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25th November 2020

A new but essential accessory has appeared in our shops. There is plenty of choice from an attractive fabric, to plain black, or a utilitarian pack of 20 for £5. Face masks are a must for us all. Before it became preventative and protective equipment, the face mask was worn to prevent the wearers face from being recognised.

Consider Venetian masked balls, medieval mystery plays, a burglar’s Balaclava or politician impersonation, all of which involves the use of masks of one sort or another. These types of mask act as disguises.

Covering up the nose and mouth with a preventative mask also sometimes makes people difficult to recognise. It is possible to be more invisible to others and to hide behind the shield. But fabric is not needed for that. We can hide our true selves behind masks of our own making. Pretence is a good camouflage when we are not true to our real selves. But to whom do we show our real selves?

It is only God who sees us as we really are, only God through his Holy Spirit who know what our hidden motives are behind our actions.

The Lord does not see as mortals see, they look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart. 1 Sam 16:7

For me the threat of Covid- 19 has slowed down the pace of my life allowing me space for more reflection than usual. I pray the words from Psalm 139 search me O God and know my heart, test me and know my thoughts.  See if there is any wicked way in me and lead me in the way everlasting.

Elizabeth Webb

23rd November 2020

“I will be like a shepherd looking for his scattered flock. I will find my sheep and rescue them from all the places where they were scattered on that dark and cloudy day.” Ezekiel 34:12 (NLT).

The resonance between this weeks Old Testament lectionary reading and our current situation is too good to ignore! We are scattered from the Tyndale building at the moment. We cannot gather to worship as once we gathered. Michael and Rachel are preaching in an empty building. We hope to return soon, but will it be the same as before?

The prophet Ezekiel spoke to the people of Israel who had been taken into exile in Babylon. They were far from home, cut off from everything that they knew. They were discovering how to worship God in a place where there was no Temple and no priests to lead them in the ways that were familiar.

Into that cloudy day came a word of hope from the Lord: I will gather you as a shepherd rescues his flock.

World leaders changed and, in time, many of the exiles returned home to Jerusalem. Others remained where they had settled. And for those that did return, life was not the same. They would rebuild a Temple, but it was not the same Temple.

We will gather together at Tyndale again, but it will not be the same Tyndale as before. Do we want to do some things differently? What are the things that we do not want to change? Are we prepared for God to ask us to change things that we do not want to change?

Ian Waddington

Sunday 22nd November 2020

Join us at 10.30 am to share in this pre-recorded worship service.

Following the service, grab a drink and stay with us at 11.30–12.30 for an online coffee shop via Zoom.

After starting the video, there will be a full screen button at the top right.

20th November 2020

The main families that make up the Christian church are often designated by a single word: Orthodox, Catholic, Episcopal, Presbyterian, Pentecostal, Congregational. Baptists, without denying the marks so valued by other churches, belong to this last family. Central to their life is the coming together of those committed to Christ in the assembly (‘ecclesia’) of the faithful, and so for them there is a particular problem when this is denied. Another description is to speak of ‘the gathered church’, the church of the believers, who by faith and grace are called to constitute the body of Christ here on earth. Their life together is often spelt out by another Greek word – ‘koinonia’ – which signifies partnership and participation, communion and community, caring and sharing. And here lies the problem for Congregational Christians – how can we do all this, be what we are meant to be, when we are prevented from coming together, and, even when allowed so to do, not permitted to sing or engage in conversation or share peace? Because of this the rhythm of discipleship is disturbed, for how can we disperse, go out into the world in mission, when we have not properly gathered in the first place? Such difficulties put a premium on the devotional life of all of us, upholding each other in prayer and using such opportunities that are available to ensure that we keep in touch. This, I guess, will give a new meaning to Advent: whilst society waits with concern for December 2nd and the possible end of lock-down, we look ahead to the time when we can again be together, and, as always, to celebrate the coming of Christ – Emmanuel – God with us.

John Briggs

18th November 2020

In Rachel’s sermon about the talents, I noted 3 things: (1) the enormous sums those slaves were entrusted with; (2) they were given them, they didn’t have to earn them but they were expected to use them; and (3) the sin of the slave who buried his talent was refusing to receive it.

Jesus gives us his example and way of life, his forgiveness and his overflowing love. So our challenge is to live his way, learn how to forgive and let his love flow through us to folks around us, in every way we can, as Tyndale was doing, Christians everywhere were doing… Cometh coronavirus… cometh lockdown… What do we do now? Usual avenues of service cut off; new needs appearing: looking after neighbours, servicing foodbanks…

But what if you’re told ‘stay home, keep safe, don’t become a burden on the NHS’. How then do you spread God’s love and help other people? Not a dilemma if you’re going out to work, but is it a dilemma for me and people like me?

I now realise how blessed I am! I have a wide circle of friends to keep in touch with, by phone, post and email; I can buy gifts online, and charities galore are pleading for my help for people worldwide, infinitely worse off than I shall ever be. And there’s prayer! Do I believe my prayers help people? Yes. I do, because I know how much other people’s prayers have helped me.

So thankyou Lord!

Lesley Fuller

16th November 2020

The news – albeit with caveats and caution – that there could be an effective Covid-19 vaccine has brought a new sense of hope. Hopeful signs, too – albeit still with short-term turmoil – in the result of the US Presidential election.

Sufficiently hopeful for there to be various expressions of the kind ‘maybe things can at last begin to get back to normal’. But it’s widely recognised that there is great folly in the language of ‘getting back’.

The ‘new normal’ won’t be exactly like the ‘old normal’ – post-coronavirus different to pre-coronavirus; ‘post-Trump’ different to ‘pre-Trump’, and so on.

Where is hope to be found then? A reminder once again that the Christian hope is ‘not of this world’ and is as powerful whether things in this world are good or bad. It is the hope that crystallises in the death and rising again of Jesus but it has ancient seeds, expressed very well in Psalm 118, from long before Christ’s time – verse 9 –  It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to put confidence in princes.

In our time, that means that we should take hopeful signs in the world as signs of God’s Kingdom (changes in politics or medicine or whatever), but ultimately, place our hope in God’s eternity.

Michael Docker

Sunday 15th November 2020

Join us at 10.30 am to share in this pre-recorded worship service.

Following the service, grab a drink and stay with us at 11.30–12.30 for an online coffee shop via Zoom.

After starting the video, there will be a full screen button at the top right.

9th November 2020

Patience has been on display in the last few days. The mechanism of the US election has turned, slowly – too slowly for some – but gradually, day by day, a result has emerged.

It is, as is obvious, a slow process. No doubt there have been mistakes. It remains to be seen if there have been any unfairnesses and irregularities but, at the time of writing, a result has been announced, but it will have been, for everyone involved, a long wait. Which is, of course, where patience has come in. At least in some parts.

Patience is a much overlooked virtue in our instant news, instant credit, society. We can have more or less what we want in a couple of clicks, whether it’s a new coat or the latest information. Gone are the days when we might save for years to afford a major purchase. Such a world does not encourage patience at all. Yet it is a profoundly Christian virtue ​– “​clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and ​patience” – it’s close cousin comes high on the list usually called “the fruit of the spirit” – the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, ​forbearance​, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

Patience in the US election came about once it became clear that things were moving in a particular direction. That’s the thing about patience; it’s possible because the future is sure. It’s not dependent on the length of time at all; and from a Christian perspective, faith and trust in God’s future – the promise of a Kingdom that lasts for ever – is sure. Advent starts soon – patience…

Michael Docker

Remembrance Sunday, 8th November 2020

Join us at 10.30 am to share in this pre-recorded worship service.

It is timed so that if you watch it starting at 10.30, the two-minute silence comes in the right place.

Following the service, grab a drink and join us at 11.30–12.30 for an online coffee shop via Zoom.

After starting the video, there will be a full screen button at the top right.

Listening to God, listening to each other – Ben Lucas

In a joint project with the Faith and Society Specialist Team, Baptists Together Mission Forum and The Fuelcast we are offering a series of films where people from all corners of the Baptist Family share how they have heard God speaking during 2020.

This film features Ben Lucas. Ben, who with his wife Emma and family are missionally listening in Dorset, they are supported by rural ministries and Southern Counties Baptist Association.