With many of us heading off for our summer holiday and the recent wonderful weather we have had, we are all perhaps feeling a little more relaxed and optimistic even after the tension of watching the World Cup matches- with Wimbledon thrown in! I don’t know about you but I want to shout ‘Slow Down’ or ‘Stop’ to allow me to take in the moment, think about it, enjoy and connect with it -rather than racing on to the next thing. ‘The Moment’ is really all we have and there are many famous quotes that will attest to this. “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.” Bil Keane. “Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.” Mother Teresa. However in reality how do we actually achieve the appreciation of the here and now- ‘the moment’? This is really difficult for us to do this on our own. We need God more than ever to help have the right perspective on life, society and our world. This month at SMO, we start a sermon series on the book of Ephesians reflecting on what it means to have Christ at the centre of all we do as individuals and church family. The Book of Ephesians is a stunning revelation of the Church and the spiritual blessings we have in Christ Jesus. What was hidden throughout the ages was revealed to us when Christ came. Paul explains the mystery of the church and gives practical insight into living as believers. I believe we can learn a lot from the Ephesians Church especially as we continue to explore our values of Welcoming, Family, Christ-centred and Caring.
Starting from Sunday 1st July please join us for our Alive @ Ten service as we examine what it means to put on the whole Armour of God. On Thursdays 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th we have our usual short Holiday Communion services at 10.30 am. Sundays 8th July, 15th and 22nd are Holy Communion Services with provision for families and young children. All our services are followed by refreshments. Please note that due to the cycle ride on the 29th July, there will be neither the 8 or 10 am service. Nevertheless, we would have Family Praise (arrive from 3.30pm for a nice relaxed start at 4pm, for a catch up with friends and make new friends). This is followed by a Holy Communion service at 6.30 pm.
Other activities during the month include: 7th July at 7.30pm, The ‘Walton Voices’ choir will be holding a concert ‘Music for a Royal Occasion’ in the church on Saturday. For more details, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org 07884 348172. 12th July Cleves Leavers Service (6pm) we have the privilege of joining Yr 6 Cleves children , their teachers and parents, as they prepare to leave Cleves School and move into the next stage of their young lives. July 25th sees Meeting Point joined by the group ’Singing for Pleasure’ for their final meeting (and slap up lunch) before taking a break for the Summer (returning on 26th September). 27th July @ 7.30pm. Men’s ‘Curry & Chatter’ night. If you have never been, give it a try. RSVP Parish Office.
This month, I implore you to hold on to Paul’s words from Ephesians,
“And I pray that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to comprehend the length and width and height and depth of His love, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do infinitely more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen”. Ephesians 3:17-20
Have a wonderful month,