This has been a very worrying week, with the numbers of Covid infections and deaths from Covid continuing to rise on the island; but is encouraging to hear how many people from among our congregations have now been vaccinated, as this gives us the greatest hope of coming out of lockdown.
Many of you will have known Eileen Jones, who was a regular member of All Saint’s until age and frailty overtook her. Sadly, Eileen died recently. I don’t have confirmation of the details of her funeral yet, but I will let you know in due course. Meanwhile, please pray for the repose of Eileen’s soul and for all her family who mourn her loss.
Thanks go to Keith and Tom Burden, cheered on by Jackie(!), for getting the window at St Alban’s repaired again so quickly. The jackdaws will now have to look for alternative accommodation!
Monday 18th sees the start of the week of prayer for Christian Unity. This is an ecumenical, international annual event, which is traditionally held between 18th – 25th January.
For 2021, materials have been prepared by the Monastic Community of Grandchamp, Switzerland. The theme is “Abide in my love and you shall bear much fruit”, based on John 15:1-17. This theme expresses the Grandchamp Community’s vocation to prayer, reconciliation and unity in the Church and the human family.
Unfortunately, this year resources can only be found online. You can find them by going to ctbi.org.uk; but we can all pray for the unity of the church and for reconciliation and a fairer sharing of the world’s resources, which is so needed in these times of such division and social injustice around the world.
Every year, Christian Aid provide daily reflections during the week for prayer for Christian Unity, with Go and Do action points linking into the important work of Christian Aid in the relief of poverty and advocacy of justice. Resources can be found at christianaid.org.uk
If you would like to donate to the work of Christian Aid, you can go to the website, as above, or you can call 02075232046 and speak directly to a member of the giving team.
Please do contact me if you are struggling in any way during these difficult times, and please be assured of my continuing prayers.
The image above is The Calling of the Apostles Peter and Andrew by
Lorenzo Veneziano, dated 1370 and is to be found in the Staatliche Museen, Berlin Creative Commons CC0 License