5th September – 10am Family Service
12th September – 10am Holy Communion
19th September – 8am BCP Communion
– 10am Morning Prayer
26nd September - 10am Holy Communion
3rd October - 10am Morning Prayer
10th October - 10am Harvest Celebration
17th October - 8am BCP Holy Communion
- 10am Morning Prayer
24th October - 10am Morning Prayer
31st October - 10am Holy Communion
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The scenes on TV recently of Afghanistan, and the chaos that has descended on that country, have been shocking. The pace with which the Taliban regained control after the withdrawal of foreign troops probably took most people by surprise. It is an event that will go down in the annuls of history as a monumental failure of foreign policy and hopefully an event that lessons are learnt from. There are so many questions about the sacrifices made and the cost of the last 20 years now that Afghanistan has returned to Taliban control. We are yet to see in full how the Taliban will choose to run the country but the early signs are not promising.
What we can see is the desperation of people trying to flee for their lives. They are even prepared to leave everything they have behind and cling to the side of an aeroplane as it takes off. These are not people merely looking for a better life, these are people who genuinely fear for their lives. In the midst of this suffering, it can be difficult to know what to do or even what can be done. But we know we have a God who is sovereign over all things and who can, even from the depths of despair, bring hope. And so, this is what we can do: pray!
We are called as Christians to pray and to trust God. We should be praying for Afghanistan and it’s people, including the Taliban. We need to pray that God will soften their hearts and that they will turn to him in repentance. It might sound like too big an ask, but we have a God of miracles. He changed Paul’s heart (Acts 9) when he was bent on killing those who didn’t share his views and he can do it again. We also need to be praying for this in political power around the world as they respond to the situation. The artist Stomzy once said “Heavy is the head that wears the crown”. Whether we agree with decisions that have been made or not, whether we like certain leaders or not, we are commanded to pray for our leaders that God will give them wisdom (1 Timothy 2:1-2). It is not easy being a leader and making big decisions that require courage and wisdom.
We can also welcome and help the oppressed. As I write this, the airlift from Kabul continues. Over the coming days and weeks, thousands of Afghans will arrive in this country (at the same time as many are also fleeing Hong Kong) and they must be wondering what `welcome` they will receive. The Old Testament prophets were clear, true worship of God requires compassion and justice (Isaiah 1:17; Zechariah 7). The people coming from Afghanistan are all children of God beloved by him and we need to show love as well. We may not be able to do it directly but where we see appeals for help from charities and aid agencies we can respond and help in whatever small way we can.
There are times when the world does seem dark but we trust in a God who shines light into the darkness and He calls us to do the same. So, this month, shine God’s light into the world so that the darkness cannot prevail.