In the Church of England calendar we are now into Ordinary time, the period after Pentecost, the end of the Easter season, which goes up to the start of the new Church year, Advent Sunday, the first of four in the lead up to Christmas.

But this year, life is anything but ordinary, things are constantly changing as we have learned to cope with Covid 19 around us. Life has changed for everyone and for many it will never be the same due to the loss of a loved one, family member, friend or neighbour.

On 3rd July we celebrate St Thomas the Apostle, frequently known as doubting Thomas. Quite apt for this time as I am sure we all have doubts and uncertainties. That is normal, ordinary. But we do not have to face them alone, as we are told in the book of Lamentations in the Old Testament, chapter 3 verses 22 & 23. “ The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end: they are new every morning: great is his faithfulness.”

The prayer set for St Thomas’ day:

Almighty and eternal God, who, for the firmer foundation of our faith, allowed your holy apostle Thomas to doubt the resurrection of your Son till word and sight convinced him: grant to us, who have not seen, that we also may believe and so confess Christ as our Lord and our God. Amen.

God give you his comfort and his peace, his light and his joy, in this world and the next; and the blessing of God almighty, the father, the son and the holy spirit, be among you and remain with you now and always. Amen.