The Sunday Refill – 7 Links for Your Weekend (26/4/20)

The Sunday Refill – 7 Links for Your Weekend (26/4/20)
Workplace in my office with coffee

Seven up…

1) It’s Not Often in Life You Get a Do-Over (So Take the Do-Over!) – Yep, this is a good shout – and I guess what a lot of us are finding…

2) When children are anxious – A helpful and practical piece from Karen Sleeman on helping our kids trust in the Lord in the midst of this uncertainty.

3) New Song: We will fear the Lord by Ben Slee – Following on the same theme, I love this new congregational song by Ben Slee.

4) The Distanced Church: Reflections on Doing Church Online – I haven’t had a decent look at this yet, but it looks like a useful resource for collating thoughts on ‘online church’, the opportunity for new engagement, and then helping us think through how we keep welcoming people as we move away from lockdown.

5) Andrew Peterson – ‘Resurrection Letters’ Live – Andrew Peterson’s songwriting is spell-binding. His ‘Resurrection Letters’ album is a delightful record celebrating the resurrection and all it means. Normally he tours this album across the US at this time of year, but due to lockdown instead put on this ‘rough and ready’ performance with a bunch of friends. As he says, “this was utterly spontaneous – no rehearsal, flying-by-the-seat-of-our-pants”. Stick it on one evening, grab a drink and sit back. I think you’ll love it.

6) 1917 and the Futile Pilgrimage – This is a moving and insightful piece of writing, as Mark Meynell reflects on the recent WW1 film, 1917, and allusions and contrasts with Pilgrim’s Progress.

7) Another Lockdown Activity for kids – For something different, lockdown seems to be getting everyone’s creative juices flowing. This little idea had me laughing when I worked out what it is. Ok, who’s first in line?!

Quote of the Week:

“I wonder how much of our productivity during coronavirus has been driven by fear: fear of feeling unworthy, unimportant – even unnecessary. And if we’ve still not managed to be productive, then perhaps we feel at a loss. If our sense of self-worth is based on our productivity, what happens when we’re unable to produce anything?”

Sarah Pickett