At 10.00am on Sunday 12 July, for the first time since lockdown, Marketors’ Chaplain The Reverend Canon Dr Alison Joyce reopened St Bride’s for a public Service of Eucharist.
Spoken not sung as current Government Coronavirus regulations require, the service nevertheless marked a breakthrough in our return to normality. For the moment, online St Bride’s services will also continue and you can hear the latest ones here. Details of new opening times and routings through the Church are here.
Chaplain Alison’s sermon mirrored the Parable of the Sower, the reading for Sunday. She wondered whether the experience of lockdown had changed people’s priorities and caused us to re-evaluate our lives, so that we’re now more receptive to others.
She recalled that her spending had reduced substantially since March and that she had started to wear forgotten clothes and mend sandals rather replace them. Money can be helpful, but can lead to a life on credit where being in debt is normal. “We can spend money we don’t have on things we don’t need, to impress people we don’t like!” We had become materially satisfied but spiritually neglected.
However, one unexpected result of lockdown was the popularity across the country of online services. Could this be a turning point where we find we can give back as well as receive and rediscover our spirituality? Meister Eckhart said in the 14th Century that “If the only prayer you say in your entire life is “Thankyou”, it will be enough”. Chaplain Alison would agree.
The Marketors’ Company would like to take this opportunity to thank Alison and her team at St Bride’s for their guidance and support throughout the pandemic. We are most grateful.