Hello everyone.  

This weekend we remember Prince Philip and the many decades he supported the Queen. People have been reassessing what he accomplished in his life, not least because the Duke of Edinburgh himself played down his own achievements. He once said “our only distinction was that we did what we were told to do, to the very best of our ability, and kept on doing it.” We give thanks this weekend for a remarkable man and for those many years of public service since he said those words (in 1948 – he had been referring to his service in the Royal Navy).
 
Jonathan reminds us in his sermon that our Gospel reading today follows on from the story of the road to Emmaus where Jesus is made known in the breaking of the bread. I am pleased to say that we now have a date from which we will resume communion services here in Church, and that is the first Sunday in May. We will be able to celebrate again the sign by which Jesus became present in the midst of his disciples – at the breaking of the bread.
 
The following prayer was written during lockdown and seems appropriate as we look forward to celebrating holy communion services in Church again:
 
Lord,
as we have wrestled with the destruction of our familiar routines,
show us how to be your disciples in new ways.
Be with us as we break bread in our homes.
Comfort and sustain us until we reach that day
when we will break bread together. 
 
Amen.

Tom
Virtual Service 18 April