Don’t forget to put your clocks forward.
It seems a bit strange doing something as normal as changing the clocks, a bit reassuring too - there is life apart from Covid 19.
Hope you’re settling in to a new routine, hopefully it’ll get easier as we get used to it. I started to lose track of what day it was! Must get organised.
There have been developments in the wider church during the week. As they get organised there are more resources being made available. More of that in the notices at the end.
I had a thought:
In years to come, this present time will be in the history books. Save your stories, write them down, tell the future what it was really like, it will bring it to life for them.
It’s also a part of our story as a church. I’d love to hear from you if you have anything that we could include in our history book.
1 Out of the depths have I cried to you, O Lord; Lord, hear my voice; let your ears consider well the voice of my supplication.
2 If you, Lord, were to mark what is done amiss, O Lord, who could stand?
3 But there is forgiveness with you, so that you shall be feared.
4 I wait for the Lord; my soul waits for him; in his word is my hope.
5 My soul waits for the Lord, more than the night watch for the morning, more than the night watch for the morning.
6 O Israel, wait for the Lord, for with the Lord there is mercy;
7 With him is plenteous redemption and he shall redeem Israel from all their sins.
Most merciful God,
who by the death and resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ
delivered and saved the world:
grant that by faith in him who suffered on the cross
we may triumph in the power of his victory;
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.
Reading : John 11: 1-45
Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. Mary was the one who anointed the Lord with perfume and wiped his feet with her hair; her brother Lazarus was ill. So the sisters sent a message to Jesus, “Lord, he whom you love is ill.” But when Jesus heard it, he said, “This illness does not lead to death; rather it is for God’s glory, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”
Accordingly, though Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus, after having heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was.
Then after this he said to the disciples, “Let us go to Judea again.” The disciples said to him, “Rabbi, the Jews were just now trying to stone you, and are you going there again?” Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Those who walk during the day do not stumble, because they see the light of this world. But those who walk at night stumble, because the light is not in them.” After saying this, he told them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I am going there to awaken him.” The disciples said to him, “Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will be all right.” Jesus, however, had been speaking about his death, but they thought that he was referring merely to sleep.
Then Jesus told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead. For your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.” Thomas, who was called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.”
When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days. Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, some two miles away, and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them about their brother.
When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, while Mary stayed at home. Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask of him.”
Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” She said to him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one coming into the world.”
When she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary, and told her privately, “The Teacher is here and is calling for you.” And when she heard it, she got up quickly and went to him.
Now Jesus had not yet come to the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him. The Jews who were with her in the house, consoling her, saw Mary get up quickly and go out. They followed her because they thought that she was going to the tomb to weep there. When Mary came where Jesus was and saw him, she knelt at his feet and said to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”
When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved. He said, “Where have you laid him?”
They said to him, “Lord, come and see.” Jesus began to weep. So the Jews said, “See how he loved him!” But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?”
Then Jesus, again greatly disturbed, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone was lying against it. Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, already there is a stench because he has been dead four days.”
Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?”
So they took away the stone. And Jesus looked upward and said, “Father, I thank you for having heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I have said this for the sake of the crowd standing here, so that they may believe that you sent me.” When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.”
Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what Jesus did, believed in him.
The White Rhino is next to extinct. There are now only 2 in existence and both are female, the last male died only a few months ago.
The project that is taking care of them has some sperm saved from the male and they hope to bring the species back.
It’s that saying : “Where there’s life, there’s hope.” A saying that’s been around since the 2nd century BC.
Lazarus is beyond that hope, he’s dead. Imagine the family hoping for Jesus to arrive and perform a miracle before it was too late - then watching as Lazarus slipped away from that last bit of hope.
Lazarus is the brother of Mary and Martha - remember them? Mary expresses her faith saying that Lazarus would not have died if Jesus had been there. Martha (who had the bad press before) is the one who says “But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask of him.” Even when there’s no hope left, Martha has hope.
It’s a powerful reminder that no matter how hopeless things may seem, there can always be hope when we trust in God. Even when we think it’s gone too far and it’s too late, we can still have hope.
Please pray for:
- The Church
For Bishop Paul in his efforts to reach out to each person in the diocese.
For the role of All Hallows in Lady Bay that we may reflect the hope we have.
- The World
For those who are trying to make resources available that were previously scarce and those who are missing the non-essential resources that have had to close to make way for this.
- The sick and suffering
For parents with children who don’t understand and for those children.
For all who are afraid, and those who are still careless.
- Give thanks
The community around us.
Most of all for the hope that we have in God.
Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy
in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Lord God, you are always with me.
You are with me in the day and in the night.
You are with me when I’m happy and when I’m sad.
You are with me when I’m healthy and when I am ill.
You are with me when I am peaceful and when I am worried.
Today I am feeling (name how you are feeling) because (reasons you are feeling this way).
Help me to remember that you love me and are with me in everything today.
May the Lord bless us and keep us;
May the Lord make his face to shine upon us and be gracious to us;
May the Lord lift up his countenance upon us and give us peace.