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A catch up with David Bulgin 

" I hope you are keeping well in these different times.  ‘Different’ they certainly are as the do’s and don’ts seem to change quite frequently. 
I hope that many of you are still able to keep up with virtual services on line.  Apart from Sunday services, which are available from several churches, there was a wonderful celebration on Saturday 2nd May entitled Prom Praise, which was ‘broadcast’ from the Royal Albert Hall.  Prom Praise is an annual event, but this year could not, of course, take place in its usual form in the RAH and so All Souls put on line a compilation of music of all sorts, religious and secular, described as ‘A Festival of Hope’.  If you’ve not seen it, you really ought to – Click here and you will be taken straight to the Proms.   One of the highlights for me was watching Grace Yeo, a young, Christian girl playing Grieg’s piano concerto in A minor.  It makes me want to never play the piano again!!
 
There’s not been very much happening in the Bulgin household.  We still try to get out for a walk every other day and we have been doing bits in the garden, but there’s still much to do.  I enjoy it when I’m doing it, but I need to be in the right mood.
 
I’m reading Hebrews at the moment in my prayer time, and this week has been quite a challenge.  The writer has spent a long time explaining the relationship between the old system of animal sacrifices, and their inability to take away sins permanently, and hence the need for the High Priest to do so year after year; and the full and final sacrifice of Christ, once and for all time, which is able to take away sins of those who put their trust in Him.  Then the writer says (10:23-25)  23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love and good deeds,  25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (My italics)  At the moment, ‘not meeting together’ has been forced upon us by Covid-19 and even though some of us are able to ‘meet’ each other through on-line services and other meetings, (and the telephone, or course), we do perhaps need to consider how we may spur one another on towards love and good deeds.   Perhaps that speaks more to some people than others.  As with all exhortations, we need to see if it applies to us and it certainly spoke to me this week – hence this message!
 
I do hope you are all keeping well and enjoying this fine weather – although the gardens are crying out for rain! 
God’s blessings to you all.
 
David