There was a magnificent response to the finale of the Genesis initiative for Operation Christmas Child on 30th Oct. This year over 100 shoeboxes were provided filled with Christmas gifts for children in need around the world. They are being delivered to the local collection centre in Congleton for forwarding to Samaritans Purse who arrange for their distribution to needy children around the world.
O Lord, open our lips
And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.
Let your ways be known upon earth,
Your saving power among the nations.
Who has caused all Holy Scriptures to be written for our learning:
Help us so to hear them,
To read, mark, learn and inwardly digest them,
That through patience, and the comfort of your holy word,
We may embrace and forever hold fast the hope of everlasting life,
which you have given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ.
The meeting included a very interesting talk by John Clowes, entitled: “Twenty years of garden design and how it happened”.
John began by telling us about his father’s interest in his childhood garden in Timperley but that his own interest and passion only began when he married and had his own home to garden.
November is a month to remember. And we remember not to take things for granted. Not taking things for granted helps us have better focus, and better priorities in our life.
On Sunday 13th November at 10am it is the Remembrance Sunday service. This is a good opportunity to express publicly the much-needed intention not to take peace for granted. It is nearly 80 years since the end of World War Two. Psychologically many of the younger generations may be thinking such war will never visit us. We can all too easily take peace for granted.
The war resulting from the Russian invasion of Ukraine reminds us: don’t take peace for granted. Devastating war is closer than we think. And Remembrance Sunday helps us remember.