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Pewsheet for the 29th March 2020

Pewsheet 29th March 2020

Sing to the Lord

I was very struck yesterday by one of the psalms set for evening prayer- Psalm 13. It’s only six verses long, so I’m reposting it here: 1 How long, O Lord? Will you forget me for ever? How long will you hide your face from me? 2 How long must I bear pain] in my…
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Surprise!

Today the church celebrates the Feast of the Annunciation- exactly 9 months before it celebrates Christmas Day. Mary was presented with a situation so surprising she could never have dreamed it up. And with no “road map” for the days ahead. Would Joseph publicly reject her? Would she be stoned to death or shunned? After…
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Please help the Worcester Foodbank if you can

Good morning! Have you had your breakfast yet? Was it good? I hope so! Worcester Foodbank are trying to make sure everyone in our city gets to eat breakfast every day during the present crisis. We usually have an ongoing collection of food in our churches but with our buildings locked, and travel discouraged, the…
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Organize for a better future

Many people may be feeling shocked today- that things have become so extreme in such a short period of time. Life has gone from normal to surreal in a matter of a few short weeks, and plans which were made carefully months or years ahead have been torn up. We know this happens sometimes. A…
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Wash frequently

I went to the church yard this afternoon and looked at all the beautifully tended graves. Some commemorating people who lived long lives, others whose lives were tragically curtailed. Many, particularly after Mothering Sunday, are covered in flowers. Deeply missed. We know that, sadly, we will almost certainly be burying many people in the coming…
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Spread calm

How has the weekend been for you? I hope you have managed to spend some time talking to friends and family, even if you are in self isolation. I spent some time talking to friends- many whom are really encouraged by the love, neighbourliness and selflessness being shown by so many people in their communities.…
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Support those most vulnerable

So many people- even someone I’ve spoken to today- seem still to be saying “I don’t think I’ll catch it, and if I do, I’ll take my chances”. Forgetting that they can spread infection to others who may not stand the same chance that they do. Forgetting, perhaps, that the person standing next to them…
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