Sunday 29<span style="font-size: 1rem;">th March</span>
Fifth Sunday of Lent – Passion Sunday
Well what a week! In fact, it feels so much longer, its hard already to realise that it was only
Monday night that the Prime Minister made his bombshell announcement. So, week 1 of
lockdown and a very different way of life for a while. In the Church year we are now
entering what is known as Passiontide, when we look towards Holy Week and Jesus’ entry
into Jerusalem, it’s a more sombre time as thoughts turn to all that happened during that
fateful visit. This year the mood of the whole world has taken a more sombre turn, and
many people are fearful and concerned for the future. When we are stuck at home, unable
to distract ourselves with the usual round of work, socialising, chat and gossip its hard to
stop our thoughts when they turn anxious. And please when I say the next bit, know I am
not in any way trying to minimise the situation, it is serious and we do need to take every
precaution if not for ourselves for others. But when listening to the news or reading stuff on
line its hard to get perspective. And when we hear of new cases or how many have died, to
be worried that its knocking at our door. But when you read the stats., here the daily tally of
cases, please remember one thing there are 66 million people in this country, and although
every death, every serious case is a tragedy for those concerned, taken as a percentage they
are still very small.
So please take every precaution we have been asked to, but then hand the rest of your fears
to God. For the Lord who took that journey to Jerusalem for us, knowing all that it would
mean, even when his disciples were still in denial, is walking this road with us and he will
never leave us. It is God who will see us through this, who will never tire of listening to our
fears and concerns, but who will also fill our souls with His still, small, voice of calm if we
just allow him to speak and not drown out his voice with our own panic. So please when you
feel fear and anxiety starting to take hold, turn off the TV or put down the paper (or its
online equivalent) and take a breath, or several, and allow yourself to feel Gods loving arms
surrounding you and keeping you safe.
Stay well, stay safe and stay Home,
Sunday Service and daily prayer
With this bulletin you will find a service to be used on Sunday, which includes a Homily for
Passiontide prepared by Rev Janet Stewart. Thank you to all who have let Liz or me know
how much you appreciated last week’s bulletin, I hope you find this Sunday’s just as useful.
The psalm (or canticle) and the references for the readings for use with the daily prayers are
also included with this mailing. I haven’t printed the readings in full this time, so you will
need a Bible. In case you are not used to looking up specific texts a bit of explanation. Each
book of the Bible (except the psalms) is divided into Chapters, (the large number), and each
chapter into verses, (the little number). References are given as the name of the book, the
Chapter and the verses eg. John 8: 1 -11 refers to Johns Gospel chapter 8, verses 1 -11. I
hope that makes sense, please do ask if you are still unsure.
The daily prayer sheet is being resent in case you can’t find the one that came out earlier
this week but it is the same. I’ll update this for Holy Week.
Prayer for individuals is an important part of our intercessions each week, and to help with
this a “Prayer Chain” has been formed. The prayer chain is comprised of a small number of
members of the Ministry Team who will pray for individuals and situations confidentially
Please email (or phone) prayer requests to me. Its helpful to give some details as to why you
want the person prayed for, but not essential, likewise names are helpful but may be first
names only, or you may wish to not give a name at all.
Please be assured that those in the prayer chain will adhere to all the normal safeguarding
and confidentially protocols.
Please email requests to [email protected] or phone 01263 833790 (please leave a
message if you get the answerphone)