Holy Communion

Part of the Communion in Times of Coronavirus series of gentle reflections
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Inderjit Bhogal, 2020
NOTE: While it is not safe to gather physically, use phones and social media to stay connected and in communion.

I dislike the term “self-isolate“. We don’t want anyone to isolate or exclude anyone. Of course we want everyone to take care of themselves and others. We are all used to the idea of staying at home for the sake of health.

We want to watch over one another with love. The commandment to love God, and your neighbour as yourself is best practised in reverse order. Love yourself first. You are number one.

Be a sanctuary to yourself.

Be a sanctuary to yourself. This is not a selfish thought. If you can love yourself and be gentle with yourself you will better be able to love and look after and provide sanctuary to your neighbour. As we are advised on aeroplanes, in case of emergency put your own mask on first before you assist others. If you don’t you will not be able to help others. If you love yourself and your neighbour, you are expressing your love of and for God. This is true spiritual devotion.

And remember that Jesus only ever mentioned one number. He said “where two or three are gathered together in my name I am there in the midst of them”. Be in touch and in communion with two or three. This is the beginning and deepest form of Church and communion and community. Such contact is manageable. Worship centres are closing. Organise your congregation/community/group to be in conversation and communion with each other in 2s and 3s. Do not practice isolation. And live in the confidence that God is with us and desires fulness of life for all. Do not doubt that you have communion and sanctuary in God. Blessings and Peace.

Inderjit Bhogal

17 March 2020 

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Greeting and Sharing Peace

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Inderjit Bhogal, 2020

There are a number of ways to greet being suggested in the context of Coronavirus. Most Indians use the traditional folded hands greeting.

To greet anyone, if you are able to do this, fold old your hands together at chest level, and bow gently. This action says “I honour you” and that of God in you with deep respect. This action can be used to share peace in the context of worship and prayer. You can greet male and female, young and old like this. This greeting also acknowledges different cultures.

Inderjit Bhogal

11 March 2020

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Documents & Resources – Communion in Times of Coronavirus

Part of the Communion in Times of Coronavirus series of gentle reflections
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Here are short reflections for personal reflection and consideration regarding Communion in Times of Coronavirus.

  1. Greeting and sharing peace – 11/03/2020
  2. Don’t Isolate – 17/03/2020
  3. Just an Hour a Day – 29/03/2020
  4. Where is God in all this – 24/03/2020
  5. Be a Sanctuary to Yourself – 27/03/2020
  6. A Creed and Confirmation of Faith – 29/03/2020
  7. He Restores My Soul (Psalm 23:3) – 06/04/2020
  8. Live Your Life in a Manner Worthy of The Gospel (Philippians 1:27) – 10/04/2020
  9. Good Friday – 10/04/2020
  10. Easter Meditation – 12/04/2020
  11. Virtual Sanctuary – Building Welcome, Maintaining Connection with Refugees – 29/04/2020
  12. Three Pieces of Ancient Wisdom Still Relevant Today – 30/04/2020
  13. Wisdom for Anxious Days – 03/05/2020
  14. Lessons from Ray Davey: Corrymeela Reflection and Prayer – 08/05/2020
  15. Wisdom of Breath – 10/05/2020
  16. Stillness – 17/05/2020
  17. Attention – 24/05/2020
  18. Wisdom of Hope – 28/05/2020
  19. Six Words to Live By – 14/06/2020
  20. Wisdom In Jesus’ Prayer – 12/07/2020
  21. Beatitudes: Or Be Attitudes – 19/07/2020
  22. Black History Month – 04/10/2020
  23. Praying for Peace – 04/10/2020
  24. Remembrance Day 2020 – 08/11/2020
  25. Ebor Black and White – 21/11/2020