Covid 19 Letter 9

Dear All

The weather is still wonderful, remarkable! But the virus is still with us.

I thought you might like to know how we (“royal” we here!) go about producing music for our online Sunday services, so I’ve asked Roger Day to update us.

“You may have noticed that some of the music in our online services is being produced by our own musicians. They, like the rest of us, cannot meet together to record the songs, so how have they been doing it?

Like many things in our church life at the moment this is the first time we have ever done this and our musicians are on a steep learning curve and have been trying out different ways of providing at least two of the songs each Sunday.

Due to copyright issues we are only able to use recordings from a very limited number of other sources. Sovereign Grace, Getty and EMU have kindly waived any copyright which means we have been able to use their recordings and we are grateful that they have done that.

As good as their songs are, we felt that a wider variety of songs would be desirable, plus it is good to hear our own musicians.

So Roger, Joe and Dan have been busy recording songs for us. This is being done in a variety ways.

Roger has been using music software which uses computer sampled sounds of musical instruments to which he adds his voice and guitar. Sounds simple but in fact is quite involved and takes quite a long time to do.

Joe has been recording himself playing the piano and singing then adding computer generated drums. Dan has also started to record songs in this way as well.

We are just beginning to see if others can also contribute, for instance; Jonathan Hedgecock has recorded a couple of songs on his piano, the recordings of which are then being sent to others to record the singing. This is then being sent back to Roger to ‘mix’ the music and add guitar and any other further instrumentation via his computer”.

We are very grateful for what they are finding they are able to do.

What about the virus? A chart which I think is helpful.

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There have been some welcome signs of improvement in the current situation, including a reduction in new cases and hospital admissions giving evidence for hope.

There is likely to be a phased approach to lifting restrictions, in time and in parallel with the Government’s approach, so C of E sources indicate.

Access for some rites and ceremonies, when allowed by law, such as funerals (already permitted in crematoria and cemeteries) and weddings (currently not allowed anywhere) observing appropriate physical distancing and hygiene precautions.

Then Worship services with limited congregations meeting, when Government restrictions are eased to allow this to take place.

Any guesses when? And what “limited congregations” might mean?

Just two prayer requests from among many others you will know.

Message from Nigel on Thursday evening:

“Kieran has had a rough week being sick after the last chemotherapy treatment.
He developed a temperature and has had to go into Basingstoke Hospital with Flora.
Please pray that they will be able to both get enough rest and sleep, and also for wisdom for the staff, that they will find out the cause of his temperature and be able to treat it, especially as we were scheduled to go up to Manchester for assessment for the proton beam therapy next week.”

Message from Carol on Thursday evening:

“I wanted to let you know that dear Joan isn't well. She is still at Oak Lodge, has had a temperature for two days and is very tired. She also has less balance on her right side (that was affected by the stroke three years ago). When I spoke to Joan yesterday, she said she was ok, just tired. I asked the nurse that phoned me, if it could be the virus. She said they didn't know and are waiting for test kits to arrive. Emma asked about the possibility of another stroke; they said they didn't think so.
I will keep you updated, as I hear.

Our dear sister and friend is in the Lord’s hands. She is safe with Him.”

This coming week there are two funerals, Isobel Rolf’s on Monday and that of a child from the parish on Tuesday.

Friday was the 75 Anniversary of VE Day (Victory in Europe)

I know exactly where my father was that day as he was a corporal, as I’ve mentioned in sermons, in the 2nd Battalion, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, part of the 6 Airborne Division. The “Red Devils” the Germans called them because of their fighting skills and maroon berets. Having been the spearhead battalion in the crossing of the Rhine into Germany, it was selected to represent the British Army in providing the Guard of Honour for the meeting between British commander Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery and his Soviet counterpart, Marshall Konstantin Rokossovsky, at Wismar, Northern Germany, on 7 May 1945.

On 17 May Gunners from the 5th British Infantry Division relieved the battalion, which then flew home to the United Kingdom on 18 May 1945. War over….for them.

The VE Day service of Thanksgiving was held in Westminster Abbey.

The service began with a quote from Psalm 126, “The LORD hath done great things for us” to which they added, “which ought to be had in remembrance”.

They gave thanks and praise to God for his mercies and their deliverance from Nazi tyranny.

They remembered “with pride and honour those who had laid down their lives in the cause of freedom and justice”.

They remembered also “any who may still be detained in prison camps and those who are prisoners of war in Far East”.

They offered themselves afresh to God praying, “that they may be enabled to fulfill his purpose in the world”.

“Grant, Oh merciful God, that with malice towards none, with charity to all, with firmness in the right as thou givest us to see the right, we may strive to finish the task which thou hast appointed us; to bind up the nations’ wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow and his orphan; to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations; through Jesus Christ our Lord”. Amen. (This had been adapted from the speech of Abraham Lincoln at his second inauguration as President of the United States on March 4, 1865.)

They finished with a final prayer of Thanksgiving.

“Blessing and honour, thanksgiving and praise, more than we can utter, more than we can conceive, be unto Thee, O most adorable Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, by all angels, all men, all creatures for ever and ever. Amen and Amen.

To God the Father who first loved us, and made us accepted in the Beloved: to God the Son, who loved us, and washed us from our sins by His own blood: to God the Holy Spirit, who sheds the love of God abroad in our hearts, be all love and all glory, for time and for eternity. Amen”

And then they sang him written 300 years before by a German Protestant minister, Martin Rinhart, Now thank we all our God

1. Now thank we all our God, 
with heart and hands and voices, 
who wondrous things has done, 
in whom this world rejoices; 
who from our mothers' arms 
has blessed us on our way 
with countless gifts of love, 
and still is ours today. 

2. O may this bounteous God 
through all our life be near us, 
with ever joyful hearts 
and blessed peace to cheer us; 
and keep us still in grace, 
and guide us when perplexed; 
and free us from all ills, 
in this world and the next. 

3. All praise and thanks to God 
the Father now be given; 
the Son, and him who reigns 
with them in highest heaven; 
the one eternal God, 
whom earth and heaven adore; 
for thus it was, is now, 
and shall be evermore. 

May the LORD be with us all. Clive

Online Service, 10am: www.stmarys-basingstoke.org.uk/online-service

Half of those who watch do so at 10am the other half later in the day or during the week.

This week, at the end of the service and before Virtual coffee we have a 15-minute presentation of Naomi Chedgey’s time in Nepal.

Children’s Group, from 9.30am: www.stmarys-basingstoke.org.uk/childrens-group

Virtual Tea & Coffee, 11.30am: Contact us for Zoom details.

Other ways to join

YouTube: youtube.com/StMarysBasingstoke

Listen to the service by phone: 01256830011 (press 5 to pause, 4/6 to skip back/forward) Charged as a regular landline number according to your phone plan.

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Published 08/05/2020, 21:30

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