CORONA CHRONICLE 14
LITTLE MALVERN PRIORY EDITION
GOD AT WAR.
Slogans are popular during times of war. They are a way of motivating people. People feel brought together by a common objective, a common cause. Slogans unite people rather like a banner or a military standard. One that was never officially used was “Keep calm and carry on”. A slogan that was used is; ‘Freedom is in Peril; Defend it with all Your Might’. There was a commonly used phrase that criticised those who were not seen to be self-sacrificing “Don’t you know there’s a war on?”.
Tackling COVID-19 has been likened to a war. We refer to people working in the NHS as “being on the front line” and we talk about the “fight against” the virus and our “battle” with it. “This is a global pandemic, ‘only global solidarity will ensure that we can “combat” it effectively’” (UN High Commissioner for Human Rights). Therefore one of the characteristics of our response to COVID-19 has been the use of slogans. To encourage us to sacrifice our freedom and selfisolate we were told “Stay Home, Protect the NHS and Save Lives”. We are encouraged to wear face-masks, to “protect other people”. As we started to move away from Lockdown we were told “Stay Alert, Control the Virus, Save lives”. I rather like the slogan that was used by the Chinese; “If you love your parents, lock them up”. How soon might we see other versions of this like “If you love your vicar, lock him up”?
In the 3rd century AD a plague raged across the Roman Empire. 5,000 people a day were said to be dying in Rome. It severely weakened the Roman Empire and was named after Bishop Cyprian who told Christians:
"What grandeur of spirit it is to struggle with all the powers of an unshaken mind against so many onsets of devastation and death! what sublimity, to stand erect amid the desolation of the human race, and not to lie prostrate with those who have no hope in God; but rather to rejoice, and to embrace the benefit of the occasion; that in thus bravely showing forth our faith, and by suffering endured, going forward to Christ.”
His fellow bishop Dionysius described how Christians, “Heedless of danger … took charge of the sick, attending to their every need.” The Christian response triggered an explosive growth of Christianity.
We are all being asked to make sacrifices for the sake of other people, whether it is to stay at home or work for the NHS. When the request was made for volunteers to help the NHS 1M people of the “me first” society volunteered. Such reactions bring to life the words of Jesus: “Love your neighbour as yourself” and “Greater love has no man than this, that he should lay down his life for his friends.” Let us hope and pray that today, as in the 3rd century AD, our Christian expression of Jesus’ teaching will trigger “an explosive growth on Christianity”.
WARMING FOOD FOR WET DAYS
4 Chicken joints,
parsley for garnish.
Set oven at350F/177c /mark 4.
BELVOIR HOUSE PUDDING
NINE YEAR OLD JAMES EVANS FROM HAVERING HAS WRITTEN A VERY MOVING POEM ABOUT COVID 19.
There was a day in March that we were told to stay at home.
At first I felt afraid but then remembered I'm not alone.
My family are here with me we are doing what we are told,
You see we want to stay very safe to grow up until we are old.
Coronavirus isn’t nice. In fact I think it’s cruel
So stay at home and stay very safe that is the golden rule!
This nasty bug has taken lives it’s all over the news
Go out against advice or stay at home, you choose
The truth is we know which answer would be right
Stay home and help the NHS To fight, fight, fight.
Coronavirus will not win our nation will be strong
To work together as a team you’ll see I'm not wrong!!
Some people find that staying home is frustrating and a pain
But if you do what they say this small sacrifice is your gain
We cry for those that we have lost In this time of fear
But please stay positive and remember
Better times will soon be here.
When life is getting you down then laughter is always the best medicine. In fact laughter is always great medicine regardless of how you’re feeling.
If I had a dollar for every girl that found me
Why don’t cats play poker in the jungle?
My girlfriend accused me of cheating
I tried to sue the airport for misplacing my luggage
What do you get when you throw a piano down a mine
If you give an alligator a GPS
How do trees get online?
Why is it so hard for a leopard to hide?
I don’t know what Armageddon means
The Bishop of Worcester is pleased to announce the appointment of the Reverend Stephen Sealy as Priest in Charge (eventual Part-time non-stipendiary Incumbent) of the Benefice of Little Malvern. Eric will start his retirement when Stephen is licensed thus ensuring that there will be no gap between the two appointments.
I am now videoing my delivery of my sermons and putting them onto my Facebook page. We’ll see where that takes us next. You can still listen to my sermon in sound only by clicking on Sermon on the website Home page.
Please note that as it is the 3rd Sunday in the month the 11.00 am service is Holy Communion using Common Worship. The Order of Service we use is on the Website. If you want to feel a unity of Spirit then at 11.00 O’clock find somewhere special to sit where you can be undisturbed. Have a cross and possibly a candle there. Put some bread and a drink handy and read through the service of Holy Communion.
You can sit and read through the service including the readings and the collect and at the distribution of the bread and wine eat your bread and have your drink. When you offer your intercessions please remember the Revd Stephen Sealy as he prepares to move to Malvern in readiness to become my successor which will probably be in September, pray also for the Diocese of Worcester as it struggles with the reduction in its finances, pray for those whose livelihoods are seriously threatened such as in the hospitality industry, those who are suffering both directly from COVID19, and indirectly through their anxiety over those loved ones in hospital or in a Care Home.
Please do remember Olive Patten and Keith McKay. Plans for Olive Patten’s return home are ongoing. There is no more news of Keith McKay
Sunday 21st June,
11.00 AM HOLY COMMUNION.
Readings: Romans Ch. 6 vs.1b-11.
Lord, you have taught us that all our doings without
love are nothing worth: send your Holy Spirit and pour into our hearts that most
excellent gift of love, the true bond of peace and of all virtues, without which
whoever lives is counted dead before you. Grant this for your only Son Jesus
Christ’s sake, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy
Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen
Loving Father, we thank you for feeding us with this
holy food: sustain us with your Spirit, that we may serve you here on earth
until our joy is complete in heaven, and we share in the eternal banquet with
Jesus Christ our Lord.
God the Father, by whose glory Christ was raised from
the dead, strengthen you to walk with him in his risen life, and the blessing of
God Almighty, Father, Son and Holy Spirit be upon you this day and always.
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