WEEKLY UPDATE 10th May 2020

A special induction service for Katecia Taylor will take place next Sunday May 17th at 10.00 via ZOOM so that the whole church community can be part of this significant event for Katecia and all of us. An invite will be sent out next week.

We will hold church Meeting via Zoom on Sunday 24th May at 11am. Items on the agenda include the kitchen renovation, pastoral report, finance report and bringing forward some names of people who wish to become members

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to our online services over the past 8 weeks and especially to Stephen who puts it all together for us. We have had some wonderful contributions from our musicians and we would love to hear from our other artists in our community. If you have some art work, poetry, photography or something else that has creatively sprung forth during these shut in days, please let us know as we would love to share and inspire each other with our creativity and joy and wonder that continues to inspire and comfort us.

Some keep the Sabbath going to church by Emily Dickinson

Some keep the Sabbath going to church —
I keep it, staying at Home —
With a Bobolink for a Chorister —
And an Orchard, for a Dome —

Some keep the Sabbath in Surplice —
I just wear my Wings —
And instead of tolling the Bell, for Church,
Our little Sexton — sings.

God preaches, a noted Clergyman —
And the sermon is never long,
So instead of getting to Heaven, at last —
I’m going, all along.

In an age of worldwide pandemic and “stay at home” orders, this poem has perhaps never been more pertinent – though Dickinson slyly leaves ambiguous whether the narrator here is a person or a bird (“Orchard, for a Dome,” “wear my Wings,” etc.). In any case, we can all say “Amen” to the theological spirit of these verses, with their affirmation of the natural world as a cathedral that, pandemic or not, is always open.

And for some beautiful uplifting singing listen to The Blessing –  https://youtu.be/PUtll3mNj5U

We are a community of people drawn together by the love and grace of God

exemplified for us in the life of Jesus.

We welcome everyone.

This includes people of all cultures, races, religions,

mental and physical capabilities,  sexual orientation and gender identity.

We are committed to peace with justice, and the integrity  of all creation.

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