Our Old Testament reading this week is from Exodus. Moses is given the ten commandments. A checklist for Jews and Christians alike. From this checklist the two faiths diverged. The Jews developed many rules which we find in the books of Leviticus and Deuteronomy. Jesus gave us just two to follow. They summarise the ten; ‘love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments’. As Christians this is what we asked to do. At times it is easy, at times it is hard, but we called to try to show this love to the world as best we can.
We will be worshipping in church again on this Sunday. We will use Zoom to broadcast the 1000am service as we have done before. I will continue to send out an order of service for people to follow which is attached. This Sunday the 0800am service will follow the order of service from the Book of Common Prayer.
Each individual must feel comfortable about returning to worship. Only you can judge this taking in to account the factors that you consider relevant so if you wish to wait before you return, then you must do so. There is no expectation that people have to come. Masks will still need to be worn, seating will be at 2 metres and hands will need to be sanitised.
Alternatively, you may wish to watch or list to a broadcast service, to light a candle and say the Lord’s prayer or simply break bread, slowly saying these words from Pauls Letter to the Corinthians:
‘I have already told you what the Lord Jesus did on the night he was betrayed. And it came from the Lord himself.
He took some bread in his hands. Then after he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is given for you. Eat this and remember me.”
After the meal, Jesus took a cup of wine in his hands and said, “This is my blood, and with it God makes his new agreement with you. Drink this and remember me.”
The Lord meant that when you eat this bread and drink from this cup, you tell about his death until he comes.’
Night prayer (Compline) continues to be said on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. Details of how to join by telephone is listed below.
A prayer for the week.
So many times I turn away from you
and always you welcome me back.
Your mercy and love gives me confidence
Thank you for the invitation to share, fast and pray
so that you can form a new heart within me.
Your powerful compassion for my weaknesses
leads me to ask for mercy
and await with great hope the Easter joy you share with us.
I hope and pray that you all have a good week, that you are keeping well and taking care. If you want to talk to me please free to call me on 873176. Let us pray that we can continue to meet in church and via Zoom.
With love, peace and prayers to you all.
A reflection on the Ten Commandments from a Jesuit perspective.
A way of considering the Ten Commandments is looking at them not just as rules to be followed but also as a set of priorities. The two most important realities in our lives should be God and the welfare of the community. We must give God the recognition he is due as the one and only Lord of the universe. That is our first priority, the reason why we have the utmost respect for God’s name, and the reason why we set aside one day a week as God’s time. Our next priority is the well-being of the community: respect for its leaders, for the life of all its members, for the relationships that exist within the community, and for the right of others to have a good reputation and the things they need to live decent lives. Individualism and pure self-interest fall outside the scope of the Ten Commandments, that is to say, they are not high on our list of priorities.
Compline during Lent
Every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The service is attached.
It starts at 7.00pm. It uses a telephone service and you can join by using these details:
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