Dear Friend of St. Mary's,
In order to keep parishioners in touch during this difficult time of social isolation I propose establishing a 'St Mary's Chat' WhatsApp Group.
This would enable people to share their prayers and thoughts together with any personal requests should they need to do so.
Notwithstanding this new initiative, please be reminded that I am always available if you would welcome a personal communication
My best wishes to all
Tel. 01932 866005
A further message from Godfrey:
Doing Church in a different way is beginning to work as I find myself sitting down as I write to you regularly. I have to say that it is a challenge that I am enjoying enormously. I hope that you get some comfort from a way of doing church that may well remain after this period of world crisis.
It seems to me that we have lots of time to pray and the comfort that comes from prayer can give rhythm to our lives. I have a prayer routine of saying the Lord’s Prayer every time I wash my hands, for example.
Please find below two prayers, one for the sick and one for those caring for the sick, who particularly need our prayers at this time.
Lord Jesus Christ,
you taught us to love our neighbour,
and to care for those in need
as if we were caring for you.
In this time of anxiety, give us strength
to comfort the fearful, to tend the sick,
and to assure the isolated
of our love, and your love,
for your name’s sake.
give skill, sympathy and resilience
to all who are caring for the sick,
and your wisdom to those searching for a cure.
Strengthen them with your Spirit,
that through their work many will be restored to health;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Thoughts and prayers
The Reverend R Godfrey Hilliard MA