The Tuesday after Easter – 14/4/2020

Alleluia Christ is Risen !
This week is ‘traditionally’ quiet and when times were ’normal’ I usually had some holiday.
In these locked down times trying to not feel as if it is ’time off’ is a challenge, therefore it is ‘stay calm and carry on praying.’
From the coming weekend we were to have a run of Baptisms and for the families of the children being brought to the Sacrament, the Churches being closed is really disappointing for them.Pray for these children, parents, Godparents and all their family. We look forward to celebrating with them soon.
The wedding season was to begin and many conversations have been necessary (by email) with frustrated and upset couples, not least because some of the legal requirements have been impossible to meet.That is the publishing of Banns, where the couples names are read at the main service for 3 Sundays; no public worship, no Banns.
There is a way to overcome this, but as yet we cannot use it as we do not know when the churches will be allowed to conduct weddings again. (Common Licence – see C of E website if you are interested)
Again then, please pray for all the couples planning to marry that we can also celebrate with them soon.
I don’t think I’m going to do a daily email all this week if you will forgive me. I have included the email address’ of Lee, Jane and Hilary in the cc’d line, in case you need to contact them.Everyone else who receives this email is in Bcc, you cannot therefore see those email addresses. (there are 47 of them!)
Do please pass this message on or ask others to look at the St Michael’s website – – the Latest News has these updates too.
Today in the Bible readings for Communion the gospel included Mary ‘holding on to Jesus’. John 20. 11-18
Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene

11 But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; 12and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. 13They said to her, ‘Woman, why are you weeping?’ She said to them, ‘They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.’ 14When she had said this, she turned round and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. 15Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, why are you weeping? For whom are you looking?’ Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, ‘Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.’ 16Jesus said to her, ‘Mary!’ She turned and said to him in Hebrew,‘Rabbouni!’ (which means Teacher). 17Jesus said to her, ‘Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, “I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.” ’ 18Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, ‘I have seen the Lord’; and she told them that he had said these things to her.

We had imagined Jesus calling our names when he had said ‘Mary’ as she was weeping at the tomb.Mary held on to Jesus.
I contemplate and see in my mind that all we can do as we navigate this period of unprecedented living is, ‘hold on to Jesus’.
Stay near the Lord and pray that He abides too with those who are grieving, the anxious and afraid, the lonely and lost.
Rejoice that we have key workers, putting themselves at potential risk in order that many can be served.
Pray for those called to lead and make decisions on our behalf.
Let us look to Jesus and proclaim ‘I have seen the Lord’

As ever,