These are extraordinary times. The government and the Church continue to introduce measures, the like of which haven’t been seen in peace time UK. Indeed, CoVid-19 (the illness produced by the coronavirus) is said to be the worst respiratory illness since the flu epidemic over one hundred years ago. Our daily lives have changed dramatically, and we are now having to follow extraordinary guidelines which continue to change daily.
Scripture speaks of the tribe of Issachar as having leaders who “understood the signs of the times and knew the best course for Israel to take” (1 Chron. 12:32, NIV). In his latest update, the Secretary of the Methodist Conference, the Revd Dr Jonathan Hustler, is urging us to ‘change the way we go to church’, as the church and all businesses on its premises will remain closed until further notice. And so, it is, that we must adapt to the times and use all available means of witnessing to the gospel
Worshipping At Home: Even though we are not meeting for public worship, this does not mean that we cease to be church. We will continue to be a praying, worshiping community even though we are not meeting in a church building. “All the Christians in a particular city, whether they assembled together in one place or in several places for religious worship, were an ecclesia (church). Thus all the disciples in Antioch, forming several congregations, were one church ( Acts 13:1 ). The whole body of professing Christians throughout the world ( 1 Corinthians 15:9 ; Galatians 1:13 ; Matthew 16:18 ) are the church of Christ. We may be scattered for now, but remain one in the body of Christ.
For ideas and resources for home worship, please visit: https://www.methodist.org.uk/our-faith/worship/singing-the-faith-plus/seasons-and-themes/worship-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic
You can also join my colleagues daily at Wesley’s Chapel for their live-stream services, albeit without a physical congregation, at 10am for Morning Prayers, Wednesdays & Thursdays 12.45pm, Sunday 9.45am and 11.00am. These can be found here www.youtube.com/channel/UCUAUqhmhevz5sqhh72LIMxA
Sunday worship and other resources from our Circuit can also be found on the Blackheath and Crystal Palace Circuit website: https://bhcpmethodist.org.uk
Monday to Friday 9.45am to 10.00am – the Daily Service Radio 4 Long Wave only Pause for Thought Radio 2 (5.45am, 8.20am and 12.45pm)
Radio 4 Thought for the Day about 7.45am
Choral Evensong – Sundays 3.00pm and Wednesdays 3.30pm Radio 3
Pastoral Support for Each Other: I am aware that for many, the suspension of public and worship services, disruption to weekly routines, and isolation, will be keenly felt. If you, or anyone you know in our church or local community has a particular need, whatever that may be, please do not hesitate to contact me on 020 8653 4902, our Pastoral Visitors or Stewards.
May God bless each one of us, as we make our way through these uncertain times.
Every Blessing, Abe
Revd Abe Konadu-Yiadom