The CBA ASSEMBLY & AGM are coming up next Saturdaythe 27th - please do join us!! The Assembly will be on the CBA YOUTUBE CHANNEL and will be PREMIERED at 10am. THE LINK IS https://youtu.be/ZFXVfrLAL9c and will include contributions from a number of folk as well as the guest speaker Carl Smethurst. We are particularly thrilled that Carol Murray will be giving the blessing at the end.
The Assembly will be followed on ZOOM by the AGM. Delegates should already have received details of this, but if you haven’t please do be in touch with Stephen Copson.
A few thoughts
Cacophony. That was the word that Brigit Plass used to describe this last week in the Plass’s now weekly podcast. I thought she nailed it with that word. “If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.” I hadn’t really ‘noticed’ the underlying unease I have been feeling, but in speaking that one word I thought ‘yes, that’s it!’ It is as if the volume control has been turned up several notches, and there seems to be a lot of ‘clanging cymbals’ around. Perhaps the sudden explosion of many shouty voices all attempting to be heard above the cacophony is a natural response to the whiff of freedom? What is most disturbing is that it seems to be playing out on the world stage as well national at a time when we still have a global pandemic to deal with.
For us? I am reminded of Jesus in a boat on the Sea of Galilee, of the anxiety of hardened fishermen in the face of the storm, of their shaking awake of Jesus and words of fear yelled into the darkness, and of another word. “Quiet, be still!” The reading then says ‘then the wind died down and it was completely calm.’ In these tumultuous times it is hard for us to not be overly anxious, and indeed not to become part of the problem by raising the noise levels. But what is our calling in these stormy days? A couple of things come to mind – firstly, to seek for that place of peace within ourselves, to hear Jesus speaking over us and within us “Quiet, be still!” And secondly, maybe to seek to join him in speaking that word of stillness, of peace, to a world that is in uproar. Please see below a beautiful lyric from Paul Field that speaks to this.
I would just like us to take a moment as we read this to continue to remember in prayer David Fleming, James, Sarah, Callum and Andrew, their family, friends, and the fellowships of which they have been a part, especially remembering Limbury. Beth's funeral takes place at the Luton Crematorium next Tuesday, 23 June, at 1:30pm. David mentions that “because of Lockdown restrictions we cannot invite many people, but we have arranged for the service to be live streamed. It will also be available from 30 June for at least 28 days and possibly until Monday 26 October.”
Here are the login details: Username: Deca5912. Password: 258280. Service Viewing Time: 1:26pm - 2:15pm Website: www.obitus.com Please use the same login details whether you are joining live or watching the funeral after the event.
A CENTRAL NEWS special GRANTS edition has been produced to give an insight into the breadth of grants that the CBA are involved in providing. Please do have a read and share with your congregations. There are some great stories here both for information and as a basis for prayer http://centralba.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/Grants-Booklet-2020-CBA.pdf
‘LIGHTHOUSE’ is a children’s holiday week that has occurred for many years in the Great Missenden area, that has spread its wings and now has a number of holiday weeks in and around the South Bucks area. Because of the current situation these will obviously not be happening this year, but in their place is going to be an online version ‘Lighthouse Live’: From Monday 27th to Friday 31st July 2020. “There will be a morning and afternoon live Mainstage session full of everything we all love about Lighthouse - songs, actions, messy games, gunge, drama, craft, Bible stories, prayer and so much more!” See https://youtu.be/g5cQaF0dmLc + their web site where your children can register https://lighthousecentral.org/