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THE CORONA CHRONICLE LITTLE MALVERN PRIORY
EDITION 6

NO MAN IS AN ISLAND

I have a book written by Muriel Pushman, mother of Ross Pushman of Danemoor Farm Welland. Some of Muriel’s comments about the second World War could be interpreted as relating to some of us today. She lived on a farm in the Surrey Downs and writes of going to a dance around Christmas 1939. “The war seemed a very long way away as we danced to the topical records, some of them such silly songs, but so catchy – ‘Run, Rabbit, Run’, ‘We’re hanging out the washing on the Siegfied line’ and ‘I like a nice cup of tea in the morning’.” Yet Poland had been over-run and the battle of the Atlantic had been started. Dunkirk was only six months away.

As we listen to the reports of the numbers of people identified as having the ‘virus’ together with the reports of those who have died, we can be forgiven if we regard it as rather unreal. That world seems “a very long way away”. We live in a beautiful area, most of us have gardens or at least are near to common land where we can walk freely and hardly meet anyone. We are conscious though of the great numbers of people who do not have such luxury. The impact on most of us is a restriction on our movement. Going out puts us at risk not only from catching the virus but of having an accident and requiring medical assistance. This in turn places an additional load and risk on those in direct contact with people seriously ill with COVID-19. The numbers of people from Herefordshire and Worcestershire in these figures are quite low compared with some of the other parts of the UK. So it is heartening to join in the 8.00 pm salute to the NHS on a Thursday evening and see so many taking part. We are bound together with millions of people across the United Kingdom, some volunteering to help in quite a small way like staying at home and others quite significant like coming out of retirement to help in a hospital.

When we read of the life of the early church we only read of a few. But there were thousands whose lives were changed and who became part of the Christian communities that sprang up in the first 200-300 years. They were the first green shoots that sprang to life after Jesus was killed. Today there are over 2 billion Christians around the world. We may feel that we are only a small part but we in our small church are part of that community. It is a community of people who have come to trust in the living presence of Jesus Christ. It is living evidence that Christ is risen.

As we say in our service of Holy Communion: “Though we are many, we are one body, because we all share in one bread”.

At such a time as this it is worth bearing that in mind. We may not be together in the flesh but we are together just as we were when we were at war, just as we are in the fight against COVID-19 and just as we are together in the Spirit with all the other 2 billion Christians around the world.

Eric

Another week goes by, we're so fortunate to be going into summer, imagine if winter was approaching. Hoping you and families are coping with the self-isolation.

GREEN WOODPECKER.

1.An avine isolator you'll hardly ever see,
But when you hear his message you'll know he's on his tree,
{He's an expert at percussion and he's hunting for his tea}
You'll hear his rat-tat-tat but there's more to him than that.

2. As well as being a drummer his vocal chords amaze
Once heard in all their glory you'll remember them for days,
The word we use is YAFFLE, and he's a woodpecker!

Written after we had walked across the Wells common on our permitted absence from home and had heard a Yaffle in the trees,

Sue and Roger

A prayer for all those affected by coronavirus

Keep us, good Lord, under the shadow of your mercy.
Sustain and support the anxious,
be with those who care for the sick,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may find comfort knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Amen.

Eric

The new normal of this pandemic is challenging one of the most basic and distinctive aspects of our humanity, namely the need to share our grief and mourn alongside family and friends.'

 Meteorologically it has been a perfect spring for farmers. Most farmers self-isolate by choice (it comes with the job) I reckon we are the lucky ones. My heart goes out to those locked in in flats, the young and the care givers and to less fortunate businesses Our 0ffices are almost empty, anyone who can is working from home. As well as carbon saving of far fewer people driving to work early signs are that we actually get more work done! The changes to our ways of working that could and should have happened anyway have been massively accelerated with, to every ones surprise, relative ease. I hope that when this is all over we are more willing to consider embracing other changes that we want and our planet needs, with the same openness that we have embraced these changes that have been forced upon us.

Extract from the message of Guy of Riverford organic farming box scheme. Read fuller message at riverford.co.uk for recipes and other information add /recipes
                    Valerie

Insects are declining up to eight times faster than other wildlife. Why not give them a helping hand - visit our Action For Insects page to find out how. For even more ideas and free downloads, why not visit the Wild About Gardens website; the project is run by The Wildlife Trusts and Royal Horticultural Society to celebrate wildlife gardening.

Several local peat-free and/or organic nurseries are delivering plants (check for details and areas):

Caves Folly Nurseries,
Colwall Hoo House nursery, Tewkesbury
Wykeham Gardens, Malvern
Pershore College Garden Centre
The Cottage, Tenbury Wells

There are times in every life when we feel hurt or alone, but I believe that these times when we feel lost and all around us seems to be falling apart are really bridges of growth. We struggle and try to recapture the security of what was, but almost in spite of ourselves we emerge on the other side with a new understanding, a new awareness, a new strength . It is almost as though we must go through the pain and the struggle in order to grow and reach new heights.

 Hello everyone,

Just a little reminder that I do need copy for this newssheet. What about all the chatter that goes on before (and even during!) services We are all interested in anything that you are doing during this difficult time. I know that some of you are dealing with health issues your own or of family members. Remember a trouble shared is a trouble halved. And surely’ some of you must have had some good happenings.
Thank you to this week’s contributors.

THE WORLD IS CLOSED

They said the world was closed today
So I went to have a look,
I found it with the shutters down
And the phone was off the hook.
So I stood there for a little while
But no one was around,
Then silence came and startled me
With the most alarming sound.
I asked him where the others were,
And why the streets were bare,
He whispered ‘Life had ran away
While death was playing there’
‘Oh no’ I said ‘It can’t be true
For life is not afraid’
‘But no one ever goes’ he said
‘Where death has ever played.’
I understood and walked away
As Hope was standing there
With Courage in her afterglow
And the sunlight in her hair.
She said ‘Go home to those you love
This is no place to be,
For if we walk these streets today
Then no one shall be free’.
She threw her light to lead the way
And showed me where to go,
The very road that life had gone
Where the future flowers grow.
Then death showed me another way
But I didn’t want to look
So I stumbled home in time for tea
And I read another book.

Anon

SUNDAY APRIL 26TH,
3RD SUNDAY OF EASTER

This is a 4th Sunday of the month. Our normal service then is Matins at 11.00 am followed by Holy Communion at 12.00 noon. Although it is not there yet I hope to have a copy of Matins on the website. The Holy Communion is from the Book of Common Prayer and that is already on the website.

I will start with "Here what comfortable words our Saviour Christ saith..."
This is found directly after the Absolution.

The readings for Sunday are:

Old Testament, Zephaniah Ch 3 vs. 14- end.
New Testament, Acts Ch. 2 vs. 14a, 36-41.
The Psalm set is No 116 vs. 1-7

I will record the sermon and you will find that on our website; www.littlemalvernpriory.co.uk I will also place the collect for Sunday on the website (or rather, I will ask Bob Steel to kindly do all this for us). I will follow my usual practice of starting the service at home at 11.00 am so that you can join with me in spirit and we can imagine ourselves together in Little Malvern Priory.

 Please do ring me if you want a chat. God bless you all. Eric

 

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