Elsewhere: A Poem in Preparation for Easter
Jonathan Budd, Methodist Minister in Saltash, Cornwall wrote this poem about the COVID-19 Crisis, Lockdown, and the rise of the Online Church...
The doors are closed for no one is inside
The organ stands unplayed without a sound
The chairs unoccupied just sit around
While no one in the Sunday School has cried
Today there's no arrangement for the flowers
The number's up for hymns put on the board
The faces in the stained glass are ignored
The pulpit saved from thumping through these hours
But somewhere else a party's going down
The saints now one by one are gathering
Around computer screens and set to sing
With windows opened up to raise the town
Where is the Easter church as one in prayer?
Like Jesus and that tomb
We are elsewhere.