In some ways it seems as if the lock-down has been going on for ever. Although restrictions are being gradually eased those of us who are older are still being encouraged to be vigilant and ‘stay cautious’. Over the last few weeks we have been so privileged to have online services
I hope you are keeping well, and your near and dear ones too.
‘Heaven on Earth’ is the theme of our EFP 'video service’ today - appropriate as we celebrate the Ascension of Christ.
Two poems will be used in the service, at the start and end. They are in the attached service sheet. If you would like to read them in advance in preparation for the worship, you may find this helpful.
I've reflected further this week (sparked by last week’s reflection by Walter Brueggemann I attached) on how I tend to miss God’s perspective on the nature of time. So often the question I ask is “Is there the time for this or that?” - and often "there wasn’t the time”! Maybe the better question is “Is this the time for this?” As the ancient wisdom writer puts it in Ecclesiastes:
'For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;…’ and so on.
There is a difference between 'There is time for…’ and 'There is A time for…’. God tends to know the right time for things better than us. How can we allow this coronavirus time(!) to help us learn this more?
There have been some very moving stories this past week of those in our number helping others in particular need. There have also been stories of others being deeply moved spiritually through the current experiences. May God’s grace continue to bless and guide you this week.
Take care and God bless,
Team Vicar for Escot, Feniton & Payhembury, Otter Vale Team The Rectory Feniton