|Sunday 6 September Virtual Service Hello everyone.|
This week is the Sunday when we go back into our Church building for the first time since the middle of March. We give thanks to God for this restoration of freedom to worship and to relate to one another, for the opportunity to be able to see one another face to face.
Thank you to Gill for reading our Epistle and Gospel, to Val for leading our prayers, and to Julie and Alan for their musical contribution.
Our virtual worship continues for the time being. This month we have a mixed economy of virtual worship alongside an act of worship in the Church. There is an exciting possibility that we will have WiFi in the Church later on this year which will mean that we can live stream our worship in the future.
Our Gospel reading today raises the challenge of how we handle disputes within the Church. Jesus’s words are appropriate at the launch of the Leeds Festival of Kindness, a week long festival which begins today. There are some varied and interesting events each day and the link to the festival programme can be found here:
I chose a choral piece of music entitled “Alleluia” by the modern American composer Eric Whitacre to conclude our virtual worship today. It expresses how I feel, singing and saying not a few Alleluias giving thanks for our ‘return from exile’ back into a building designed for one specific purpose – to God be the glory.
Church services are held at 9.30am every Sunday. There is also a Holy Communion service on Thursdays at 10.30am. Due to social distancing regulations, numbers may be limited at these services. This weekly Virtual Service will continue for the time being as well.