Holy Week in a pandemic: Wednesday

12.18pm I’m a bit late checking in today so I’ll fill you in on what I’ve been up to so far. I got up too late for breakfast and went and said morning prayer on GoTo Meeting. I then went downstairs and had breakfast while watching The Crown. Since then, I’ve answered some emails and made a few phone calls. I’ve now stopped for lunch and a read of my new book which is How To Pray by new the soon to be Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell.

2.30pm I’ve just made some more calls and finished editing the video of Friday. If you had told me a couple of years ago that an afternoon in Holy Week would involve putting together an assembly in the form of a video, I wouldn’t have believed you! We are all learning quickly how to be church in this strange time, and the whole video thing is very new to me. If anybody has any recommendations for video editing software that works well on a Microsoft Surface Pro, please do let me know!

5.00pm Disaster! We are out of onions and I need to make risotto! Off I go to the shop.

7.20pm That risotto was tasty, if I do say so myself! This afternoon I called some more people, pulled the liturgy together for Sunday and washed the floors.

On my walk back from the shop, I was listening to one of my favourite worship songs, Rejoice by Dustin Kensrue. I haven’t listened to much music since lockdown began, but I really enjoyed listening to that. Some words that struck me were these:

All our sickness, all our sorrows
Jesus carried up the hill
He has walked this path before us
He is walking with us still

Turning tragedy to triumph
Turning agony to praise
There is blessing in the battle
So take heart and stand amazed

I don’t believe that God has sent the coronavirus to us, but I do think he will bring some good out of it. And this week we will celebrate, however remotely, all the he has done, is doing and will continue to do for us.

Now, my head is aching, so I’m going to get an early night. More tomorrow!