Vicar’s Blog ~ ASK: Easter 5

Vicar's Blog ~ May 2020
Easter 5

2020-05-17-Gordon

Dear Friends,

I hope and pray the bank holiday is treating you well and you are getting some sunshine! This has become a weekly weekend missive, and now we have passed forty days and nights of lockdown, we are becoming used to being a parish church connected more virtually than physically. The fact is, it is not going to stop over might, and it may yet be a while before we can meet again under our beloved St Mary’s roof. So we continue in this fashion, and I’m most grateful for the favourable and appreciative comments I have received. We are all indebted to Ken Cope for making it all possible online too.

Over Easter we produced liturgies and materials for the Paschal Feast. and it was accessed well beyond our parish boundaries. Now we are hoping to continue in this vein, not with ‘live-streamed' service as such (though they be but all the rage!), but with pre-recorded compiled acts of worship in which anyone can participate, both by listening in, and also by actually taking part, in advance, or by singing the hymns and saying the parts in bold type. Just like in Church! Try it and see what you think. It does not have to be done at 10am on Sundays, although doing it then may keep us connected in an extra dimension. With this email comes the script (the liturgy), which you can print, or follow on screen. It is also fully online with the recordings at:

https://stmarymagdalene.church/weekly-online-service/

You might like to have the weekly prayer circular and readings in front of you at the time (in this email).

So the idea is you can read it silently, out loud with family, or just listen to it, or listen and follow. It’s taken a bit of thought and prayer how to do this best, but now we hope to have an approach than can last us many weeks ahead, even beyond when we have moved out of the Vicarage (Which is looking like being the second half of next month). The sermon is also woven into it, or can be read or listened to separately. To some extent you create your own engagement with this, from the common and unique material we will provide each weekend. if you would like to read the readings, then please do let Ken or I know. It’s really quite easy to do on a smartphone, laptop or tablet.

From Sunday, Mo’s sermon is online in the usual place: Easter 5 Sermon

Also, a new article by me for the BRF is available at: https://www.brf.org.uk

We continue to pray without ceasing for those who suffer at this time, and to give thanks and pray for our key workers. I am reminded of the words of St Teresa of Avila (1515-1582), who herself lived through challenging medical times Spain:

“Christ has no body now but yours. No hands, no feet on earth but yours. Yours are the eyes through which he looks compassion on this world. Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good. Yours are the hands through which he blesses all the world. Yours are the hands, yours are the feet, yours are the eyes, you are his body. Christ has no body now on earth but yours.”

Some have called nurses and doctors ministering angels. St Teresa would say they are embodying Christ in a truly incarnational way.

Keep on keeping well, and carry on carrying on!

Gordon