I have always referred to living in lock down as living in a bubble. Now with some of the restrictions starting to lift: however nebulous they are, it is like living in a tunnel with light at the end.
In any difficult situation when we can see no end, we have hope and our hope is in Jesus.
Some of those who have been through near death experiences have said it was like being in a dark tunnel moving towards a beautiful, welcoming, glorious light. So even in death there is light at the end of the tunnel
Liminal Time – by Beth Merrill Neel https://holdfasttowhatis good.com
Activity – Go outside, to a window, onto a balcony or somewhere you feel at peace. Write down what you experience when you:
See below some of the thoughts we had
Litany of thanksgiving:
For this time, this place, this day, these people
For calling us to this church, this freedom, this worship
We give thanks to the Lord for he is good
His love endures for ever.
For the changing seasons, light and weather,
For trees and birdsong and river and skies
For needless beauty and endless diversity…
That all creation joins with our praise today
That the sun sings and the earth hums…
If we were silent the very stones would sing his praise
Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty,
the whole earth is full of his glory
For those we love, for those who love us
For those we struggle with and those who struggle with us
For old friends and new ones, for friendships yet to be made and for reunions
For all human goodness that speaks of your presence
For our frailty that drives us to acknowledge our dependence on you
We affirm that you Lord are God
It is you who made us and we are yours
For you know how we were formed
You remember that we are dust
For the freedom we enjoy
For choice and wealth and healthcare and education and opportunities and democracy
For holidays and leisure and comfort
For the privilege to be called to give to those who do not have these things
In this sacred place we remember that these are your gifts and affirm our calling
Your kingdom come, your will be done
On earth as in heaven
For the shalom you promise
For the call to press on together as companions on the journey
For your foundational underpinning, support, comfort, direction and strength
For your constant presence – your very name spoken with each breath we take
For Jesus – for all he has done, all he does, all he will yet do for us
For loving us
Salvation and glory and power belong to you our God
Prayer for bread and wine
O Eternal Wisdom,
we praise you and give you thanks,
because the dark beauty of death
could not contain you.
You broke forth into light from the comfort of the grave;
before you the stone was moved,
and the tomb of our world was opened wide.
and you reveal yourself to men and women as a companion.
Blessed is our brother Jesus, who walks with us the road of our grief,
Today my grief is… (add your sentence here)
Jesus our companion who gives us hope and shines a light in the dark
and is known again in the breaking of bread;
The bread of hope Take bread
Blessed are we who walk with Jesus
We remember Him in drinking the wine;
The wine of light in the dark Take wine
Come now, disturbing spirit of our God, make us one body in Christ.
Open our graves, unbind our eyes, and name us here; touch and heal all that has been buried in us,
that we may go forth with power to release resurrection in the world.
Christ is risen from the dead. Today my hope is… (add your sentence here)
Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia.
Steve John Leach – adapted
Our responses to Look: Smell: Listen: Feel: Breathe.
Look: a castle on a hill – triple towered
Smell: the crisp freshness of morning
Listen: the soprano trill and tenor whoop of winged wonders
Feel: the cool calming leaf rustling breeze
Hope from dark places :-
Re birth :- The frost bitten wisteria coming back to new life and growth
Something from nothing :- a seemingly empty pot of dark damp soil containing a new green shoot that turned out to be a Cala Lily.
Honey bee with full pollen baskets, wren in full voice, scent of rose
Grey skies and green restless trees
rain on wet leaves
distant bird song
cool breeze, good refreshing fresh air
How good it is to breathe
prayers for those struggling to breath suffering Coronavirus
Grey and Green
Wet, wind rustling in the trees and leaves
The smell of damp and rain
Beautiful birdsong; so many different kinds
Cool fresh air
These were the ones shared by those willing to have their thoughts on the website