Thoughts from the Vicarage 32

Good morning – and what a beautiful sunny day it is here in the Valley. Just right because …

The Vicar is on Tour this afternoon!

  • Armed with seats and cushions I will be available at All Saints East Garston today 2.30 – 3.30 and our friend Lise from East Garston has offered to come along and play her flute …

You are welcome to come along for a chat, for prayer, for reflection and simply if you’d like company. No tea though I’m afraid!

Please would East Garston friends please share this – especially if you know someone who may welcome a conversation at this time? Many thanks

And the rest of the week looks like this:

  • St James The Greater Eastbury Tuesday 19th 2.30 – 3.30
  • St Michael and All Angels Wednesday 20th 4 -5pm

The church broke the Internet on Sunday!

If you were trying to come to after church coffee on Sunday and had ‘big trouble’ you were not alone – I promise you! There was an ‘outtage’ as the big Zoom controllers called it, meaning that the system couldn’t cope with us all trying to use it at the same time ! Our hearts go out to all those who were Zooming services at that time.

Paul from East Garston has kindly taken on the sending out of invitations to our Zoom events – it’s much appreciated and it certainly wasn’t him breaking the internet! It was not your fault, nor Paul’s fault that we all had problems!

Please do come back next week and if it helps ring a friend or my Keith on 07709 922211 for help or reassurance

And on the subject of IT challenges …

A few people are having trouble with attachments and once again, thanks to Keith some have got sorted. Thanks to webmaster Alistair in Lambourn you can find all the Thoughts from The Vicarage on the website https://lambourn-valley-benefice.website/

Ascension Day is … this Thursday

It’s a key day in the life of the Church and marks the end of the Easter Season and the beginning of preparation for the joy of Pentecost. There will be a service 8.15 pm on Thursday https://www.oxford.anglican.org/coronavirus-covid-19/livestream/ and for those who would like to join me I will be praying the office of Compline after that service – time to follow.

My any questions – any answers?

Thank you to those who responded to the questions of last week – do keep them coming and sharing them. If you’d like to talk them over – please do so either with myself, Christine or a friend…

  • Where do you see hope in this?
  • Where do you see love in this?
  • Where do you see joy in this?
  • Where do you see the helpers in this?
  • What do you grieve?
  • What have you lost?
  • Who has helped you?

Those in need … just a reminder about this

I have received a number of donations both in kind and financially – all of which are being used to support those struggling at this time. If you know of anyone within the bounds of the Valley who is in need at this time and you think they would like a little ‘cheering up’ or some extra food please do call or message me (as a priest my confidentiality is assured).

Sunday’s address from Martyn Percy… was excellent if you missed it or you’d like to listen to him again, https://vimeo.com/showcase/6945351
There is also a generic link for any of the services here https://vimeo.com/showcase/6945351

Is anyone else missing singing in worship?

I know I am – and I rather suspect that I’m not alone! I highly commend the Sunday Easter 6 link to you for the delightful international group of young people singing and playing in praise of the risen
Lord in the Taize chant In resurrectionem tuam. Their joy is infectious as they sing of the risen Lord using voices, instruments and many smiles! Guaranteed to bring a smile to your face.

And finally … a prayer for today

Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your disciples,
‘I am with you always’.
Be with me today, and all those I love as I offer myself to you.
Hear my prayers for others and for myself,
and keep me in your care. Amen.

God bless

Julie