St Edmund of Canterbury, Hayes

Coronavirus COVID19

Overcoming Coronavirus COVID19

Do not fear.

“Since the children have flesh and blood, he [that is Jesus] too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil—and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.”  Hebrews 2:14-15

We do not want to be slaves to the fear of death.  Most people who contract this virus will recover quickly. In any case, we are immortal and will live for ever, even if our bodies die, so we do not need to live in fear and panic.

Pray.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6

Please pray for peace and hope in our nation and truth and balance in our media.  Pray that people are kind and generous to others.  Pray for healing for those who are ill and protection for the vulnerable.  Pray for all who are working to keep us healthy and those providing goods and services.

Pray in your homes, with your families.  Join us in praying morning and evening prayer wherever you are.

Care for One Another.

“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.” I John 4:7

We want to care for those infected and those who are in a high-risk group who choose to isolate. Tell us so we can care for you.  We may not be able to visit, but we can deliver food and stay in touch by phone. Check out the website www.stedmundschurch.com for updates.  If you would like to sign up for a regular mailing please email vicar@stedmundschurch.com

Take sensible precautions.

“But we prayed to our God and posted a guard” Nehemiah 4:9

We want to do what we can to prevent spread to particularly vulnerable people in our congregation.  This may seem over-cautious now but it is good practice to ease the burden on our healthcare systems and to save lives.  So, following advice from PHE and directives from the Archbishops and Bishops:

Public worship will have to cease for the time being.  This includes both Sunday services and midweek services and groups. As of 23rd March all Church buildings in London are now closed.

There are more resources now on our website including a sermon page and digital resources such as live-streamed services to help us continue in our corporate worship even when we cannot be physically present.

Our Annual Parochial Church Meeting will be postponed.

Our confirmation service and preparation classes will probably need to be postponed but save the date for the time being.

Our Foodbank continues to provide support to the most vulnerable in our community albeit in a different format which ensures the safety of volunteers and clients.

Continue to Worship, Serve and Give

Some people have asked how they may continue to give while there are no collections being taken.  Our bills and financial commitments as a church are still there. Now would be a good time to set up a standing order.  Alternatively, you may like to give electronically or through your own bank.  If you would like any of these options please email our treasurer stedmundstreasurer@gmail.com for either a standing order form or our bank details.

Coronavirus Prayer

 Lord Jesus Christ,

you travelled through towns and villages curing every disease and illness.

At your command the sick were made well.
Come to our aid now, in the midst of the global spread of the coronavirus,
that we may experience your healing love.

Heal those who are sick with the virus. 
May they regain their strength and health
through quality medical care.

Heal us from our fears,
which prevent nations from working together
and neighbours from helping each other.

Heal us from our pride,
which can make us claim invulnerability
to a disease that know no borders.

Lord Jesus Christ, healer of all,
stay by our side in this time of uncertainty and sorrow.

Be with those who have died from the virus.
May they be at rest with you in your eternal peace.

Be with the families of those who are sick or have died.
As they worry and grieve,
defend them from illness and despair.
May they know your comfort, peace and the hope of the Resurrection.

Be with the doctors and nurses, researchers and all medical professionals
who seek to heal and help those affected
and who put themselves at risk in the process.
May they know your protection and peace.

Be with the leaders of all nations. 
Give them the foresight to act with clarity and true concern
for the well-being of people they are meant to serve.
Give them the wisdom to invest in long-term solutions
that will help prepare for or prevent future outbreaks.
May they know your strength,
as they work together to achieve it on earth.

Whether we are at home or abroad,
surrounded by many people suffering from this illness or only a few,
Lord Jesus Christ, stay with us
as we endure and mourn, persist and prepare
In place of anxiety, give us your peace.

Lord Jesus Christ, heal us.

Amen.