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Speer Road Church

(United Reformed Church)

Thames Ditton

The Last Word

Last word Ė May 2020

Have you changed anything that you do since we have been in lockdown? Some one told me they are getting up later, some one else that they have their shopping delivered, a teacher told me she now knew how to put audio onto Power Point presentations! As for me I realised today that I now have a banana for breakfast instead of for lunch! For years I have had a banana at lunchtime, but now I am trying it for breakfast, and it has been an enjoyable change.

People are talking about major changes that have happened through this event. Air pollution has been reduced, people have started talking to neighbours, people are being creative. A massive event in world history that we are living through gives us the chance to reflect on our lives, think about what is important to us. It also gives us a unique opportunity as a world to make some lasting changes. As human beings we can make those changes for the better or for the worse and I pray that there will be a desire to change things for the better, to realise that we donít have to simply carry on the way we were. The bible recounts many events that were major changes in world history, Natural disasters, wars but one of the biggest changes was the birth of the church at Pentecost. Followers of Jesus were committed to living out his kingdom, which in turn meant they would work for the good of the world. They were inspired and empowered by the Holy Spirit. As that has happened throughout history, so we pray that it happens now. Whatever challenges are ahead, let us pray that God will guide us and inspire us through his Holy Spiritís action in the world.

Bless you,
Peter

Note from Editor: Charities are suffering due to cancellation of major fund raising events. CHRISTIAN AID WEEK is likely to be significantly affected, so please give generously if you are able to do so.



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