Moston Methodist Church

Minister – Rev Sharon Read

POSTED ON: 24 April 2020

Letter from our minister 24/04/2020

Friday 24th April 2020

Dear Friends,

In these weeks following Easter – we find ourselves wondering what we should be doing, adapting to the stay home restrictions and guidelines for social distancing. Have there been fresh discoveries of old habits for you? Or discoveries of new habits?  Are you beginning a new routine with working from home, home schooling and juggling extra things being asked of you? Has the pressures of work increased? For all of us, I am sure we are missing interaction with family and friends, going to favourite places to do our usual activities. Whilst on annual leave last week, where as a family we spent most of our time outside in the garden – eating, reading, pottering and playing – I came across this saying. ‘In the rush to return to normal, use this time to consider which parts of normal are worth rushing back to.’ This has led to much pondering for me. 

In our scripture readings beyond Easter we journey with the disciples. A group who had given up everything to follow Jesus and in many ways – returned to doing what they knew best. In 2016 I found myself pondering after 13 years of ministry whether God still called me to do that. I guess turning 40 that year had me questioning many things. I found myself that year co-leading a group in the Holy Land – a place I had never been….those 10 days changed my life as I followed the footsteps of Jesus and my faith came alive. One story I wish to share was the day I found myself on the shores of Lake Galilee – the seashores where Jesus often preached from – the place where Jesus reinstates Peter during the Resurrection encounters. That day, I encountered Christ in ways that continue to blow my mind…..sat on a large rock looking at the peaceful lake, watching herons fly by, unaware of those around me I found myself reaffirming my love to Jesus in the ways that are recorded in John 21, as tears flowed I felt my calling so strongly as we left that place and moved along the shore to the place I would later preach and share in Holy Communion. I carry those photos around with me often – I look at them as I sit at my desk. Despite those thoughts of ‘who am I to do this, to preach, to share bread and wine at the side of Lake Galilee’ – that reaffirmation of my calling and the reminder of the daily spiritual habits are what keep me going every day. Those spiritual habits – of pausing every day to pray, to read, to ponder, to focus my eyes again on God – are the things that keep me going through all the ups and downs of life. My daily habits of prayer are holding me firm during the staying home during Coronavirus. There are moments of darkness, there are moments of strength, there are moments of deep peace…..and many more – all held in the daily habits of keeping my eyes of Jesus. This is echoed in the hymn ‘Lord of all hopefulness, Lord of all joy.’ And a newer favourite version from Stuart Townend ‘Liturgy of the hours.’ Here is the link if you would like to listen https://youtu.be/KdXChDCY6xw 

What are the things that you are doing that are helping you in your daily walk with God? Are you discovering new things, holding on to what you know has always helped? I would love to hear. This week, as a family,  we are using the Church of England daily prayers available for use here.https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-parishes/coronavirus-covid-19-liturgy-and-prayer  

Let us continue to hold each other in prayer – I particularly remember you all at 9am prayers before I head to my study and I invite you to do the same if you are able. Stay safe and stay home  

With love and prayers

Sharon

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