Weekly pastoral letter from the Rector

Weekly Pastoral Letter 10 : Pentecost,  Sunday 31 May 2020

Pentecost prayer: God Who at this time taught the hearts of Your faithful people by sending to them the light of Your Holy Spirit to have a right judgment in all things and evermore to rejoice in His holy comfort; through the merits of Christ Jesus our Saviour, Who is alive and reigns with You, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Readings: Acts 2:1-21, Psalm 104:25-37, 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13, St. John 20:19-23

We pray for our nation’s economic and social recovery, government and church leaders, health and care workers, elderly and young families, local businesses. We pray for civil rights in Hong Kong.

Rector’s “Thought for the Week”:
A former bishop of Winchester said “I have known projects abandoned for lack of funds, but not for lack of the gifts of the Holy Spirit”. The Holy Spirit may be the unseen One of the Holy Trinity, yet He is ever present.
Recently I have been avidly reading a hero of mine, Florence Nightingale. Her popular image is of the “lady with the lamp” bringing medical care, hope, and comfort to the diseased and destitute troops of the Crimean War. Her real legacy was however the UNSEEN work of tireless organisational skills brought to the chaos. She also bequeathed us something very VISIBLE; modern nursing and ultimately the NHS. She struggled to explain to her generation the dangers of infection, as we have struggled in our generation to avoid coronavirus infection by necessary self-isolation and social distancing.
Miss Nightingale left us very visible modern nursing. The Holy Spirit has left us the very visible Church worldwide. “Before Pentecost the disciples found it hard to do easy things; after Pentecost the disciples found it easy to do hard things” – A.J. Gordon, an American hymn writer and cleric.  

News: Thank you for all who pray for me as I individually pray for you, and your families. This Pentecost Sunday I will say prayers outside St. Mary’s and Greyfriars at usual church times should you happen to be passing ! We pray for sister churches in ecumenical partnership.
Greetings have been received from, and returned to, an old friend to both our churches; Canon Elliott Lindsley in New York. He is sorry he cannot be with us this year.