Sunday 13th Sept
With restrictions, re-introduced life has become complicated again. Just as we had got used to seeing friends and family – albeit safely – we’re back to the drawing board again. It still doesn’t quite make sense to restrict our private lives when pubs and restaurants, offices and shops are still open and desperate for business. Putting people back together again is why the rate of infection is rising.
We could get ourselves in a bit of a paddy about this, particularly those who are ignoring all the restrictions. I get annoyed when I see people refusing to wear masks in the garage at Morrisons!
It’s good that public worship isn’t subject to the no-more-than-6-people rule. So we can carry on with both our Sunday and Wednesday worship, and with baptisms. We’re being really systematic about keeping the rules – even if we need reminding about keeping the distance at the end of services!
But whatever happens, we have a firm message this week from the readings. It’s not our job to judge. God is the judge and he will. We are to be open and welcoming to all even when we really disapprove of them, perhaps particularly when we disapprove of them…
Forgiveness is the watchword.
Please pray for the souls of Joan Elwers, Peter Smith and Joyce Read whose funerals are this week. Rest eternal grant unto them.