These are extraordinary times
A message from Fr Chris Atkinson
You don’t need me to tell you that these are extraordinary times. I can think of only two other reasons in history for the government or church authorities to have closed the Abbey: the plague of 1348 and the enforced closure of the English churches by the Pope in 1215 because of the abuse towards the church and people in King John’s reign.
We don’t know when we will be able to return to regular public worship at the Abbey, but we do know that it’s not likely to be for another three months or so.
What, then, shall we do in the meantime?
I shall be writing to everyone on the Abbey’s Electoral Roll (membership list) this week, and will be setting out some ideas about how we can help you in your own home to continue to participate in the worship of the church on a weekly basis. I will also talk about how we can offer practical help to those who find themselves in need of assistance and re-assurance. This information will also be put on the Abbey’s website.
May we hold fast to the evidence offered to us in St. Paul’s letter to the Romans that God continues to be with us in both good times and bad. He is always ready to listen to us, and loves us more than we can know. In difficult times, he weeps with us when we weep, and when better times return, he rejoices with us as we rejoice. St. Paul puts it like this:
“For I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8. 38-39)
Your Friend and Priest,
Fr. Chris Atkinson,
Vicar of Bourne