The murder of Sir David Amess has shocked and horrified us all. Whether you wish to see it as a racially motivated attack, or a religiously motivated one, or an act of political terror, what is clear is that is a profound assault on the political mechanisms of our country. It has exposed the increasingly vitriolic nature of our society. However it has also thrown the spotlight on the high regard still given to committed service, and the value attached to a life of kindness, integrity and faith. It also reminded me that, as a nation, we have been here before. I think back to the murder of Lord Mountbatton by the IRA, or the bombing of the Grand Hotel in Brighton. These too were despicable acts of needless violence which destroyed lives and families. As a nation we weathered those storms. We will grieve for Sir David, hold his family in our hearts and redouble our resolve to “love our enemies and pray for those who hate us”. (cf Matt 5:44).
Worship Services for Sunday 24th October.
9.30am Holy Communion at St John’s Stoke Row, led by Revd Angela Linton
11am Holy Communion at Checkendon Church, led by Revd John Blair.
(No Zoom service today.)
Worship Services for Sunday 31st October
10.30am Team Service of Holy Communion at St Mary’s Whitchurch on Thames, with Revd James Leach and Canon Kevin Davies
6.30pm-7pm. Together at Home. A short online evening service with Revd Kevin. Zoom numbers 636 645 195 and passcode 000162. Music, prayer, and a word from Mark’s gospel.
It is absolutely OK to pass these details onto friends and family, who are very welcome to join us. Other service options can be found on the Langtree Team Ministry Churches website.
You can support Checkendon church and Stoke Row churches via dedicated and secure online card donation pages. Just click on the link. It is very secure.
Half Term !
There’s an increasing amount of Covid about at the moment, so do take care if you are out and about. There’s no harm in giving yourself a test once a week, either, if only for your own personal reassurance. Our church services are still well ventilated but the welcome is nevertheless very warm. It is always good to see you.
Next week I am on leave for half term, so there won’t be one of these missives until November 2nd; our evening zoom fellowship is also taking a break until Oct 31st. Thank you all for your support and care for your churches, and for each other.
Every blessing in our Lord’s name
Revd Kevin Davies