Priest’s Blog: October 2020

Priest's Blog ~ October 2020

Trinity 17: “Who's vineyard is it?”.

Dear friends

Friends old and new it seems that the virus is now spreading again and more stringent regulations are being put in place across the northeast and northwest and creeping south. People, it seems are forgetting just how virulent covid-19 is and are taking risks with their behaviour. I hope you, like me are trying to protect yourselves and your family, but that is simply not enough. We must follow the rules to protect our community. The thought of another six months of virtual isolation fills me with dread but if that what it takes then so be it. We will have to double our efforts to stay in touch with each other, to care for each other and to continue with ASK. We are all right here in the vineyard and doing the Lord’s work bringing in the Kingdom.

Keep praying, keep safe and keep well.

Mo


Harvest Festival

Dear friends,

Friends old and new, today we thank The Reverend Jackie Fish for her words to us about harvest. On this special day every year for a very long time the words of an anthem play over and over again in my head. “Thou visitest the earth and blessest it...and crownest the year with thy goodness...” I think it’s called an ear worm, but a very pleasant one. We are not as able this year to bring gifts for the foodbank, so if you wanted to send a gift privately their address is:

North Enfield Foodbank, Jubilee Central, 2 Lumina Way, Enfield, EN1 1FS. If a monetary gift is easier for you I am sure Ken would collect and pass any on for us.

After our time of prayer this morning we shall lay Ian Fusedale’s ashes to rest in our Memorial Garden and pray for his family and friends.

If you discover that your loved one is no longer on the prayer list, please give Mo or Ken an update on their progress and we will include them again if necessary.

Keep praying, keep safe and keep well.

Mo.


Trinity 19: Who was Luke and what was his message?

Dear friends,

Friends old and new, well here it is, a new partial lockdown. No longer able to visit the grandchildren, no longer able to socialise. But if we all follow the rules we may, just may, be able to enjoy some of those freedoms again at Christmas. Today we celebrate the feast of St Luke and we have the opportunity to celebrate with and give thanks for all those who work to promote health and wellbeing. Giving thanks for their dedication and sacrifice for us now and in years past . Perhaps today we can think too of all those who are waiting for treatment, surgery or hospital appointments, praying with them that the NHS will not be overcome with covid-19 patients. With my prayers for you all to keep safe and keep well.

Mo


The Last Sunday after Trinity: Who’s son is he?

Dear friends,

Friends old and new what a treat, that extra hour of light in the morning, it’s just a pity it comes with the afternoons drawing in. Whatever we think about the future, today it’s worth thinking about the message from Matthew, “Is the Messiah a priest or King, and who’s son is he?” I hope by the end of the liturgical year in November we will all be confident of our answer. Confidence is something we all need at this time, confidence that a vaccine will be found and confidence that our wonderful world will again blossom as creation intended.

Today we lay to rest in the Memorial Garden the earthly remains of both Ronald and Malcolm Warden and pray for Daniel and all the family and friends.

Keep safe and keep well.

Mo


All Saints’ Day with All Souls’ Day

Dear friends,

Friends old and new, this morning we celebrate All Saints’ Day and later this afternoon change mood with a service for the Commemoration of the Faithful Departed. It is an odd combination and one that chimes with the way people are living in these strange times. On the one hand the young are going about their lives almost as usual and the older and more vulnerable of us are keeping ourselves apart as much as possible. Many families are mourning because covid-19 has taken their mum,dad, grandma or grandad. In normal times the All Souls’ afternoon service would be attended by many, some strangers, who come to remember those whom they have loved but have died, some recently, others in years past. In all of these families comfort and peace are found in the lighting of a candle and in hearing a name spoken aloud with love. So today I hope you will join me in thanksgiving for all those who have gone before us, living the life of Christ in this wonderful world and showing us how to love God and neighbour.

Keep safe and keep well.

Mo