This comes with my very best wishes for Easter – and for Eastertide.
Just as Lent saw huge changes in the way we have had to do things, both as a church community and as members of the wider community, so we trust that the 50 days of Eastertide can see life return – towards a ‘new normal’.
We will all have been changed by the experiences of this public health crisis. So many lives and livelihoods have tragically been lost, but we have also seen that no one, no matter how deep their pain, need feel isolated. New local support networks have sprung up, priorities and perspectives have been reset, and new ways of being and doing have emerged. Amidst the suffering there has been transformation. As has been said, ‘to live is to change’, and this Easter our thanks to God for his gifts of life and of life renewed are more heartfelt than ever.
On behalf of us all, I am grateful to everyone who has been involved in maintaining and developing the life of our churches – in worship and in service – during this time.
Our website is now ‘bursting’ with resources, as are those of the Church of England and of our Diocese, and I hope you have been able to access and use them.
For Easter Day, I have recorded a video of an Easter Communion for us all, and Bishop John has recorded a podcast of his Easter sermon. We may not be able to gather together to celebrate, but these resources will offer us a chance still to worship together, in spirit and in truth.
They can downloaded from our website, from 8pm on Easter Eve: https://www.richmondhudswellparish.org.uk/Holy-Week-Easter
or, for the video: https://youtu.be/WrPLbwzBkSM
and the podcast: https://anchor.fm/st-marys-church-richmond/episodes/Easter-2020-A-Hard-Resurrection-eclc3q
With every blessing,