From the March Magazine
We have felt burdened in many ways by the prolonged pandemic. But on reflection we can also give thanks for many things that are a result of the grace of God.
The sudden impact of the virus pandemic was a huge shock: the first lockdown brought most things to a shuddering halt. The physical, economic and social consequences have been extensive.
Many workers entered a furlough period. Initially some benefitted from not having a commute, but since then lived with great uncertainty as to when, or if, things will resume. Foodbanks help many to get through the week, so we are thankful for this initiative but saddened by the need to have them at all. We’ve have seen just how swift the virus spreads causing suffering and more deaths than we feared. Hospital staff and associated medical teams, health support and carers have worked very hard serving others at great personal cost. It reminds us that each and every person is precious in the eyes of God. The lack of social interaction has been difficult. We are communal beings. Yet how amazing that vaccines have been developed. How impressive the vaccination programme – a herculean effort! We long for the restrictions to be lifted. By God’s grace we hope this will be soon: to resume our daily lives and in person services.
By God’s grace the world is not as disorganised and loveless as it might otherwise be! God’s grace sustains and blesses creation. He gives talents and skills to tackle the difficulties of life in this fallen world. But there is more grace to hand which is of eternal importance.
Jesus makes possible for us to be reconciled to God: “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. . . . For from his fullness, we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” (John 1v15-16). The Law tells us we are guilty, while grace tells us how things can be fixed! This is what we reflect on during the time of Lent and will celebrate at Easter.
Our current sermon series in Mark’s Gospel explores who Jesus is, why he came and what it means to be his disciple. Do join our online services (see webpage form to get the Zoom link) or follow our recorded services to encourage your faith in God at this time.