Good morning everyone, and hope this continues to find you well, as we are here at the Rectory, and another fine day today.
Yesterday I observed how the shops that were open were managing – as this is something we will be doing when it comes to being open for worship, it helps to observe how others are managing signage, hand sanitizers, and social distancing. To be honest, it wasn’t as busy as I had anticipated. Yes there were definitely more folk out there, but often our numbers are swelled by tourists and students, and with neither of them around, it is very much the residents of Canterbury and surrounding villages. Of course with all our cafes and restaurants still closed, there still felt a sense of semi-lockdown; along with our dear Marlowe theatre (please do keep them in your prayers). It was also good to catch up with a number of our rough sleepers, many of whom I have got to know over recent years here in Canterbury – it was lovely as I was treated like a long lost friend, though it made my day to see them all, and find out how they have faired in lockdown. One couple, who have recently got engaged were asking about a church wedding next year, which would be wonderful.
So today we have been asked to remember Richard, Bishop of Chichester, who died in 1253, and his ‘Day-by day’ prayer you may know, words that have been said by many down the ages, to this day, words we can perhaps reflect upon this day, whatever the day holds before us:
Thanks be to Thee, my Lord Jesus Christ For all the benefits you have given me, For all the pains and insults you have borne for me. O most merciful Redeemer, friend and brother, May I know You more clearly, Love You more dearly, Follow You more nearly Day by Day
Off now to join Sue & Jayne as we plan the logistics of worship at St Dunstan’s, along with covid risk assessments.
God Bless you all, and please do keep safe, keep connected, and keep praying.
Rev Jo Richards Rector of the Benefice of St Dunstan, St Mildred and St Peter, Canterbury