Both Parish Churches Remain Closed

 

Week beginning 31st May 2020

Pentecost

 

A prayer for all those affected by coronavirus

Keep us, good Lord,

under the shadow of your mercy.

Sustain and support the anxious,

be with those who care for the sick,

and lift up all who are brought low;

that we may find comfort

knowing that nothing can separate us from your love

in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Amen

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

This Holy Week and the fifty days leading to Pentecost will be an Eastertide like none before it. Our necessary isolation from one another will undoubtedly save lives and help the health services cope, so we must somehow thank God for it. But it will nonetheless feel like we’ve extended Lent, like an extra-long retreat, into Easter. Then again, monks and nuns understand how to be joyful in isolation so why shouldn’t we all?

I want personally to thank you for all you are doing to serve others; helping to provide for other peoples’ needs, by whatever means you can, while the tragic scourge of coronavirus is among us. Please preserve your own health: God gave you it, and gave it to others too.

We shouldn’t think of Easter this year as an antidote or cure for the seeping fear and strangeness of all we’re going through together. If it were it would simply fall flat, or seem unbelievable, and we would rightly be, as St Paul says, ‘the most miserable of men and women’. But it isn’t simply a bit of the Jesus story, which comes round like a well-rehearsed play every year. Easter is, we know, in fact the actual normal state of life for those of us who believe, and makes us citizens of two worlds: this one, where even love cannot stop death, and the eternal one we’re baptized into, in which death can never quench love.

We should therefore not behave as those who have no hope. In the resurrection of his Son, God our Father lifts our eyes to an eternal and joy-filled horizon, and fills us with confidence. May he renew in us then all the gifts of his Son’s resurrection; and breathe his Spirit on us; may he give us all the long view in our present difficulties, large-mindedness and generosity in our use of material goods, patience and perseverance at all times, and that special gift of God we call the gift of hope.

May the Lord bless you with a blessed and unexpectedly joy-filled Easter!

 

The Rt Revd Jonathan Goodall


Bishop of Ebbsfleet

             
             
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The Church of England is committed to Promoting a Safer Church for everyone. Safeguarding is the action the Church takes to promote a safer culture.
 
We will seek to promote the welfare of children, young people and adults, work to prevent abuse from occurring, protect those that are at risk of being abused and respond well to those that have been abused. We will take care to identify where a person may present a risk to others, and offer support to them whilst taking steps to mitigate such risks.
 
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The Safeguarding Policy adopted by the Parish Church Council can be downloaded here.
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