To know and love Jesus and to make his love known to all
Revd David warmly welcomes you to the parish church.
1st April 2020
“The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good.” (Psalm 14:1)
Well, there’s a tough verse to reflect upon today! The Psalmist, probably David, was obviously feeling quite bullish when he wrote these words circa 1020-1000 B.C. David was the son of Jesse and father of Solomon. A shepherd; the slayer of Goliath; a king. An adulterer, a murder. A sinner. A man who recognised he’d done wrong and repented. A man who, through all his experiences of life, believed absolutely in God. And because of all his experiences he concludes that anyone who speaks in direct defiance of God is a fool; harsh words. As you walk around today, either in your garden or in the countryside, do it with your eyes open and see the evidence of God all around you; there is God, in the beauty of creation.
New resources that may help you at this time:
“Zoom” – a virtual meeting app. I encourage you to look at downloading and installing this free conference calling software. We can use this for video conference calls – for church business or for pleasure – to help us through self-isolation. For example, we could use it for a virtual prayer meeting, where we could join in as a Prayer Group, daily or weekly. Here’s a link to a video showing how to download and install the software. (It’s quite easy!) If you’re interested in a virtual prayer meeting, drop me an email….or Zoom message!
Sunday is Palm Sunday. If you’d like to make your own palm cross at home, here’s a video of how to do that.
What you need: Start by cutting two 15mm wide strips from the long side of an A4 piece of paper. (15x297mm) Then tape these two strips together so you have one strip 15x594mm. Now you’re ready to follow the video!
We’ll bless them in the on-line service on Palm Sunday.
Here are some Prayer Resources that you might find helpful during this different time of being church:
Prayer Resources from “Prayer 24-7”, Lectio 365.
Don’t know how to pray? Looking for new ways to pray? A 365-day-a-year prayer resource
“Pray as you go” (For those “on the go”.)
A daily audio prayer resource: including music, scripture, a reflection/question, and time of prayer. (Approx. 12min daily video.)
The Church of England
Daily Prayer resources. Access to daily Morning and Evening Prayer, and Compline. Learning to pray. Access to Prayer App’s. And access to Common Worship and BCP daily prayer resources.
If you come across other on-line resources that you find helpful, please send the link to Revd David; we will try adn add to the resources available here. And spread the word!
Information regarding St. George’s Church:
Our church building is now closed – but our church is alive and active.
The outer door will be open from 9am to 6pm to give access:
- to information (if you are passing for your “one walk a day”)
- “Catching Lives” donations…..these are still required at this time – perhaps even more so. (There is a list of items required by Catching Lives on the Coronavirus page.)
- “Leave what you can. Take what you need” donations / collection
“Services” and Prayer:
Though the building is closed, it is important that you know that prayer is still happening every day between Revd Rosemary and Revd David
- 8am Morning Prayer
- 5pm Evening Prayer.
Please join us "in spirit" to pray for our community, our nation, and the world.
If there is something particular you would like prayer for, please send me an email or give me a call.
There is a recording of a Communion service for the 5th Sunday of Lent available on YouTube. (Thank you to everyone who watched it, and for your positive feedback.) If you want to take part in this Communion follow this link: https://youtu.be/qaMx1wcnzKY
There will be another service available for Palm Sunday.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength . . . Love your neighbour as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:30-31)
Now really is the time to care for your neighbour. Please, pick up the phone, speak to them. We are a strong community, a caring community. Together we will get through this.
Finally, I encourage you to use these prayers when you get up and when you go to bed:
A prayer in the morning:
Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your disciples, ‘I am with you always’.
Be with me today, as I offer myself to you.
Hear my prayers for others and for myself, and keep me in your care. Amen.
A prayer in the evening:
God our Father, by whose mercy the world turns safely into darkness and returns again to light:
we place in your hands our unfinished tasks, our unsolved problems, and our unfulfilled hopes,
knowing that only what you bless will prosper.
To your love and protection we commit each other and all those we love, knowing that you alone are our sure defender, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Keep safe. Keep well. Keep praying. And God bless you.
With love, David
Direction Finder : TN17 4DL
ALL CHURCH SERVICES SUSPENDED; CHURCH BUILDING CLOSED
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday - from The Rectory
8am Morning Prayer
5pm Evening Prayer
A "Worship at Home" resource can be found at: https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2020-03/midweek_worship_at_home_0.pdf
(On Thursday, Revd David's day off, others will be praying for the community at this time.)
Sunday 5th April - Palm Sunday
10am Revd David will take Communion on behalf of the church and community:
5pm Evening Prayer