Sunday reading notes~ here are some notes from Revd Steve...for Palm Sunday
God of love and hope,
you made the world and care for all creation,
but the world feels strange right now.
Our hopes and plans for the future,
all that we have been working towards,
have suddenly changed.
We acknowledge our bewilderment and sense of powerlessness.
In the midst of all our anxieties, fears and questions,
Lord, be our strength and refuge.
you taught us to love our neighbour and care for those in need.
At this time of anxiety
we pray for those who are guiding our nation,
that they may make wise decisions.
For your protection over all who are sick, or vulnerable,
especially for our friends and families.
Help us to be people,
not of fear, but of hope,
trusting in your unfailing love. Amen.
I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.’ He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. Psalm 91:4
Last night I shook hands and I’ve worried ever since
When I think of that greeting it just makes me wince
I didn’t mean to be so carefree and thoughtless
Even though I try hard to keep my hands spotless
I think it’s probably worse that he was a stranger
It all adds to the feeling of disgust and danger!
It was my job to be the welcomer at the church door
And yet it felt he was reaching out to help me ashore.
It was a firm grip that filled me with confidence and trust
A moment played out in slow motion, not to be rushed.
I couldn’t tell you if any words were spoken between us
Not even a comment on the weather or Coronavirus.
At that moment, I wasn’t sure if I was the host or the guest
But by that greeting at the threshold, I felt blessed.
I wonder what brought that stranger to our entrance
Last night I shook hands and I’ve worried ever since.
~ David Potter