A Prayer for Palm Sunday - seeking to emulate Christ's humility:
Lord, give me humility in which alone is rest, and deliver me from pride which is the heaviest of burdens.
Possess my whole heart and soul with the simplicity of love.
Occupy my whole life with the one thought and the one desire of love, that I may love not for the sake of merit, not for the sake of perfection, not for the sake of virtue, not for the sake of sanctity, but for You alone.
*Thomas Merton, New Seeds of Contemplation
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We believe in the good news that Jesus came into this world to enable us to understand that God loves us and wants us to know him as our Father. Jesus gave His life for us to restore that relationship. We would love to share this good news with you and you are welcome at any of our services or events.
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Message from Elizabeth
At the moment we face strange and uncertain times as the corona virus continues to spread, resulting in most of the country cancelling social events and older and more vulnerable people being advised to stay at home. In accordance with government guidelines, church services have also been suspended until further notice.
But although services have been closed, worship has not. That is something we can all do in our own way in our homes and daily situations. This is a time when prayer is needed more than ever.
This month brings Holy Week and Easter. The Passion story includes darkness, fear, suffering and doubt, all feelings which resonate with the current situation. But at the end of it all is the resurrection, bringing light, life and hope. May that be something for us all to focus on and share at this time. For, to slightly adapt St Paul, there is nothing, not worry or uncertainty, not corona virus or isolation or even death that can ever separate us from the love of God.
Over coming months we may have to:
Support one-another differently
Ask about one-other differently,
But we are still a community in one body with our eyes lifted together.
(Archbishop Angaelos - Coptic Archbishop of London)