1st October 2020

Rev Francis M'Itiiri

To keep you in the loop, Covid19 lockdown began on 16 March 2020, when Matt Hancock told the House of Commons that all unnecessary social contact should cease (Pippa Allen-Kinross 2020), on (Hansard:16 July 2020,Volume 678, Column 723);  but on  23rd of March 2020 Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the country that people ‘must’ stay at home and certain businesses must close. Government ministers have described this date as the start of lockdown. From the scripture point of view the Church can leverage on the present situation to draw the attention for prayer and spiritual reawakening as alluded in

 I Kings 18:1-5

’After a long time, in the third year, the word of the Lord came to Elijah: “Go and present yourself to Ahab, and I will send rain on the land.” 2 So Elijah went to present himself to Ahab. Now the famine was severe in Samaria, 3 and Ahab had summoned Obadiah, his palace administrator. (Obadiah was a devout believer in the Lord. 4 While Jezebel was killing off the Lord’s prophets, Obadiah had taken a hundred prophets and hidden them in two caves, fifty in each, and had supplied them with food and water’’

In spite of the severity prevailing circumstances, It might have been unreasonable to imagine that the prophets in the two caves were just eating bread, drinking water, sleeping and waking up to steer at each other’s faces, but I presume they must have been connecting to the heavens and praying.

What a privilege to those during in the seven months have given their lives, time and resources to ensure our people have been cared for. Indeed, it is an honour to understand this unprecedent time and respond to our calling in serving our present age in a welcoming, justice listening, praying inclusive church of Christ!

During this year the annual Methodist Connexional conference was very productive and useful to the church encouraging us to engage more creatively, in broader sense in the way engage. Our District at the same time challenges us to go out of our normal traditional way and engage communities in whatever dimension we befit suitable. And as circuit it helps a lot  to listen to God to each other and to ourselves discern God’s voice and where He is leading us at this strange times to address issues of resource sharing as we reimagine our circuit to a model that suits our present situation in order to grow God’s Kingdom during our present generation. Alongside that, we are also encouraged to remain open to ideas of other people, hear the pain of those who need us and respond as much as we can within our means and grace, as well as remembering  to give thanks to people who have influenced our faith encouraging us to the way of Christ and discipleship.

So, The two scriptures bellow might encourage us further during these troubled times:2 Corinthians 4:17-18: “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

“Romans 15:13: “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.