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Matt’s Blog: Launde Abbey

Flood Family,

Many of you know I had the opportunity to take a three month sabbatical in the summer of 2018, my first sabbatical in 26 years of ministry! Such a refreshing and restorative time for our family. One of the many highlights for me was spending a week at Launde Abbey, a Christian retreat center in beautiful Leicestershire County, England. The grounds of the Abbey were breathtaking: majestic trees, wandering paths, and sheep grazing in lush, green pastures. All of this natural beauty allowed me to slow down and experience the peace of Christ in sacred times of silence, solitude and prayer.

As I reflect on what it means to experience the peace of Christ in this uncertain time, God has been reminding me that He is always present to us with open arms, ready to receive all of our fears, worries, and concerns. That same peace I experienced in the midst of the breathtaking landscape of the Abbey is the same peace Jesus offers me as I work from home, shelter in, and seek Him in the midst the today’s challenges. I hope you join us Sunday at at 9am, 11am, and 7pm as we continue our series A World of Trouble: Life in the Midst of Anxiety, learning how to practically experience the peace of Christ not in spite of our circumstances, but in the midst of them.

I am also looking forward to celebrating Communion together as a church family on Sunday! What makes Communion holy is what and who it represents, not the elements we use. So, use what you have! If you have bread and wine or grape juice, that’s wonderful! If you have crackers, Cheerios, milk, or even water – perfect! Use whatever you have to bring to the table and we will take Communion “together” as a church family!

See you Sunday!

P.S. Join us for our upcoming livestream Flood Family Meeting, happening this Monday, May 18 at 8pm at This 30-minute meeting is for anyone who calls Flood home to virtually gather together, celebrate what God is doing in and through Flood, and learn important information about what’s coming up in the life of our church. We will specifically be addressing next steps in regards to the current pandemic and our building project. Our time will also include a live Q&A. We are looking forward to sharing an insider’s look at what’s coming up in the life of our community!