Sunday 18th Oct
Today in church, we will be holding our Annual Parish meeting. This is like the AGM of a business when shareholders get to hear how their Chief Executive and Board of Directors have managed the business over the past year. Of course, a church is not a business but the same duty of accountability is accepted by the clergy and people. So it’s the time when you can ask questions of the Vicar and PCC and all the specific officers based on their account of their stewardship over the last 12 months.
Of course, this year it’s different! Instead of meeting in April, we reconvene in October 6 months after the usual date. We all know why that is and it does give us an opportunity to talk about how we’ve been looking after the church and carrying out its mission since March when services stopped and the world came to a standstill.
Although we have permission to worship in church again we are missing some of our regulars who have either been shielding throughout or who don’t feel safe enough to come back. We remember them and hope Worship @ Home at least gives them a small sense of being with us again.
Doing mission in a pandemic is a challenging business. It’s so appropriate that today is St Luke’s Day. Although we chiefly remember him as the author of the third gospel and the Acts of the Apostles, he is traditionally thought to have been a doctor. As the patron saint of medics of every variety, he’s the right saint for these days. It gives us an opportunity to give thanks and pray for everyone in healthcare, whether humble or elite.
Especial prayers today for those in your own families who are in the medical profession.