‘For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come… will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.’ (Romans 8:38-39)
God of heaven and earth, in these times of isolation, apart from loved ones distant from friends away from neighbours thank you that there is nothing in all of creation, not even coronavirus, that is able to separate us from your love.
And may your love that never fails continue to be shared through the kindness of strangers looking out for each other, for neighbours near and far all recognising our shared vulnerability, each of us grateful for every breath, and willing everyone to know the gift of a full and healthy life. Keep us all in your care. Amen.
Wonderful singing from a packed Congregation at a Sunday service in the Durham Hall
"Your Pastor has never pastored a church through a pandemic before. When he opens, people are going to say he should have closed. When he closes, people are going to say he should have opened. When he doesn't shake hands people are going to say he needs faith. When he shakes hands people are going to say he's foolish. He's going to make some difficult decisions to protect the flock, considering everything from your spiritual growth, to legal liabilities. Every Pastor believes they are pastor the most amazing group of people. Remember this: No one wants things to go well at church as much as your Pastor(s). Your Pastor needs your prayers and support right now"