Often, in our conversations about Lent, sin is a significant topic. Last Sunday I suggested that a way of thinking about sin was that sin is the absence of love in our relationships with one another, with ourselves and with God. At the end of this letter is a meditation by Kerry Hillcoat which may help us understand how we can live lives of love, a love that comes from God. The phrase on leading is a striking contrast to the other phrases in her meditation.
I hope that we will be worshipping in church again on Sunday 7th March. I will continue to send out an order of service for people to follow. I also hope that we can broadcast the service as we have done before. Each individual must feel comfortable about returning to worship. There is no expectation that people must come. Masks will still need to be worn, seating will be at 2 metres and hands will need to be sanitised.
I attach three services this week; an 8.00am Methodist service which will be led by our Methodist minister, Rachel Hope, the 10.00am service which I will lead both for this Sunday and then night prayer which Simon Barker is organising on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday during Lent. You may wish to read these services at home or join in. The details of how to do this are at the bottom of this e-mail.
Alternatively, you may wish to watch or list to a broadcast service, to light a candle and say the Lord’s prayer or simply break bread, slowly saying these words from Pauls Letter to the Corinthians:
‘I have already told you what the Lord Jesus did on the night he was betrayed. And it came from the Lord himself.
He took some bread in his hands. Then after he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is given for you. Eat this and remember me.”
After the meal, Jesus took a cup of wine in his hands and said, “This is my blood, and with it God makes his new agreement with you. Drink this and remember me.”
The Lord meant that when you eat this bread and drink from this cup, you tell about his death until he comes.’
A prayer for the week.
Give us light and strength, O God, to know your will. Guide us by your wisdom and support us by your power. Unite us to yourself in the bond of love and keep us faithful to all that is true; through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Isidore of Seville, c.560-636
I hope and pray that you all have a good week, that you are keeping well and taking care. If you want to talk to me please free to call me on 873176. Who have you not seen for a while, you may wish to pray for them.
With love, peace and prayers to you all.
A meditation by Kerry Hillcoat
If you must be heard, let it be like the babbling brook,
laughing over the rocks.
If you must be seen, let it be like sunlight
giving warmth and comfort to all.
If you must be acknowledged, let it be as the eyes
behold the skies in all their glory.
If you must lead, let it be like the wind and all its unshackled direction.
If you must learn, let it be like breathing,
the natural flow of in and out,
and done without thinking.
If you must teach, let it be like the water,
deep and flowing,
for your words are like pebbles in a pond,
the ripples they cause spread out in all directions,
and what you give out eventually returns.
If you must know, let it be flowing and growing.
And above all, if you must:
Compline during Lent
Every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The service is attached.
It starts at 7.00pm. It uses a telephone service and you can join by using these details:
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