Dear friends,

As we move through these uncertain times, it brings all sorts of questions to the forefront about what it means for us to be a Christian Community.  So many of us have been offering the very practical help needed to ensure that the most vulnerable in our community are cared for and supported.  It does of course mean that there is a sense of loss for each other as we physically distance ourselves whilst trying to ensure we keep socially interacting with each other as a community.  This distinction is of course important as our faith and our community is what inspires us to continue to work towards the common good.

On Tuesday I hastily put together a few resources to help us pray together.  For some of you, morning or evening prayer is familiar.  In ordinary circumstances we have a regular get together to pray together with various people leading it.  Morning or Evening prayer doesn’t require a vicar to lead it so some of you have been doing so at Holy Nativity already.

For me, the “daily office” is a wonderful way in which I connect with God and pray for our parish, the world in which we live and each of you.  It is a reminder of God’s presence with us when I am rejoicing and when I am having my early morning grump (you all know not to talk to me early in the morning).

I have had a bit more time to work on the resources since Tuesday.  I realise that my documents had quite a few mistakes.  I have also created two different formats.  The booklet with a fold in it is no use for anyone using the sheets electronically.  So I have made a tablet version of both services.

I am hoping to live stream this from time to time via Facebook.  If you are in the group, on the Facebook page or on Twitter you should be able to get access quite easily as well as updates about timing.  If not, you can follow the Facebook page without signing up to Facebook by clicking here.

If you have prayer requests for during the service, please get in touch and let me know.

For now, you are all in my prayers and I miss being with you all.  As Jerry Springer used to say at the end of his show, take care of yourselves and each other.

Bless you

Robb