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The Vicar's Letter

Dear Friends

 

We are living through very difficult times, especially for those who are aged over 70 or who have underlying health issues. Please be assured of my prayers.

 

Several people have asked what they can do to help others.

 

Well, PRAYER is much underestimated – so please do pray. You will find here the shortened forms of Morning and Evening Prayer that I am using at 8.00am each weekday morning and 7pm each weekday evening. You can join with me in praying at those times, or at other times which may be more convenient for you.

 

TELEPHONING people is also very important. Please keep phoning members of our churches and others within the community, especially those who do not have access to email and internet.

 

If you would like to do more, I encourage you to sign up as a VOLUNTEER with Bradford Council. I did that last week. You can specify the times you would be available to help others. If you are fit and healthy under the age of 70 there are a wide range of volunteering possibilities to help people in our area. BUT EVEN IF YOU ARE OVER 70 you can still sign up to help, including checking up on people by phone. You can sign up at

https://www.bradford.gov.uk/emergencies/council-service-disruptions/coronavirus-covid-19-volunteering-and-community-support/

 

GIVING is also very important. The Diocesan Secretary is worried about parishes not being able to pay their parish share, which is used (among other things) to provide stipends, pensions and housing for our clergy. I know many people will be worried about their own financial situation. But, if you are able to, please keep up your financial contributions to your church. If you do not already give by Standing Order or Direct Debit, can I encourage you to support your church either by setting up a standing order or making regular (say monthly) payments direct into the church’s account. If you do that please put your name as the reference so that the Treasurer will know whether or not to claim gift aid on your contributions. The relevant account is

St Luke’s Morton PCC sort code 05-02-42 account no. 32547774

Or you can post a cheque payable to St Luke's Church Morton and send it to me or to your church treasurer.

 

Finally I reiterate what I have said in every email: If you would like me to say a prayer for you or your family please email your request to stlukesmorton@gmail.com  or text it to 07419 989594 and Carol and I will pray for you.

 

If you have no one to get essential supplies etc, let me know and we will try to help.

 

Tony Walker

We need to cling onto the Easter hope that God in Jesus has defeated all the powers of sin, selfisheness and death. And that he will always be with us.

 

There are plenty of prayers and other resources online, on the Church of England and Diocese of Leeds websites and in other places. Here's a prayer to get us started:

 

Keep us, good Lord, under the shadow of your mercy. Sustain and support the anxious, be with those who care for the sick, and lift up all who are brought low; that we may find comfort knowing that nothing can separate us from your love in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.

 

I assure you of my prayers for you and your families.

 

God bless

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