At times of global worry and uncertainty it is easy to lose hope and to focus more on ourselves than on the vulnerable in our midst.
Please join me in living lives of value during the next few weeks.
Remember we have a loving God who shares human pain and fear rather than leaving us to it.
Remember your love for him and allow this to help you love your neighbour as yourself.
Hear are some words from St Mark’s Gospel chapter 12
“One of the scribes came near and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, he asked him, ‘Which commandment is the first of all?’ Jesus answered, ‘The first is, “Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.” The second is this, “You shall love your neighbour as yourself.” There is no other commandment greater than these.’ Mark 12 29 – 31
So remember to pray, to take suitable precautions if you are vulnerable and to be aware of the situations of your neighbours. And please don’t stockpile!
Following guidance from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, public worship is suspended in Church of England churches throughout the country.
St Mary’s is open for private prayer every day Do come in, light a candle pray for those you are worried about and fill in our prayer request book.
Every blessing and please get in touch if you are worried or struggling to cope or you know someone else in this situation.
Andrew Holford, Rector