Thoughts from the Vicarage 14th June,
Readings: Psalm 8; Isaiah 40.12-17, 27-31; 2 Corinthians 13.11-14; Matthew 28.16-20
“Lord, lift us up where we belong. On a mountain high, where the eagles fly…” Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes 1982.
Some of us may recall these words from the popular song.
They echo verse 4 from our Exodus reading where Moses climbs Mount Sinai to be alone with God. He needed that “socially distanced” time out to prepare for the next stage of the journey ahead.
Centuries later Psalm 100 was composed as a song of thanks and praise with the invitation to “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise”, a temple gathering. So many have been longing for a re-gathering in St Mary’s and gradually we can now take steps back in to worship together. Yvonne, Sue and I began preparation for those steps this week. The PCC are being consulted about the first provisional times and dates for private prayer. These dates and times will be confirmed as soon as possible. We look forward to welcoming you.
Romans 5, has the heading “Peace and hope”. Paul writes about suffering while encouraging us that this produces perseverance, character and hope. He also reminds us that God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit.
Matthew 10 takes us to the time when Jesus gives his 12 disciples authority (permission and power) to bring spiritual and physical healing to any who are in need. With “social distancing” in mind we reckon that to begin with the maximum number that can be in church at any one time is also 12!
As we come gratefully towards the time to be back praying, praising (though not singing yet!) and worshipping together in church let us also remember that it is just as important to be known as Christians outside whether in our gardens, on the streets or at the shops. In the last few days several people who are not regularly at St Mary’s have spoken to me positively about the church and the gardens being open again soon. Please pray for opportunities to share our faith and encourage one another.
Revd Jonathan Watkins
Collect for today
O God, the protector of all who trust in you,
without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy:
increase and multiply upon us your mercy;
that with you as our ruler and guide
we may so pass through things temporal
that we lose not our hold on things eternal;
grant this, heavenly Father,
for our Lord Jesus Christ’s sake,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.