Trinity is a joint URC / Methodist church. It is an active member of the Church in Abingdon – a thriving ecumenical project comprising 14 Abingdon churches.
It has been wonderful to hear over the last few days that our physical distancing has not prevented our social togetherness. Indeed, some people have had that many phone calls in one day that they wondered what else they may ever get done! So often we have said that the church is the people and not the building. Now is a time when the church has been strangely deployed. The love and care that we are expressing is all part of the Easter joy that we have celebrated, as it is another perpetual reminder that the love, care and joy of God has no bounds. It is not limited. In fact, Easter Joy is much more infectious than any virus that comes our way. I am really heartened by the way our current situation has brought streets and communities together to ensure that all are cared for. I pray that this will not cease, but that new friendships will be deepened and opportunities will arise for us to share our Easter joy.
There is so much to be thankful for, not least all the care workers and NHS staff, sometimes the lowest paid, but now appreciated more than ever before. We have come to recognise just how much we rely upon those who are not at the top of the tree, but continue with great purpose. May we not take them for granted, but give thanks to God that people are called in all directions.
May is a month that reminds me of some of the playful things that we can do when together. I have a particular fondness for early music and particularly madrigals. “Now is the month of Maying” is perhaps one of the more famous songs. I first came across it when the recorder group I played in performed it in competition. It is a fun song, and as I listen to it again, it reminds me of the sheer delight there will be when we can get back together, physically in one place, to sing our songs of praise and delight to God.
Every Blessing Ian
P.S. The brand new hymn for this year’s Thy Kingdom Come is sung here by worship leader, Pete James.
This song has been rewritten with fresh lyrics to encourage Christians to pray Thy Kingdom Come during this time.
This year we invite you to join the Thy Kingdom Come prayer initiative. Each of us can think of five people and commit to pray for them between Ascension and Pentecost this year (21st – 31st May)
Day 7: Do something practical to show someone that they are loved by God.
Trinity worship together while apart
Methodist churches are sharing weekday morning prayers online:
09:00 Wesley House, Cambridge
(Resources for the prayers and readings are available here)
10:00 Wesley’s Chapel, London
JPIT – The Joint Public Issues Team is made up of the Baptist Union, the Church of Scotland, the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church, working together for peace and justice. JPIT are encouraging people to establish a daily rhythm of prayer, and will be sharing prompts on social media and via a daily email pointing people towards different issues; local, national and global to encourage us to pray. This will particularly highlight vulnerable and marginalised groups during the Coronavirus crisis. Visit here for more information.
Church Coronavirus Guidance