Category: Daily Encouragement

Diocesan Encouragement

We are profoundly moved by the concern parish clergy and other parish leaders have expressed for their parishioners and broader communities during this challenging time. Parish clergy have their work cut out for them and need our support. We all want to see our clergy and other parish leaders empowered, sustained, encouraged and assisted. Let’s do this through:

  • Prayer,
  • Parish Direct (Continued Faithful Giving),
  • Participation in Social Distancing, Self-Isolation and online worship,
  • Practical Assistance. (Popping in at church to help with gardening, bringing food for Samaritan’s cupboard, bringing recyclable cans and bottles and delivering food parcels etc.)

Palm Branches

Here with a brilliant suggestion. I will be putting some palm branches up outside St. Faith’s and the rectory.
Palm Sunday: A suggestion from The Rev’d Canon Sarah Plowman:

“A great idea from the Missionaries of the Holy Spirit is to begin Holy Week in our homes – together! What if everyone on Sunday 5 April in the morning, puts a branch on the door of their house, on the window, or the letterbox, to celebrate Palm Sunday. It could be any green branch you can get.This would help, despite the social distancing, to be connected as we enter into the Holiest of Weeks.We may be physically isolated, but not separated. We are united as the members of the body of Christ. We are the Church.” 

Human Doings vs. Human Beings

If we look at our lives in the world before the Covid 19 crisis, we had become Human Doings, ever so busy going about our own business, but God never intended us to be Human Doings.

God intended us to be Human Beings. One of the gifts of this time of isolation is that God is offering us the opportunity to become what he intended us to be and that is Human Beings.

We do this by abiding in God and spending the God given time to sit with God, to talk with God, and to listen to God.
(John 15: 1 – 17) Abiding or remaining in the Vine [Jesus].

I encourage you to choose wisely and to use the time given you to your benefit and to God’s glory.

M*A*S*H and the Coronavirus

Here is a funny, but also absolutely relevant look at the issues we are facing today. Enjoy.