Sunday 12 July Virtual Service
Our Church building is now open – at the earliest opportunity – for weddings and funerals.
As part of our phased return to the Church building the Church will be open for two hours on Sunday mornings from Sunday 16 August from 9.30-11.30am for private prayer. We have now received a dispensation from Bishop Nick giving us the time we need before we open the Church for public worship at the right time for us as a parish and we will of course let you know as soon as we have established when that will be.
In our virtual service this week we have a video from Bishop Nick to encourage us as parishes as we emerge from lockdown. You also have an invitation from me to join me in singing a hopeful song, “We will meet”, as we look to the future. The video clip clearly explains everything that you need to do if you would like to take part. Although we can’t have congregational singing in the Church building something we can do now, even if in a virtual way, is “give thanks and sing gladly”. I already know that it will sound wonderful because it will sound like us.
Our Gospel today is the parable of the sower, and the following prayer is the prayer used at the end of my sermon.
Living Presence, quiet and hidden,
sowing the seed within us in great hope,
may we not reject it through hardness of heart, but let it take root
so that we may be strong enough to bear with troubles,
discerning enough to resist the lures of security,
and patient enough to give the time for ripening,
to the good of others and to our own lasting joy.
We pray this after the pattern of Jesus and in the power of the Spirit. Amen.
From “Unfolding the Living Word” by Jim Cotter (Canterbury Press, 2012)
All the best