Greetings to you all!
What a difference a few weeks can make! When I wrote my last pastoral letter, we were looking forward to spring and could not have imagined that we would have to close our church to protect ourselves and others from the coronavirus. But here we are now.
For many of us, there have been very few Sundays in our whole lives when we were unable to go to church and so there is a real sense of loss. When the Jewish people were invaded and taken into exile, their Temple was destroyed and they were no longer able to worship in the way that they and their ancestors had always done. In Psalm 137 they lament "How can we sing the songs of the Lord in a foreign land?" But as time went on, they learnt that God was not only in the Temple and their gatherings for worship, but was with them everywhere. So we also can worship the Lord in our homes and know his presence and blessing there.
If you would like me to send you copies of services to use at home, please contact me (see details on the Home page) and I will be more than happy to do so. Let's all pray for each other during our times of home worship, and if we all start at 10.30 on Sunday morning we will be worshipping together!
We are so blessed to have many means of communication nowadays. Do please keep in touch with each other and with me and the Elders while we are apart. And encourage one another, because this struggle is only temporary; God is faithful and he is still there! Have a look at Psalm 126 - it celebrates the return of the captives to Jerusalem and the wonderful things that the Lord has done for them. Let this be our hope too.
God bless and shield you and keep you in his peace.