The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.
Sunday 2nd August 2020: Trinity VIII
- Please remember in your prayers those who are sick: Bishop John and his wife and Janette Saunders (all with Coronavirus), Barry Broughton, Betty Tyler, Graham Robinson, Catherine Tanser, and Derek Barker.
- Pray too for those who have died, giving thanks especially for the life of David Bagshaw.
- We pray also for all those who put their lives in danger to serve others suffering from Coronavirus and for those who have lost their jobs in the crisis.
- Zoom services continue throughout the week, including Sunday, 10am (via email@example.com) but today we continue our gradual return to church with worship at South Luffenham, 11am and next week at Duddington when face masks will be obligatory.
- Zoom bible studies in St. Mark’s Gospel will continue on Tuesday 4 August at 7.30pm.
The church is open for private prayer every day 10am to 4pm.
The foodbank tubs will be collected on Wednesday morning this week – thank you to anyone who has already made a contribution.
The RCC Coffee Van will be in the carpark of The Boot on Monday 3rd August 10.45-12.30. Get a free drink and take it across to the village hall for a chat!
The church will open 10am-4pm each Sunday for private prayer.
THIS WEEK’S MEDITATION:
Who would be a Prime Minister, especially in this pandemic! He can’t do right for wrong. In the last 72 hours, huge changes have been announced to protect the country even though those in Spain will be annoyed, to say nothing of the Muslims in the North-West, about to celebrate Eid together. Rudderless? Based on the science? Such are the reactions to our present course through the pandemic. But the pandemic itself has swept away so much of what we rely upon: routines, jobs, income, friendships – even the lives of loved ones. Our Prime minister, exuberant as always, will have had cause to consider the foundations of his own life as he lay in his hospital bed whilst others did for him what he would not himself do.
Where then can we look for security? Houses, friends, investments in the end will all be swept away.
Adherents to the major faiths have always stated their reliance upon God, their rock. When all else is stripped away, what is left? Some might answer, ‘nothing’, ‘oblivion’. I can’t go that far simply because the glory and intricacy of this life as we know it must have some intelligent force behind it – a force with a purpose. For Christians, that purpose is to live with and depend on the knowledge of God.
During this pandemic, many of us have been praying the late night Office of Compline. One of its regular psalms is Psalm 91 which stresses dependence upon God. ”Thou are my hope and my stronghold. My God, in him will I trust.” Not a bad thought to carry off to bed with!
God expresses his concern for us in many ways: though politicians, scientists, family and so many others upon which our daily lives depend. But these are stripped away as we pass through life. Happy the person who can develop that dependence upon God along-side all these other securities! They will fade but God remains our rock.
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The Very Rev Christopher Armstrong and the churchwardens