From Revd. Kate Lovesey
Do you remember the film called The Story of Dr Dolittle, starring Rex Harrison including that most strange of animals called a Pushmi-Pullyu? Usually depicted as a two headed llama, with heads at either end of its body, it symbolises things which are conflicting or contradictory.
For the past 14 weeks, our entire nation has been in a state of getting and giving conflicting advice, contradictory notifications, and counsel which has left most of us feeling that we are being pulled in two different directions.
How do we stay safe and yet have access to fresh food, supplies and medicine? How do we keep in contact with others when we have to stay indoors and possibly have not yet mastered new technology? How do we still prioritise the things which up until mid-March seemed so important and yet now are not available to us? How do we keep our mental health buoyant when others around us seem to be crumbling?
The Church here in the UK has come under a lot of scrutiny recently and many opinions have been aired as to what part churches have played in keeping us safe as a nation but also spiritually nourished. Many people have exceeded all expectations to ensure that worship continued during Lockdown, although possibly in a new way than has ever been seen before.
This was a brief time in history when new
skills had to mastered and delivered at lighting speed and everyone was
expected to work outside of their normal comfort zones. We have learned how to
download and play hymns, get the perfect angle for laptops, teach people how to
turn their microphones on and lead services whilst helping people access Zoom
and other online worship. As I start each service, I attach a sticky note to my
laptop screen to slow down, which is a good reminder to us all.
As we slowly see restrictions being lifted, new challenges arise and we have to make decisions as to what is best for our own context and circumstances. Worship has taken place almost without interruption at St John’s since opening in 1904 and yet we realise that we cannot just reopen our doors for public gatherings and services like we did, before we had even heard the word Coronavirus.
We will be discussing how to proceed and finding out way back together slowly and safely. Taking into consideration the safety of all who want to be here. My thanks to all who have been helping us to be a presence online and also in publication of The Aldborough (formerly Hatch Post) which is our Covid local news for both St John’s and St Peter’s.
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God Bless you all, and hope to see you one day in the not too distant future.
A prayer for all of us.
Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy
in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
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