WITTERSHAM CHURCH - ST JOHN THE BAPTIST
Wittersham Church
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Link to Sunday's service     



Good morning and welcome.   I hope you are well and safe.  I am wondering how you are feeling at the moment.   If you have thoughts or reflections that you would like to share with others please do send them in.    Whether they be your own thoughts or something that has inspired you.  
 
AS WE CONTINUE IN LOCKDOWN CHURCH SERVICES ARE SUSPENDED.  WITTERSHAM CHURCH WILL BE OPEN FOR PRIVATE PRAYER ON MONDAY AND WEDNESDAY 10 – 12 AND 2 – 4 AND SATURDAY 10 – 12.    We will continue to record a service which you can access online.      If you think we can help you in anyway do please get in touch.
 
Thank you to everyone who has kindly donated to our churches. As you will now know we have had to suspend services for the time being so with no services, and therefore no collection, our church in Wittersham is in need of financial support. Please donate if you can by clicking this link. Thank you.    Donations for Ebony  Church, which is also closed for services, can be sent directly to Jack Gillett.   If you need any further information please contact me.
 
 Our readings today:  Hebrews 10: 11 – 18; Psalm 110: 1 - 4; Mark 4: 1 - 20
 
This is the parable of the sower and the soils.   To some people it appears to be very judgemental but I don’t see it that way.    For me I think the joy is that we can think of each soil as a type of heart in which the Word of God is sown.  Whatever the response initially the word of God has penetrated hearts and how good is it that people are hearing the good news of Jesus and his gift of salvation.   In this time of pandemic we are facing different challenges and changes in our lives.   Each day we are reminded of the appalling number of deaths due to the virus.  Each one means a family in distress. Our faith cannot ease the pain and anxiety of these days of tragedy but what we can hold onto is the hope in the knowledge that we have of the promise of God to be with us until the end of time.
 
This poem we first read last year and can help us focus our prayers.
 
A GRIEVING Mayo woman has shared a heart wrenching poem she penned following the death of her sister who passed away after contracting Covid-19.
 
"I was doing it for all the other families up and down the country," Ms Duffy told Liveline, "because their family's loved ones, they’re not statistics either. There’s a story behind every one of those losses.”
 
 
MY SISTER IS NOT A STATISTIC
 
Tomorrow, when the latest Deathomoter of Covid is announced in sonorous tones,
 
While all the bodies still mount and curl towards the middle of the curve
 
Heaped one atop and alongside the other
 
My sister will be among those numbers, among the throwaway lines
 
Among the platitudes and lowered eyes,
 
an older person with underlying health conditions,
 
A pitiful way to lay rest the bare bones of a life.
 
MY SISTER IS NOT A STATISTIC
 
Her underlying conditions were
 
Love
 
Kindness
 
Belief in the essential goodness of mankind
 
Uproarious laughter
 
Forgiveness
 
Compassion
 
A storyteller
 
A survivor
 
A comforter
 
A force of nature
 
And so much more
 
MY SISTER IS NOT A STATISTIC
 
She died without the soft touch of a loved one's hand
 
Without the feathered kiss upon her forehead
 
Without the muted murmur of familiar family voices gathered around her bed,
 
Without the gentle roar of laughter that comes with memories recalled
  
Evoked from a time that already seems distant, when we were
 
connected by the simplicity of touch, of voice, of presence.
 
MY SISTER IS NOT A STATISTIC
 
She was a woman who spanned the seven ages.
 
A mother
 
A grandmother
 
A great grandmother
 
A sister
 
A Friend
 
An aunt
 
A carer
 
A giver
 
MY SISTER IS NOT A STATISTIC
 
And so, she joins the mounting thousands
 
THEY ARE NOT STATISTICS ON THE DEATHOMETER OF COVID
 
They are the wives, mothers, children, fathers, sisters, brothers
 
The layers of all our loved ones
 
If she could, believe me when I say, she would hold every last one of your loved ones, croon to and comfort them and say - you were loved.
 
Whilst we who have been left behind mourn deep, keening the loss, the injustice, the rage.
 
One day we will smile and laugh again, we will remember with joy that, once, we shared a life, we knew joy and survived sadness.
 
You are my sister ........ and I love you.
  
Dorothy Duffy       4th April 2020
 
Our reflection
 
Our Prayer for the week
 
God of all mercy your Son proclaimed good news to the poor, release to the captives and freedom to the oppressed: anoint us with your Holy Spirit and set all your people free to praise you in Christ our Lord   Amen
 
May God bless you today and through this lockdown
with my love
Judy
 
 
 
A good read is Rowan Williams’ “Candles in the Dark” (Faith, Hope and Love in a time of Pandemic)
 
For those who like to study through Lent the Archbishop of Canterbury’s chosen book for Lent is “Living  His Story” by Hannah Steele.   There are four copies to borrow in the Church library at Wittersham.     
 









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