Trinity Church Lyon

Trinity Church Lyon welcomes English speakers from all over the world, as we search, share and serve together in the hope of our loving and listening God.

Trinity Church Lyon formerly known as Lyon Anglican Church is a family of Christian faith, searching and serving together. We are primarily here to minister to English speaking people, but at the same time we have a role to play in the ecumenical life and witness in the city of Lyon. Trinity is our historical name, and is reclaimed as we seek to reconnect with our founding story of over 160 years of English speaking ministry in Lyon, and as we renew a Trinitarian vision today for our community, for dynamic and harmonious, giving and loving relationships reflecting the Holy Trinity: Father, Son and Spirit. May we be perpetually honouring, serving and elevating one another, incorporating and celebrating individual distinctiveness as well as total unity, for a joyful, life giving, creative, supportive, liberating faith.

Mission: Serving and providing for the needs of those within the congregation, especially students and refugees, while serving the local community and God's worldwide church. Dynamic growing under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Bible based proclaiming the scriptures and encouraging people to apply God's living word in their daily lives. English speaking serving English speakers from all parts of the world. Welcoming people from diverse Christian traditions as well as those who are new to the faith. International accommodating people from all countries and nationalities. Growing in faith seeking to know God better through Jesus Christ. Fellowship encouraging people to know each other and to support fellow members and newcomers, both practically and in prayer.

Hi folks, just a quick add, do you know any students looking for accommodation in Lyon next year? We are looking for an ‘anglican’ student who would be interested in an inter church house share... details on the flyer, it will be a great opportunity! Please could you share this amongst your contacts?

Blessings,

Ben

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Célébration de prière pour l'unité des Chretiens 2019

To find out mor about the Forum Francophone and the celebration for Christian unity, and listen to Ben and others being interviewed on Radio Chrétien France (in French), here are some links:

https://rcf.fr/spiritualite/fondamentaux-de-la-foi/retours-sur-le-forum-francophone

https://rcf.fr/spiritualite/fondamentaux-de-la-foi/celebration-de-priere-pour-l-unite-des-chretiens-2019

rcf.fr La célébration de prière pour l'unité des chrétiens 2019 a lieu au Grand Temple de Lyon, quai Augagneur. Elle est commentée par le père Pierre Lathuillère et Laetitia de Traversay.

This morning at the Easter sunrise service by the river in Lyon, 180 Christians from all horizons (apostolic Armenians, Anglicans, Catholics, Orthodox, Protestant United, Free Church, Baptists, Hillsong, Cameronian Evangelicals etc.) gathered together with the Salvation Army band to proclaim the Resurrection! A beautiful bridge-building moment to begin Easter celebrations. Our vicar Ben was invited to preach. Blessed Easter from Lyon 🌟🕊❤️.

Ce matin à l'aube avec 180 chrétiens de tous horizons (apostoliques arméniens, anglicans, catholiques, orthodoxe roumains, protestants unis, libristes, baptistes, hillsong, Eglise Evangélique du Cameroun...etc) : pour proclamer la résurrection ! Un beau "moment-passerelle" pour commencer la journée de Pâques !

Good Friday event in French at the Grand Temple Eglise Protestante Unie

Une veillée originale pour revisiter la Passion du Christ à travers le témoignage de ceux dont il a croisé la route... avec Marie de Béthanie, Jean l'apôtre, Nicodème le pharisien, Nérée la samaritaine, et Claudius l'officier romain..."portés" par les voix de Françoise et Alex Fouchier, Guillaume Corentin,, Anne Beau-Reder et Michel Gothié.... le tout "transporté" par des œuvres d'orgue choisies et interprétées par Hélène Vial (JS.Bach,H. Purcell, JG. Walther, G. Finzi, et G.Deak-Bardos), ... une soirée unique !

n'hésitez pas à relayer l'événement sur vos pages et à vos amis lyonnais !

Archbishop of Canterbury

A profound picture of Notre Dame in Holy Week.

‘The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.’ John 1:5

(Picture: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters)

George Winston - Tamarack Pines / Lesher Centre

Here are Tim’s sermon notes from the last week of March, thanks Tim! Blessings!

Readings:
Psalm 63, 1-9; Isaiah 55, 1-2, Luke 13, 1-9

Prayer: May we listen to your Word, as you speak to our hearts and feed us with your tender mercy & care.

I fell in love with trees when I was when I small boy, many years ago. I was perhaps six or seven years old. And today, I still love trees. I used to climb trees, and look for bird’s nests. I had a favourite willow tree in which I spent many, many hours climbing around in a sort of circuit to test and amuse myself and my friends. We even had a tree house that our father built for my brothers and I. We also had a couple of apple trees, but the apples weren’t at all sweet, in fact they were quite sour and we often gotstomach ache from eating the fruit! And there was a huge sycamore tree, with a long rope and a car tyre attached to it, which we could swing on.

Now these trees no longer exist. A motorway was built which went through the "elds where our house stood, in a windswept corner of the north of England. And as I travelled here and there, I discovered amazing trees in many different places: I tried to climb coconut trees in Ghana, when I was six years old; I love the huge fragrant Eucalyptus trees on the Mediterranean coast in the south of France; massive oak & chestnut trees in Brittany; so many kinds of pine-trees in the Alps, and lovely woods and forest that you can explore...

I still love trees, and this year I gave myself the challenge of planting 60 trees... No prizes for guessing why! So with some school pupils I was able to do that; up to now we’ve planted just over 50. And our project even won 2nd prize in France for International Forestry Day, this last Thursday. I even went to Paris with the pupils to get our prize: )

So why are trees so important? In the Bible, they have a special place in Creation and alongside humanity, right from the "first chapter in Genesis, in the Garden of Eden. Later, Abraham welcomed three angel visitors under an oak tree. The Psalms are full of mentions of trees. Imagine, a whole Bible study on trees! Trees are an image, a symbol of life. They represent creation and abundance and nourishment.

Music: Tamarick Pines, George Winston: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUoOPi6apA4“

I am a vineyard owner, a fruit-grower... I grow grapes and other fruit. I’m proud of my grapes and my fruit trees. It used to be like the garden of Eden, here! But times change. Luckily, Figs are fantastic fruit to grow, because they’re so nourishing and last so long. You can harvest them almost all year long, and then you can dry them... Here, would you like to try some? They’re even more delicious fresh, but these were from last year’s crop. They’ve been dried in the sun. You can even eat them in salads, or cooked with meat,or even make a drink with them. They’re sweet and full of nourishment. Taste these figs...” (Figs are shared: )

Music continues: a small tree with no leaves appears.“I am a tree; a fig-tree. The last three summers have been very hot, what with repeated droughts and the soil isn’t always fertile. My roots are almost dried out. My branches are dying, too. The few leaves I had left have all fallen off, they were shrivelled and brown. And there is no fruit once again this year. I am dry and wrinkled like an old man’s face. So I feel useless – sterile - and unfruitful.”

Music continues...“I am a supervisor. I’m here to inspect the vines and fruit. I use my eyes and ears and I touch and taste the fruit, too. I check that the trees are in good shape; that the branches are healthy, the leaves green, and thefruit ripe and plentiful. I’ve even got a clipboard with a checklist of questions to ask. But what’s this? A tree with no leaves, no fruit? Let’s have a closer look, shall we? How long has this been going on? Three years, you say! That’s quite some time... I might have to cut off some dead branches, here,at the very least! What are we to do? We need to have a clearer vision of what’s going on over the coming years. Well yes, we could just cut down the tree and grow something else in its place. After all, it’s pretty useless if it doesn’t bear fruit, isn’t it? Just a waste of space. I suppose you could say the same of people,
really, or organisations, companies, factories, schools, blocks of flats... or even churches. When they’re no longer viable, we can close them down, bring in the bulldozers and that’s it.”

Music ends.The vineyard is the world. The owner is God the Father. The supervisor is Jesus. The fig-tree is Israël. The vineyard is the world. The owner is God the Father. The supervisor is Jesus. The fig-tree... is the church. Churches, like fig-trees, are very versatile. They grow in varied conditions and climates, all over the world. But like a fig-tree in the vineyard of the world, God’s people needs to be nourished and tended, to grow in fertile soil in order to be fruitful.

How can we be fruitful? What do we need to bear fruit? More money? More people? More technology? More meetings? Probably. Of course these things are important. And we’re going to think about this in a moment. But what I believe we really need first of all - and what this parable says to me - is that we need to be nourished by God’s word; then we will grow. What we need is to be tended by the loving care and mercy offered to us in the life and teachings of Jesus; then we will be fruitful. What we need is to be patient, to spend time regularly in prayer and meditation listening to God. Then we will know God’s forgiveness and salvation. And we can say with the psalmist: "God, you are my God, Ipine for you; my heart thirsts for you, my body longs for you, as a land parched, dreary and waterless." Psalm 63.

Furthermore with this vision our life together will be abundant and full of good things which we can share with one another and those around us. Our little fig-tree church will produce plenty of fruit to satisfy ourselves and those we can welcome and feed, and we will rejoice in the words of the prophet Isaiah: "Oh, come to the water all you who are thirsty; though you have no money, come! Buy and eat; come, buy wine and milk without money, free! Why spend money on what cannot nourish and your wages on what fails to satisfy? Listen carefully to me, and you will have good things to eat and rich food to enjoy." Isaiah 55, 1-2

So as we celebrate the Eucharist this morning, let’s take time to be nourished by ‘the fruit of the vine and the work of human hands’ as our Creator-God wishes us to be, who wants us to grow and bear fruit. And may we welcome his Word of life, Jesus, to do just that. That word is offered personally to you and to each of us today. Are you, are we, listening?

Have mercy on me, Father-God;
When I resist growth, when I am dried out, when I am no longer fruitful.
Cut off my branches and prune me when I repent.

Have mercy on me, Lord Jesus;
Tend me in your loving care,
And feed me with your Word.

Have mercy on me Holy Spirit;
Water my roots, refresh my life,
And nourish me from within,
So that I may bear fruit and grow in your love.

George Winston - Tamarack Pines / Lesher Centre

[04/13/19]   Here are Keith’s sermon notes from March, apologies for the delay due to all the organisation of the Thursday evening vision meetings. Parts of it was also preached at the Prière Pomme Pain service beginning of April. Thanks Keith! Blessings!

Readings:
2 Corinthians 5.16–end
Luke 15.1–3,11b–end

Reconciliation –the word came flying off the page when I opened my Bible to look at the Corinthian reading for this morning. It is a word we desperately need to hear and take seriously today.
It's a word at the heart of the Gospel message: Be reconciled to God and be reconciled to each other, and take the message of reconciliation out to a world where we see everything from division, war and violence down to broken families.


Such division is not a new problem by any means: Charles Dickens writing in the early19th century describes a seaside town on the south coast of England being completely split by a proposal that gas lighting in the streets and shops should replace the old tallow candles and lamps. Now instead of Gas/No Gas, we have Brexit/No Brexit.
Then as now, the language on both sides of the debate seems to be anything but conciliatory and one side seems to show absolutely no understanding of the other side's point of view, or even a willingness to listen.
The same is true of the Gilets jaunes demonstrations here in France – demonstrators clamouring for reform and immediately any reform is suggested there is a whole host of people up in arms protesting against it…

Interestingly enough one politician on the radio on the morning after the FIRST!!! vote on whether to accept the latest version of the Brexit deal actually said: "We need to work together". A lone voice crying in the wilderness. That remind you of someone two thousand years ago? And Jesus said: Mt 5.9: "Blessed are the peacemakers".
Hear, hear.
It's the message of Paul in Corinthians: verses 18-19 sum it up: "... God... who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: .. God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men's sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. ... Be reconciled to God."


And this theme of reconciliation is one of the underlying messages of the parable of the prodigal son. Our children are always our children. Even when they leave home and set out on life as independent adults. We rejoice with them when things go well, and are saddened when they face problems -- We can't help it ...

...we're built that way. Look at the father in Jesus' story. You can just picture him, can't you, going out morning after morning, evening after evening, to see if there is any sign of his son returning. He can't sever the family ties. Can't you just see him going out to the gate of his property, shielding his eyes from the glare of the sun, peering down the road for the slightest cloud of dust which will mean his son is on the way back, coming home?


And the father portrayed in Jesus story is of course, also God the Father reaching out continually reaching out to his wayward daughters and sons: members of his family who have gone their own way - gone away from Him. The Father God continually stretching out his hand and calling "Come home!". TAKE THE FATHER's HAND

The door is always open: For, all our waywardness can be forgiven through Christ's death on the cross and resurrection. or all of us, Christ's promise is here: The slate is wiped clean if I accept what Christ has done and that he has done it for me. If I say "Lord, I believe. Forgive what I have been, and help me live according to your ways and become the person you created me to be." TAKE THE FATHER's HAND


The offer of fellowship with God of being reconciled to him is open to all. It is never a case of having been too bad to be accepted by God. He is not sitting here on his throne in heaven just waiting to punish us for each wrong thought or deed. But He is here faithful to forgive, stretching out his hand to forgive. Whenever someone comes to him and says "I'm sorry I did whatever it was" he washes them clean and rejoices. Come to him and Zeph 3.17: " He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing."

"There is now no condemnation...for the Spirit of life has set us free". No condemnation! Not for anyone! Not no-how!

And it is not only a question of each of us being reconciled individually to God, but of showing that message of God's love to those around us, those we meet in the course of our everyday lives.

We may not know what people are facing but neither do we necessarily know what God can do with a smile. Have you noticed the difference between the people staffing supermarket checkouts: some obviously are having a hard time of it - you can tell it by the dull look on their faces. And how many times have you attempted to smile and met at least a glimmer of a smile in return. Perhaps it is a minimal start, but a start all the same at bringing a little bit of God's love into the situation, even of bringing hope.. We can witness with the smallest of gestures: smile, kind word, helping hand, the possibilities are endless.
Take a few moments to pray about how you can respond to those you are going to meet, today, this week..
Sow a seed of love because love is the fertiliser that makes relationships grow, while anger and hate destroy the crop.

Reconciliation begins by one party allowing love to come into the relationship, even in the smallest degree. and we can all help bring that love in.
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It continues to amaze me that with all the different nationalities and Christian backgrounds have in our congregation we generally manage to get on quite well with each other. True there have been difficult moments, but it is one of the strong points of our church and one of the areas in which we can witness to the wider world.

And that is probably because somewhere along the line we have rediscovered the ability to listen to each other.


I say "rediscovered", in many ways, listening seems to be becoming a lost art. Ironically with all the electronic means of communication, people often seem to be isolated individuals rather than living really in touch with each other.

A willingness to listen, really listen to the other person. Pray to be able to listen with our full attention, rather than with half an ear while I am really thinking of the lovely dinner my wife is making etc… To listen wholeheartedly seeking to understand the other's viewpoint, quite irrespective of whether we agree with it or not. To listen without immediately saying "But…" because I don't agree with what I am hearing. Someone once said: We often listen, solely and only, so we can say what we want to say. That is not real listening. It is merely paying lip-service to the gift of hearing that God had given us.

Our immediate reaction may well be "How on earth can he think that?!!" or "Why on earth did she do that, say that?!" But that is not our concern. ours is to hear deeply, perceive not only the surface meaning of the words, but the feelings underneath.
Listening to someone - really listening demonstrates we are taking them seriously, valuing them as a person.

It is not necessarily easy and we need to persevere: but we are not called to do this in our own strength, but through the power of the Spirt working in us: Zechariah 4.6: " Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,' says the LORD Almighty.


Paul calls us first of all to be reconciled to God, to put our trust and hope in the Gospel message.
He also calls us, as did Christ himself, to take that message out to a broken world in desperate need. In whatever way may be most appropriate. Was it St Francis who said "Preach the Gospel and if necessary use words. If our example is love in action, that will speak louder than a thousand words and help bring people together, brining reconciliation.

Cardinal Newman's "Fragrance prayer" sums it up:
Dear Jesus, help me to spread Your fragrance everywhere I go....�Shine through me, and be so in me, that every soul I come in contact with may feel Your presence in my soul.
Let them look up and see no longer me, but only Jesus!
Let me preach You without preaching, not by words but by my example, by the evident fullness of my love for You.�Amen.

Or to put it more briefly: As well as TCL meaning the bus company and Trinity Church Lyon, it also stands for:

TENDER CARING LOVE

I'll leave you to reflect on The Fragrance Prayer

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