Although our Churches in the Benefice of Benenden & Sandhurst are closed, it is important that you know that prayer is still happening every day. I will be saying Morning Prayer at 8am and Evening Prayer at 5pm, Monday to Saturday, at the Rectory. Please join me "in spirit" to pray for our community, our nation, and the world. I will be using this resource: "Worship at Home"; follow this link: https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2020-03/midweek_worship_at_home_0.pdf for a copy of the Daily Prayer. If there is something particular you would like prayer for, please send me an email or give me a call.
On Sunday I will be taking Communion on our behalf – at the Rectory. Again, I encourage you to join me "in spirit". I hope to have a recording of the service available here, plus a copy of the service booklet. Keep watching this space. My hope is that we will all be able to gather in our own homes, at 10 o’clock and share, remotely, the Eucharist.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength . . . Love your neighbour as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:30-31)
Now really is the time to care for your neighbour. Please, pick up the phone, speak to them. We are a strong community, a caring community. Together we will get through this.
Finally, I encourage you to use these prayers when you get up and when you go to bed:
A prayer in the morning:
Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your disciples, ‘I am with you always’.
Be with me today, as I offer myself to you.
Hear my prayers for others and for myself, and keep me in your care. Amen.
A prayer in the evening:
God our Father, by whose mercy the world turns safely into darkness and returns again to light:
we place in your hands our unfinished tasks, our unsolved problems, and our unfulfilled hopes,
knowing that only what you bless will prosper.
To your love and protection we commit each other and all those we love, knowing that you alone are our sure defender, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Keep safe. Keep well. Keep praying. And God bless you.
With love, Revd David