Dear *|FIRSTNAME|*,

This Sunday in our worship we will be thinking about what belonging to God’s household looks like. The writer to the Christians in Ephesus explained that in Christ, Jews and Gentiles now belonged to one new household of God. “Christ is our peace; he has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us.” How on earth do we confront the myriad barriers of hostility that fragment society today? Surely, as Christians, prayer is the surest place to start each day. Here are three short prayers for peace and reconciliation, in the name of Christ, “who came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off and peace to you who were near.” (Ephesians 2.11-end)

For peace in the human family

Creator God,
in love you have fashioned the human family
in a variety of races, languages, and cultures.
Do not let our diversity divide us,
but help us to welcome gifts
we can give and receive from one another.
Save us from prejudice, arrogance and fear,
and teach us how to live together
as members of one family,
sharing one home,
and the children of one God. Amen.

For peace in families – maybe especially important in this holiday season

Bless the homes in which your people live, O God,
and strengthen the bonds of love
between husband and wife, parent and child, sisters and brothers.
Make our homes places of refuge and sources of strength
where we support and encourage each other.
When conflict and tension arise
help us to work out our differences in honest dialogue,
trusting that you will give us grace to forgive
and strength to love in even the most difficult times. Amen.

For peace in the church

God of our lives,
by the power of your Holy Spirit
we have been drawn together by one baptism into one faith,
serving one Lord and Saviour.
Do not let us tear away from one another
through division or hard argument.
May your peace embrace our differences,
preserving us in unity,
as one body of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
–from the Worship Book, Westminster, 1970

Prayers taken from https://www.faithward.org/prayers-for-peace-and-reconciliation/  

 Carolyn

Worship this coming Sunday 18th July
Belonging to God’s Household

10.00 Spiritual Act of Holy Communion on zoom. 
Click here to join and click here to download the order of service. 

16.00 Evening Prayer in Gingins
16.00 Online Evening Prayer, livestreamed from Gingins click here to join in at 16.00, or to watch later, click here for the order of service.

For the in person service please register with Liz and read the Covid measures.

Services coming up in July and August

During July we are gathering to worship each Sunday, with a mix of in person and online services. In August we will be worshipping only online. Please note the times and places of our worship and register with Liz Bramley if you are coming to our in-person services. Please bear with us as we experiment with live-streaming our services in the afternoon in Gingins during July. We would be grateful for constructive feed-back, for your patience and support. Do log in for the service at 16.00 in July.

 

Recorded services will be on the website www.lacotechurch.ch later in the day or on Monday, together  with the orders of service (scroll down to ‘weekly e-services’). Please contact Louise withany queries about this.

Coming up this week

07.30 Mon to Fri Morning Prayer
08.30 Sat
Morning Prayer

Over the summer we are continuing each day with online Morning Prayer. If you see an opportunity – feel free to join us – as a one off or when you feel able to.

Safeguarding is increasingly important in a virtual world 

The safeguarding team:

-Is there when someone suspects or has observed abuse or is a victim.

-Is there if someone feels uncomfortable about a relationship or situation themselves

-Does not judge, can flag up help and is discreet.

Covid lock downs and confinements 2020 have resulted in an increase of abuse in the home, if you have concerns don't hesitate to get in touch: safeguarding@lacotechurch.ch and check our page on the website
 
Work with those seeking refugee status
- Mentoring opportunities: Please contact Andrea Goovaerts.
- Accommodation: Please speak to Diantha Terry with any thoughts you have.
- Do you have jobs that need doing? Please contact Diantha Terry.
 
For useful resources click here and scroll to 'links of interest'!
 
Giving online and in person 
 
Many thanks as ever for your giving to the life of our church and thus to our mission and service within and well beyond our community. Here are the bank details for our church: 

IBAN            CH42 0022 8228 5504 9740 H
Holder         The La Côte Anglican Church Development Association, 1267 Coinsins 
BIC               UBSWCHZH80A

Merci beaucoup, diolch yn fawr, Geoff Senogles
 

 

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