Arrangements for worship - daily email 21.3.20

Published on Sat, 21 Mar 2020 11:02
Vicar's Blog


Dear all

The new morning routine:  

1. Wake up and check breathing. All fine. 

2. Check other occupants of the household. All fine. 

3. Run through the congregation and community - thinking, who is where and how are they? We're widely scattered now. Anna in Scotland, Andy in South Africa, others in Sussex, Wales.. and this email goes far and wide so we have a virtual international community. Most of you are OK, for now. There is real worry about the length of time all this could  last, and about how people are going to cope, cooped up in small spaces - especially children and young people with no school until September. Share ideas, please, about what we can do to help. 

4. Do a bit of WhatsApping. The church WhatsApp group is proving a great boon. It's sometimes jolly, sometimes serious. If you want to be part of it let me or Lisa know. 

5. Morning Prayer when we pray, among other things, for specific requests which have been shared with us. 

6. Daily email. Today I will keep it brief as I am hoping to see lots of you tomorrow.

The login details for the Zoom worship tomorrow are here.  Anyone can join, if you have downloaded Zoom on to your PC. We will keep the service very simple. The service sheet is here so you can open it on your computer or print it off. The great thing about Zoom is that it is interactive so we should be able to hear each other singing and praying in our various places! I hope and pray the technology will work. There will be a service at 9 and another at 10.30 so join whichever you would like to. 

Clearly this doesn't reach those who aren't on the internet. I would be grateful for thoughts about how we can ensure that they are included. 

Two readings for today: 

First, the Live Lent reading  that is set for today:  Leviticus 25.1-5.  

The Lord spoke to Moses on Mount Sinai, saying: Speak to the people of Israel and say to them: When you enter the land that I am giving you, the land shall observe a sabbath for the Lord. Six years you shall sow your field, and six years you shall prune your vineyard, and gather in their yield; but in the seventh year there shall be a sabbath of complete rest for the land, a sabbath for the Lord: you shall not sow your field or prune your vineyard. You shall not reap the aftergrowth of your harvest or gather the grapes of your unpruned vine: it shall be a year of complete rest for the land.

I'm quite sure that when the compilers of Live Lent were thinking about what to include, they had nothing like this in mind. But how are we to use this enforced sabbatical as well as we can? 

And finally, this canticle, which we used at Morning Prayer this morning: Habakkuk 3.2-4, 13a, 15-19

All   You came forth to save your people,

to save your anointed, O God.

1    O Lord, I have heard of your renown,  

and I stand in awe, O Lord, of your work.

2    In the midst of the years renew it;

in the midst of the years make it known;  

in wrath remember mercy.

3    God came from Teman, and the Holy One from Mount Paran.  

His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praise.

4    His brightness was like the sun,  

rays flashed from his hand; there he veiled his power.

5    You came forth to save your people,  

to save your anointed.

6    You trampled the sea with your horses,  

churning the mighty waters.

7    I hear, and my belly trembles,  

my lips quiver at the sound;

8    Rottenness enters into my bones,  

and my steps totter beneath me.

9    I will quietly wait for the day of trouble  

to come upon the people that invade us.

10  Though the fig tree does not blossom,

nor fruit appear on the vines,  

the produce of the olive fail, and the fields yield no food,

11  Though the flock be cut off from the fold  

and there be no herd in the stalls,

12  Yet will I rejoice in the Lord,  

I will exult in the God of my salvation.

13  God, the Lord, is my strength;  

he makes my feet like hinds' feet,

and makes me tread upon the high places.

All   Glory to God, source of all Being, Eternal Word and Holy Spirt;

as it was in the beginning is now

and shall be for ever. Amen.

All   You came forth to save your people,

to save your anointed, O God.

With my love at this time, and hoping to see you tomorrow


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