… is the intriguing title of this Thursday’s (22 October) Bible study.
Eddie suggests that, after you have read Esther 4:1–5:8, as well as referring to the notes at this link) you might like to consider the following questions:
- What do you think Esther’s reasons were for sending clothing to Mordecai? Why did he refuse it?
- Though God is never mentioned in the book of Esther, 4:14 does carry an air of divine intervention. Do you think the writer intended this?
- We see in this passage a sudden change by Esther to the world around her as she prepares to go against the prevailing forces and norms. When in your life have you had to make such a sudden change? Why did you do it? What was the outcome?
The Zoom meeting starts at 10:30am, includes a time of sharing at the beginning, and finishes at about 11:40am. If you don’t have the meeting details, or are new to the study group, please email Eddie at ku.gro.tsidohtemhtysornull@retsinim for an access code.
Rev Eddie Sykes will be leading a Zoom Remembrance Service at 4.00pm on All Saints Day, Sunday 1 November.
During this service we will be asked to remember loved ones who have died, in particular those who have died during this past year, and to light a candle in our homes in remembrance of loved ones.
Joining details will be sent at an appropriate time.
Having finished our series of Bible study discussions led by Eddie Sykes on characters in the Book of Acts (the notes are still available via this link), and enjoyed a six-week break, we are starting once more on Thursday 24 September, this time meeting fortnightly, and studying the Book of Esther.
Each Zoom meeting starts at 10:30am, includes a time of sharing at the beginning, and finishes at about 11:40am. The meeting details are the same as in July. If you don’t have these, or are new to the study group, please email Eddie at ku.gro.tsidohtemhtysornull@retsinim for an access code.
The topics for each session are given in this linked poster. As before, Eddie will be producing notes on the topic ahead of each session, and these will be linked at the end of this post as they are published.
We warmly invite you to join us on Thursdays this Autumn, even if you have not done so before. Previous Bible knowledge is not a requirement, just a desire to learn and enjoy the on-line fellowship.
- 24 September – Parties, Politics and Power (Esther 1:1–2:4) (notes at this link)
- 8 October – Personnel, Programs – and Pogroms (Esther 2:5–3:15) (notes at this link)
- 22 October – Such a Time as This (Esther 4:1–5:8) (notes at this link)
- 5 November – Plots, Parades and Providence (Esther 5:9–6:14) (notes at this link)
- 19 November – Counterplots and Counter-edicts (Esther 7:1–8:17) (notes at this link)
- 26 November – Duelling Decrees and Purim Parties (Esther 9:1–10:3)
– note this date change! (notes at this link)
You may remember from this post that we said goodbye to Julia Reid in July. We are warmly invited to an on-line service of welcome into her new Circuit at 7:00pm on Friday 4 September. For access details to the service, which is being relayed on the ‘GoToMeeting’ platform, please contact Eddie Sykes.
This new year we are welcoming Rev James Patron Bell to the Circuit ministry team, as well as his wife Joanna, and daughters Rebekah and Esther. We are glad they are with us and pray for them as they settle in. James is assigned to work alongside Rev Hilda Warwick at CEMC, and to be the Methodist student chaplaincy contact in Edinburgh.
You are invited to an on-line service of welcome for James at 7:00pm on Saturday 5 September – go to the YouTube channel at this link.
As we explained in this post, Eddie Sykes is offering a time of informal Zoom worship most Sundays. The service will last about 40 minutes, after which there will be an opportunity for online fellowship and catching up. Update: these services are now at 9:45am.
Note that this service is being delivered on the Zoom platform, for which you will need access details. These change from time to time, and are different from 16 August! If you haven’t already received these direct, please email Eddie at ku.gro.tsidohtemhtysornull@retsinim.