Weekly Pastoral Newsletter
Sunday after Easter Pastoral Letter
We will have a service available to you via, post, email and YouTube & Facebook. It would be wonderful (where possible) to all join in this occasion on Sunday at 10.0a.m. as an act of solidarity and prayer.
The YouTube service should be available late on Saturday – and will be added to the website shortly afterwards.
We are arranging patterns of services and devotions for the next few weeks as the ‘Lock down’ continues. This mixed economy of services is there for you to use as may be most helpful i.e. it’s a la carte not soup de jour! !
A meditation by Margaret
What does a kiss mean?
In the past week I have been thinking about kissing, and in particular two kisses!
The first kiss was the one that the father gave to his prodigal son. Through the kiss from his father the dissolute and “dead” prodigal son came to life again was…. resurrected. It was the “kiss of life”
The second the kiss; the kiss that Judas gave to Jesus. That kiss betrayed Jesus and sent him to his crucifixion, his death. It was the “kiss of death”.
A kiss has great power, for good or for evil.
In the parable of the prodigal son several “things” had to happen before he realised his need to receive the good kiss of forgiveness. He had to “come to his senses”. He chose to admit his wrong doing and humbly make reparation. The gracious action of the Father’s kiss bestowed blessing and forgiveness on the prodigal son.
In the account of the kiss of Judas several “things” also had to happen to change the nature of the kiss from good to evil. Judas became jealous, greedy and proud. We learn in the gospels that he did not approve of Mary washing Jesus’s feet with expensive perfumes, he raided the coffers, and he questioned the wisdom of Jesus’s actions. The duplicitous deed of Judas kissing Jesus betrays and condemns Jesus.
There is a world of difference between the purity of the Divine Kiss of the Father, and the falsehood of the human kiss of Judas.
For me; I have to hold both in tension and know that my kisses are human but because of the Resurrection of Jesus through the divine Kiss of God, there is hope for my human kisses.
Thank you very much to those who have generously offered sponsorship for my 50 mile jog/walk to raise funds for Weston Hospicare who at present cannot raise any funds due to Covid-19
I have now completed 50 miles which took me 10 days...Roger Bannister beware! Sponsorship remains open if you wish to help Weston Hospicecare or when we next meet in church please pop your sponsorship in a collection box i shall have. Weston Hospicare greatly appreciates your kindness.
Thursday Prayer at Ten
As we cannot meet for Holy Communion and fellowship on Thursdays we can though pray "together but apart" in the presence of Christ whilst remaining in our own homes. Each week we will have a "cause" to pray about which will be advertised in the weekly Newsletter.
Either way your prayers are very valuable. We are told in Acts ch6 v4 to "devote ourselves to prayer and serving the world" let us therefore do so as best we can in the present circumstances.
Our first virtual prayer meeting will be on Thursday 23rd April and we will offer prayer for "St. Andrew's & Edithmead, the Town, especially the hospital and Nursing/Residential Homes. Remembering those who are alone, unwell or in any need. We will give thanks for all who are in the essential services locally."
At home – contemplative prayer – listening to the silence.
Monday, 20th April, would have been our next Julian Meeting in church. Between 10am and 11 am maybe some folk might like to join us in spending some time as one body in silence. ( As short or as long as feels comfortable)
A prayer of The Julian Meetings:
Relax your body and quieten your mind.
Be open to God in the silence.
God is with you - here, now.
Do not strive or be anxious.
Be silent, be still and let God reach you. Let God love you.
Every Blessing, Lord God, carer of all people, creator, sustainer and healer;
We pray for all who have contracted Covid-19. Be with them and their loved ones and bring healing to their bodies. We pray for all medical staff and emergency services as they look after the physical health, worries and concerns of their patients, especially the vulnerable and particularly those who have reduced contact with the outside world. Let us be good neighbours, looking out and after each other. We remember the work of scientists, discovering and testing vaccines for this disease, and we pray for all of us, caught up in our everyday lives with the effects of these outbreaks. Bless your world Lord, and help us to be blessings to one another, in Jesus name. Amen
For your prayers
For the family of the man from Burnham who died of Covid 19
Those working in agriculture and supporting trades
Give thanks for the NHS – health professionals and ancillary staff
Thank you for the donations left at the Vicarage. The Foodbank is receiving a huge number of requests for help while people wait for grants and benefits to come through. If, you can support the foodbank donations can be dropped off in Tesco or at the Vicarage. Thank You. The usage up to Easter Day this year was equal to the whole of April 2019 – thanks to all who have contributed – in any way.