Worship Moments April 15

It is the first week after Easter and we celebrate the good news of Jesus Christ's resurrection.  Now, and in the days and weeks ahead, we should take a moment to think about how the resurrection affects our lives. 

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are all doing our part to flatten the curve of this deadly virus.  We've been told to stay home, shop only once a week, and wash our hands often. Schalk Naude, the United Church Minister at Knox UC in Fort Frances, Ontario, recently immigrated from South Africa.  His friend, Neels Jackson, a journalist wrote this prayer --


The water flows over my hands

but the words get stuck in my throat.

How does one pray in this time?

We have never experienced anything like this.

Lord, have mercy.

I feel the soap between my fingers,

rub my hands front, back, all sides,


This is your metaphor, Lord.

But how should we understand it in a time like this?

What can I pray with my hands under the tap?

I think of the vulnerable,

and wonder if I am one too.

Lord, have mercy.

You call us to follow.

You set the example of kindness and service.

But how do we care from a distance?

Or does kindness lie in staying away?

Is this ritual of water and soap

our new sacrament?

Lord, have mercy.

Around us the markets are crashing.

Businesses are going under

and shipwrecked people are washed up 

on beaches of despair.

We have never experienced anything like this.

I wash my hands in prayer.

Lord, have mercy.


Remember to breath.  

Be still as we know God's love is with us.  

God's love endures forever.

Thanks be to God.


I hope you find the words of this song as reassuring and comforting as I do.

Linda P

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