21st March

Dear all – it’s been a long and very strange week! Last Sunday we held our normal services in Kildwick, Cononley and Bradley (albeit communion in one kind only, and waving to each other rather than shaking hands during the Peace).

Tomorrow we won’t be able to gather physically to worship together at all.

For many of us, this disruption to our normal routines and patterns will be very disorientating and upsetting. Perhaps others will appreciate the change! But there’s no reason why we can’t pray and worship God this Sunday  – we will just have to do it differently. Here are some ideas:

  • If you are on Facebook, you can join me at 10am on the new ‘KCB Parish – Kildwick Cononley and Bradley’ page for a short service of Morning Prayer. Go to www.facebook.com/KCBParish/ and it should start automatically. If you can’t join me then, it will be recorded and available for you to watch when it suits you. If you want to join in, you might like to download the Church of England’s ‘Daily Prayer’ app (it’s free), or use the attached liturgy.
  • Listen to Radio 4’s ‘Sunday Worship’ at 8.10am (or catch up via the BBC Sounds app) for a service led by the Archbishop of Canterbury from Lambeth Palace.
  • ‘Songs of Praise’ for Mothering Sunday will be broadcast on BBC1 at 1.15pm

The Church of England has produced a number of resources which you might find helpful. They can be found here:
https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirus-covid-19-liturgy-and-prayer-resources

At the start of the PCC meeting last Monday evening (it seems like an age ago!), I said that I’d found myself being drawn to the story of Jesus sleeping in the boat whilst the storm raged, and his disciples feared for their lives. You can read it for yourselves in Mark 4.35-41 (or Matthew 8.23-27 or Luke 8.22-25). That story has stayed with me all week.  At times I’ve felt storm-tossed and fearful. But the image of Jesus sleeping peacefully, the one who has the power to say to the storm, ‘Peace! Be still!’ comforts and grounds me. We are not facing this storm alone. Jesus is with us.

With every blessing
Julie