The ‘In Christ Alone’ Song:
Last Sunday, a TV news report entitled Coronavirus: How a church sings when the choir can’t meet, reflected the very different way church services are being experienced at the moment. It featured the choir and musicians of All Souls Church in central London, who have used technology to worship virtually together. The report includes the caption ‘A local parish has picked up a global congregation’. This speaks of the times we are in right now, which are frequently being described as ‘unprecedented’, but which also bring with them out-of-the-ordinary opportunities to introduce people to Jesus. As we go about our days, limited in so many ways, we can be sharing the love of the risen Christ, listening sensitively to people who are struggling with difficulty, helping practically and with kindness, using our virtually unlimited opportunities to pray and being ready to give an answer for our faith. Whatever we do, we take Him with us; Jesus Christ yesterday and today, the beginning and the end, in whom our hope is found. If you would like to check out the news report, in which the BBC’s Religion Editor Martin Bashir talks to Michael Andrews, the man who conducted the All Souls choir and musicians from their homes, the link is here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-52168703/coronavirus-how-a-church-sings-when-the-choir-can-t-meet
Words of Encouragement and Messages
From Ross and Andrea:
50 years –now plus a few days- WOW
1970 seems a long time ago- Memories are not too sharp although Andrea’s much, much sharper than Ross’s.
We are so grateful for the loving message from you all sent so graciously through Clive & Anthea – Thank you all. And thank you for all the individual cards, texts and messages. We were so thrilled and blessed to receive your love.
A song that is one of our many favourites is ‘Lord you’ve been good to me’ sung by Graham Kendrick.
Eden has written an Easter acrostic poem:
A member of the DCF congregation would like to share the Footprints poem:
Footprints in the Sand
One night I dreamed a dream.
As I was walking along the beach with my Lord.
Across the dark sky flashed scenes from my life.
For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand,
One belonging to me and one to my Lord.
After the last scene of my life flashed before me,
I looked back at the footprints in the sand.
I noticed that at many times along the path of my life,
especially at the very lowest and saddest times,
there was only one set of footprints.
This really troubled me, so I asked the Lord about it.
“Lord, you said once I decided to follow you,
You’d walk with me all the way.
But I noticed that during the saddest and most troublesome times of my life,
there was only one set of footprints.
I don’t understand why, when I needed You the most, You would leave me.”
He whispered, “My precious child, I love you and will never leave you
Never, ever, during your trials and testings.
When you saw only one set of footprints,
It was then that I carried you.”
Do you have any stories of what God has done recently that you would like to share? It could be a short video or something written. Maybe you have a prayer request. We could include some of these in next week’s service. Please email these to the church office: firstname.lastname@example.org
Children and Young people
We would normally have a collection during our service. If you would like to give, you can still do so on-line. Please see our giving page.
This week’s Notice Sheet
Do you know a DCF Church Member who is not on-line?
Do you know of someone who couldn’t access this service on-line? If so, this week’s notice sheet can be downloaded and printed below. There aren’t any sermon notes this week. Why not phone someone up and explain the message to them instead? Please could you organise the necessary distribution the notice sheet through life groups, but if there are still those without access, please let the DCF office know. Thank you.
Covid-19 community support
The Dawlish Town Council has been working with various community organisations to produce a leaflet. It includes a support network of contact information to help local people during the current COVID-19 pandemic. It is being distributed across Dawlish, door to door from Saturday 21st March. More information, including PDF downloads of leaflets and a link to a dedicated website, can be found on our support during Covid-19 webpage.
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