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THE CORONA CHRONICLE

LITTLE MALVERN PRIORY EDITION 9


We will fight it in our homes ~ by self isolating.

We will fight it in the streets ~ by social distancing.

We will fight it at work ~ by working from home.

We’ll fight it in our hospitals ~ by risking our lives for our patients

We’ll fight it in our towns ~ by looking out for each other

We’ll fight it on the beaches ~ by avoiding them.

We will never give up!


With apologies to Sir Winston Churchill. “


 

By their deeds you will know them” (Matthew Ch 7 vs. 15 – 20)


The Daily Telegraph reported last week that one of the government’s key scientific advisers Neil Ferguson, had received secret visits from his girlfriend. This was completely contrary to the rules of Lockdown. Mr Ferguson then resigned his post on the government’s scientific advisory panel.

 

A month earlier Scotland’s chief medical officer resigned from her post after making two trips to her second home during lockdown. The point was made each time that the rules about not leaving home unless absolutely essential apply to everyone.

It’s interesting to compare these instances with the situation of a Californian grandmother and grandfather. They were so desperate to hug their grandchildren during lockdown that they wrapped themselves up in plastic bin bags, tightly secured them with electrical tape, and used snorkels to breathe before knocking on their daughter’s door to grab a cuddle with her four young sons. Many grandparents are finding it hard not to see their grandchildren especially when they live just round the corner and they are used to seeing them every day.


One daughter said recently:“Not once have we come close to breaking our isolation and putting each other at risk of spreading this virus to each other. My mam Jackie, who's a proud supporter of our NHS, wouldn't dream of it - even though she'd do almost anything to hug her grandkids. With the Coronavirus threat to all of us, not only are we afraid for our loved ones' health but the heartache of not being able to have contact is very hard on us all.”

 

Remember the story of the two sons? (Matthew Ch 21 vs 28f) The elder son was asked to work in the vineyard. He said “No”. Later he had second thoughts and went. The younger son was told to go. He said “Yes” but didn’t go. Jesus told the story to illustrate how some say “Yes” to God with their lips but say “No” to God with their lives. Then there are others who say “No” to God with their lips but say “Yes” to God with their lives. Jesus recognised that it was often the people who appeared to deny God yet who showed a deep caring for the people around them who came very close to God.

But there were others who worshipped God with their lips but failed to “love their neighbour as themselves” and so were blind to God’s presence.

Eric


 

Last Friday saw many of us celebrating V.E. Day. I hope you all took advantage of the opportunity to let your hair down. We made jellies and blancmanges the evening before.

Our day began with the job putting up all our banners ,flags and pennants. Then making fairy cakes with Leo and covering them in pink or blue icing.

After our lunch, bangers and mash!, we made spam sandwiches and rock cakes. Eric set out the sun umbrella, chairs and a banquet table, which was covered with a union flag, table cloth and matching plates and dishes, on the pavement in front of our house.

We had our wine glasses, best china tea cups and saucers and large jug of water, sorry no wine, children present. Everyone in Wykewane was out on their gardens and on pavements. All the houses and gardens were festooned with flag etc. We were a proper street party ( still maintaining social distancing). Our neighbour had large speakers out on the pavement playing all the wartime song, everyone was chatting and taking it in turns to walk down the middle of the road sharing the gossip on either side. We had a jolly good time. We ate our tea in style and sang ourselves hoarse. Gradually one by one people began to drift off but leaving the chairs behind. Later we reconvened for a sing along ,having put a very tired Leo to bed first.

All in all it was a very memorable day for everyone and brought a lot of cheer into these uncertain times.


 

COVID 19 LATEST ADVICE

Stay alert:


 

We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert.

This means you must:-

Stay at home as much as possible

Work from home if you can

Limit contact with other people

Keep your distance if you go out

(2 metres apart where possible)

Wash your hands regularly

Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms all stay alert.

limit contact with others!



 

"SUNDAY, 17TH MAY. SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER


 

This is the 3rd Sunday in the month so the service is Holy Communion

The readings are Acts Ch. 17 vs. 22-31 and John Ch. 14 vs. 15-21

The collects are:

God our redeemer,

you have delivered us from the power of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of your Son: grant, that as by his death he has recalled us to life, so by his continual presence in us he may raise us to eternal joy;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen

Post Communion

God our Father,

whose Son Jesus Christ gives the water of eternal life: may we thirst for you,

the spring of life and source of goodness,

through him who is alive and reigns, now and for ever.

Amen


 

The blessing

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 Almighty God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit be upon you now and for ever.

Amen


 

Remember that Thursday 21st May is Ascension Day

Readings for Holy Communion are: Acts Ch 1 vs. 1-11 and Luke Ch 24 vs, 44 - end.

The collects are:

Collect

God our redeemer, you have delivered us from the power of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of your Son:

grant, that as by his death he has recalled us to life,

so by his continual presence in us he may raise us to eternal joy;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen


 

Post Communion

God our Father,

whose Son Jesus Christ gives the water of eternal life: may we thirst for you,

the spring of life and source of goodness, through him who is alive and reigns, now and for ever. Amen


 

The blessing

Christ our ascended King pour upon you the abundance of his gifts and bring you to reign with him in glory;

and the blessing of Almighty God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit be upon you now and for ever.

Amen


 

Please remember in your prayers:

The funeral of Ann Humphries is being held on Tuesday 19th May 2020 at Worcester Crematorium at 3.00 pm

Also that there is an interview with a candidate for the Chaplaincy at Little Malvern Priory on the morning of 26th May.

Here is a prayer you might like to use:

"When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide us into all the truth." This Lord, you have promised and so we believe. Open the hearts of those meeting today about the Chaplaincy in our church of Little Malvern Priory to receive the Spirit in all his gracious fullness, and make them sensitive to his guidance, that they might know your mind and do your will, For your name's sake. Amen


 

MALVERN APPLE PUDDING


 

4oz butter,

4 Russet apples, peeled, cored and finely chopped, 4oz sugar,

2 beaten eggs,

Grated rind of 1 lemon,

4oz S R flour,

1 tsp lemon juice,

pinch of salt,

1oz currants or sultanas,

2-3 tbs Brandy. Butter

a 21/2 pint pudding basin.


 

Beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.

Sift flour and salt together and fold into the mixture,

add apples lemon rind and juice dried fruit and brandy.

Cover with greaseproof paper and foil to seal.

Place in a saucepan,

pour in sufficient boiling water to come halfway up the basin.

Cover and steam for 2hrs.top up water if necessary.

Turn out onto a warm dish and serve with custard or brandy sauce.

Enjoy


 

“Dust if you must, but wouldn't it be better

To paint a picture, or write a letter,

Bake a cake, or plant a seed;

Ponder the difference between want and need?

Dust if you must, but there's not much time,

With rivers to swim, and mountains to climb;

Music to hear, and books to read;

Friends to cherish, and life to lead.

Dust if you must, but the world's out there

With the sun in your eyes, and the wind in your hair;

A flutter of snow, a shower of rain,

This day will not come around again.

Dust if you must, but bear in mind,

Old age will come and it's not kind.

And when you go (and go you must)

You, yourself, will make more dust."


 

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Best wishes

 

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