Jane, our Vicar Writes “How strange it felt putting up a notice outside our beautiful church building to say that it was closed. Returning home to the Rectory, I picked up my Dayspring 365 days thought for each day given to me a couple of years ago by Janet from our congregation and I am sharing with you today’s thought which seems so very apt:
“This is a time in your life when you must learn to let go: of loved ones, of possessions, of control. In order to let go of something that is precious to you, you need to rest in my Presence, where you are complete. Take time to bask in the light of my love. As you relax more and more, your grasping hand gradually opens up, releasing your prized possessions into my care.
You can feel secure, even in the midst of cataclysmic changes, through awareness of my continual presence. The one who never leaves you is the same one who never changes: I am the same yesterday, today and forever. As you release more and more things into my care, remember that I never let go of your hand. Herein lies your security, which no one and no circumstance can take from you.”
Also on this website home page, from the Saturday preceding a Sunday, you can access the prayers for the day, the readings, a reflection and some intercessions.
St Nicolas Church Taplow is holding everyone in the parish in their prayers. Please do not hesitate to ask if you have to self-isolate and do not have family/friends close by. We are ready to provide practical assistance with shopping for those who need it because they are unable to go out. Or be a friendly voice on the end of the phone if you need someone to talk to.
Please contact the vicar Rev’d Jane Cresswell in the first instance.
01628 661182 firstname.lastname@example.org
Please continue to pray for all those infected or fearful. Look at the pst below: Reflections & Prayers regarding the Pandemic and there are more prayers in the ‘Personal Prayer’ section of this website)
Our Bishop Olivia offers these thoughts about how we should be:
- Calm: the opposite will lead us to do things which might impact seriously on others – like panic buying.
- Caring: those who self-isolate, (those in high-risk groups, or who have been in contact with the virus) need to know that we care about them. Phone calls, messages, letters, cards, food left on the doorstep are all signs that we care.
- Considerate: let’s look out for one another, and act collectively to prevent the spread. It isn’t just about me, it’s about us
- And of course, Christ-like: let’s live hopefully, love generously and pray earnestly – and let’s bless each other by the way we behave.