A Pastoral Letter from the Parish Priest

The Coronavirus Pandemic & Its Effects On Our Lives

A Pastoral Letter from the Parish Priest

Letter 19 – 19 July 2020

Sixth Sunday after Trinity

 

My dearest Friends in the Lord,

Here I am again with my weekly Pastoral Letter since the lockdown as we continue to Stay Alert, Control the Virus and Save Lives!

My wife and I took our car for a full service to the Listers Toyota the other day. We were amazed to see how the floor space was reordered with social distancing notices, generous supply of sanitising gel and ample space for seating arrangements. These days everywhere you go face masks, social distancing and hygiene notices are becoming the order of the day! How our lives have changed, haven’t they, and sometimes, dare I say, ludicrously! And it looks like we are in this for a long haul!

The Diocesan Synod took place on Saturday. The Diocese of Lincoln is in the cusp of making difficult decisions in these challenging times. We must brace ourselves to adapt to new ways of being Church! But we must not be anxious. Jesus tells us: “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” (Luke 12.32) He also says: “Come to Me, all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11.28) During these difficult times of our lives, Jesus goes before us. He tells us: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14.6) As T.S. Eliot writes, let us turn to Jesus “the still point” of our lives and find peace and grace in him at this difficult of times!

Next Sunday, 26th July we will not have an outdoor service at North Carlton as earlier planned due to unforeseen circumstances. Instead, we will have the usual ‘zoom’ service and Revd Richard Steele, the Diocesan Mission Team Leader, will preach in the zoom Parish Service.

The Standing Committee of the Springline Parochial Church Council meets on 21st Tuesday at 5.30pm. Please contact us if you have any concerns or queries. Meanwhile let us enjoy this bout of good weather while it lasts!

“LIVE” PARISH SERVICE this Sunday.

It will be A SHORT LIVE EUCHARIST ON ‘ZOOM’ AT 10.30 am led by Father Sebastian from the vicarage study in Ingham. The service will have the usual features.

You will have received an invitation to join the service if you are in the Parish database. If you are not in the Parish database and wish to join in the service, please contact your local Churchwarden before Sunday morning.

Please use the following link to view The ORDER OF SERVICE.

Springline Parish on-line Home Worship resources for all

Please note that there are resources for children and families as well as general resources for prayer and worship that you can use during this lockdown period. Please visit our online Church page.

A word on Giving to God during the lockdown

During the lockdown due to Covid-19, our churches in the Springline Parish had been closed and, among other things, regular or retiring collections in churches also ceased.  We have therefore designed a new webpage to help people give online. Please visit our giving page giving.springlineparish.co.uk  if you would like to make a donation to promote God’s work through the Church’s mission and ministry in our village communities.

A Prayer

The collect for this Sunday is given below and please know that we will be holding you in our prayers.

Almighty and everlasting God,
by whose Spirit the whole body of the Church
is governed and sanctified:
hear our prayer which we offer for all your faithful people,
that in their vocation and ministry
they may serve you in holiness and truth
to the glory of your name;
through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Amen.

We are still Church – Springline Parish – 9 Churches, 1 Parish, Following Jesus!

As we are doing our best to reopen our village churches and some of our church buildings might still be closed due to safety and hygiene norms, we are still Church. We want to love God with all our hearts, soul, mind and strength, and to love our neighbour as ourselves. We will continue to do this. As Jesus exhorts us, we want to be people of Faith, not Fear. We will do all we can to reach out and help!

Please take care and do stay safe!

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all now and always.

With my love, prayer and blessing to each one of you,
Father Sebastian

Revd Dr Sebastian Thomas Mattapally,
Rector, Springline Parish, Diocese of Lincoln
Tel: 01522 731793     Email: rector.springline@btinternet.com