Vicar's Message

                                                                               From Revd. Kate Lovesey                                                                 

Dear Friends,

 Here we go again! It seems that this year is determined to be the worst year in living memory. The news in the world is looking more like Revelation each day. Fires, Floods, Famine and, of course, Plague. Our local news tells us that Redbridge is looking at Local Lockdown as the numbers of those infected with Covid uptick, (another new word for our vocabulary)

 We have yet more rules and the rule of six (did they have to choose six?!) Which means more separation from loved ones .
‘Alright Vicar, ‘I hear you say, ‘where is the good news?’   Ermmm. Cough! Wait one.

 When I joined the Royal Air Force years ago. I did basic training twice, I never do anything by half. I had got within a week of the Pass out parade when I dislocated my knee and couldn’t complete the first time. My knee took so much time to rehabilitate that I was not back for six months and so had to start all over again. So when I got to the day of the Pass out parade the second time it was a big deal. The flight Corporal (Drill Corporal) not known for her human touch. Played the tune, You’ll never walk alone for us before we left the accommodation for the last time.

 The lyrics:

 When you walk through a storm
Hold your head up high
And don't be afraid of the dark
At the end of a storm
There's a golden sky
And the sweet silver song of a lark
Walk on through the wind
Walk on through the rain
Though your dreams be tossed and blown

Walk on, walk on
With hope in your heart
And you'll never walk alone
You'll never walk alone

Walk on, walk on
With hope in your heart
And you'll never walk alone

You'll never walk alone.

It’s an incredible song from Carousel the musical. I had not heard it before and so it takes me back to that moment. She told us that as Forces people we would always have our second family which has proved to be true over the years.

 It is also true that we have our family in Christ too and so even though we may feel alone and isolated we do have each other. For contact and support even if it isn’t direct at the moment we do live in a time when we can talk to each other and have contact like no other generation before us.

So as we walk through the storm we can be assured we are not walking alone.

Keep Safe, pick up the phone and phone a friend

And pray for each other and the world. God Bless. 

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                                                                 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.
Amen.


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