Tyndale Baptist Church is open for worship on Sunday mornings at 10.30 am

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Tuesday Coffee Shop reopens on 13th September at 10 am – 12 noon. time@tyndale reopens on Wednesday 15th at 7.30 pm. Virtual Coffee Shop moves to Thursdays at 11 am from the 16th. You can still get Morning Worship online and read the Thought for the Day.

May 22nd

I’d like to share an experience I had twenty years ago. I was on a silent retreat at Buckfast Abbey. I didn’t find it easy. I discovered silent meant silent, not just for periods during the day, but all day and every day. For a week I struggled with the lack of conversation, though there was one person to whom I could speak, a monk, my spiritual director. He gave me a scripture passage to read where Jesus asks his would-be disciples, “What are you looking for?” As I was pondering over these words, I went to pray in the chapel where there is a glorious stained-glass window depicting Jesus with outstretched arms and I realised what I was looking for was the renewal of my faith and the deepening of my commitment. As I looked at that face in the window I felt Jesus was saying to me, “Let go!” My response was that was easier said than done. I had been struggling with my ministry for years and at times it had been so hard – and the Jesus who looked down on me seemed so stern. Later, as I turned around to leave the chapel I found the image of Jesus reflected in the glass door. Here his face didn’t appear stern at all. It was as if he was saying to me, “Yes, I know it’s hard, but I’ve been behind you all the time.” That was a tremendous reassurance. I had found what I was looking for – and so can all of us. At a time when we’re struggling, we can take courage that the Jesus who was with us in the past is with us now and will be with us in the future – no matter how difficult that may be.

Peter Webb