Well, I never would have thought, in March 2020, that we would still be out of our Sanctuary in 2021, but circumstances have not gone any way anyone expected. And yet, despite everything that has happened, and despite the worry and uncertainty, we are still together, still a Christian community, and still a busy, productive parish.

I think we are actually in an enviable position, having found different ways to be a church. Things are far from perfect but our people remain connected and we are still ‘meeting’ weekly, albeit by way of technology. We have even managed to continue to share Communion on a regular basis.

In the 6th Century BC many Israelites were exiled to Babylonia and this looked like a catastrophe that could not be survived. And yet, decades later, the exile was ended, many returned, and changes came about that effectively created Judaism, from which Christianity would later grow. At the same time the Torah, the first five books of the Hebrew Bible, became central to Judaism, and they still form part of Christian Scripture to this day.

What we face just now is troubling but we will adapt and we will thrive by sticking together and never losing sight of who we are and where we came from.

God bless you all.

"On the fourteenth day of the first month the returned exiles kept the Passover.

With joy…for the Lord…aided them in the work on the house of God,

the God of Israel."

Ezra 6: 19 & 22

God bless you all.

Rev Bob

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