Weekly message – Sunday 29 March

Dear friends,

Rosemary RichterWe are all of us feeling quite helpless in the current situation, and pray for those who carry the brunt of keeping working to keep us safe.

But it is amazing what a little thing can do and how it can bring us together. One pastoral group put a candle in their windows at 6.30 pm last Sunday to think of each other, prior to the 7.00 pm time that the national body of Churches Together asked us to put a candle in our windows to remind us of Jesus, the Light of the World. (I used a battery candle for safety!)

Thursday night, we stood on our doorsteps and clapped for the NHS workers, and the sound up and down our road, with some joining in with car horns, was something the like of which I had never heard – it was incredibly moving.

I not only later thought of the heroic NHS workers but others, for example, all emergency services and key workers – refuse collectors, teachers and pre-school workers, care workers, cleaners, the armed forces, utilities workers – the list goes on and on. Let’s try and think of a different group each day in our prayers, and if you land on an unusual group not usually thought of, remind us.

This is a time when the little things and appreciation count more than ever. We are together in this struggle.

Keep safe.

Every blessing,

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