Messages from around the Benefice

Message from David Flint

From Caldicot Food Bank. I would appreciate a message going out to say:-

Caldicot Food Bank continues to operate despite having a reduced number of Volunteers and the Library being shut. We are more in need of Food and prayers than ever. Thank you for any help you can provide.’  NB We do have enough volunteers to manage. With the restrictions we’re working to, the Volunteers are working harder than ever and in challenging circumstances.

Thought for the Week beginning 29th. March. From Glyndwr (also on the prayer /readings page)

We are all being encouraged to pray the Lord’s Prayer every day at 11a.m. It is the obvious choice of prayer to use since it is the most familiar to the greatest number of us even if we have not regularly prayed it since our school days. Perhaps its daily use will revive or help some to recover their sense of the nearness of God especially in such times of trouble as at this present time. But it can remind all of us that in praying it earth and heaven are inseparably linked.  God is not remote from the sufferings of his creation. Passiontide, which began this Sunday, is the Church’s season of the year in which we think deeply about the compassion of God for us and of Jesus who endures suffering, even death on a cross for your good and mine. The following opening verse of one of my favourite Passiontide hymns puts it neatly:

My song is love unknown,

My Saviour’s love to me;

Love to the loveless shown,

That they might lovely be.

O who am I,

That for my sake

My Lord should take

Frail flesh, and die?

(Samuel Crossman 1623-1683)

You might like to include the following prayer of St. Richard of Chichester in your daily time of prayer.

Thanks be to you, our Lord Jesus Christ, for all the benefits which you have given us,
for all the pains and insults which you have borne for us. Most merciful Redeemer, Friend and Brother, may we know you more clearly, love you more dearly, and follow you more nearly, day by day. Amen.

May God bless you and keep you in these worrying days.