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‘Church at Home’  - letter from Curate Kate

 

Over the last week or two I have been calling round the parish to see how folk are doing and am amazed by the kindness and care in action. Some would say that’s just human attribute, but for me there is ‘something greater’ that is uniting us, a spirit of selflessness and a servant heart. Goodness amidst adversity is a theme we’ve been thinking about in the last few weeks, as Moses is told to strike the dessert rock from which life giving waters erupt, Lazarus is risen from death and Zacchaeus tries to understand Jesus’s desire for him to ‘be born again’.

 

 

That ‘something greater’ I believe is God’s Kingdom on earth and as we approach Easter Week, we again see again the ultimate story of love being stronger than death. The Church of which we are members is not defined by the walls of a building but by the Body of Christ of which we are members. So even though we can’t meet together physically, ‘Church at Home’ on Wednesdays at 9.30 and Sundays at 10 is when we join with Christians everywhere to be nourished by the one who tells us, ‘I am the Bread of Life’. 

 

The Eucharist is celebrated in my home, on behalf of us all. In many ways celebrating without anyone present feels rather odd, the very opposite of the shared meal; yet the Book of Common Prayer instructs us that although we cannot receive the sacrament physically in ourselves, if we offer ourselves in penitence and faith, giving thanks for the redemption won by Christ crucified, we may truly ‘eat and drink the Body and Blood of our Saviour Christ’.

this ‘Spiritual Communion’ is a means of grace by which we share in the communion of Jesus Christ even when apart; this prayer is included now in our service –

 

My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You.   Amen.

 

If there is one more silver lining to our change in worship patterns, it is that you can be a bit late without suffering the indignity of everyone watching you guiltily creeping into church and no one will know if you’re still in your pyjamas.

 

Do be in touch if you’d like a chat or a catch up, and I look forward to celebrating Christ’s resurrection power, but for now travel with Christ through the darkness of Holy week,

With my love and prayers,

Kate

 

 ‘Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.’                                     Romans 835