Do not touch
One of the first things that Jesus says (according to John 20.17) after his resurrection is “Do not hold on to me” or if you prefer “don’t touch me”, words spoken to Mary Magdalene in the garden. Later, that same day, he invites Doubting Thomas (whether that nickname is fair is for another day) to put his finger into his side. I think this is best interpreted by recognizing there are two kinds of touch: the touch that imposes itself unwanted on others (including all kinds of abuse) and the touch that is invited and brings us closer together. I have seen plenty of my grandchildren during lockdown including Athan taking his first steps (!) but the limitation of FaceTime etc. is that touch is not allowed. And how I want to cuddle them. I am confident there are lots of family members you long to be able to hold/hug/cuddle again. Let us take encouragement from the Lord who said “don’t touch” and then invited his friend to reach out to him.
I hope you were able to watch yesterday’s service and enjoyed it. Many thanks to Lesley and Vicky for putting this together, as well as all those who made a contribution. Nick is planning next week’s service at which Greg will be preaching.
For Brenda Lawrence, who had a fall and has been admitted to Walsgrave, where she had a further fall. She has also been diagnosed with Covid-19.
We are back to normal this week with issues on today, Weds and Friday. We continue to aim to send these out at noon.
Do let us know if you are aware of anyone celebrating a birthday so that we can congratulate them.
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Food Hub volunteers
I am delighted by the response from would-be volunteers to help with the emergency food hub in Tile Hill. We are fully staffed and have a healthy waiting list. Don’t let that discourage you if you want to offer. We are currently scheduled to open 10-12 Tuesdays and Thursdays but may need to open more often if the crisis deepens.
There are a handful of people who haven’t joined St Andrew’s electoral roll and are eligible to do so. We would warmly encourage you to do this. A form can be obtained by emailing Lesley Harrison at email@example.com
If like me, you have been saving for Christian Aid by following the Count Your Blessings sheet, please note that you can make your donation on line via caid.org.uk/lent £25 could buy two bags of cement to help with the construction of a dam to help in the battle against climate change in the developing world.
On a similar note, there is a climate justice petition you might like to sign. This can be found at caid.org.uk/climate-justice-petition
Death, be not proud, though some have called thee
Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so;
For those whom thou think’st thou dost overthrow
Die not, poor Death, nor yet canst thou kill me.
One short sleep past, we wake eternally
And death shall be no more; Death, thou shalt die.