We want to begin with the prayer attributed to St Patrick which seems appropriate for these days:
“May the strength of God pilot us.
May the power of God preserve us.
May the wisdom of God instruct us.
May the hand of God protect us.
May the way of God direct us.
May the shield of God defend us.
May the host of God guard us.”
Patrick’s prayer stands as a powerful reminder of God’s presence, strength, power and wisdom in the midst of every situation and circumstance. That strength of course is not just for ourselves but so that we might serve, honour and bear witness to God, Creator, Saviour and Spirit in the world. The people of God are invited to bear witness to God in every circumstance.
In the light of evolving Government advice, both in the United Kingdom and in the Republic of Ireland we issue the following formal advice to all Ministers and Circuit Executives:
The actions necessitated by the spread of Covid-19 mean that many are in danger of social isolation with resultant challenges for good mental health. We must care for each other and can provide pastoral care through phone calls, emails etc.
Similar advice is being issued today by the Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland and by several dioceses of the Church of Ireland. We will be sending out regular up-dates and further guidance. There will be many more issues which we need to address together. God continues to be at work in the world. We continue to pray that all would know and feel God’s love and close presence at this time and that the Church would continue to point to Jesus.
Rev Ruth Craig recorded some sermons while we are unable to meet together and you can listen to them on https://Soundcloud