A Pastoral Letter from the Parish Priest

The Coronavirus Pandemic & Its Effects On Our Lives

A Pastoral Letter from the Parish Priest

Letter 11 – 24 May 2020

Seventh 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 Alert, Control the Virus and Save Lives!

It is not easy to describe the experience we are all going through at this time of the the coronavirus pandemic. Tragic things have happened in history down through the centuries. The pandemic we are going through will be another of those events. We may find a vaccine, may be not! May be the virus will die off. Or it is possible that we learn to live with it as we do with so many other viruses. In any case, the virus is a wake-up call to humanity in so many ways!

But like most experiences of life, the virus brings to light life’s contradictions. Along with the tragic and the sad, there are positive ‘take-aways’! Without doubt, the pandemic has brought peoples, nations and neighbourhood together. Above all, it has forced us to think outside the box as institutions, communities, families and as individuals!

I am reminded of the words of St Paul in 1 Corinthians 1.18: “For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” The cross and the empty tombs are both signs of contradiction as well as salvation. Jesus is a sign of contradiction and salvation. He dies but he rises again. He is defeated and he is victorious. That is also our hope, like the crucified and resurrected Jesus, we shall overcome. We shall rise again like the sphinx from the ashes. We shall rise again with Christ!

The fifthLIVE” PARISH SERVICE this Sunday.

It will be A SHORT LIVE EUCHARIST ON ‘ZOOM’ AT 10.30 am led by Reverend Sue Deacon from her home. A notable feature of the service will be the singing of the hymn “Guide me O Thou Great Redeemer” towards the end of 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 link to view The ORDER OF SERVICE.

Preparing for Pentecost

Many of you will have received the ‘Prayer Journal’ to prepare yourselves daily for the forthcoming celebration of Pentecost. In case you haven’t received them, there is a lot of information if you visit www.thykingdomcome.global  

Some light at the end of the tunnel!

The Bishop of London, Sarah Mullally recently made this statement: “We note from the Government’s COVID-19 Recovery Strategy that churches could be open from July as part of the conditional and phased plan to begin lifting the lockdown. We look forward to the time when we are able to gather again in our church buildings.”

The dioceses, including our own, are examining what steps we will need to take to do so safely and are planning ahead in preparation. Meanwhile, we support the Government’s Covid-19 efforts in the interests of public health and safety.

Some schools are trying to open in June

Ingham, Scampton Polyplatt and Scampton primary schools are trying to open for some students. It is not easy to do so, but we admire and remember in our prayer the head teachers, Staff and students of these our schools in the Springline Parish.

Springline Parish on-line Home Worship resources

Please visit our online church page.

Fabulous on line resources from “The Church Times”.

Weekly spiritual sustenance: Lift Up Your Hearts: No. 8 | 15 May 2020 

Join evening prayer live from Taizé, from the community on their Facebook page.

Radio: Radio 4’s Daily Service features a Bible reading, prayer, and music.

Join RSCM in singing their Hymn for the Day. A new video with music and lyrics

Ascension – a perspective

Ascension means a God-like view of things,

rising above our usual limitations.

Rise, then, and know the glory of a life

set free from fear.  (Ann Lewin, from Flashes of Brightness)

We are still Church – a family of the followers of the Risen Jesus Christ!

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. 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 blessings to you all,
Father Sebastian