19 Mar 2020 • General news
I do hope you are all keeping well at this time. We are living in practically unprecedented times and its good to keep in touch. I am writing this from home where most of us are now spending our days, keeping ourselves safe from the virus. In our desire to keep our community safe The Methodist Church has suspended all non essential meetings including Sunday worship, therefore there will be no worship at Sparkhill Methodist Church this Sunday.
There are other ways we can stay connected as a community. In the first instance I am on the end of the telephone, please do not hesitate to contact me should you require any help whatsoever and we will try our best to help you. There will be a live-streamed service from the district this Sunday which you can find by following this link: https://www.facebook.com/Birminghammethodistdistrict/ and although it is through face book you do not need a face book account to access it. There are also acts of worship you can access for private use through various avenues: The Methodist Church's website, Singing the Faith website or via Roots on the web. If you do not have access to the internet and would like a copy putting through your letterbox or sending through the post do contact me and I will try to organise this for you.
The most important thing we can do for each other at this time is to pray, it is through our daily prayer that we will feel connected to each other, more importantly to God, and this may help with our anxieties and concerns for ourselves and for our families.
In the one Spirit we were all baptised into one body
—1 Corinthians 12.13
Our social distancing is an illusion.
We are one. There is no distance. No gap.
Isolated in your apartment, you belong.
You breathe and it fills my lungs.
You weep and my heart is broken.
We are one body in many places.
In this time of separation we open our hearts,
we allow ourselves to flow out from our bodies
in Spirit to one another, to the strangers
who are part of us. Like the Italians
singing from their balconies with neighbors,
we are all notes of the same song.
Love flows where germs cannot. Meditate
on our amazing unity. Extend your spirit
to include all it includes: the whole world.
Breathe in this breath (so threatened!), a gift.
Breathe out this breath (so released!), a gift.
Let compassion for all beings flow with it,
in and out, refreshing your whole body,
the Body of Christ, the whole human family,
the whole Creation. Let love be our body.
Let your love take flesh. Make calls.
Write letters. And when you come back out
don't stop being one another's body. It's your life.
May God bless the world with light and peace in these difficult days.
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