Covid 19 22 March 2020 Lent 4

Vicar’s Reflection: Covid-19. Sunday 22nd March 2020, Lent 4

Dear friends, we are living through unprecedented times. The concern about the spread of virus Covid-19 has led to this announcement from our Archbishops (in part) as follows: “The Archbishops and Bishops of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa New Zealand have together made the decision to suspended all public services of worship until further notice. This suspension will take effect following those services being held this coming Sunday 22 March. We know that the Church is more than just the buildings that we worship in. The Church is made up of believers who pray for others, care for others, serve others, love one another, and love their neighbours as Christ taught them. We ask our people to continue to pray and serve wherever they may be. We encourage them to care for their communities and ensure that the most vulnerable are regularly checked on and supported. Plans for online worship services are under way and will be widely publicised by each Diocese. Bishops commend to all Anglicans and all people of good will the call of the Archbishop of Canterbury to join in a world-wide action of prayer. At 7pm local time on Sunday 22nd and at 7 pm every Sunday that worship services are suspended please light a candle in your home and pray with and for others. Pray for your families, your neighbours, our country, and those ill with the virus. Pray for our health professionals and all those on the frontline who are working tirelessly to care for our community. Pray for the lonely and the frightened. Pray for the courage and grace to be a comfort and a light to the world. John 1:5

Alex Czerwonka

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