The ASK Force – Do not be afraid to ASK!

The ASK Force - Do not be afraid to ASK!

The Rev'd Dr Gordon Giles

My dear friends,

Warm greetings of care and prayer,

In this evolving situation, and in response to some responses and suggestions, I am hereby creating the ASK FORCE:

Action
Supplication
Kindness

Basically we are asking and inviting folk to volunteer to be asked to do things for others who might find themselves in difficulty as time goes by.

You are invited to join in!

You can be a doer, a pray-er or a kind person!  Or any combination of the above.  I recommend that anyone over 70 should not volunteer to be a do-er, but we can all pray and we can all be kind, in spirit if not action.

The ACTION tasks we envisage are:
Shopping
Dog walking

The KINDNESS tasks are:
Phoning
Emailing

And the SUPPLICATION tasks are:
Praying,
with or without the C of E Daily Prayer material.

Some of you have been in touch already, but spread the word and volunteer by sending an email to: stmarysenfield@icloud.com giving permission to share phone and/or email details, and affirming that you are willing to be given tasks, have people put in touch with you, and/or be prepare to contact others.  I will collate and manage a list.  Do share this email in whatever directions you feel might be useful.  This email address will be a clearing centre for this, and do send requests for help too.  Do not be afraid to ASK!

And, whether in body, mind or spirit, as St Paul puts it:

“put on the armour of God, and keep alert and always persevere in supplication for all the saints”.  (Ephesians 6:18)

Which is to say, search out and pray for the sick, and make sure that your medicine cabinet, physical and spiritual, is well-stocked and ready for viral battle.

A PRAYER FOR ALL THOSE AFFECTED BY CORONAVIRUS:

Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy.
Sustain and support the anxious,
be with those who care for the sick,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may find comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Amen.

The Revd Dr Gordon Giles, Vicar, St Patrick’s Day 2020