St.Martin of Tours
Church Road, Chelsfield, BR6 7SN
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Charity Number 1131573
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St Martin’s is currently open for public worship. For now the normal pattern will be:
10.00am Sunday - Family Service or Communion
9.30am Wednesday – Holy Communion (BCP)
As you would expect there are lots of rules and regulations attached to this and it is subject to change. Please follow the link below for further details before you arrive and keep checking this website for updates (updated 17 July)
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Sunday 18 October 2020
19th Sunday after Trinity
‘O Sing unto the Lord a new song’ suggests the Psalmist at the beginning of today’s psalm.
But as I begin to write this letter the authorities have just announced that all London Boroughs are to move into Tier 2 – Local Covid Alert Level High. This basically means that we must not socialise indoors with people outside our family group or outside in groups of more than 6. This sounds very much like an old song to me!
Of course we need to follow the regulations to prevent the Coronavirus from running rampant, as it threatens to do. But most of us are struggling as the pandemic shows no sign of ending and a vaccine seems still a long way off. We are fed up with the isolation and in some cases we are being damaged by it. What are we to do?
Psalm 96 actually offers three ways to help. First we are encouraged to sing, to bless God and tell of his salvation. Much as Vera Lynn and others inspired us in the dark days of WWll, so singing hymns and psalms can sustain us today (even if sadly we can still not sing in church at present).
Second, we need to recognise the Glory of God – the greatness, splendour and majesty of his creation. Did you see those amazing photographs in the ‘Wildlife Photographer of the Year’ competition?
Finally, we need to proclaim ‘The Lord is King’ – the world is firmly established, it shall never be moved. As I learned on holiday last week watching the sea, no matter how bad the news – the tide still came in and went out each day. The shadow of sunset is always followed by the brightness of sunrise. We shall meet Psalm 96 again – it is one of the psalms set for Christmas Day when the hope of the world is born. So keep singing!
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