April 2020 Magazine Letter

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble”
Psalm 46

For many, if not all of us, it is a very unsettling time, especially for those who are vulnerable. There is a lot of fake news out there which can scare anybody. Please make sure you listen to the advice of experts and use your common sense.
In times of helplessness and fear, the Psalmists reminds us that God is our refuge and our strength and our help in trouble.
We are his hands and feet and are able through prayer to build up our resilience to fear and focus firmly on hope and take courage.

We must pray for all who need our prayers. From prayer follows action. Pray and ask God how we can best support each other in our community and beyond. Thank God! that through modern technology we can all stay in touch and can make things happen without passing on the virus. Pick up the phone and ring somebody who you think might need a conversation to ease the time of loneliness. The unknown brings its own stresses. Speaking with people can put things into perspective. Thinking of people in Care homes without access to a mobile phone and not being able to see their relatives is indeed an anxious time. Maybe it is the time to pick up the pen and get the dust of your writing paper.
Some people are without internet access and can’t order food. If you can think of somebody who might need food delivered get in touch. If you are not sure, pick up the phone and ask. Please contact us on 01580891258 if we can help.
All Saints church will be open for prayer and lighting candles.

I pray:

May God bring reassurance to all who are worried for themselves or are worrying about others.

Help us to keep in mind those more vulnerable than ourselves and to offer support and comfort for all who need it.
For those feeling isolated and alone, may you receive God’s love in abundance and comfort from the prayer following:

Save us, O Lord, while waking
and guard us while sleeping,
that awake we may watch with Christ
and asleep may rest in peace.

Yours, Silke

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