Sunday 23 August Virtual Service Hello everyone.

It was good to have a bit of a family break recently and now it is good to be back. I am really looking forward to the Church being open for acts of worship in September and to welcoming you back to Church in the weeks and months ahead.

This week we are remembering the families of Dr Anne Low and Judith Hodgetts, whose funerals took place last week. Also the family of Peggy Grisdale whose funeral will be here in Church on Wednesday.

I would wish to express my gratitude on behalf of the whole Church family for a substantial anonymous donation which is greatly appreciated at a time like this.

It is wonderful that so many are supporting the recent appeal for winter clothing for the men residing at the Parkway Hotel. Please go through the channels we have set up for receiving these goods rather than turning up at the hotel with them! Nevertheless it is good that there is so much goodwill in the village to our new neighbours.

This week a lot of young people across this country received their GCSE results, we pray for a blessing on them as they look to the future. The following slightly adapted prayer seems an appropriate prayer at a time of exam results:

Watch thou, dear Lord,
with those who wake, or watch, or weep this day,
and give thine angels charge over those who sleep.
Tend thy sick ones, Lord Christ. Rest thy weary ones.
Bless thy dying ones. Soothe thy suffering ones.
Pity thine afflicted ones. Shield thy joyous ones.
And all, for thy love’s sake.  Amen.

Virtual Service 23 August