After returning from my walk this morning, the thought struck me that I hadn’t sent out the service for the 6th September. Yesterday was very busy, and it being a Bank Holiday it felt much as though we were still in the weekend, hence the omission.
Well it’s the 1st September and I’m wondering where the year has gone, although much under lockdown, the time has been preoccupied for me with matters concerning maintenance here at Tomlinson Court, and that still goes on, with the mapping and clearance of storm drains, and the deep cleaning of common parts.
Many of our churches will be returning to Sunday worship for the first time this coming Sunday, and I wish them well. Things are still very uncertain, and travel abroad has been very questionable, and remains so, with the prospect of Portugal again being placed upon the quarantine list .
However we are encouraged by the prospect of the Oxford vaccine possibly being available before Christmas, that will move us very much further forward to a stable situation, as at the present time it is inevitable that scientific advice and government directives will be in constant change.
Still some of our churches, continue to be centres of hope for their community, in the distribution of needful supplies, both to the deprived, and to those still isolating. This is a challenging time; we need to remember that many in our congregations are elderly, and some may not be prepared to return to normal church meetings with complete confidence, until vaccination has taken place. In this respect I would refer you to the URC East Midlands Synod Web Site https://www.urc5.org.uk/ , and the ‘Latest URC Covid-19 advice – Emerging into the New Normal’, found at https://www.urc5.org.uk/content/latest-urc-covid19-advice-emerging-new-normal. This document, is prepared by the Synod Moderators.
Please consider the Personal Risk Assessment Form which will be found in the documentation mentioned above: note that for those scoring 6 or above the advice is:- ‘A score of 6 or more suggests a high risk and indicates that you should continue to work or participate in church life from your home’. It is also important, if your buildings are being opened up, to ensure that our Synod Property Officer, Mr Geoff Milnes, is informed prior to Church Building opening. This can be done, through the Synod office using firstname.lastname@example.org. Further good advice is available in the latest Synod E-Letter 325 – 23rd July 2020.
As usual, with this email, I attach the service for next Sunday 6th September, at this early opportunity. The service is in the form of low level technology, so that those who have access to simple emails may receive it, and may forward it on to our other brothers and sisters whose email addresses I do not have, with minimum effort, should it be felt appropriate. This service would have been shared with our Whetstone URC under normal circumstances. The pdf contains the hymn words, largely from ‘Rejoice & Sing’, so that you may sing along, as I know you do. Some prayers and the readings for the day, from the Revised Common Lectionary, on which the URC Prayer Handbook is based, are included.
May I once again remind you of the very excellent services and devotions which the URC is providing at: https://devotions.urc.org.uk/
Every blessing to you all as you remain in my thoughts and prayers.
Thank you for all you continue to do.