A Pastoral Letter from the Parish Priest

The Coronavirus Pandemic & Its Effects On Our Lives

A Pastoral Letter from the Parish Priest

Letter 9 – 10 May 20

Fifth Sunday Of Easter 2020

 

My dearest Friends in the Lord, 

Here I am again with my weekly Pastoral Letter since the lockdown as we continue to Stay at home, Protect the NHS and Save lives!

VE Day

On the 8 May 1945 the Allied Powers formally accepted the unconditional surrender of the Armed Forces of Nazi Germany and the end of the Third Reich. Winston Churchill made a radio broadcast at 3pm that day announcing that war in Europe was finally at an end. On the day crowds sang a popular song which expressed this joyous return to light: “I’m Going to Get Lit Up When The Lights Go Up In London”.

Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret – escorted by Guards officers – left the palace and mingled anonymously with the great crowds outside, joining in the celebrations. Today, on the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe, we look back with pride and respect at the remarkable generation of men and women who helped secure peace and freedom for us all.

Prince Minister Winston Churchill announcing the end of the War in Europe from Downing Street, also took time to remind the country war was still ongoing in the Pacific. He said: ‘We may allow ourselves a brief period of rejoicing, but let us not forget for a moment the toils and efforts that lie ahead’. 

Coronavirus-hit Britons in 2020 will still be celebrating victory over the Axis – but the streets of London and elsewhere in the nation will likely be far less jubilant by comparison as the country endures lockdown as we fight the virus and remember Churchill’s message of remaining vigilant which is so absolutely relevant today.

Please take special note of the third LIVE PARISH SERVICE this Sunday. It will be A SHORT LIVE EUCHARIST ON ‘ZOOM’ AT 10.30 am from my study. John Beverley, Reader, will preach and a young soloist will sing the song “The Impossible Dream” at the service. 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 links to view The ORDER OF SERVICE as well as words of THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM.

For those without internet access – Free phone line 0800 804 8044.

DAILY HOPE is a free telephone line with hymns, reflections and prayers aimed particularly at those who do not have internet access. In the past week since being launched the phone line has had 12,000 calls. The free phone line – 0800 804 8044.

Daily Hope - 0800 804 8044

Do you need a special prayer?

I daily celebrate a PRIVATE EUCHARIST with my wife Alida as an offering of prayer for the world, the nation and our Parish and, above all, praying for you, your families and dear ones. If you have a special prayer need please call 731793 and we will pray for you at the Holy Communion Service.

On-line Home Worship Church resources

Please find these resources on the website for prayer and worship on the Online Church page. You will also find ‘DAILY DEVOTIONS’ by John Beverley and a simple SERMON with INTERCESSIONS for this Sunday.

If you need help with using the ‘Zoom’ technology

Help is available for those who wish to learn how to use ‘zoom’ for the Live Eucharist on Sundays. Please call 01522 520 350.

We are still Church

Although public worship is suspended, we are still Church. Jesus taught us 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 the Risen Jesus exhorts us, we will be people of Faith, not Fear. We will comfort and care for each other. Please 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 blessings to you all,
Father Sebastian