Dear Brothers and Sisters
This is truly a time when we are called to trust in God’s presence in our lives, and to be God’s hands on this earth. Your love and care for your neighbors is already apparent in our community. We are just beginning this journey together and we will need sustenance as we go along. And while we cannot join together in common worship, we can and we must continue to worship together. In order to help with this, I have attached a page with schedules of radio and television broadcasts, as well as other useful links. I have also attached a useful booklet to help you pray at home.
We also have an opportunity to worship together on Sunday in our homes by joining in the service that will be broadcast by the Archbishop of Canterbury on Sunday. The service, including prayers, hymns and a short sermon, will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4’s Sunday Worship at 8.10 and 39 local BBC radio stations at 8.00 this Sunday. Lets make every effort to join this 38 minute service so that throughout our parish our prayers and voices will be lifted to God, as God holds us in love during this time.
Our churches are still open! We have scheduled opening times for quiet time and private prayer. Do share this information with anyone you think would appreciate getting out of the house for a time and sitting in one of our beautiful and peace filled churches to refresh their spirits. I will be in each church on the Tuesday-Thursday times listed below to pray or have quiet conversations with you (of course keeping the requisite physical distance!)
Quiet time and private prayer:
Monday-Friday 8 am-9 am and
Wednesday 12 noon-2 pm
Lucius, Farnley Tyas
Tuesday 9.30 am-11 am
Michael & St Helen’s
Thursday 1 pm-3 pm
In these times, I am reminded of St Paul’s letter to the Romans when he was suffering an imposed isolation:
“I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 38-39).
May our Lord of all compassion and mercy, who knows what it is to suffer in this world, be with you during this time.
Revd Professor Jessica Malay
Almondbury with Farnley Tyas