As a Church we need to stick to the advice to be safe in these uncertain and anxious times. As a congregation New Laigh Kirk knows how to love our neighbour well. Now is a good time to be thinking proactively about who in the church and places where we live, our neighbours might need extra help should they decide or be required to self-isolate. Checking up regularly with those we know to be alone and isolated who may need an errand run will be extremely helpful. Can you shop for more vulnerable members of our congregation, when you shop for yourself?
People who rely on extra support to receive essential food and resources may find the next few months particularly challenging. Most folk are connected to one another by social media and have the devices to so. People of an older generation have no such thing. Let’s do the old-fashioned things and give them a call on the telephone or drop a card or note through the letter box. I encourage you to be a neighbour by phone. Remember that many people are anxious and a reassuring phone call and an offer to pray might be very much appreciated. Christians believe that God created us for life together and that the Christian life is most faithfully and joyfully lived in the community of faith that is the church. While it is surely possibly to live faithfully as a Christian in isolation, the community of faith sustains, nourishes and challenges us to greater and steadier faithfulness to Jesus Christ. To be a Christian is, for most of us, to be part of a community of Christians we just have to get used to doing that in a different way in this time ahead.
There is absolutely no doubt the weeks ahead will be challenging for all of us. Let’s remain calm and provide a confident lead to our town and community by doing what we do best - being church in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ within the constraints that we will be put under.
Keep us, good Lord, under the shadow of your mercy in this time of uncertainty and distress. Sustain and support the anxious and fearful, and lift up all who are brought low; that we may rejoice in your comfort knowing that nothing can separate us from your love in Christ Jesus our Lord.
You taught us to love our neighbour, and to care for those in need as if we were caring for you. In this time of anxiety, give us strength to comfort the fearful, to tend the sick, and to assure the isolated of our love, and your love, for your name’s sake. Amen.