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Dear Friends 

The German Lutheran Pastor and anti-Nazi dissident Dietrich Bonhoeffer paid a high price for his opposition to Nazi ambitions. Having been arrested and imprisoned, he was executed in 1945 for being involved in a plot to end Hitler’s life with the intention of ending the carnage of war. 

 

Before his execution, Bonhoeffer spent a long time in prison and much of it in isolation. Cut off from his congregations and friends he missed the support and fellowship of other Christians, but through his discipline of daily devotions and by  remembering Jesus’ sacrifice, his faith held firm and his belief in the final victory of God’s Love in his life sustained his sense of being ‘In Christ’ and united with God’s people – in spite of his isolation.

 

Isolation is a familiar experience for many in the current Covid environment. True, at the time of writing we have some contact with a limited number of close friends or family. Telephones help to keep us in touch, and a few can see and hear others through computer-linked meetings.    However, good as this is, it isn’t the same as the contact many people had with other Christians before Covid disrupted our lives. Simply being able to shake a hand; sing a hymn with others, stand with others in the worshipping assembly or welcoming friends into our homes and sharing fellowship, these things played an important part in our total experience of belonging to the Church, but now it feels like many of us feel ‘isolated’ from our church.

 

I know that all of us would like to be able to meet in these ways again. Sadly, while we can meet some of the requirements needed to make our church Covid-safe, there are still somepractical difficulties that prevent us resuming worship at Cartway. Until that is possible, let us be inspired by stories such as that of Bonhoeffer. Let us draw strength from the fact that although apart, we still belong to the body of Christ, the Church.  Let our prayers celebrate that God’s love unites,  that in the Holy Spirit we have fellowship with one another, and that however the crisis passes – and surely one day it will – our hope and our promise is to be in the life and love of God. 

 

May God keep everyone safe and well though this difficult time. 

Derrick.