pastoral reasons, it would be supportive of enabling loved ones to have appropriate access to burial grounds. Speaking on behalf of PCI in a statement in response to media inquiries, Rev Trevor Gribben, Clerk of the General Assembly and General Secretary of the denomination said that "if a way forward on this particular issue can be found, it would be of immeasurable comfort to those who mourn and feel the loss of their loved one so deeply."
Rev Trevor Gribben said, “For pastoral reasons, we would be supportive of enabling loved ones to have appropriate access to burial grounds in a way that, with suitable social distancing, both safeguarded them and those who worked there.
“The loss of a loved one, even in normal circumstances, is heart breaking. Along with others, we recognise that visiting a grave can be an important part of the grieving process, especially for relatives who could not attend the funeral, or be with their loved ones when they passed away.
“While we recognise that the restrictions that we all have to abide by during these days are for the good of the whole community, if a way forward on this particular issue can be found, it would be of immeasurable comfort to those who mourn and feel the loss of their loved one so deeply
COVID-19 Conspiracy Theories Putting Christian Minorities At Risk
In various parts of the world where Christians are often persecuted they are now being blamed for the Coronavirus. This short article will make us aware of the suffering of our brothers and sisters.
Looking after our Health And Welbeing
Evangelical Alliance asked Debbie Duncan to share some tips for looking after our health and wellbeing in these challenging times. @dduncan42 is an advanced nurse practitioner and lecturer in nursing, a church leader & minister's wife. This is a short video from Debbie.
Culture Shock and Covid-19
This article by David Williams gives an honest insight & practical advice about Culture Shock and Covid-19. It's well worth a read.
More Home Deliveries
Born & Raised Waffles will deliver waffles to Portstewart. (Who knew you needed waffles delivered) Tel. 078251041086
Or website http://bornandraisedwaffles.com
Crusoes Coffee Shop, Castlerock will also deliver -
There have been some beautiful sunsets this week. On Sunday evening just as we should have been entering the church building for our evening service it was bathed in the light of the setting sun.
There have also been some beautiful sunrises this week, this was this morning. Thanks once again to Deirdre.
Ulster Rugby have provided this Jacob Stockdale chart to help you describe your mood each day during Lockdown.
Somedays I’m a 5 but I have also ended up as a 7. What number are you today?