This Sunday I am giving thanks for my calling to this place and for all that we have shared over the last three years since my arrival here. Thank you to Revd Jean for all her support, to all Church Wardens and PCC members through my time here and to all of you for our companionship as we journey with Christ in this beautiful place.
We are also entering the week that leads to Ascension Day on Thursday. Traditionally the beginning of this week is “Rogation-tide” when we pray for a good harvest. I have added to my sermon some prayers you might like to use. If you are farming, or have friends who are please know and pass on our gratitude for all you do. This year too, lets’ pray for all whose livelihood is vulnerable in these uncertain times.
Ascension Day also brings the beginning of the Thy Kingdom Come days in which Christians across the world will be marking the ancient tradition of keeping days of prayer between Ascension and Pentecost. There are lots of ideas about how to join in at this website: https://www.thykingdomcome.global/ and I’ll be sending out more ideas as we go through that time. We are each encouraged to pray for five friends far or near, and maybe finding a time to phone them or write to them would be a fitting thing this year.
I know for many, these times are not getting any easier and some are carrying personal pain and grief. Let us continue to pray for all who are suffering; this prayer remembers all for whom nights can be particularly difficult:
Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who wake, or watch, or weep this night,
and give your angels charge over those who sleep.
Tend the sick,
give rest to the weary,
sustain the dying,
calm the suffering,
and pity the distressed;
all for your love’s sake, O Christ our Redeemer. Amen
Keeping you all in my prayers – and always pleased to hear from you