by Pershore Churches together

Sunday 7th June 2020

Over the last months we have been made aware of our dependency on members of the community. As individuals we are also a community. I am a daughter, mother, grandmother etc. , requiring different skills and characteristics, to support my family.

God, Father, our creator, is interested in our well being.

God, the Son, Jesus, comes alongside us, to give us courage, strength and support.

God, the Holy Spirit, is within us to guide, comfort and renew us.

May God, the Holy Trinity, bring us healing, light in our dark times and hope for the future.

Rev. Alma Organ  Churches Together In Pershore

 

Sunday 24th May

75 years ago we had just been through an immense national crisis - but so often those I have spoken to remember first of all the good things, the support and companionship that kept them going, and the few years of the war they used to look back at as the most important of their lives.

When our crisis now is over, I hope we can remember it in the same way – as a time when, despite all that was wrong, we can remember how we all coped by working together, as a nation and as smaller groups.

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Sunday 17th May 2020

One of the results of the coronavirus pandemic has been to alert us all to the work of keyworkers whom we have often taken for granted in the past. Jesus was really good at making a point of highlighting people in his society who were often overlooked. What Jesus does when he meets and greets these people is to make them feel that they are worth something; that they are important, not just for what they do, but for who they are. By doing this he gives them a sense of value and self-worth. It's something we all need and something we can all do.

We could do nothing better than to follow his example.

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Sunday 2nd May 2020

Ordinary people can do extraordinary things.

That is what we see happening after the very first Easter. The Disciples of Jesus, who had been ordinary, everyday citizens, are transformed into amazing leaders of a new life. They show bravery and amazing spirit in the face of danger and fear. How that resonates with us today. As we see ordinary people doing truly extraordinary things in the dark and difficult days of this lockdown.

From the greatest self sacrifice to those small acts of kindness that mean so much.

Each one truly showing God’s love, that is with us now and always.  

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Sunday 26th April 2020

Ordinary people can do extraordinary things. That is what we see happening after the very first Easter.  The Disciples of Jesus, who had been ordinary, everyday citizens, are transformed into amazing leaders of a new life. They show bravery and amazing spirit in the face of danger and fear. How that resonates with us today. As we see ordinary people doing truly extraordinary things in the dark and difficult days of this lockdown. From the greatest self sacrifice to those small acts of kindness that mean so much. Each one truly showing God’s love, that is with us now and always.  

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Sunday 19th April 2020

So where is God in the midst of this pandemic? It's a question a lot of people are asking. Christians have just celebrated the great festival of Easter which has two parts. One part is about death and the second about life and God is in both.  When Jesus died he didn't die of the beatings or of the nails in hands and feet, he died, like Covid 19 victims, of asphyxiation. His lungs gave out.  So one of the central messages the crucifixion tells us is that God is with us in these awful moments. Then come Easter Sunday which is about new life. It isn't always easy, when everything seems to be going wrong or when we are isolated, feeling alone or under pressure, to see evidence of new life. But it is everywhere around us, not just in nature, but in the goodness of the people volunteering to do shopping for the self isolating, or to go the extra mile in service of others and, of course, in all those wonderful key workers.  If you want to find God in this pandemic you can find him both suffering with the victims and in the goodness of people who bring life to others.

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Easter Sunday

Dear Friends

In any other year we would have all been getting ready to celebrate Easter. There would have been gatherings with family and friends, Church services in churches and Easter egg hunts. All of those things are just not possible now as we continue to live with the restrictions put on our daily lives in the light of the coronavirus pandemic.

We can’t do our usual Easter activities, but the powerful and good news of the Easter story is as real and relevant as ever. On the first Easter Day Jesus was raised from the dead. An incredible moment which said that death is not the end of anyone’s story. In Jesus’ resurrection we discover that there is hope and all sorts of new possibilities, even when it looks and feels like exactly the opposite is happening.

Even in the midst of the challenges of today we can look around us and see new life. In relationships that are blossoming because neighbours are looking out for each other. In the kinds conversations shared over social media and by telephone. In the sharing of Church in new ways online and via social media. In the sights and sounds of spring, being appreciated more than ever this year.

We are never without hope, ever.

However you mark Easter this year, may the hope and peace of the risen Christ be always with you.

Claire

 

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Easter

Sunday 5th April 2020

We remember today that Jesus entered into Jerusalem on a donkey, welcomed as a hero and a superstar. In five days time he will be nailed to a cross, spat at and ridiculed. The people liked Jesus when he looked the part and fulfilled all their expectations. Things got tricky when Jesus started to challenge people with his message of love, compassion, justice and freedom. They just didn’t want to hear it. In these difficult and challenging times it seems that Jesus’ message is one that can bring us all hope. I wonder how we will show these values today?

Pershore Churches Together

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Sunday 28th March 2020

In the Bible, when a man called Lazarus dies he is put in a tomb and everyone is really upset. But an amazing thing happens when Jesus tells Lazarus to come out of his tomb, and he does! It’s a story that helps us think about when Jesus dies and is put in a tomb, and to wait and see what happens next. It’s also a story that can help us to remember that even if we are in self-isolation, there will come a time when we too will be free and able to enjoy life in all its fullness once again.

Pershore Churches Together
 

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