Published on Tuesday 14 April 2020

This Easter week, in the midst of this pandemic, which is, for so many people, for so many reasons, both frightening, and worrying, the Church is celebrating 'Hope'.

Christian faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. We are seeing and experiencing many things that are encouraging us, and making us rethink what and how we do things. But at the same time we cannot see into the future, we do not know what it holds and nothing is certain. Perhaps we are re-evaluating our own personal priorities, and realising that life, and all that we hope for, is not necessarily about future achievement. Despite not being able to see it with our physical sight, for us, there can be a deep down knowing, present within us, in the midst of this and every day, that what is most important, is already present, and can never be taken away from us.

The assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

A prayer for the Christian community -

We are not people of fear:
we are people of courage.
We are not people who protect our own safety:
we are people who protect our neighbours' safety.
We are not people of greed:
we are people of generosity.
We are your people God,
giving and loving,
wherever we are,
whatever it costs
for as long as it takes
wherever you call us.

Barbara Glasson (President of the Methodist Conference)

with our love and prayers


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