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Thanks to Brian Hudson for writing our Guest Blog today on my day off:-

A NEW NORMAL?

So now we know that it could be six months before we are back to “normal”.  But I’m left wondering what the new normal will be.

A friend said, once it was all over, he was going out for a slap-up meal.  But I wonder if his favourite restaurant, pub, café or coffee shop will still be there, or whether it will have had to close. I suspect the number of empty premises in our High Streets will increase.

And you wonder whether the NHS will change. It’s been suggested that there will be more video appointments, rather than face-to-face (though I’m not sure why this will save GPs’ time). At least it will be very hard for any politician to cut NHS funding for many years to come!  But presumably the list for elective surgery will have grown longer, and many GPs and consultants may be facing burn-out.

Economically, the world will somehow have to find all the money it has been spending, and that won’t be back to normal in six months.

On the good side, can we hope that the volunteering effort will remain, with neighbours looking out for neighbours and offering help where needed.

Air quality is improving (and maybe climate change slowing?) as there are fewer car and plane journeys.  Can we maintain that, or will we be back to expecting an annual trip to far flung places?

But what about the church?  What will the new normal be like here, or will it really be back to the old normal.  No doubt someone somewhere will say that the virus is God punishing mankind for straying from His ways – I just hope enough people in leadership roles squash this the minute it appears: how can a God of love send plagues on his children?

Some church goers may find they haven’t really missed not having a Sunday morning service, or feel that the church hasn’t played its part properly in a crisis situation, and so drift away from regular attendance.  Others will feel that the love and support shown by their church friends has strengthened their faith and identity.  But is there a continuing place for video services in the new normal? And how can we reach out to those who have suffered bereavement, possibly without even having had a “proper” funeral?

I’ve no idea what the new normal will be, but suspect there will be a lot of differences from what went before.

Prayer Point:  Pray for hard-pressed NHS staff – not just in general terms, but think of, and name, your own GP or other NHS staff you know personally.

 

 

Passion Sunday

Herefordshire (South & East) had their second live Zoom worship session this week, click here to watch the full service.

The Prayers were led by Revd Kath Baldwin & Deacon Angie Allport.
The readings are:-
Ezekiel 37:1-14 – Read by John Parsons
John 11:1-45 – Told by Phil Summers
The service was led by Revd Phillip Warrey
StF 440 Amazing Grace and StF 82 O Lord my God were sung by Jessica & Michael Bullett

Technical Operator – Caroline Warrey

Materials for the service came from the Singing the Faith Website, and were written this week by Revd Sally Coleman

More information on our circuit and worship can be found at:-www.herefordshiremethodists.org.uk/connect

Reflection – by Revd Phil Warrey

Today we remember it is Sunday, and it is Passion Sunday or the first Sunday of the Passion.

The sense of the word passion here is from its Latin root patior, and passus sum, meaning “to suffer, bear, endure”, its also the root to our English word patience.

We start today to think of Jesus’ final two weeks on this earth, his patience with the disciples and the children of Israel, the poignancy of his “triumphal” entry into Jerusalem, his agonising decision to take up the cup of suffering in the garden of Gethsemane, the torture of arrest, mock trial and his agonising death on the cross.

Today we begin the process of this two week reflection leading up to Easter Sunday all with the lens of, or an eye on Jesus’ resurrection: that we glimpse this week in the story of Mary, Martha and Lazarus as so beautifully told by Phil Summers.

We’ve sent out by email to everyone we have email addresses for the “Worship at Home” sheet which has today’s readings on it. Next week we hope to be able to send these out to everyone not on email by post too. You will hopefully get an opportunity to read the readings before the Sunday, and read them again in the week. Later today you can read or watch again this reflection, allowing you to be able to reflect on it further. I urge you as you read the readings to read them slowly, breathing the words in, and to see what words and phrases in the readings speak to you, and reflect on those first, and what God is saying personally to you through these words and phrases.

What struck me today was how Jesus appeared to do nothing at first after he had heard that Lazarus was ill. It was 2 days before he decided to go to Bethany (the house of the poor). God’s timing is not our timing, and that is one of the hardest things us people of faith need, to have patience and endure with.

Why two days, what was he doing? Possibly, we can work that out from the rest of the story, he was praying, he was agonising over whether he should continue on his path to Jerusalem, the disciples had warned him not to go back to Judea, this chapter ends with the High Priest declaring that “one man must die for the people” (John 11:50).

When you consider our two readings together today, with Ezekiel prophesying to the dry bones, and the Lord bringing life back to the dry bones, and Jesus bringing Lazarus back to life, our theme for today points to Resurrection and new life.

We know that Jesus decides to “set his face towards Jerusalem”, this is part of his passion, part of his suffering, part of his bearing his cross, part of enduring his cup of suffering, but we get a glimpse of “Sunday is a coming”, we get a glimpse through the beautiful, and even humorous story of the raising of Lazarus of Jesus’ own, and one day our own resurrection.

I say humorous as we have this comic theatre moment of Jesus asking for the stone to be moved, and Martha saying, we can’t open the tomb as there will be a dreadful smell, and in that intimate emotional moment between Martha and Jesus, can you see a smile on Jesus’ face as he says “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?”. Lets do our best to believe, so we too can see the glory of God.

We are now entering a time when we all know someone who has the virus, or we know someone who knows someone who has the virus. So we rightly let’s keep praying for healing and for the virus to go away. Most people will recover, and the virus will eventually go away. Why will it take so long, why this virus now, we don’t know, lets have patience with God, and endure. One day we will understand, when we see God face to face.

Inevitably there will be some that will die during this period, and we can model our behaviour on that of Mary, Martha and Jesus. Mary was angry with Jesus, and God is big enough to take our anger, and still continue to offer us his love, Jesus wept, we too will weep and that too is a right and proper outlet of our emotions. Martha believed that Lazarus would rise again on the last day.

Jesus brought Lazarus back to life, and the young girl that he spoke “Talitha Kumi” to, and the widow’s son, and the Centurion’s boy. However, all these people were still mortal and they had to endure going through death again.

Let’s ponder again on Jesus’ words to Martha, and Martha’s reply:

23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” 24 Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” 27 She said to him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one coming into the world.”

As Jesus asked Martha so we ask ourselves, do we believe this? I do.

Let’s remember that other passage from John’s gospel, John 14, that we will hear at so many funeral in the coming months and take comfort that Jesus told his friends, and continues to tell us, that in his Father’s house (in our heavenly Father’s house) there are many mansions and that he has prepared a place for us all.

Let’s take comfort in the knowledge that one day we will be re-united and resurrected with all those we love, and live in the kingdom of God in one of the mansion prepared for us.

In the meantime as God called Ezekiel, he calls us all to preach to the dry bones, there are many people living in fear and anxiety at this time, when we ring our friends and our families, preach (in the sense of that word of “proclaim”, tell the story, indicate clearly), tell the story of God’s love in your life, and how you have hope and joy, because you know God is in your life and your story and God’s story is intertwined.

And Keep safe, keep caring and keep praying.

Amen.

Caravan

A bit of a slower day, all emails caught up with, worship prepared, so we escaped to the caravan. (Don’t worry it was not an unnecessary journey its in the drive).

So a chance to have a moment to ourselves without computers, and to watch a DVD. We watched a lovely film “Made in Dagenham”. Great film, and wow how things have changed (possibly not enough), but for the good.

Take some time for a Sabbath break:- “Observe the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Work six days and do everything you need to do. But the seventh day is a Sabbath to God, your God. Don’t do any work—not you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your servant, nor your maid, nor your animals, not even the foreign guest visiting in your town. For in six days God made Heaven, Earth, and sea, and everything in them; he rested on the seventh day.” (Exodus 20:8-10)

Have a great day tomorrow folks, don’t forget to put the clocks forward, and see you at worship tomorrow.

Zoom Worship here  10:30am Sunday 29/3/20
Meeting ID: 692 983 743 Password: 258374

Every blessing Phil

Hi folks.

Quite an exciting day today, I’ve been out! Methodist Ministers are classed as “Key workers” so I was able to go out today to assist at a funeral. Angie and I now have some identity badges to show who we are if we are stopped. We also went out as Street Pastors on a day patrol of Hereford on the request of the police.

So here we are coming towards our second Sunday out of our churches and I have uploaded a video with news and previewing our worship for Sunday.

Please watch my message from the Manse recorded 27/3/20 previewing worship on Sunday 29/03/20 – https://youtu.be/miry3o1DpQU

More information can be found on www.herefordshiremethodists.org.uk/connect

Our worship this Sunday will be based upon the service sheet sent out from the connexion “29-march-worship-if-you-are-unable-to-attend-church.pdf”, attached and at this link:- Worship from home service sheet for Sunday 29 March (Pdf version)

We are not able to sing the same hymns due to licensing issues for streaming services. We shall be singing:- StF 440 – Amazing Grace & StF 82 – How great Thou art both sung for us by my daughter Jessica and son-in-law Michael and lyrics will appear on the screen.

Readings are:- Ezekiel 37:1-14 & John 11:1-45

I will give a short message – and in the week or in coffee breakouts you can reflect on the questions on the service sheet.

To view the Birmingham District Service see https://www.facebook.com/Birminghammethodistdistrict/

Please keep up to date with the latest Coronavirus guidelines:-

Methodist –        www.methodist.org.uk/coronavirus/
URC –                    www.urcwestmidlands.org.uk/covid19.html

Keep safe, Keep caring, Keep praying.

Every blessing

Phil

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This did make me laugh today, and its a good bit of irony to make us think. Keep safe folks!

Of course it is based on the famous “all we can” sayings of John Wesley, one of the founders of Methodism.

do all the good you can

Both pieces of advice are worthy of following, as we remember that we are loved by God, and God calls us to love each other:-

Mark 12:30-31 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

30 you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

“All We Can” is also the name of one of our Methodist Charities, lets take a moment off from Covid-19 and see if we support one of the All we can projects:-

https://www.allwecan.org.uk/give/radically-changing-the-story/ 

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Every blessing, keep safe, keep caring, keep praying.

So then Phil, how have you been filling your day?

I don’t know where the time has gone in the last few days, here we are all holed up in our homes, and yet I seem to be busier than ever.

We are still getting used to the changes in our circumstances, so there has been a lot of work in shutting things down and in trying to establish new working patterns.

A lot of work so far has gone into meetings online trying to establish how we continue to “be” church, survive, nurture and feed our congregations and maybe try and find some positives out of this time.

Is there a possibility that we may all grow closer together once we’ve all survived this ordeal together. I remember reading Michael Frost’s book “Exiles, Living Missionally in a Post Christian Culture”, and he was referring to the concept of ‘communitas’, developed by an anthropologist called Victor Turner in the 1960s. Turner had studied male initiation rites in African tribes and the incredibly strong bonds these young men developed as they struggled together. I remember as I wrote an essay on this for my degree course, the struggles we had on a construction site in Queensland a small team of Engineers battling against many odds trying to get a badly designed machine to achieve its customer’s requirements, whilst the company we worked for was tearing itself apart and making people redundant left right and centre. (By the time I came home from that long spell in Australia, I found myself working for a completely different company). What was amazing was the bonds we few had made in that difficult time. Michael Frost says “We all know that when people are thrown into a challenge – an ordeal …..they develop a much deeper sense of communion. Surely we can recall periods of our lives when this was true”. Reflect on this, can you “recall periods of our lives when this was true”? Pray that some good will come from this crisis and a stronger bond, communion for our church.

Certainly we are learning to connect to people in many different ways, live services on the internet, reflections, whole services sent on paper by post, and now I’m trialling sending out some DVDs of services to those who are not on the internet but have a DVD player. Let me know if you know anyone who would benefit from a DVD in the post. Remember LoveFILM well this is LoveJESUS.

In other news, the lawn has been mowed, all the washing has been done, the house is very tidy (apart from the TV studio in the Dining Room) and the Puppets seem to have taken over the back bedroom, and may be appearing on a computer near you soon.

Another benefit is that my bread making is getting better. The loaf in the photo above contains one egg. Thanks to my WhatsApp bread tutor Revd Peter Powers.

As for blogging, sorry for the gap. I’m now looking to some of our creative people in the circuit to write some guest slots on this blog. Email me if you would like to take part.

Tomorrow I will be planning the service for Sunday, and hoping to mass email the content so you can follow this Sunday.

Keep reading the connexional advice:- https://www.methodist.org.uk/about-us/coronavirus/official-guidance/ 

Every blessing and Keep Safe, Keep Caring, Keep praying.

Circuit Zoom Worship - 22-3-20_for videoYesterday was our first session of Zoom worship. Apart from a few technical hitches, which are a learning experience for next week it was very well received. Here are a selection of the comments we received.

“Well done today. You dealt with our joint learning curves very well.”
“Thanks for the service this morning.  I thought it worked well, and nice to see people!!”
“We thought this mornings Service was helpful and good to share”
“Good effort Phil. Nice to feel part of the Circuit. Thought the prayers particularly helpful.
“Thanks very much for the service this morning, we found it very helpful at a difficult time. It brought home the meaning of motherhood in all senses.”
“It was OK but we’re on a steep learning curve and we will all get better.  Definitely worth the effort. Thank you.”
“Thank you very much for the service this morning.  I thought it was well organised and very much to both points of Mothering Sunday and ‘The Virus’. I particularly enjoyed joining in the singing with everyone else on the screen when the congregation was shown rather that just the piano playing.  It felt much more as if you were part of a ‘proper’ service.”

If you want to watch the reflection, click here.
If you want to watch the whole service, click here.

To prepare for next week, if you had problems then visit www.zoom.us/download
Please note that you do not need to set up an account.
You can then phone Phil or Angie and we will walk you through connecting.

Here are the readings:-

Hosea 11:3-4

John 19:25-27 

The text of the reflection is here: –

So here we are on Mothering Sunday 2020, a day that seems ever so weird, and a day of many firsts. According to our preaching plan, I was meant to be at St John’s in Hereford this morning, instead I find myself preaching to a web cam on my own, and I am conscious that many of you this morning are on your own, or its just the two of you together. All of this is going to take some getting used to, but lets concentrate on the positives, and what we can do as church in isolation. I read on Facebook this morning (Not sure whether it’s true or not!) That Isaac Newton discovered Gravity when he was isolated from his university because of the Bubonic Plague – ?What can we discover about ourselves, or about our life as Christians or our mission as church in isolation?

Mothering Sunday sermons, or children’s addresses traditionally start with an explanation of the origins of Mothering Sunday, and the source of all this knowledge comes from a now archived BBC Religion web page. It’s a little twee, but let’s run with it:- Most Sundays in the year churchgoers in England worship at their nearest parish or ‘daughter church’. Centuries ago it was considered important for people to return to their home or ‘mother’ church once a year. So each year in the middle of Lent, everyone would visit their ‘mother’ church – the main church or cathedral of the area. Inevitably the return to the ‘mother’ church became an occasion for family reunions when children who were working away returned home. (It was quite common in those days for children to leave home for work once they were ten years old.) And most historians think that it was the return to the ‘Mother’ church which led to the tradition of children, particularly those working as domestic servants, or as apprentices, being given the day off to visit their mother and family. As they walked along the country lanes, children would pick wild flowers or violets to take to church or give to their mother as a small gift.

Today as the theme of our reflection, I want us to consider what “Mother Church” means to us today during this challenge of isolation and social distancing.

But first let us consider Mothers, and I know I need to be a little cautious here, as there will be people watching or listening that never knew their mother, or do not or did not have good memories of their relationship with their mother, and we think of you this morning, and would wish to share our love with you.

If this was a family service, at this stage, I might have wandered around the congregation asking the children and yourselves for the general attributes of a mother, I could turn on your microphones and ask you, but this morning, lets just go with my shortened list, and you can message me later to tell me all the other ones I have missed.

So, here we go, here is my quick list. Mothers birth us, love us (even when we’ve been bad), care for us, discipline us, provide for us, teach us, sustain us, cook for us, be our nurse, and our taxi driver.

It’s comforting to see in our Gospel reading today, Jesus caring for his mother even in his dying moments from the cross, and asking John to take her into his home.

Today, in our own way, and in our own time, we give thanks for our mothers, and for those of us who are fortunate to have our mothers still with us, take a moment to connect with them and say hello, and thank you.

We are so used to Jesus calling God his Father, that often we consider God as solely paternal. However, if we remember in Genesis, male and female are both made in the image of God, God can be Mother and Father to us all. On Saturday I was searching for a particular passage that I thought was in the Old Testament, and realised I was conflating 2 memories of bible passages. I had this image of God as a mother hen, sheltering her brood under her wings. After much searching, as I was convinced it was in the Psalms, I found it in Matthew and Luke (Matthew 23:37 and Luke 13:34 if you want to look it up later). The context of those readings doesn’t fit too well with mothering Sunday, but the image of God as a Mother Hen remains. “How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!” During the search for this passage, I found at least 10 instances in the OT of God being imagined as a mother. I will upload a link to the list in my blog later. (https://www.womensordination.org/resources-old/female-images-of-god-in-the-bible/)

The one I want us to concentrate on this morning is from Hosea, it’s the first of 2 such images in Hosea. God says: “Yet it was I who taught Ephraim to walk, I who took them up in my arms; but they did not know that I healed them. I led them with cords of human kindness, with bands of love. I was to them like those who lift infants to their cheeks. I bent down to them and fed them.”

It has been wonderful to see our eldest daughter become a mother, and watch her teaching first Eric and then Flynn to walk. Flynn has now learnt to ask to be kissed if something hurts. He also makes us all smile when he asks for “boob”, but perhaps I shouldn’t mention that in a sermon!

Today I have challenged you to think of God as our Mother and Father, and I hope you can see that this is well referenced in our bibles.

Now, I’m not for one moment suggesting that God or the church can replace your mother, or father, but let’s consider the attributes I mentioned earlier.

Does the Church, like a Mother, birth us, love us (even when we’ve been bad), care for us, discipline us, provide for us, teach us, sustain us, cook for us, be our nurse, and our taxi driver? Remember, when we talk about the word “church”, I’m not meaning the building, but us God’s people. Ecclesia – the Greek word rendered into Church in our bibles literally translated means a “called out company” or “assembly”.

Certainly it was the church that birthed me as a new Christian, a number of differing churches teaching me, even taking me on a bus to the Billy Graham, Mission England rally in Bristol, all those years ago. The people of the church love us, yes, even when we’ve been bad – they’ve learned from Jesus to forgive! The church has taught me a lot, I can reflect back in that I know the things I learned as a young local preacher, helped me to be confident in speaking to large groups of people in my engineering job, and being able to train customers to use our machines. (Skills from my engineering job now help me in my vocation). Does the church discipline us? I hope so, I know I’ve been told off by church folk quite often, even this week! Provide for us – for certain the church provides a stipend and a house for us, donations and time to many charities and good causes and food banks. Teach us? Sunday Schools, Sermons, House groups – all sorts of short courses, and even a BA (Honours) Degree for me. Sustain us – yes, and this is one the easiest things we can continue during this isolation period – by pastorally caring for each other, by phone, by delivering items. Cook for us – lunch clubs and tea services. Be our nurse – first aid kits, counselling and now, caring for each other over the phone. Our taxi driver? – lift sharing, taking people to church – Sunday school outings! I could go on and on and on listing all the church does as a mother to us all.

An important thing for us to think about at this time, is that the church is not closed, its our buildings that are closed. We the church are still open for business. Lets keep on mothering.

As a church we have been so much, now we face an uncertain time, a huge change in our circumstances, and it is a challenge we all face together. So what I want us all to reflect on this week is how we “be” church, how we remain “open” in this time of isolation and social distancing. What can each of us do, what can your ministers do for you?

If you are not rushing off anywhere at the end of the service today, I’m going to put you into break out rooms with a few others, take a moment to get a cup of coffee or tea, come back and chat to each other, and reflect on this challenge, and can I ask that one person in each break out room sends me a message in some format or another with some ideas of how we face this challenge, or how helpful or not the things we have been doing so far.

Don’t forget the time of candle lighting and prayer tonight at 7pm, and let’s remember during this time to Keep Safe, Keep Caring and Keep praying.

Amen.

 

A guest blog……

Some words from Rev Indergit Bhogal yesterday:

I dislike the term “self isolate”. We don’t want anyone to isolate or exclude anyone. Of course we want everyone to take care of themselves and others. We are all used to the idea of staying at home for the sake of health. We want to watch over others with love. The commandment to love God, and your neighbour as yourself is best practised in reverse order. Love yourself first. You are number one. Be a sanctuary to yourself. This is not a selfish thought. If you can love yourself and and be gentle with yourself you will better be able to love and look and provide sanctuary to your neighbour. As we are advised on aeroplanes, in case of emergency put your own mask on first before you assist others. If you don’t you will not be able to help others. If you love yourself and your neighbour, you are expressing your love of and for God. This is true spiritual devotion. And remember that Jesus only ever mentioned one number. He said “where two or three are gathered together in my name I am there in the midst of them”. Be in touch and in communion with with two or three. This is the beginning and deepest form of Church and community. Such contact is manageable. Worship centres are closed. Organise your congregation/ community/group to be in conversation and communion with each other in 2s and 3s. Do not practice isolation. And live in the confidence that God is with us and desires fulness of life for all. Do not doubt that you have sanctuary in God. Blessings and Peace. Inderjit

Everyone is talking about Zoom at the moment, and this morning we had our first Ecumenical Ledbury Prayer Meeting on Zoom, and it did work! We prayed!

Tomorrow we are trying to keep things as normal as possible by holding our Circuit Meeting by Zoom.

This afternoon Caroline and I started on the job of connecting with all our members, first with Bromyard and Ledbury (Ross tomorrow!) in sending out by email, and hard copies in the post and pushed thorough letterboxes for those who are not online. Angie and Rosi are doing similar for St Johns.

In Ian Howarth’s Pastoral letter to Presbyters he has asked us to support the CTE initiative of lighting a candle at 7pm, on Sunday, here is Ian’s request:-

The Presidents of Churches Together in England have put together a statement that I believe we can unite behind, https://www.cte.org.uk/Publisher/Article.aspx?ID=569010 This includes a call for a day of prayer and action on Sunday 22nd March, which is, of course, Mothering Sunday. The suggestion is that people are encouraged to light a candle and put it in their windows at 7.00 p.m. as a sign of the light of life, Jesus Christ, our source and hope in prayer. I would hope we could support that as Methodists and encourage our congregations in this act of solidarity.

Talking to our daughter today we realised that for our little Grandson Eric tomorrow will be his last day of school, probably for this academic year, and he’s really only just gotten used to going to school and starting to enjoy it. So please pray for all the children tomorrow, some for whom it will be their last day of school and hurriedly arranged leavers assemblies. Pray for those who are distressed over not being able to take their exams, pray for the teachers and school staff, and any that may be laid off. Pray for parents who are worried sick about trying to arrange healthcare.

On Tuesday we heard of one of our Bromyard members’ family who have had to lay off staff and are worried about their business going under. Pray for those who are in this situation, and for those already laid off.

Caroline and I are being trained to help run the foodbank in Ledbury as most of the existing volunteers are 70+ and need to be socially isolated. Pray of us as we embark on this.

Street Pastors are still going out this Saturday, please pray for us too.

As I pray for you all, please pray for me.

Keep Safe, Keep Caring, Keep Praying.

Wednesday is just coming to a close, its been a busy day, and I have even been out to a funeral visit, that seemed a little strange.

I’ve recorded a short video for you all to watch, you can see it by clicking here. So far 46 people have watched it.

Other than that I’ve been kept busy with fielding questions on our closures, and communicating with the Chair and our other Superintendents. We’ve even set up a WhatsApp group to facilitate faster communications. We’ve decided on a tag line for our communications, and I have used this as a sub-title for this blog:- Keep safe. Keep caring. Keep praying.

Communicating with one of our folk today, they felt that closing our churches was sad, and it was as if God is closed.

I tried my best to write back and encourage, by saying – No God is not closed! What we need to do is to keep finding new ways of interacting and praying and fellow shipping with each other, even if it is one to one on the phone. Maybe ring 3-5 people each day and be brave and pray with them and share a short scripture on the phone.

Making bread – a few weeks ago Angie and I visited Rev Peter Power’s bread church in Kenilworth, and some of you may already be aware that we’d like to start running our own Bread Churches at some point. (It’ll have to wait now till Covid-19 is over!). So I took some time out early this evening to make a loaf of daily bread.

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It’s the best one I have made so far, and having sent a photo to Revd Pete, I got a “well done”. It tasted quite nice too. For more information on Bread Church see Pete’s pages:- https://breadchurch.org.uk/ You can find the simple bread recipe on his site, we might be needing it soon.

Everyday as we pray the Lord’s prayer and ask God for our daily bread, lets try and remember all those who are worried where their next meal will come from, and remember them in our prayers too.

As our Saviour taught his disciples, we pray:

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy Name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our
daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.

Keep safe, care and pray.