St.Martin of Tours
Chelsfield, Kent

Church Road, Chelsfield, BR6 7SN

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 Jesus Christ

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 Sunday 28 February 2021

The Second Sunday of Lent

In today’s Old Testament lesson God says to Abraham ‘walk before me, and be blameless. And I will make my covenant between me and you and will make you extremely numerous.’

This week our Prime Minister has issued his ‘roadmap out of lockdown’ promising that if we follow the guidelines set down we might be free of all restrictions on social contact as a result of Covid 19. This is not a covenant, nor even a promise - the success of the scheme depends on scientific evidence based on recorded data.

But both the above events offer hope for future blessing if we follow the path laid out before us. The journey of the past twelve months has not been easy, and there may well be difficult times ahead before we can claim the crisis is over – and as we have learned to live with the flu each year, we may well have to live with the Coronavirus for some years ahead.

We are in the season of Lent, the time when we remember that Jesus journeyed in the wilderness, faced temptation, and prepared himself for the difficult path ahead – a path that would lead to death on a cross before the triumph of the resurrection.

Our journey through life (especially life with Covid) sees us walking in a troubled world, a divided nation, a crisis of faith, and the certainty of future changes not all of which will be comfortable.

But if we walk in faith before God as Abraham did, following the teaching of Jesus and confident that his death and resurrection represent a new covenant of God’s blessing – then we can journey from suffering to hope, from anxiety to security, and from doubt to the certainty of God’s love for each and every one of us.

As we begin to meet together again with families and friends, re-open schools and shops, hug grandchildren, get our haircut, etc – may we not forget to be thankful for the sacrifice and skill of those who brought us through the crisis – and for the God who never leaves us, no matter how long our suffering lasts.

Rev John

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St.Martins’ is Closed for Sunday Worship

The PCC has passed a resolution to suspend Sunday worship in church for a short time in response to the Covid crisis.  There will be no further Sunday services at St Martin’s or Well Hill until further notice.

This Sunday, worship will be live on Zoom at 10am with a recording of the service from 2pm.

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Prayer Book Communion - Wednesday at 9.30am.

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