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Hello Friends

Happy 1st May to you! Where is the time going? April seems to have passed us by. Whilst we still struggle with life in lockdown, we should take heart from the fact that we’re one day closer to the easing of restrictions than we were yesterday. We’re getting there!

I wonder how your week has been? What a blessing to celebrate Captain, now Colonel Tom Moore as he turned 100 years old yesterday. What an example he is, and what a legacy he and his generation have left us of how to do life during difficult and uncertain times. We celebrate the safe arrival of Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his fiancé Carrie Symonds’ little boy. From press reports we understand he arrived somewhat earlier than expected. Surely another instance of God’s perfect timing. Imagine the challenge if their son was born a couple of weeks ago with them both in isolation due to Coronavirus?

I share the above deliberately. We’re all facing challenges during these uncertain times. Whilst this is true, there is always evidence of God’s goodness to us, and many reasons for which He is still worthy of our thanksgiving and praise.

After you read this note, and however you’re feeling today, can I encourage you to take a few moments to think of one thing you want to give thanks to God for today. You may be thankful for your family; for where you live; for the church and community you’re part of; maybe even the nice weather that has made this trying time that bit easier to cope with. Thanksgiving should always be part of our lives.

Here’s some remarkable advice to us from the Apostle Paul:

‘Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, 

for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus’. (1 Thessalonians 5:17-18)

We’re not to give thanks for all circumstances, but we are to give thanks in all circumstances. I pray God gives us grace to be thankful today.

On Sunday morning I’m going to be sharing a message around the theme of the goodness of God. I want to encourage us all by reminding us that ‘God’s goodness is greater than our mistakes!’ We also look forward to our own Jenny Hallahan share a message with our children as part of our service. We’ll be online from 10.55am.

Then on Sunday evening Brian’s going to share a message around the theme ‘Ever Ancient, Ever New’. He’s going to bring alive the fact that whilst the remarkable truths of the death and resurrection of Jesus are ancient in terms of time and history, that the impact of such truth, and the life that comes from Jesus, is as fresh and relevant today as it was following the days it happened. We’ll be online from 6.25pm. Please continue to help us getting word out to folks about our Sunday services. Encourage people to join with us at www.martinsmemorial.tv, or on Facebook.

Many thanks & Blessings

Rev Tommy  MacNeil