Today is one of those ‘mile stone’ days for our high street in terms of many of our shops re-opening, and in recognition of all the amount of work that would have taken place, and covid risk assessments that would have been carried out (something we all have to do, ourselves included). We must remain ever mindful for those in hospitality and arts that have not been given the green light for opening. As chaplain to the Marlowe theatre, they are all particularly in my prayers, at this very difficult time.
Re opening our churches for private prayer: following your feedback last week, we have decided against the opening of our church buildings for private prayer, but are focusing our energies on preparing them for public worship, as and when we are advised – this week am picking up 5litres of hand sanitizer, which I ordered in March, and has now arrived! I am of course available for prayer requests, by appointment, and could meet outside.
However, the cathedral will be offering limited opening times for private prayer: Monday – Friday 4.30pm – 8.00pm, and 10.00 – 4.00 Sat & Sun.
Today in Morning Prayer, we were asked to remember Evelyn Underhill, who from the mid-1920’s she became highly regarded as a retreat conductor and influential spiritual director. I will leave you with some of her quotes to ponder:
“We mostly spend [our] lives conjugating three verbs: to Want, to Have, and to Do… forgetting that none of these verbs have any ultimate significance, except so far as they are transcended by and included in , the fundamental verb, to Be.” ~ Evelyn Underhill
“For lack of attention a thousand forms of loveliness elude us every day.” ~ Evelyn Underhill
“My growth depends on my walls coming down.” ~ Evelyn Underhill”
God is always coming to you in the Sacrament of the Present Moment. Meet and receive Him there with gratitude in that sacrament.” ~ Evelyn Underhill
Some attachments I have been sent through which may be of interest from St Augustine’s theological college and the children’s activity sheet.
God Bless, and keep well, keep connected, and keep praying
Rev Jo RichardsRector of the Benefice of St Dunstan, St Mildred and St Peter, Canterbury