Priest's Blog ~ July 2020
Friends old and new. Another week has rolled on and covid-19 is still very much with us, our guard must remain up. Please keep doing what you have been doing. That is keeping safe and well.
We can now see a return to Holy Communion on the distant horizon. Rochester Cathedral will hold its first HC on the 19th of this month but our PCC are advising us to wait a little longer. We must be patient because numbers would be limited to 30 and who could we discount?
The pubs and hairdressers are now open, have you been tempted to use either? Many of us will be too nervous to attempt either yet. The plan is to for us to take baby steps and that goes for a return to our usual worship too. Thanks to Ken for our online service for the forseeable future.
Be patient and stay safe.
Friends old and new, I wonder what these past four months, in very strange circumstances, have taught you about yourself? For myself I have become more tolerant of me, procrastination, the thief of time and all that. With so much time available things never seemed really urgent. I have also made more of an effort to exercise. I never noticed before how prayer partners so well with walking. So there has been some benefit from the isolation.
As well as benefit there have also been losses. Many of us have lost loved ones during the lock down. Funerals have been even more sad. Weddings have had to be postponed. Some of us have been given a new diagnosis of illness. These have all happened but so too has an increase in a thirst for God. I urge you therefore to spend some time today thinking about what you have learnt about you in the past months and to thank God for it.
Keep safe and keep praying.
Trinity 6 - Patronal Festival
Friends old and new,
today we are grateful to The Reverend Jackie Fish for her words of encouragement and her message on this our Patronal Festival Sunday. We are aware that our worship is not what we would usually enjoy, we cannot share the music or the fellowship of a joyous celebration as in previous years. But we at St Mary Magdalene are a resourceful church and so we focus on our prayer life, the care we offer in the delivery of food or medicine and the texts, emails and phone calls to the housebound, practical Christianity.
Time is drawing near when those of us who are vulnerable, including me, will be able to carefully come out of hibernation. I look forward to joining you in prayer, in church, and so face covering at the ready I am waiting for the advice to ‘open the door’.
Dear friends, keep doing what you have been doing, keep safe and pray for all those working to find a vaccine that will protect us all.
Trinity 7 – ‘It’s all in the metaphor’
Friends old and new,
Stories are a wonderful way of telling a truth that is easily understood and readily stored in our memory. I wonder what your lockdown story will be, what you will tell your grandchildren when they ask “What did you do in the pandemic granddad/grandma?”
Mine will be: I did what I was asked to do, I loved my neighbour by following the advice. I read a lot of books and did a lot of walking.
Only five more days and I will begin to write my new story. God and his kingdom are the most precious gift we may ever be offered, but they do not come cheap. These past four months have cost us all, we have had to become something new, in a new normal. Hear God’s love for you in our new story.
Keep safe and keep well.