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Holy Week 2020
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
It seems almost unbelievable that just a few weeks ago we were able to gather together in the beautiful church building of All Saints.
We are all in a very different place now, but collectively sharing with the rest of the world the new reality brought about by the coronavirus pandemic. It continues to be a testing and frightening time for many of us and now it is more important than ever to be church through prayer and through keeping in touch with each other, especially with those who are vulnerable and isolated. We do this, of course, by abiding with government guidelines and keeping ourselves and our loved ones safe.
Perhaps this is a Holy Week like no other, but Holy Week it is – we journey with Jesus though joy, suffering, death, and then new life. We will soon reach Holy Saturday – the day between the death of Good Friday and the Resurrection of Easter Day. There is much about our lives at the moment that brings Holy Saturday to mind – the world is very much a place in the in-between, between dark and light, between death and new life. We acknowledge and experience those things while holding onto the truth of the new life we all share in through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
I don’t know when we will be able to gather together again for worship in our beautiful church building, but let us rejoice in the present beauty of gathering together (no matter how remotely) and holding each other in prayer and love.
I would also like to point you towards some resources for this Holy Week and Easter. Apart from following worship and messages on our parish website (www.westhamchurch.org.uk) and Facebook page (www.facebook.com/westhamparish), there are resources for ‘Holy Week at Home’ (some of which have been written by our own Rachel Summers) on the Chelmsford Diocesan website: https://www.chelmsford.anglican.org/holyweekathome
I look forward to seeing you soon.
With love and prayers,
Rev’d Canon Alex Summers – Interim Vicar