Priest's Blog ~ March 2021
ASK: The Second Sunday of Lent.
“If any want to become my followers.”
friends old and new, what a relief we had this week. We now know how the exit of the current lock down looks and we can begin to make flexible plans. Please don’t make rash decisions and put yourself or others at risk.
I look forward to getting back to church, but not until it is safe. I look forward to weddings and baptisms and all the things we love. They will begin in the summer.
This week in Lent we look at the cost of being a Christian and not only a financial one. When we decide to follow Christ it has to be the first thing on our mind, because there is no half measure for Jesus. There are no half measures in following COVID regulations either because you cannot half contract the virus. So dear friends, keep safe and keep well, we are nearly there.
ASK: The Third Sunday of Lent.
‘It was business as usual.’
friends old and new, ‘business as usual’ has been very far from usual as we have lived with the pandemic over the past year. It is likely we will not return to ‘business as usual’ for several years, if ever. But as we move forward, leaving the legal restrictions behind, we will no doubt, begin to find a new normal very quickly.
As we look into the Gospel this week, we will see that Jesus was not into ‘business as usual’, quite the reverse. Jesus was all about shaking up the usual and showing us new ways of getting closer to God. Let us all move forward and work together in finding our new way. Then, as we wait for our new vicar and the adventure that waits for us in the summer, we will know that God has prepared a new ‘business as usual’ for us at St Mary’s. Thanks be to God.
Keep safe and well.
ASK: The Fourth Sunday of Lent – Mothering Sunday.
Happy Mothering Sunday.
friends old and new, in Victorian times, on this Sunday in Lent, young people in 'service', would have a holyday and return to their home and church with a simnel cake. Or that is what we have been told. We are also told that it was to our Mother the Church and not our mum that we would have travelled. It was much later that our own Mother became the focus of today's celebrations.
I have wondered for a long time just where Jesus got his deep concern to care for people and so I share with you today my thoughts. I hope you will share in my gratitude to mums every where, for their nurturing and for being the best mum they could be with the tools they were given.
Keep safe and well.
ASK: The Fifth Sunday of Lent - Passiontide.
‘Not for after dinner conversation’.
friends old and new, this weekend we can applaud all those involved in delivering the COVID-19 vaccine. They have now vaccinated half the adult population. Yes there will be glitches as we move on to the next cohort, but we will soon reach the point of ‘herd immunity’ when those who, for whatever reason, cannot be vaccinated, will be protected by us all who have. Also I want to urge you all to complete the 2021 Census. You will be ensuring a fair distribution of resources and better Local Government, NHS and Schools.
Our theme this Sunday is a difficult one, Death, ours and our loved ones. So many people have died before their time this year and so many families have been unable to mourn. Let us remember the best way to help the bereaved is to listen and not try to fix their grief. God is there, ready to give comfort, while we offer support. Stay safe and well, dear friends.
ASK: Palm Sunday.
“Hosana to the Son of David”
friends old and new, the saviour rides in and the people look forward with excitement to freedom. I have just booked my second vaccine jab, I am, very much like everyone, looking forward to more freedom, but. Yes a huge BUT, not everyone has been vaccinated and so we must remain cautious. Let us remember the end of the first lockdown when people flocked to the beaches and the Country Parks, spreading the virus wide and free.
The people who waved their palms and branches disappeared within days. Hosanas quickly changed and became "Crucify Him". Let us not drop our guard and crucify the NHS with a new wave of desperately sick people. Easter is near but death comes before resurrection.
Stay safe dear friends and remain well until we meet again.