25th October 2020
Coronavirus – Covid – 19 – continues to change our lives. No doubt by the time you read this, instructions could easily have changed! This is inevitable because we have never been here before.
It’s as if the pause button has been pushed on our remote controls and life has been put on hold. We have all been told to stay at home, except for a daily walk, run or cycle; work from home, as far as possible; keep our distance. How important it is to follow this advice.
We can all play our part. We thank God for the many, many people who have volunteered to assist the NHS in this crisis.
As you have no doubt heard, we have been requested by our bishops to close our churches. This means, as we have started to do, is to share our worship differently. On the Hempnall Group website there are thoughts and prayers to guide us and we are hoping in the future to add a morning and evening prayer so we can share and pray together.
There seems to be a network of practical help available in our villages. Thank you to those who have arranged this. We all have different needs and there are those who can assist. Please don’t hesitate to contact someone to help or just for a chat.
If Liz or myself can be of help, we are only a phone call away, my number is 01508 498157, Liz’s number is 07891 854219.
Let’s cope with this crisis with a spirit of kindness and loving service to those around us.
Remember SPS: Stay at home; Protect the NHS; Save lives;
I lift my eyes to the hills – where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.
Thoughts and Prayers for the Week
Sunday 25th October - Last Sunday after Trinity
Prayer of the Week
teach us to be faithful in change
that trusting in your word
and obeying your will
we may enter the unfailing joy of
Jesus Christ Our Lord.
Thought for the Week
On whom do we rely
The Psalm set for today, Psalm 1, introduces the whole book of Psalms and sets out a choice that is always before us: a pathway in life that is negative, unhelpful and harmful, or a pathway which delights and meditates on the law of the Lord that is life giving, growing and creative. What is our pathway?
When challenged by the Pharisees about the law of God, in today’s Gospel, Jesus quite simply says that the most important commandment is to love God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and to love your neighbour as yourself.
Psalm 1 offers us a picture of what this looks like, such people are:
“like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season and their leaves do not wither.” Psalm I: 3
We can be like trees, planted in the soil of God’s love, rooted and grounded finding nourishment and refreshment from life giving streams of water.
So that we offer our neighbours, because of our love of God, a place of stability and presence in an uncertain world, a place of rest and refreshment in the heat of the day’s troubles.
Trees, when planted streamside offer shade and cool the air and the stream water. They clean the soil, break the force of wind, their roots stabilise the bank, and are a habitat for fungi, birds, mammals and insects and their leaves filter the air we breathe.
Trees are a force for good. Be encouraged, we too are a force for good, loving God and our neighbour as individuals and as the people that make up our Hempnall Group of Parishes. The fruit is there for us to see if we look.
may we be like trees
planted by streams of water, yielding fruit in season, never worrying about the heat.
Plant us firmly in your good soil, let our roots grow deep, and allow our branches to reach out to others and into the sky in praise of your name.
Let us continue to remember each other:
Daily, by saying The Lord’s Prayer together, morning and evening
On Sunday 1st November
10.00am Group Eucharist at Woodton Church
3.00pm Commemoration Service at Hempnall Church
Our Readings this week: Leviticus 19: 1-2:15-18, Psalm 1, 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8, Matthew 22:34-end