News from the Parishes
Cancellations due to concerns over corona virus
In light of the Government announcement of 23rd March All Churches in the Broseley Benefice are now closed until further notice.
Our prayers are with you
A letter from Father Christopher (28th March)
Good afternoon and I hope you are all keeping well and those of you who are self-isolating are coping and staying safe and as active as you can.
Tomorrow is the Fifth Sunday of Lent and marks the start of Passiontide. This is the first Sunday that we begin to emerge from the darkness of Lent into the slightly greyer shadows that lead into Holy Week before we finally find ourselves at the end of our Lenten journey walking in the joyful sunshine of the Easter Feast.
Sadly, this year, it is looking as though we will not be able to celebrate together in our Churches, but that doesn’t mean we cannot celebrate. Cast your minds back to the gospel accounts of that first Easter Day. It was celebrated not in the Temples or synagogues in Jerusalem but in the quietness of a garden, and in the confines of a locked room by a group of Jesus’ followers as they were slowly wrapped in the awe and mystery that Jesus had risen.
In the quietness of our gardens in the confines of our homes we too can celebrate the truth of all that Easter means. Jesus has risen, once again opening the gates of paradise and who, by the Holy Spirit, lives forever in the temples of our hearts, and who walks with us at the moments of our greatest joys as well as in our darkest and most troubled times.
St. John tells us in his gospel that Jesus is the light of the world and the darkness cannot overcome it.
For each of us these are troubled times and those fears and troubles take different shapes find themselves in different forms. Fears of catching the virus, fears of loneliness, fears of isolation and separation to name but a few – I know there are a lot more that are personal to many of you, but, if we let him, Jesus will bring light and hope to all of these dark places all we have to do is trust, believe, open our hearts and welcome him anew into our lives.
Our Church building may be closed, but from Sunday night onwards, from the top of the tower our Cross lights will be switched on; The light of Christ will shine out over our community reminding us of the hope and promise that came to us that first Easter morning and has remained with us ever since. I know we don’t usually switch the Cross lights on until Easter, but if ever we needed a reminder of the light and hope that Jesus brought into the world, now is that time!
Jesus IS the Light of the World and the darkness will never overcome it.
Your priest and friend
You will find on the Resources page three documents: the first two are very simple forms of Morning and night prayer for you to use at home if you find that helpful, you can take the readings and the psalms from the third document which is the lectionary for the coming week (the readings for Sunday are those for the Principal [Holy Communion] service.)
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