A letter to the clergy from Bishop Rachel and Bishop Robert (20.03.20)

Published: March 24, 2020
A message from Bishop Rachel and Bishop Robert (20.03.20)

 As you will appreciate, information and guidance continues to be developed at a rapid pace. Yet, in the midst of all this, God’s love, grace and mercy are unchanging.

We are deeply grateful for the way worshipping communities are ‘being church’ in their local contexts. If ever there were a time for fully grasping what it means to be the Church ‘gathered and sent’, this is it; and we continue to pray that amidst all the turbulence, there might be a fresh realisation that the Church is neither simply about a building, nor what we do when we gather for worship. In these strange and unprecedented times, we have a great opportunity to focus our worshipping communities on living ‘everyday faith’ Sunday through to Saturday as we enable and support one another to be ‘ambassadors for Christ’ (2 Corinthians 5:20).

Although we are not all able to gather together around the bread and wine, we have not ceased to be Eucharistic communities fed by Christ and sent out to nourish the world. We have wonderful opportunities to feed people spiritually as well as meeting physical need and ensuring everyone has access to the nourishment they need. Therefore, as we all continue to navigate how we worship in different ways and provide occasional offices, it is important that we do not lose sight of being the ‘sent’ Church. Not only do we want to ensure that vulnerable and isolated people are physically fed, we also want to feed people’s souls and minds with good things. There is a growing set of resources on the website. and our prayer is that as we encourage spiritual, physical and mental well-being among people of all ages, we might be those who reveal Christ’s love and hope in what we say and do.

 This comes with our thanks and prayers and please never hesitate to be in contact. We are here for you and praying for you.

 

 

 

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