THE CENTRE CHAPLAIN’S CORNER – October
My theme this month is associated with care and help.
Psalm 121 will form the basis of my thoughts and the first two verses of this Psalm sum up very well from where help comes when you need it.
“I lift up my eyes to the hills – where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth”.
When do we need help? People require different kinds of help in the varying circumstances or situations which occur in their lives. How people cope is an individual matter and each one of us deals with the stresses of life in a variety of ways.
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble (Psalm 46 v1)
Thinking of the Maker of heaven and earth (Psalm 121 v 8b) links in with another verse in Psalm 19 v 1 “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands”.
Psalm 8 v 3-4 also takes into consideration the above – “When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him”. Here the Psalmist is mirroring the image of Jesus and how God made Him little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honour. These words are amazingly repeated in the book of Hebrews (2 v 6-8)
As aforementioned in September’s magazine two of our well-known ladies who worked in The Christian Centre died. Betty Scott’s funeral was on the 28th August and Doris Kent’s funeral was on the 31st August. Both ladies will be sadly missed.
At Betty Scot’s funeral a beautiful poem was read out which she had always kept at her bedside as long as her two sons can remember and links with the caring theme. It is entitled ‘Someone does care’. As we think upon Betty’s life please can we pray for her eldest son Jeremy who is having a stem-cell transplantation for his cancer at the beginning of October. He will be in King’s College Hospital for at least six weeks so it is going to be a tough time for his wife and family not to mention Jeremy himself
‘SOMEONE DOES CARE’
I found God in the morning,
we just sat and talked.
I kept Him near me
everywhere I walked.
I called on God at noon time,
a heart filled with despair.
I felt His quiet Presence,
I knew He was there.
We met again at sunset,
the waning of the day.
I had made Him happy,
I had lived His way.
Then when at bedtime
I knelt silently in prayer,
again His gentle Presence,
I felt someone does care.
We are reminded in the first letter of Peter to cast all our anxiety on him because he cares for us (1 peter 5 v 7).
I wonder what worries you have on your heart at the moment and that are burdening you? Is it lack of a job, a redundancy, a broken relationship, financial difficulties, illness or a bereavement?
Whatever it may be that is troubling you we can carry it to God in prayer. It is counted as a privilege to do this and we should try never to be discouraged because Jesus knows our every weakness (based on Joseph Scriven’s hymn ‘Wat a friend we have in Jesus’). “God is our rock, in whom we can take refuge. He is our shield and the horn (strength) of our salvation, our stronghold” (Psalm 18 v 2b/c).
Our regular Café Guests continue to frequent The Christian Centre Café and there have been some new faces. Hopefully our chef will be cooking some cakes and bacon butties in the morning, in addition to the excellent lunches he produces.
I am contemplating having a ’Lonely Hearts Afternoon Tea’ on the first Wednesday of November (3pm to 4.15pm) which is open to anyone, but particularly thinking of people who live on their own. There will be an opportunity to listen to some music, a poem, a story or just to have a general chat to share something with someone else. Please watch out for more information in due course.
I also plan to hold some Advent Group Discussions in November and December drawing 2018 to a close and to begin 2019. Again please watch out for dates and times.
At the moment we have no chef to cook lunch on Christmas Day so if you know of anyone who would like to take on this challenge please do let one of the Centre Managers know. Arrangements for Christmas hopefully will be in the November Magazine. We also are needing volunteers to work in The Centre Café so if you are available and interested please contact one of the Centre Managers.
Another area where we need help is to have more ‘Listeners’ for our Listening service. At the moment we only have one listener and myself but we need to cover each day of the week with a ‘Listening Service’. If you are interested please contact Rowan, Centre Chaplain for information about the service.
I finish with a verse from Hebrews (4 v 16). “Let us approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us our time of need”.
May God’s blessing be upon you this month and especially as we head towards the Christmas period.
Rowan Nunnerley (Centre Chaplain)
Contact details: 01306 886830 or 07706 041339