A few weeks ago we were regularly speaking of the ‘new normal’ and excited about restrictions being lifted and greater freedoms. Opening up after lockdown is not easy. The boundaries of staying safe are blurred and personal perspectives differ. Wearing a face covering to enter a shop or go on a bus or train is mandatory in order to reduce the spread of the virus. At another level it reminds us of what many in the NHS and other essential workers have endured for months, day in and day out as they have been on the frontline of managing the effects of the virus.
I think many of us thought the new normal would be life after the virus and we are now realising it is living with the virus. Ways of living will constantly change responding to new insights of science and the rise and fall of the rate of infection but always being reminded of the interdependency of humanity right across the world.
There is so much about this I struggle to understand but I know it is more important than ever we pray:
For those in authority as they review the information before them and make decisions.
For each other that we remember there are safe and unsafe ways of doing things.
For the correct balance between opening up the economy, enjoying a greater freedom and keeping people safe.
And, as the school holidays begin, people will discover new ways to relax and refresh themselves.
Readings for the week commencing 19th July – Honouring the Father
|Sunday||Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43||Psalm 86:1-13||STF 114||Praise the Lord! You heavens, adore him|
|Monday||John 8: 34-47||Psalm 81||STF 181||Of the father’s love begotten|
|Tuesday||John 8:48-59||Psalm 84||STF 91||The God of Abraham Praise|
|Wednesday||Luke 8:1-3||Psalm 63:1-8||STF 471||Lord, I come to you|
|Thursday||John 9:1-12||Psalm 100||STF 582||Eat this bread and never hunger|
|Friday||John 9:13-23||Psalm 87||STF 440||Amazing grace- how sweet the sound|
|Saturday||Matthew 20:20-28||Psalm 126||STF 486||Who would true valour see|
Remember you are never alone. We are never more than a phone call or email away. We Please keep in touch and keep safe.
Peace be with you