Signs of the Times

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Post by Ernest » Sat Mar 27, 2021 6:38 am

I have been pondering on how the times we live in, appear to point towards the end of time. We are not just struggling with a global pandemic, but also with the Climate Emergency, where our continuing use of fossil fuels, is pushing global warming towards a breaking point, where nature will be changed forever, and many parts of the world might be become inhabitable.

The signs are already with us. The melting of the ice caps at both the North and South poles, which will increase the water in oceans, will flood areas vulnerable to the ingress of the sea. Already, in the Pacific, South Sea Islands and are losing land mass to the sea, and in many other oceans similar experiences are having an effect. In our own country, many coastal regions are losing land mass as the sea influenced by increasingly hard storms, breaks down the coastline and reclaims many areas back to the sea.

Extreme weather events are increasingly common and disasters of flood and the collapse of poorly built dams have collapsed under the increasing pressure of more water and rainfall.

Australia, the USA and other countries have had recent incidences of wild fires consuming large areas of land mass and forestry. At this every moment, excessive rainfall, not seen in many years, is causing extensive flooding in New South Wales.

It is not to late the reverse climate change, but this will mean everyone, everywhere making an effort to change things, it will change lives, economies and probably, the mass movement of populations, the evidence is already for there, the warning signs of refugee's fleeing natural disaster, not just prompted by war or persecution.

So, I wonder how we can persuade people of the urgency of the situation, at the moment, many climate change prophets are regarded by the cynical as trouble makers, as eccentrics, but are they?

Many people from all sides are prepared to take action to highlight the risks we face, and the most clued up, seem to be our young people, who see the danger sharply and clearly. Do we listen to them? The treatment of Greta Thurnburg seems to point out as "A Voice Crying in the Wilderness".

I am hoping and praying that globally, leaders will grasp the vision and encourage and lead their peoples with vision towards change, not gradual, to make the changes to global warming, meeting the target to reduce it to the 2050 targets to reduce the chances of a climate disaster, increasingly likely unless we act now.

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Post by Joyce » Sat Mar 27, 2021 7:59 am

Yes, like many generations before us, we see the changes around us as signs of the end times. One of these years mankind will, of course, be right. Somewhere around 1965 as a teenager I heard a sermon to the effect that Jesus would be coming 'before the hair on these young people has turned grey' but many of my contemporaries are grey already. The older ones among that congregation who are still with us must be getting disappointed by now.
With increasing CO2 there's increasing photosynthesis.We need, as well as doing what scientists urge us to do what's needed to slow down climate change, to make adjustments to how we organise life on the planet to deal with the 'greening'. Now that more and more areas of Earth are becoming fertile even week by week,can the phenomenon be put to positive use to feed the increasing population ?

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Post by Ernest » Sun Apr 04, 2021 6:02 am

After an incredibly busy Holy Week, we top of today with the Liturgy of Easter Sunday. We will start with the Lighting of the Fire and Easter Candle, then a socially distances procession into Church. I will be bearing the Easter Candle, hoping that it won't blow out. We will roll the stone away from the Tomb in Church and follow with the Eucharist.

A small choir will sing two hymns during the service. Although congregational singing is not yet permitted.

There will not be the traditional Easter Egg hunt, due to limitations, but each child will be given one during the service, coming individually to collect them from a table in the Nave.

Our Easter Services have been constrained, but took place, even Stations of the Cross, in meditation by Barry our retired Priest, who prayed us through each station in turn.

All services are live broadcast which attracts viewers far and wide. One of my Cousins living in Australia has watched some of them, particularly when I am preaching. We also send the recording out to a further 50 people who have requested them because they don't use facebook themselves.

These are also signs of the times, where our horizens as a church have spread beyong the B&M building. No doubt many other Churches can say the same. While we can record in our registers, those physically in Church, we miss out on these views, because we have no way of recording, except informally. A sign of the time, which has to come, because those who use this to worship are gathering with us to Worship God.
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Post by Joe Parrish » Fri Apr 09, 2021 4:04 pm

Please pray for the people of St. Vincent island:

The La Soufrière volcano on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent erupted Friday after authorities ordered the mandatory emergency evacuations of thousands.
https://www.foxnews.com/world/volcano-e ... ation-week

the COVID-19 pandemic has complicated the efforts, and St. Vincent Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves told reporters in a news conference that those seeking refuge aboard a cruise ship or another island would have to be vaccinated.

<> The islands of St. Lucia, Grenada, Barbados and Antigua said they would accept evacuees.

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Post by Ernest » Fri Apr 09, 2021 4:26 pm

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