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Focus in Holy Week

Friends,
This Lent has seen us giving up a lot more than usual, under the necessity of this Coronavirus crisis. We have been distracted by many worries, but also, strangely, have been forced to withdraw more into our own homes and into a smaller circle of interactions.
This gives us time to focus. We are going into Holy Week. I encourage you to spend more time in prayer, in reading the Bible and in reflecting what God in Christ has done for our world.
Our own devotional life is crucial now, without the face to face support of fellow disciples. I encourage you to work at it, and contact me if you want some help.
Please form some new groups to talk (over the phone or via Zoom), to pray and read the Bible together. We can host your meetings on Zoom. Let us draw closer to one another in this mode.
Our Phone Pastoral Care system is working, so expect to receive a weekly call from a fellow church member to encourage you.
We are planning to broadcast services from our church on Good Friday (9:00 am) and on Easter Sunday (8:30 am). You can watch these on Facebook Live and on our Youtube Channel, and then later on this Website.  You will find the links here on this site under Online Services.
Let’s keep praying for one another, and for our neighbours. Let us pray that the good news of Jesus Christ and the love of God will be joyfully celebrated and shared this Easter.
Ralph G. Bowles  3 April 2020



Focus in Holy Week
Friends,
This Lent has seen us giving up a lot more than usual, under the necessity of this Coronavirus crisis. We have been distracted by many worries, but also, strangely, have been forced to withdraw more into our own homes and into a smaller circle of interactions.
This gives us time to focus. We are going into Holy Week. I encourage you to spend more time in prayer, in reading the Bible and in reflecting what God in Christ has done for our world.
Our own devotional life is crucial now, without the face to face support of fellow disciples. I encourage you to work at it, and contact me if you want some help.
Please form some new groups to talk (over the phone or via Zoom), to pray and read the Bible together. We can host your meetings on Zoom. Let us draw closer to one another in this mode.
Our Phone Pastoral Care system is working, so expect to receive a weekly call from a fellow church member to encourage you.
We are planning to broadcast services from our church on Good Friday (9:00 am) and on Easter Sunday (8:30 am). You can watch these on Facebook Live and on our Youtube Channel, and then later on this Website.  You will find the links here on this site under Online Services.
Let’s keep praying for one another, and for our neighbours. Let us pray that the good news of Jesus Christ and the love of God will be joyfully celebrated and shared this Easter. (3 April 2020)
Our Church is Still Operating!
While our buildings are closed and many activities stopped due to the health crisis, our church and its ministry is not closed. The Church of God is the people of God, not the buildings, however useful and cherished the buildings may be to us. We are still able to pray for each other and the world. We can use the telephone, emails, or letters to keep in touch. We can ask each other these key questions: ‘What are you thanking God for today?’ ‘How can I pray for you?’
We have all been scrambling to find new ways to keep going during this disruption. Our church and its members has been working to provide new ways of connecting such as Zoom Worship and Bible Study groups. It has been a quick and steep learning curve for many of us, myself included! But let’s be encouraged by the resilience of people and the innovative ways of coping that are emerging. We are still offering prayer, encouragement, worship and Bible teaching here in Nambour Anglican Parish.
I am praying that during this disruption we will take up the challenge to move forward in our Christian growth. Let us give more time to prayer, to connecting with each other and to learning more from God’s Word. I hope that more Small Groups will form, using the virtual tools of our age. If you have more time on your hands, devote more to prayer and study. Let us keep our support for our ministry strong in spiritual growth, small groups and financial generosity. Let us resolve, under God, to come out of this crisis, closer to God and one another and spiritually stronger than when it began.
Ralph Bowles 28 March 2020.