A Word from Richard


March 2020

Dear Friends

In these strange days of exile from our church, I’m reminded of the prophet Daniel, who served in exile the court of the Babylonian kings, rising from junior civil servant to leading governor. He had no ‘church’ to go to; the temple was destroyed; the daily and weekly sacrifices no more; and video conferencing a distant dream.

But we read of his faithfulness in those days of exile: Daniel 6:10-12 reads 10 Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened towards Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before.”

There was no stopping Daniel from worshipping his Lord. And, yes you’ve guessed it, there is no reason for each of us to stop worshipping our Lord day by day, even three times a day. Maybe the silver lining for you will be a new timetable to your day where prayer and worship is offered, much like Daniel, with your ‘window open to Jerusalem’.

There are resources on-line for you to follow, from Scripture Union and Bible Reading Fellowship, Apps you can download from those, and the Church of England Daily Prayer App, and for families https://engageworship.org/articles/when-church-closed .
Let’s allow our exile to a strengthening of our faith as we await the chance to join together once again.

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